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

Omar Khadr tells Al Jazeera his Guantanamo story
  • In his first interview since release, Khadr says he wants to move on
  • Uses interview to recall his Guantanamo experience of 13 years

Doha - 29th May, 2015

For Immediate Distribution

Omar Khadr, the former Guantanamo detainee in his first full-length interview since being released from a Canadian prison says “I don’t wish people to love me. I don’t wish people to hate me. I just wish for people to just give me a chance.”

Khadr, in his first interview talks about his arrest in Afghanistan who at the age of 15 then spent a decade at Guantanamo Bay. The interview is part of a documentary called Guantanamo’s Child – Omar Khadr, a collaboration between Al Jazeera and White Pine Pictures. It airs on Al Jazeera English on Sunday 7th June at 20.00 GMT and CBC on Thursday 28th May at 9pm Canadian time.

Released on bail on May 7 while he appeals his US military conviction, Khadr says he worries whether his new freedom is going to last or wonders if he is “just hungry to experience everything all at once.” But having spent the last 13 of his 28 years behind bars, Khadr admits he will face a considerable degree of public suspicion: “People are just going to think that I am fake. You go through a struggle, you go through a trauma, you’re going to be bitter, you’re going to hate some people. It’s just the normal thing to do — and this guy, not having these natural emotions, is probably hiding something.”

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Meet America’s first openly gay imam | Al Jazeera America

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.

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.”


Ms. Marvel Vs. Islamophobia   

Ahmed Mansour’s statements upon his release in Germany

Doha - 23/6/2015: Upon his release by German authorities in Berlin, Al Jazeera Arabic’s journalist, Ahmed Mansour, said:

“We are very sorry that a democratic country like Germany responded quickly to a request submitted by a military dictatorship against myself, a well-known journalist in the Arab World. My arbitrary arrest took place despite the German authorities and the world’s knowledge of the repressive measures carried out by the Egyptian military dictatorship in oppressing free media with systematic detention against journalists and in particular towards Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

“Therefore, I call on the world and in particular the democratic countries of the world to take the necessary measures at all entry points to their ports and airports to avoid the repetition of the humiliating and embarrassing arbitrary arrests against journalists who are just doing their job of honest reporting.

“Similarly these countries need not respond to any requests that come from any dictatorship regime who orders the arrest of journalists based not on facts but on false accusations and fabricated charges that attempt to silence their voices and obstruct them from presenting the truth.

“Despite what I have experienced throughout my ordeal, I can assure you all that I will not cease in my duty as a journalist to report on the facts and to search the truth over injustice without the fear of being silenced with whatever threats may come my way. Al Jazeera itself will continue to report on the truth and to provide a ‘voice to the voiceless’.”


#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]

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