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Dzaleka series: a visit to a refugee camp

Living in Malawi means you are exposed to extreme poverty daily; Malawi is after all one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half of the population lives under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. A quarter of the population is estimated to live in ‘extreme poverty’. After a year of living in Lil...

Written by Suzanne van Hooff and published on 08-September-2014

Bahrain and the untenable political situation

The tiny kingdom of Bahrain seldom makes headlines. The island-state bordering Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar has been ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al-Khalifa family for more than two hundred years. The Al-Khalifa family has, until now, failed to produce a zealous ruler eager to make international headlines. However, the uprising which erupted on Valentine’s Day 2011 and resulted in more than 40 deaths drew more ...

Written by Gertjan Hoetjes and published on 26-August-2014

A Life of Resistance: A Conversation with Filmmaker Mustafa Azizi

Mustafa Azizi is a Nabulsi filmmaker, Executive Director of multi-media company Karakeeb, and staunch supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I sat down with him to discuss his experiences as a journalist student, film-maker and Palestinian living under Israeli occupation. Shutting the windows of the office, Mustafa turns to me and mutters, “On a Friday they drill in the street. They should not be allowed! It is Friday, we must pray and rest. We need quie...

Written by Heather Miller and published on 23-August-2014

ISIL's Biggest Weapon: It's Not A Gun But Social Media

The aggressive and monumental rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State as they are now calling themselves, in Syria and in Iraq has dominated the news recently. The group, that wishes to create a medieval Islamic caliphate incorporating vast swathes of the Middle East, has been fighting in one way or another in Syria, against the rule of President Bashar Al-Assad, for several years now. Yet, it was the group’s lightning fast capture of much of Northern Ira...

Written by Jack Tarrant and published on 21-August-2014

Dzaleka series: Imagine

***Warning: Graphic language*** Just imagine yourself in such a situation! Imagine yourself between the hammer and the anvil Swimming in mud and dust; feet to the doors of the abyss. Imagine one day, a bomb falls on your palace And creates a bloodbath all around; Imagine that one day your playground turns into a cemetery; Where the local bar becomes a site of desolation and tears. Imagine the soft music that caressed your soul disappears And instead, you hear the noise of boots and ...

Written by Menes la Plume and published on 21-August-2014

A Lesson from MH17 Crash

Flight MH17 departed Amsterdam at 12:15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day. Unfortunately, it never arrived. On July 17, the plane crashed, after being hit by a surface-to-air missile while flying over Ukraine. The 298 people onboard died, including 80 children. The horror and anger this resulted in is eviden...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 21-August-2014

I am female and I am strong!

Pakistan is a large country with a population of 185 million, with close to 50% of the population being female. The share of females in the national gross domestic product however does not correspond to their numbers. The major reason behind this is that society not only inhibits women’s personal growth and development, but also fosters an institutional thinking that treats women as physically and psychologically weak, incapable of doing what the men do. If a person is the only female child in...

Written by Z. Hussein and published on 04-August-2014

Gender Justice: A True Story

Over the years, the development world has seen a number of terms being used to express involvement of females in national policies. These terms have included gender equity, gender mainstreaming and gender responsiveness. A concern has grown over the years that these terms and expressions are rather innocuous. But they are being replaced with another political and potent term gender justice. Gender justice does not have a three/four word definition; it includes a major overhaul of policies...

Written by Z. Hussein and published on 04-August-2014

Dzaleka series: My Delirium

***Warning: Graphic language*** My delirium Our mutilated lands sweat blood, Our toppled trees spill tears not sap, Our rivers blush, Purity moved from our sources. The candid image of Africa saddens, His cries of distress barely loosen the net of terror, His children are victims of his immense wealth, The vaginas of his little girls are profaned: At the age of dolls Their virginity torn from them before seeing their first period. In the wind we hear the muted roar of hate...

Written by Suzanne van Hooff and published on 29-July-2014

“Escándalo para el alma”: literatura que da voz

“Escándalo para el alma”: literatura que da voz al sufrimiento palestino. Tras pasar varios meses en Cisjordania, uno se da cuenta rápidamente de que los palestinos son creativos e ingeniosos, con un ansia tremenda por aprender; así que cuando supe acerca del Palfest, un festival de literatura itinerante, sentí intriga y entusiasmo. El Palfest, también conocido como el Festival Palestino de Literatura, se ha celebrado cada año...

Written by A.N.S. and published on 14-July-2014

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