Kati Whittacker of the BBC interviewed the Argentine war veteran Horacio Benitez, the Argentine Falklands/Malvinas War veteran, the British army chaplain Rev David Cooper, and Mike Smith, on the BBC World Service entitled The Pity of War in their Heart and Soul series, broadcast on 31 March and 2 April.
Droughts have long been part of the Somali peninsula’s climate and, in most cases, have always had significant economic, environmental, and social impact, both direct and indirect. This article by Dr Muna Ismail has been published in the Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, Issue 61, Spring 2017.
Initiatives of Change in the UK is the lead coordinator in a new three-year Erasmus+ project that has been announced to improve the training of migrants and refugees through adult education. Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders (KA2 Cross-borders Intercultural and Societal Entrepreneurs) is a partnership of organisations from the UK, Turkey, Sweden and Spain who are developing innovative training responses to support migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Magreb and Latin America. The project is aimed at supporting adult educators of migrants and refugees in settling into their new communities, re-building their lives, and eventually contributing to the development of their home countries.
The Independent, UK, has carried a substantial obituary of the playwright Hugh Steadman Williams on its website. He died on New Year's Eve aged 80, having suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. The obituary includes an introductory evaluation of his role in East Africa, written by Daisy Fletcher who is on the paper's Conservation and Africa desk.
South African whistleblower Wendy Addison and Mike Smith were interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex on 2 July, about Wendy's story and Mike's new book 'Great Company', which includes Wendy's story. You can pick it up BBC iPlayer till the end of July.
West Briton, Cornwall's best-read local newspaper, reports a 'World first for Cornwall as it signs compassion charter'. The impressive list of speakers included Amina Khalid, a former Somali refugee, now working for Initiatives of Change.
Coverage of the International Communications Forum's annual conference in London by Levant TV, held on 9 May, with panels of prominent people from the BBC, US State Department, foreign correspondents and other international media personas and politicians from around the world. The conference took place at the IofC-UK centre in London.