Jessica Patterson


Calls In Morocco To No Longer ‘Turn A Blind Eye’ To Rampant Sexual Abuse

This week, a 17-year-old Moroccan girl named Khadija was returned to her family after being held captive for two months, where she was repeatedly gang-raped, starved, beaten, withheld from basic hygiene, and where she had her whole body tattooed with Nazi symbols and explicit statements and images. A video has […]


How Trump Is Propagating The Myth Of “White Genocide” In South Africa

This week, U.S President Donald Trump tweeted in response to South Africa’s land reforms, reiterating the white supremacist myth of “white genocide” towards white South African land owners by black South Africans. He tweeted to U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking for him to “closely study the South African […]


Conditions Worsen For Thousands Of Afro-Colombians And Indigenous Peoples In Chocó, Colombia

The people living in the north-western region of Chocó, Colombia, are continually getting caught in the crossfire between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and paramilitary groups, with the region being called “emblematic of the problems that still plague Colombia.” Conditions for the mostly Afro-Colombian and Indigenous population have worsened in […]


Confirmed Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On August 1st, 2018, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed an outbreak of Ebola. This outbreak occurred only a week after the government declared Ebola defeated in the Equateur province on the other side of the country. So far, four deaths have been confirmed to have […]


As the Syrian Revolution Comes To an End, The Regions Humanitarian Crisis Worsens

After three weeks of military attacks led by the Syrian government with Russian support, the city of Deraa has been reclaimed from rebels. This governmental success marks a huge milestone towards the end of the revolution in Syria according to Joshua Landis (Director for the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies […]


Being Part of the LGBTQ Community in Guinea-Bissau

The LGBTQ community in Guinea-Bissau is experiencing new freedoms and livelihoods, never explored in the West African continent. The government of Guinea-Bissau has made legal changes which have established new rights for the community including the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993 , and the signing of the 2008 United Nations […]


Nigeria’s Herder-Farmer Crisis Has Surpassed Boko Haram in Casualties This Year

According to a report from the International Crisis Group (ICG), Nigeria is experiencing its “greatest security challenge” provoked through increased violence between herders and farmers over scarce resources in the fertile region named the Middle Belt. Since January this year, more than 1300 people have been killed and a further […]


Mexico’s Presidential Candidate Lopez Obrador Promises To Resolve Violence Plaguing The Nation

On Sunday, elections in Mexico will take place for 3 400 seats at the local, state, and national levels in Mexico. But all eyes will be on the presidential election, which, according to the polls, will favour leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Lopez Obrador has adopted a policy of […]


Planned Sit-At-Home Protest To Occur In Togo For Political Reform

The opposition government in Togo, led by Jean-Pierre Fabre, is calling for a nationwide workers strike on Monday for more democratic reforms to the current government policy under President Faure Gnassingbé, including a two-term limit for presidents. This protest comes months after the last violent one, spurred by decades of […]