Refugee week: Africans fleeing genocide
Most people in the global North think refugees (and migrants in general) come from "there" to "here". In fact, most of them go from one place "there" to another: places like Cairo, Nairobi, Mexico City and Lahore are home to the majority of the world's displaced people.
People fleeing intolerable lives in Africa understandably head North (or South, to relatively prosperous South Africa, where they have of course recently been greated with treatment the BNP can only dream of emulating).
For many, that means heading to Eygpt, as a route to Europe or to Israel, which is understood to be an outpost of the global North.
Israel, because of its history entwined with the need for sanctuary from genocide, is placed in a difficult position. However, despite the racism of Israeli society, large numbers (perhaps a majority) of Israeli citizens clearly want their land to be more hospitable to African refugees, as these stories show:
- Sudanese refugees in Israel face uncertainty - Ynetnews
- Southern Sudanese beg Israel to accept them as refugees | Jerusalem Post
- Israel offers to pay African states to take in Sudan refugees - Haaretz
- Foreign Ministry denies refugee plan report | Jerusalem Post