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.”



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


Inside Story: Can Syrian rebels unite against Assad?

A loose alliance of rebel groups in Syria is claiming a second significant victory against government forces in less than a month.

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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   

Realistic world situations. From Al Jazeera today. 116 earth defenders were killed in 2014. Most of them indigenous peoples defending their land against development and multinationals. People make fun of tree huggers, hippies and what have you. Those people are the original gangsters. The original bad asses who fight and continue to fight against tyranny. We are blessed to have choices. Remember those lives that were stolen. Over grow and organize!! #solidarity #aljazeera #forests #environment #earthfirst #earth #radicalmycology #theresariotgoingon #defendyourmother #love


Who will lead the Turkish Republic of northern Cyprus?

Sunday is election day for Turkish Cypriots on the divided island of Cyprus. Their next president will be one of two candidates, both of whom are under pressure to end the isolation and hold talks with Greek Cypriots. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from northern Cyprus. Subscribe to our channel Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website:

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From events like the attack on Charlie Hebdo to the governmental persecution of cartoonists around the world, in light of what seems to be a disturbing increase in attacks on free speech a series of questions continue to come up in both the mainstream media and on the internet: what is satire and, most importantly, what constitutes free speech and protected press?

As Jordan Fraade points out in a column for AlJazeera America, this line of questioning is not only dangerous, but opens the door for individuals and groups to come up with subjective definitions that defeat the intent and purpose behind speech like satire in the first place.

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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:


Nepal in humanitarian disarray as quake toll rises

Thousands of displaced residents in the Nepali capital have expressed anger towards the government, as they face food and water shortage, a day after a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the country and killed more than 2,500 people. Al Jazeera’s Emike Umolu reports. Subscribe to our channel Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website:

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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.”

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