NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa)
The picture above could have been taken yesterday. Instead it was taken in 1984 by the great Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the Korem Refugee Camp in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia. It is a picture that has long haunted me. It seems the quintessential image of refugees in the Sahel region of Africa.
2017, like 2016 before it, seems to me to have been the Year of the Refugee. The UN Refugee Agency now says that the total registered displaced people amount to over 65 million. There are others who are not registered and outside the UN system. The number of those registered
A day ago, this message of urgency arrived from the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil:
An aggressive attack is being waged against MST landless peasants in the northern state of Pará, Brazil.
Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country.
2.000 peasant families living in 20 camps located in the northern State of Pará are under the risk of being violently evicted until the end of the year
On Monday (11) gunman attacked the Hugo Chavez camp. Seven heav