Somalis Trapped in Yemen documentary:

Somalis regularly flee to Yemen which has had an open door policy towards them since the war began in Somalia.
They travel by sea, in vessels they call “boats of death,” because their journeys are fraught with danger: They are at the mercy of people smugglers who charge around $100 a head to take them across the Gulf of Aden. If they are spotted by the Yemeni coastguard, the smugglers might even throw passengers overboard to save their own skins. And the oversized boats often capsize.

Somali refugees in Yemen face an uncertain, often dangerous, future. They often live in poverty, struggle to find work, face discrimination and can fall victim to human trafficking.

For those who want to escape Yemen for Saudi Arabia, people smugglers will try and intervene and have been known to abduct and torture refugees. Since 2011, human traffickers have turned homes into “smugglers’ yards” where they imprison and torture Somalis. Even though the Yemeni authorities have closed down some “yards”, they invariably re-open in other districts.

In this film, we hear the stories of refugees at Kharaz refugee camp and others in Sanaa trying to start a new life in the city. We speak to the aid agencies and officials; and we track down and confront the human smugglers who kidnap and abuse the vulnerability of refugees whose families can face ransom demands.

Now, with Yemen embroiled in fresh internal conflict and cutting humanitarian aid, the UN can only afford to do the bare minimum. Some Somalis want to return home but the UN cannot send them back to a war zone. Unless the refugees can find their own way out of the country, they will remain trapped indefinitely in Yemen.


In the last 20 years, former air-raid bunkers and basements in Beijing have become homes to around 1 million residents. These tiny rooms have no windows and are shared by people who cannot afford regular homes because of Beijing’s rising property prices, or are simply trying to save up for a better life above ground.

The rent goes as low as 48 dollars a month, which is incomparably lower than rental prices of homes in Beijing. Underground, they pay only 50 cents to have a five-minute shower and they empty their bedpans into a shared toilet system. 

Young female photographer Sim Chi Yin has spent five years observing and interviewing the underground tenants, and has published a series of photographs featuring them called “The Rat Tribe”.

(read this amazing article about her)

In this intimate video portrait, co-published between CreativeTime Reports and Al Jazeera America, a 21-year-old Mongolian street peddler shows off his underground apartment and shares his dreams of making it big as an actor in the big city.


5 things that may surprise you about Native Americans’ police encounters

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s a familiar story: A police officer shoots and kills a person of color, and is later cleared. Community outrage and protests follow.

While the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City grabbed national headlines and spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, Native Americans say they’re also suffering from long-standing disparities in criminal justice, including police killings – far from the national spotlight.

In South Dakota, Native Americans told us police seem to target people driving license plates that begin with the number 6 – meaning they’re registered to residents of a reservation – or that display images of native identity, such as bumper stickers with feathers on them.

Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like ones that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it’s registered to an address on a reservation.

Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like this one that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it’s registered to an address on a reservation.America Tonight
Two recent incidents involving white officers in the state have stoked suspicions. In August, a tribal police officer on the Pine Ridge Reservation repeatedly used a stun gun on 32-year-old Jeffrey Eagle Bull. Then, in the state capital Pierre, the parents of an 8-year-old Rosebud Sioux girl sued police after four officers surrounded the child and used a stun gun on her when she was threatening to harm herself.

But concerns about how police treat native communities aren’t new. In 2000, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights noted that “many native Americans in South Dakota have little or no confidence in the criminal justice system” and warned that “the administration of justice at the federal and state levels is permeated by racism.”


Please VOTE for Syria

Please sign this petition that calls that the Presenter #Faisal Al Qassem and AL #Jazeera News Network (Qatar channel) to be presented to Justice because of incitement to a genocide of a minority religious group in Syria.

The petition will be sent to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Office of the Special Advisor on The Prevention of #Genocide and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights . We need 2000 more votes.

To brief you of the video posted with the petition. It shows an episode of Faisal Al Qasem’s program on Al Jazeera aired on May 5th 2015 asking people to vote on a #pole that asks; Do you think Alawites have brought on themselves whatever might come to them next? Then the presenter starts reading out answers like those quotes from the episode: 1. “the better question should be shall we impale(pierce with sharp objects) Alawites? Shall we erase the Alawites and wipe out their existence including their children?

                    2.  “Alawites are demons” and the presenter then says no “ Even Demons are ashamed of their existence”

                   3. Then the presenter mutters out his opinion and says: “It is the right of the people to #SLAUGHTER all #Alawites”.

These are just a few of what was said in this #SECTARIAN episode that for 47 minutes discussed how this religious group should be slaughtered. Just as a note for those who don’t know this is exactly what ISIS, Islamic army, Nusra Front and other extreme Islamic groups are doing to this sect together with other minorities and christians because they consider them evil groups against “true” islam.  So basically this episode was asking people to help #ISIS to slaughter those minorities on live international tv !!

The petition says that this episode and many of the quotes chosen are a clear violation of the United Nation’s treaty of Prevention and Punishment against Genocides (9 December 1948 article 3 paragraph C) that for sure is a part of Direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Please help the Syrians get this #petition to the Human Rights and get those criminals into a court and OFF television. 

Please sign and reblog.

Petition link here


Pray for Nigeria.

2,000 people shot dead, and burnt by “boko haram” but the world media isn’t capturing this. Look at this picture, you probably can’t stare at it for five seconds. These people had families, they also had goals and ambitions but it’s very sad that they had to go away like this.

May their souls rest in peace.

Please raise awareness, support us in our time of desperate need. Reblog, share do whatever you can do please, until the world notices us and the current crisis that we are facing. Thank you in advance.

Oluwole lawal.

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#Japonya'da balıkçılığın yaygın olduğu Aoshima Adası'nda kedilerin sayısı, insanlardan 6 kat fazla. Limana gelecek balıktan kendilerine düşecek paylarını bekliyorlar. [Fotoğraf: Thomas Peter / Reuters] #aljazeera #aljazeeraturk #kedi #ada

The homeless way of death: Frozen to the floor, no money for a funeral

Harvey Dell “Squeek” Harmon Jr…succumbed to Chicago’s cold in the hallway of an abandoned apartment complex sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 12.

The medical examiner’s report also recorded the condition of his body: “frozen to ground.”

With his body lying in the morgue, Sheila Harmon worries about the fate of Harvey Harmon’s remains. She wants to keep her brother’s ashes. “He was not a John Doe,” she said. “We would probably just keep it and put it on the mantel.”

Even though she doesn’t have the money to pay for cremation, she might not need to. After 60 days, Cook County cremates all its unclaimed dead — a policy that started in February 2014.

The office keeps the ashes for two years, and family members can pick up the remains with no fee.

Sheila Harmon takes solace that her brother, at least, had a memorial.

Roseland Christian Ministries — where he would regularly eat breakfast Sundays at 9 a.m. — held the service on Jan. 30, at no charge….

The Rev. Joseph Huizenga, who delivered the eulogy, said the event gave an opportunity for the residents of Roseland to come together.  Having services conducted without a body underscores how poverty affects a person, even after death.

“Seriously, this month I’ve done three [memorials] where there is not a body. That’s the difference between middle class and poor, because you can’t get the money to bury a body,” Huizenga said.

“How a culture treats their dead says something about them.”

He was born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At age 15, he came out to them. At 33, while studying in China, Abdullah converted to Islam, and went on to study the religion in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. But as a gay man in America, he saw that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims had unmet spiritual needs and he became an imam to provide community support.


Ms. Marvel Vs. Islamophobia   

Al Jazeera scoops major PR award

The campaign to secure the release of Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Abdullah Elshamy has won a major PR Award. The SABRE Awards EMEA, organized by leading PR publication The Holmes Report, gave the #FreeAJStaff campaign a Gold Award for issues management at their annual ceremony in London.

There were 2,000 entries in this year’s competition, which “recognises Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation and Engagement.” The campaigns were evaluated by a jury of more than 40 industry leaders.

The win comes shortly after the PRWeek Global Awards gave Al Jazeera ‘Highly Commended’ recognition in their Crisis & Issues category for the same campaign.

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#Myanmar'da polis ve yüksek öğretimi merkezileştirecek yeni yasa tasarısını protesto eden öğrenciler arasındaki gerginlik bir haftadır devam ediyor. 100'den fazla kişinin gözaltına alındığı olaylar sonrasında bir öğrenci polis aracının içinde susuz kalan arkadaşlarına su veriyor. [Fotoğraf: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters]

Haftaiçi her gün dünyadaki bir günün özetini “Fotoğraflarla 24 Saat” galerisiyle okuyun:

In traditional Islam, homosexuality is considered an unspeakable crime, leaving many young gay Muslims in the shadows

“Reconciling my Islamic faith and my sexuality was pretty natural,” she said. “I believe this idea that Allah has created people in the best form and that Allah loves his creations.”

In New York she found support in both her gay community and her religion. She said her faith has actually grown stronger since coming out.

“Faith used to be a box that I held on to, and it looked a certain way and I could only ever be a certain way within that box,” she explained. “But as I went on with my life, I realized that faith was the promise of change, recognizing change and striving toward truth.”

[read the full article here]

Al Jazeera demonstrates creative prowess as they win at The One Show
  • Al Jazeera English wins 1 Bronze and 2 Merit awards at global advertising awards The One Show for human stories campaign

Al Jazeera English has been celebrated for their recent brand campaign at the international advertising awards The One Show.  Picking up 1 Bronze and 2 Merit Awards in the Branded Content Category, Al Jazeera sets a new creative precedent for other news agencies and brands.

Al Jazeera English’s winning campaign, ‘Hear the Human Story’ was the channel’s first global brand campaign. Conceptualized by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, the campaign’s unique approach led to it being highly commended on a global level. The non-traditional positioning of a news agency as one who listens and tells the stories of those who are often neglected by media, demonstrates the bold attitude of Al Jazeera English.

The channel’s commitment to reflecting humanity in their reporting has been extremely popular and well received, increasing viewership and campaign recall in key priority markets.

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#AJTürk Spor Müdürü @bariskuyucu'nun #İspanya'dan notları: Koşuyor, bisiklete biniyor, #paten kayıyorlar. Madridliler, şehrin her yerini spor yapmak için kullanıyorlar dersem abartmış olmam. “Böyle parklarımız olsa biz de yapardık” diye kulaklarımı çınlatacaksınız, biliyorum. Gördüklerim sadece parklarla sınırlı olsaydı ben de kendimi böyle aldatabilirdim. Ama anladığım şu oldu: Bu insanlar spor yapmıyor, #spor ve oyun ile yaşıyorlar. #aljazeera #aljazeeraturk #madrid #spain