Yasin Kakande: What's missing in the global debate over refugees
Yasin Kakande is exposing the human rights abuses of migrant workers in the Middle East. Full bio
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living in the United States
much freedom of movement
who are desperate enough
and stormy seas in boats.
from West Africa and North Africa face
but fortunate opportunity
a gathering like this.
what often is missing
numbers of individuals
is that the newcomers upend the stability
in their countries.
look towards politicians
to see who can claim the prize
of populism and nationalism.
is the toughest on migrants,
projects in building walls.
symptoms of the problem,
would be willing to listen.
and inequalities inflicted regularly
from the governments
as a journalist in the Middle East.
puts everyone at the risk of starvation.
for my brothers and sisters
serious plight as migrants.
about me writing a book
when I still worked in Dubai,
to pay for his treatments.
to sustain his treatment,
to take him to a hospital.
to lay it in the ground
that are multilayered is never easy,
more than just rhetoric.
farms in Africa continue to be owned
are shipped to the West,
will flow continuously.
that could ever be so rigorous
that has determined our human history.
for reconciling, finally,
in creating a more just global economy
ABOUT THE SPEAKERYasin Kakande - Investigative journalist, author
Yasin Kakande is exposing the human rights abuses of migrant workers in the Middle East.
Why you should listen
Investigative journalist Yasin Kakande works undercover in the Middle East to expose human rights abuses of migrant workers. He investigates the reasons why Africans choose to migrate to the Middle East, Europe and America, and traces the severe consequences of countries closing their borders to African migrants. A migrant himself, first to the Middle East and recently to the US, Kakande is the author of two books: Slave States, an expose of the enslavement, trafficking and abuse of workers in the Gulf Arab Region, and The Ambitious Struggle: An African Journalist's Journey of Hope and Identity in a Land of Migrants.
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