Faith-Based Humanitarian Corridors to Italy: A Safe and Legal Route to Refuge

Based on her research in Italy, in this piece Susanna Trotta argues that Italian FBOs' responses to the needs of peoples displaced around the Mediterranean are helping to counteract troubling trends in refugee status recognition, whilst also offering a model of 'replicability' capable of challenging the growing securitisation of refugee protection in the Global North. In…

A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger

A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford Listen here (read by Y. M. Qasmiyeh):  I The moon is the birthmark of the refugee. His birth equates to the mauling of his entire body. Nothing is anomalous about the wound. While waiting, we bite our nails and flesh. Once I…

Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees

Major international agencies including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have moved towards partnering with faith-based actors to support displaced persons. Despite this, concerns – and suspicions – remain about the nature and impact of faith-based responses to displacement, often stemming from negative assumptions about the relationship between religion and gender. These assumptions…

Reflection and Connection: Religious Celebration in Times of Crisis

In this piece, Olivia Wilkinson reflects on the implicit and explicit roles faith celebrations play in local responses to crises in the Philippines. Drawing on her research there, Wilkinson offers a compelling argument: despite misunderstandings, international humanitarian responses to crises should aim to more effectively engage with local religious ceremonies as part of their overall response. How this…

Prayer

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with the Oxford Student PEN group, translates the poetry of Syrian writer Tammam Al-Tillawi. The poem is one of five works of translation from Arabic and French into English. It…