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Seeking refuge in Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

By Cathal McNaughton

Gaining the trust of asylum seekers I met in Sweden and taking pictures that would grab the viewer's attention and convey the tremendous struggles and dangers they had faced was a challenge.

They were scared and suspicious and in most cases had family back in their homeland who were in danger.

As a photojournalist, the last thing I want to do is compromise someone's life for a photograph, but I also needed to tell these people's stories.

They wanted me to tell their stories too. Pictures speak a thousand words however, in this case, I needed people to read my subjects’ words.

from Photographers' Blog:

Afghan refugees – Seeking sanctuary

Brussels, Belgium

By Francois Lenoir

It was a cold, wet morning when I passed through the doors of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage, a grand 17th century building in the center of Brussels.

Inside, children were playing and shouting in the large, dark hall, which was lined with rows and rows of tents. I had not just entered a church – I was inside people’s homes. The building had become a very private space.

from Africa News blog:

Was it right to grant refugee status to white South African?

Canada's decision to grant refugee status to white South African Brandon Huntley has drawn anger from the ruling African National Congress, which described it as racist, and has again stirred the race debate in South Africa 14 years after the end of apartheid.

Huntley had cited persecution by black South Africans as the reason why he could not return to the country of his birth. The chair of the Canadian panel that granted his request said he had shown evidence "of indifference and inability or unwillingness" of South Africa's government to protect white South Africans from "persecution by African South Africans".

from Fan Fare:

Hey Megan Fox, watch out for “Golden Girl” Betty White

betty-whiteLast week, Asylum.com was among a number of men's websites that announced Tuesday would be a day without 23-year-old starlet Megan Fox. And just who did the writers and editors at Asylum think they could rely on to replace Fox? Why, Betty White of the 1980s senior citizen TV series "Golden Girls."

The website on Tuesday featured a photo of White flashing the "devil horns" sign, heavy metal style. And it said that in the spirit of its Megan Fox ban, it "decided to try something a little different and celebrate a woman whose multi-decade career is the stuff of Hollywood legend."

from Fan Fare:

A day without Megan Fox? Websites for men say yes

Megan Fox this year has made the news every time she walked down the red carpet, offered a teasing sound bite, or did just about anything on a public street or right-of-way. The sex symbol whmegan-foxo starred in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," the year's biggest movie so far, seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to getting attention.

But that's just the problem. Reacting to the starlet's omnipresence in the world of entertainment news, several men's websites are banning Fox for a day. They say they have nothing against the Tennessee-born beauty, but they are still banning her from their sites on August 4.

from Africa News blog:

Back to Africa?

Members of Sierra Leone's U15 football team FC Johansen pose for a team photo in Freetown

Earlier this month, players in a Sierra Leonean football team were hailed as heroes when they returned from Sweden - because they all came home.

In the past, they might have been more likely to scarper and seek asylum while they had the chance.

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