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21 Nov

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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To whom it may concern

By Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand, Kharaz Camp, south Yemen

It has taken Hawo Yousef a long time to save up the money for the letter.

Here on a dusty, scalding hot plateau in south Yemen, an old military base turned refugee camp for her and 17,000 other Somalis, $15 is a month’s work, if you can find it.

Hawo steps inside the concrete block room, its shadows dimming the bright colours of her headscarf, into the breathless air, hot as a furnace by midday.

This is where 29-year-old Jamal Mohammed, the letter writer, makes his business. Jamal has found a purpose and a profit putting pen to paper and giving voice to the experiences of those who have lost homes and families.

Since 2005, the UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, has been receiving between 100 and 150 letters a month from the Somali refugees, nearly 10,000 so far, each of them explaining how and why its author ended up in Kharaz and asking the world for help.

The grammar might be clunky, the expressions often quaint, but the form of the words stands in stark, appalling contrast to the violence, loss and degradation of the human experiences they convey.

In meticulous, awkward black letters, Jamal writes out slowly the stories of Somalia’s unimaginable tragedy.

‘I passed a difficult life

  

“To Whom It May Concern.” Jamal begins the letter as he does all others

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The right to roam

The Rageh Omaar Report 20 Nov 2010 06:55 GMT
Unwanted, marginalised and defiant – the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe……………………………..
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Frost Over The World

Sir David Frost brings together the world’s most powerful and famous people………………

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Pope Benedict XVI says condoms are justifiable if used to prevent disease rather than pregnancy

Pope signals historic leap in fight against Aids

Catholics give cautious welcome as Vatican overturns traditional teaching – but there is confusion and criticism.

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Twenty-nine men remained trapped in the Pike River mine in Greymouth, New Zealand. Two miners escaped an explosion on Friday, but nothing has been heard from the other men since

Deep in a mine, the phone rings unanswered

Kathy Marks: In New Zealand, 29 men are missing, and tempers fray as rescue is delayed…………..

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Dick Costolo of Twitter: 'Not the way forward for China'

Chinese repression creates the world’s first Twitter martyr

David Randall: China’s paranoia about dissent has plumbed new, absurdist depths with the sentencing of a woman to a year in a labour camp for re-posting a Tweet from her fiancé……………………..

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UN forces prepare to transport a baby. Haiti is reeling from the cholera epidemic

Peacekeepers ‘brought cholera to Haiti’

Nina Lakhani: United Nations reluctantly agrees to investigate convincing claims Nepalese troops imported disease………………………………………………………………………………

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Detainees at Guantanamo Bay were subjected to torture and humiliation

We settled so we could get our lives back

Moazzam Begg: A former Guantanamo detainee says the Government will have to look into 29 similar cases in its inquiry into torture………………………………………………………….

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Leading article: Our Afghan exit is now overdue

On Remembrance Sunday last year, this newspaper became the first and only to call for British troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan. Since then, Barack Obama has concluded a tortuous negotiation within his administration, and between his administration and the United States military. 

 

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