Author Archives: Erin Green

From a life of sex trafficking to a life of hope: listen to Joy’s story

Joy, a young Nigerian woman who arrived in Italy in 2016, then was forced into prostitution, tells her story in a two-part podcast produced by journalists Teresa Di Mauro and Giulia Tringali. “The sex trafficking of Nigerian women to Italy is not a new phenomenon,” says Di Mauro, whose podcast tells some of the reasons why young women like Joy… Read more »

Refugee women survive gender-based violence—and flourish into independence

The following story was published on the World Council of Churches website as a feature for the Thursday’s in Black campaign against rape and domestic violence. Their stories are harrowing and painful. Their lives are still not easy. But their triumphs are shining. They are refugees, women, mothers, wives. “The rebels came to my neighborhood and slaughtered my uncle. They… Read more »

Stop the bias before it starts: five perceptions to check

Freelance journalist Seblewongel Tariku, in a story entitled “Comparative Iraqi and Ukrainian refugees’ media coverage in Finland,” explores perspectives and media coverage of two different sets of refugees: those from Iraq and those from Ukraine. She finds, for many different reasons, both public perception and media coverage of refugees may become unfairly skewed. As we welcome refugees in our home… Read more »

Are you sharing stories about migrants and refugees? Ask yourself these five questions

If you’re a “citizen journalist” trying to tell the story of migrants and refugees, take time for some basic training before you begin. The following five questions are based on a report by Johnny Fisher, a writer for the organization Amplifying Voices. His full findings—and training materials—are available here. Are you sharing a legal context? If the phrase “legal context”… Read more »

Doing business as a refugee isn’t always easy—but South African entrepreneur keeps realizing her dreams

Angelique Kanjirembo has a lot going for her. She’s a business owner. An entrepreneur. A traditional healer. She’s also a refugee. Entrepreneurs across the world appreciate the difficulties of starting and running a business, particularly amid today’s global challenges. But Kanjirembo’s story is even deeper. Kanjirembo, originally from Burundi, has resided in South Africa since she was six years old…. Read more »

It’s back-to-school time—what does that mean if you’re a refugee?

Meet the students of UNICORE—and hear about their hopes and dreams. UNICORE, which stands for UNiversity COrridors for REfugees, is a program promoted by Italian universities, with the support of UNHCR, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli, and other partners.  It aims to increase opportunities for refugees currently residing in refugee… Read more »

Hear the voices of “Women of the Blame”—a glimpse into the real lives of migrant domestic workers

Check out the Women of the Blame podcast series on SoundCloud. They left their home country, Nigeria, dreaming of better lives in Lebanon. “I left to look for greener pastors.” — Nnenna “I left to work and also to be independent unto myself.” —Blessing “I left for a betterment of life.” — Susan But what is really happening to their… Read more »

Changing the Narrative Celebrates Final Projects and Graduation

Journalist Training Program on Migrants and Refugees On 9 June 2022, the Africa, Europe, and Middle East regional associations of WACC celebrated the conclusion of their cross-regional journalist training program, Changing the Narrative. The six-month intensive learning and networking opportunity brought together a diverse group of journalists to strengthen coverage of refugees and migrants in media. The journalists proposed stories… Read more »