The Facebook campaign funding phone credit for refugees
In the Calais Jungle, refugees are desperate to speak to their families back home. Now, a Facebook group allows people to donate money for mobile top-ups
By Julia Raeside

Most people would see clean water, food and clothes as essentials, but a phone might not be thought of as a necessity. Yet for the thousands of displaced men, women and children in refugee camps around Europe, they provide a vital connection with home.Now, a grassroots organisation is offering refugees help to maintain links to their families. Members of the Facebook group Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People can respond directly to an individual’s request for help, sending them £20 via the group to top up their phone.


Those wanting to help can search the Facebook group, send PayPal donations to, text CALA85 and the amount you want to donate to 70070, or contribute via the My Donate page.

THANKFUL IN TROUBLED TIMES (GOMA, DRC) - This Congolese couple participate in worship services within the town of Goma, located in easter Congo. The church there is often a center of refuge for those in the villages caught in the crossfire, so to speak, between government and rebel forces. Both sides commit horrible atrocities, ranging from murder, rape, torture and looting. 

I recently had to put together a new and revised photo essay on a story Caught in the Crossfire that I did awhile ago. It was a story based out of the Congo (DRC) and had three parts: rebels who had committed horrible atrocities; victims of such atrocities; and redemption for both rebels and victims. So, I thought i would run the series here, including a few images that I have already posted.

Read the full backstory here.
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During WWII, England sent thousands of Nazi POWs to stately homes where they could eat, drink, play pool, and even keep servants. They had no idea that all of the rooms were bugged and many of their fellow ‘prisoners’ were actually Germans of Jewish origin who became spies for the British after being forced out of their homeland. The information gained was so important that the government gave them an unlimited budget. Source


7/21/2016- Syrian graphic designer Saif Aldeen Tahhan and the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office recently launched a photo campaign titled “Syria Go” to raise awareness about children living in war-torn Syria. Tahhan crafted this project in light of the popularity behind Pokemon Go in order to shine a spotlight on the destruction in the country and its impact on the vulnerable over the past five years.

Some of the photos show children holding signs that say:

“I live in Kafr Nabl, the Aleppo countryside. Come catch me.”

“I am a Pokémon at Idlib in Syria, would you please come and save me?”

“I am in Kafrnabol in #Idlib countryside, come find me,” 

Tahhan further explained the inspiration behind this campaign:

“I created these images as a way to turn attention to the Syrian war, and to focus on Syrian suffering instead of Pokémon, which people are crazy about,” he explained.

He told Al Arabiya: “The world has become obsessed with this video game, so I told myself why not use it as a medium to convey our suffering.”

“Everyone is now searching for Pokémon, however, Syrians are searching for the basic necessities of life. Honestly, I don’t think the world feels for us.”

According to Save The Children, more than 250,000 children are living in depraved conditions in Syria due to the ongoing civil war.

Please keep awareness about Syria and all those affected by it in mind.


Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into A Global Star

So now we know who Beyonce’s favorite poet is: 27-year-old Somali-Brit Warsan Shire.

Shire’s poetry was heard 'round the world last Saturday in Lemonade, Beyonce’s latest album, dropped on HBO in the form of a 1-hour special — a sweeping series of songs and videos that look at romance, rage and redemption. Between the glossy cinematography and, of course, the music, Queen Bey recited excerpts of Shire’s works, launching the artist into the global spotlight:

“you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave”

Shire doesn’t just write about love, loss and infidelity. The poet also muses on many of the issues we cover on Goats and Soda: violence against women (“To my daughter I will say / 'when the men come, set yourself on fire’ ”), refugees (“You have to understand / that no one puts their children in a boat / unless the water is safer than land”), war and the African diaspora.

Read the full story here.

Βλέπετε κομπλεξικα φασιστακια που ωθειτε τους ανθρώπους με την συμπεριφορά σας;
Καταλαβαίνετε οτι είναι τυχαιο πως δεν είστε εσείς στην θέση τους; Μισειτε κάτι που τυχαία δεν είσαστε, αλλά απο την αλλη αυτό δεν κάνατε πάντα;
Follow your leader, σκουπίδια.