Our Hearts as Brief as Photos

At sundown one spring afternoon, in New York City’s West Village, we sat on a bench. We held hands and talked about our pasts. I asked her, “How did you end up in New York?” She told me of a night in Châlons-en-Champagne when a stranger left a thousand euros as a tip for her,…

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Kenya Camp Closures No Surprise to Refugees: “We’ve been crying out but no one heard”

Kenya’s announcement earlier this month that it planned to shut down its refugee camps may have seemed sudden to outsiders, but it was no surprise to the hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma, two of world’s largest refugee camps. In Dadaab, in northeast Kenya, many believe the authorities have long been…

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Calais: Eritrean Refugees Tell Of Torture And Fear

By James Rippingale Discredited Danish report on Eritrea human rights leaves refugees stranded on European route. Calais, France – Away from the forced conscriptions, enforced disappearances, torture and religious repression of their homeland, hundreds of Eritreans, mostly men, remain stuck in Calais’ ever-shrinking “Jungle” refugee camp. French authorities have bulldozed their settlements in the camp’s southern…

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Earning a Living on Border of Morocco’s Spanish Enclave

At 6:30am, the sun has not made its appearance yet  and the border of Melilla’s Chinatown quarter is illuminated by the orange glow of street lamps. The border crossing is a maze of wires and winches that convey a sense of unease and fear. The  six metre-high border fence across the road, contributes to the…

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How A Family Of Refugees Finally Found Peace

As the global migrant crisis claims lives and spurs political battles, an Eritrean-Canadian traces her family’s journey. Days after my uncle was killed by the Ethiopian military in 1980, my grandparents helped pack my parents’ bags, filling them with light snacks, lentils, and canteens of water. During the Eritrean War of Independence, all military-aged men…

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Lessons in Refugee Hospitality From the Horn of Africa

The unique response of the Horn of Africa region to Yemeni refugees could offer lessons to countries and regions dealing with similar influxes elsewhere. Escalating internal fighting and Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen have led to an estimated 21.4 million people – more than 80% of its population – being in need of humanitarian protection…

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