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Klima i pandemiens tidsalder

At EU har vedtatt sine 2030-mål, med 55 prosent utslippskutt, er avgjørende for unionens overordnede mål om å bli klimanøytrale i 2050. Det er selvsagt flere skjær i sjøen for en slik ambisjon, og EU-Kommisjonen får en sentral kontrollrolle. Det viktigste er likevel at hvert enkelt land står bak dette tiltaket, noe de gjør gjennom …

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The Beggar That Wasn’t

I’m loving the summer in southern Italy, so similar to that of my home city, Harare.  I have been in Italy for a couple of months now. Very limited interaction with people: I do not speak Italian, and not many in this remote small town can speak English. I use a lot of my time …

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Life is a journey

Life is a journey through reality that is filled with our emotions. Exile is the feeling of being without land, even though we were born on Earth. Borders are fake lines arranged to polarise our human race and to create a reason to fight. When we were born, we had neither nationalities nor religions; we …

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Reflections of an ICORN exiled writer from Palestine

It’s morning. I wake up easily, rub my eyes like any person, and prepare to face a new day. Maybe I yawn and wonder, while I make myself a cup of coffee, what should I wear today? The rain clothes or autumn ones? Maybe I’ll also enjoy the symphony of rustling leaves, my footsteps mixed …

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The Unseen Homeland: Construction of Tibet in the Diaspora | Interview with Pema Choedon

In 1950, China started the annexation of Tibet, claiming it had always been part of China despite Tibet’s claim to be an autonomous region.  Following brutal suppression by the Chinese, on 31 March 1959, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and political and spiritual leader of Tibet, was forced to escape to India. He began …

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My exile story and the cover of my son’s passport

Only four years ago, I was devastated by the piece of paper in my hands. It was a rejection of our application for a living permit in Georgia. I had spent the last two years trying to stay in this neighboring country after I fled my native country, Azerbaijan.  At that moment, Georgian immigration services …

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Life in exile is secured, but not cured

I clearly recall the date when I arrived in my new city in Sweden. As a middle-aged woman, I reached my destination without knowing anything about the days to come. I had left behind my son alone in that restless part of the world where I was threatened and where every day was like my …

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Am I here to ‘milk Norway for free’?

To be torn away from home, especially for an aspiring writer, heralds a sure death of the Soul, albeit a slow one. That is how I felt when, after years of deliberations with myself; I left my country, Eritrea. For decades on end, I had considered myself an active participant in the realization of a …

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Writing in Exile

At first, you lose family, friends, places, memories, and after a while, you face the big question: Who am I? From here, searching for the dismantling of difficult questions begins. The journey usually ends without obtaining answers, either about the question of identity or about the biggest question of existence itself. Whether exile is voluntary …

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Political entanglement throughout our life

I have spent many nights thinking about whether situation changes people or whether people can change their situation. People can change the situation – just as it is true that a situation can change people completely too. But it is not an easy task to leave situations that drag one towards the brink of a …

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