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A Refugee’s Tale: They Gave Me Asylum – And Then Made Me Homeless

In Europe, once you get asylum, it meant that you become homeless
When harsh realities shattered refugee’s idealized expectations of life in Europe. A refugee from Eritrea spent days sleeping rough in a shopping centre after falling through the cracks of the benefits system. (Photo: Sarah Lee / The Guardian)

BY SARAH MARSH | THE GUARDIAN

When Nasir [a pseudonym] was given refugee status in the UK, he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Asylum meant he was safe from being returned to a grim future in his home country of Eritrea. But it also meant he would rapidly become homeless. Continue reading A Refugee’s Tale: They Gave Me Asylum – And Then Made Me Homeless

Poverty on the Streets of Addis Ababa

Ethiopia is Rising …

By Meredith Maulsby,

POVERTY can easily be seen throughout the capital of Ethiopia, but nowhere is it more evident than when you pass a beggar on the street. Beggars are everywhere in Addis Ababa, and they represent a vast range of demographics. There are men, women, children of all ages and conditions– some with their mothers, some without, and the severely disabled.

Older children, rather than begging, try to sell you gum or clean your shoes, while the younger children walk in front of you asking for money or food, not leaving you until they spot another person to ask. Continue reading Poverty on the Streets of Addis Ababa