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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

What is it like to be a refugee in Germany?

“Gitmo in Germany?” and “German Abu Ghraib” were two of the headlines across news wires in late September after photos and a video documenting the abuse of Algerian asylum seekers by security officers in an asylum center had circulated. The photo shows a guard standing next to an asylum seeker who is lying on the floor with his hands tied

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Does Israel provide asylum seekers with fake documents to deport them?

When Israeli activist Dafna Lichtamn got home from Mozambique two months ago, she had a layover in Addis Ababa airport. Walking around the main Ethiopian airport she suddenly ran into an old friend, Sadik Alsadik, an asylum seeker...

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

African refugees walk to Jerusalem in mass protest against indefinite detention by Israeli state

Last week on December 16, in an act of civil disobedience, over 150 asylum seekers walked all the way from the ‘open’ prisons facility in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel to Jerusalem. Contesting the new policy which forces them...

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Curious Tale of Victor Vinnetou

Mbuyisa Makhubo was the teenager captured in Sam Nzima’s iconic photo of June 16, 1976 -fleeing the bullets of the apartheid police on a street in Soweto, South Africa and carrying the murdered Hector Peterson in his...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Refugee Voyeurism, German Style

What do a model, the former bassist of a rightist rock band, a fantasy writer who has several times expressed her admiration for Thilo Sarrazin (the Bundesbank executive, who questioned whether migrants were ‘unfit or unwilling to integrated’...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

“They beg to be called refugees, but Israel calls them infiltrators”

Since February 2011, Meron Estefanos has acted as an interpreter, negotiator and kind of lifeline for Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert. Meron’s story recently appeared on This American Life, the Chicago based radio program....

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Promised Land

Last Thursday we blogged about Israel’s intention to deport African asylum seekers back to unnamed African countries in exchange for “benefit packages”–basically weapons. Now comes the news that last night Israel repatriated–for the first time–14 Eritrean asylum seekers back...

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

More to Staten Island than ‘Mob Wives’

Photographer Glenna Gordon, no stranger to AIAC, is working on a new project in Staten Island, home to the largest population of Liberians outside of Liberia. I asked her if I could publish some of the work...

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Exodus

A humanitarian crisis has many faces. In Tunisia now, fleeing immigrants have overrun the border crossing of Ras Ajdir in an attempt to escape the strife in Libya. The travelers are mostly male Egyptian laborers but also...

Friday, December 10th, 2010

“New Europeans”

The Photographers’ Gallery, the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography, recently named the shortlisted artists for its annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Now in its 15th year, the prize will be on display from 2 April...

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Music Break

2010 was supposed to be the year the European Union would come up with a ‘uniform migration policy’. For now, it didn’t happen. Hailing from Sierra Leone, Bai Kamara Jr. has been living and playing in Brussels...

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Jim Goldberg’s Photography

The work of photographer Jim Goldberg who documents the experiences of people who travel to Europe to start new lives, in search of stability and “the promise of a better future.” They end up in Greece. Some of...

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: SUE WILLIAMSON

From Williamson’s “Better Lives,” consisting of a set of photographs and audio interviews with a group of migrants, exiles and refugees, that will inaugurate a new gallery space, YoungBlackMan, in Cape Town, South Africa, next week. (The...