Articles by: Samina Ansari

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

July 21, 2017 at 11:16 PM

Last week, an ISIS fighter was dressed in women’s clothes as he attempted to bomb refugees. This is not the first or the last time that a women’s attire was used as a tool by violent extremists. In 2015, a group of ISIS fighters wore women’s clothing in an attemptRead More

Finding Refuge: The din of noise, without the right voices

Finding Refuge: The din of noise, without the right voices

January 20, 2017 at 10:47 AM

When the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, my family, alongside several others, was forced to leave. The place we called home, was now packed into two suitcases as we, with a fair share of difficulty, left behind the dust of the armed and the harmed. However, we lucked outRead More

Finding Refuge in the world’s last colony: Western Sahara

Finding Refuge in the world’s last colony: Western Sahara

December 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Under the mandate of our “Policy+People” initiative and the section titled ” Finding Refuge: Looking at humans as humans. Without the filter of economic, social or religious concern”, Samina Ansari talks about the refugee crisis that has not been looked at enough. Spain withdrew from Western Sahara in 1975 andRead More

Afghanistan; Wanted by Many, Belonging to None?

Afghanistan; Wanted by Many, Belonging to None?

August 18, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Afghan Independence Day is celebrated on 19 August to commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The country was never part of the British Empire, which fought three wars with Afghanistan and won none. The smoke of that fire was not settled before another fire started, the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1988) followed by multipleRead More

Finding Refuge: Stories from the Netherlands

Finding Refuge: Stories from the Netherlands

December 4, 2015 at 6:46 AM

The refugees escape to live in a  prison Maastricht, Netherlands is hosting 600 refugees, in a camp that used to be Netherlands first prison built on the basis of the Prisoners Act, focusing on rehabilitation. A grey building, located behind a tall brick wall with steel window frames. Inside theRead More

A border free Kabul

A border free Kabul

August 11, 2015 at 4:06 AM

¨There are 60 000- 80 000 street children in Afghanistan’s Capital alone?¨ Gail Malone, the woman behind the Instruments for Traumatised Children in Kabul, informs me.  It’s been 20 years since I was last in Afghanistan, from the Airport to Share-e-Naw. I am met by young girls and boys knockingRead More

Sartre on Refugees

Sartre on Refugees

May 28, 2015 at 11:56 AM

The protection and safety of human beings should not be limited by legal boundaries, it is the moral duty of countries and ordinary citizens to take a stand in face of political and humanitarian conflicts.

Afghanistan: The Awkward Friend of Two Enemies?

Afghanistan: The Awkward Friend of Two Enemies?

May 17, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Ghani and Modi have had a lot to talk about. One would presume that hours could pass by quickly when the leaders of India and Afganishtan sit and talk. Trade and investment based conversations not withstanding, ISIS and their activity on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is reportedly, a major concern forRead More

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Norway: My Irresponsible Refuge?

April 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Fifteen years after my feet touched Norwegian soil, however, the Government is about to make it much tougher for many foreign nationals to immigrate to Norway. The timing for the imposition of these restrictions couldn’t be worse.

Unfulfilled Promises for Afghanistan’s Women

Unfulfilled Promises for Afghanistan’s Women

April 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM

In the 13 years since the fall of the Taliban, women’s rights in Afghanistan have seen incredible advancement. Despite this progress, however, women seldom have a voice in political and social affairs and are often left in the periphery when it comes to critical subjects impacting their country.