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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What Happened to the Africans? | Commentary

Like many people around the world, I am heartened by the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis that is gripping world attention. World leaders from Europe to North America are standing up and opening their borders to provide a new life for these people in need. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission…

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Desperate Journey: A Shipwreck Survivor’s Story

Sicily, Italy – “Hey Rasta!” a man calls across the street, the latest passer-by to greet their young neighbour outside his house. With long dreadlocks falling over his blue pyjamas, Italian flag flip-flops under his feet, Rasta reflected on his popularity. “It’s very nice to be a cool man,” said the 25-year-old from Sierra Leone. Despite appearing…

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Mass Migration Deaths Caused by Imperialist Foreign Policy

There was yet another gruesome discovery of more than 70 dead migrants in Austria, on a highway between Budapest and Vienna where thousands are seeking refuge. These deaths compounded approximately 100 others who died after their vessel capsized en route to Europe. Inside the truck in Austria people had apparently suffocated while being illegally transported…

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The Displaced: a Performance Installation by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey

Stories of migration are rooted deep in our traditional and political histories. Many aspects of our different cultures intertwine at a point. This makes it clearly evident that there was an interaction/relationship between different ethnic groups and countries through migration and trade. In as much as there are documentations of colonial migrations, there are many…

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Kenya Must Respect the Human Rights of Somali Refugees

In the wake of the Garissa University College shootings that left nearly 150 people dead, the Kenyan government has threatened to close the world’s largest refugee camp. In response, US Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $45m to the United Nations to cope with their refugee crisis, presenting an opportunity for Kenya to support…

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