Stories written by Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau
Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau is an award-winning multimedia storyteller. She has worked as a photographer, radio correspondent and writer in many countries, including East Timor, South Korea, Philippines, Haiti, Japan, the United States, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt and Dubai. She has conducted several workshops with streets kids, ex-prisoners, children of migrant workers and refugees on the use of photography and interviewing as a tool for self-empowerment in underrepresented communities as means of dealing with racism, poverty, prejudice and war. Currently she is working on multimedia essays documenting displaced faces around the world, migrant workers and women, and is the founder and organiser of the "Taste Culture" initiative. https://www.facebook.com/elsimbarusseau | Web | Facebook |

Europe Confronts Its Borders

The influx of Tunisian migrants into Europe following the country’s ‘Jasmine Revolt’ has sparked a debate over the application of the passport-free Schengen Agreement.

A poster in Tunis declares that the revolution must continue. Credit: Simba Russeau/IPS.

Arab Spring Slips Into Tunisian Fall

Seven months after Tunisia’s historic uprising which saw the ouster of long-time dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and gave birth to the region’s Arab Spring, many Tunisians are losing confidence in the progress of their revolution.

TUNISIA: War Strangles Livelihoods on the Border

Tunisia’s border with Libya has been a major lifeline, keeping residents in Ben Guerdane economically afloat - so when the vital trade route is blocked by the municipality or by protestors, tempers flare.

Between Libya and the Deep Sea

NATO’s five-month bombing campaign in Libya, run under the guise of protecting civilians, is also killing victims fleeing the conflict, directly and indirectly.

Hawiyeh Awal. Credit: Simba Russeau/IPS.

TUNISIA: Migrants Flee to New Traps

As African Union and NATO leaders push for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, many of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded on the Libyan- Tunisian border say their plight continues to fall on deaf ears.

Hidden Bombs Hit Libyans

The conflict in Libya between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces will continue to take its toll on communities long after the war has ended as long as hidden bombs remain scattered across public areas.

MIDEAST: Never a Good Day for This Population

In dire need of money to assist her family back home, 27-year-old Makeda from Ethiopia was forced to return to the Middle East as a domestic worker.

Late Spring May Come to Morocco

As Moroccans head to the polls to vote in a referendum on reforms offered by King Mohammed VI in the wake of the Arab Spring, the debate continues as to whether the proposed changes are merely cosmetic or will pave the way for a viable democracy.

New Fear of Civil War in Sudan

The escalation of violence around the north-south border in the run-up to Sudan’s big divide has sparked fears of a new civil war, but experts contend that the issue is more about land and water rather than oil.

LIBYA: Water Emerges as a Hidden Weapon

Libya’s enormous aquatic reserves could potentially become a new weapon of choice if government forces opt to starve coastal cities that heavily rely on free flowing freshwater.

At Tahrir Square. Credit: Mohammed Omer/IPS.

Spring Not New to Arab Women

Women have been taking leading roles in the Arab uprisings of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Morocco and Bahrain - shattering many decades old Western myths that Arab women are powerless and enslaved.

POLITICS: Balkanisation of Libya

As the battle for Libya rages on - with the country’s economic heartland, Misurata, being the scene of some of the uprising’s fiercest fighting - experts are warning that a ‘Balkanisation’ of Libya is possible if the U.S. and NATO opt to exploit loopholes in U.N. Resolution 1973 by arming the opposition.

Arab Spring Comes in Western Arms

Global spending on arms in 2010 were an estimated 1.6 trillion dollars, with governments in the Middle East dishing out more than 111 billion for weapons - raising questions as to whether Western arms suppliers circumvented international treaties by exporting to repressive regimes.

Arab Refugees Suffer Mind Disorders

Amidst the political upheavals across the Arab world, a new U.N. study highlights the need for neurological health services to monitor brain disorders among displaced people.

Libyan Choice: Starve or Run

Rights groups have condemned the indiscriminate attacks on residential areas in Misrata, that have worsened an already dire situation.

Libyan Exodus Shrinks Remittances

The exodus of migrants streaming out of Libya due to ongoing unrest has highlighted the heavy dependence of some countries on remittances from their citizens working abroad. In several countries this flow has now become choked.

Migrant Workers Caught in Whirlwind of ‘Arab Spring’

Migrant workers caught in the crossfire of the ongoing upheavals in Bahrain and Libya highlight the need to develop international migration policies based on migrants' rights rather than the economic interest of labour sending and receiving countries, knowledgeable sources say.

Libya Uprising Hits West’s Dinner Tables

Linkages between the Libyan uprising and shelling out more money than usual at a local market in the West may not at first seem apparent but the common denominator is oil.

LIBYA: Uprising Revives Entrenched Racism Towards Black Africans

Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi's use of African mercenaries to quell the uprising against his autocratic regime has revived a deep-rooted racism between Arabs and black Africans.

Reality for Migrant Workers Tastes Bitter in Lebanese Prisons

Connections and money seem to be the only way many migrant workers, refugees and Arab nationals escape prolonged detentions in Lebanon while the majority rarely, if ever, see justice.

Arab Uprising Bypasses Domestic Slaves

The uprisings sweeping the Arab world have been provoked by long injustice, low income, police brutality, and lack of social security. While the world looks at this, the suffering of up to three million maids across the Arab world remains wrapped in silence.

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