‘Lines in the sand’: Britain’s colonial legacy in South Sudan

‘Lines in the sand’ To anyone aware of South Sudan and its geography, the imagery I have invoked in the title of this piece may, at first, prove confounding: it conjures up the image of barren wastelands and deserts, stretching as far as the eye can see. By contrast, the country is typified by its … More ‘Lines in the sand’: Britain’s colonial legacy in South Sudan

5 LESSONS WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THE HISTORY OF GENOCIDE

Genocide wasn’t left in the history books, it’s alive and kicking. The question is: why have we not learnt from our mistakes? Genocide and Mass Atrocities. When we hear those words, we think of Nazi Germany, Cambodia in the 1970s, Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990’s. These events shook the world, however there were lessons … More 5 LESSONS WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THE HISTORY OF GENOCIDE

Updates On The Rohingya Crisis

At a Select Committee meeting last month, MPs heard an update on the crisis of the stateless Rohingya, seeking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. International organisations, including the UN, are being blocked from entering the conflict-crippled Rakhine state in the north of the country. The international community must put their words into action and invoke higher … More Updates On The Rohingya Crisis

Reflecting on the Rwandan genocide: lessons to be learnt

Although, conflict continues around the world, none in recent years has quite matched the magnitude of the Rwandan genocide that happened some 22 years ago. In this post, I reflect on the ways in which the small Central African nation has recovered and some of the lessons that can be learnt about the importance of … More Reflecting on the Rwandan genocide: lessons to be learnt

The Quest Towards Accountability – Central African Republic

Central African Republic (CAR), deeply unstable since its independence, has been ravaged by a full-scale civil war since 2013. Impunity, political unrest, human rights violations and violence have increased, resulting in a protracted humanitarian crisis. Despite the recent relatively peaceful elections in 2016 and the peace talks in June 2017,  levels of insecurity and violence … More The Quest Towards Accountability – Central African Republic

How a ruthless war festered into the world’s worst cholera outbreak

In August, 500,000 Yemenis were suffering from cholera, an extremely contagious bacterial infection. Astoundingly, merely a month later, this figure had risen to 700,000. Left untreated, cholera can kill within the first few hours of infection. With Yemen’s public services in a state of disarray, the death toll has climbed to more than 2,000 since … More How a ruthless war festered into the world’s worst cholera outbreak

Anti-Semitism in Leeds

Rise in anti-Semitic attacks during National Hate Crime Awareness Week Genocide is everywhere and always preceded by a surge of hate speech directed at religious or ethnic minorities. In Rwanda, Tutsi were called ‘cockroaches’ in order to dehumanise them and to justify their mass murder. This relationship suggests we should be wary of how similar … More Anti-Semitism in Leeds