S.M. Murtasim Shah

About S.M. Murtasim Shah

An Economics and Political Science Student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Special interest in cases of Refugee Crises, War and Conflict: notably around the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent.

An Understated Migration Crisis: Eritreans Cross Disputed Border To Ethiopia

While attention is focused, amidst the intensifying migration crisis, on Syrians fleeing from civil war to Europe, the exodus from the smaller Eritrea is proportionally more extreme. While the relations between the neighbouring countries of cc and Ethiopia is tense, some Eritreans still find themselves crossing the disputed border. Badme, […]

New Fighting Erupts In South Sudan: 60 Aid Workers Forced To Flee

South Sudan still finds themselves struggling to contain a civil war since December 2013, when President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused his erstwhile deputy Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and ten others of attempting a coup d’etat. The political showdown quickly split along ethnic lines and has drawn many […]

Nigerian Army Close In On Boko Haram Stronghold; Islamic Extremists Continue to Kidnap Women

In the heart of Sambisa Forest in North-Eastern Nigeria, zero hour has arrived. The final offensive led by the Nigerian Army takes place against Boko Haram, and ultimately their dream of establishing their own sovereign state. Boko Haram has caused great turmoil in Africa’s most populous country through a wave […]

Battle For Mosul: Anti-ISIL Push Resumes After Brief Pause As Coalition Air Raids Hit Civilians

The city of Mosul still remains a hotbed for Islamic insurgency and military operations, as the anti-ISIL push continues after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city’s most densely populated areas. According to Al Jazeera, an estimated 750,000 civilians […]

Taliban Attacks Border Posts Between Pakistan-Afghanistan

The Pakistani Taliban faction attempted to carry out an attack on border posts between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the 17th of March, 2017. Eight people, including two Pakistani soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a Pakistani military border post in the Khyber tribal area, according to the Pakistan […]

Thousands Flee Into China As Minorities Attack Army In Myanmar

According to government officials in Beijing, more than 20,000 people from Northern Myanmar have fled to neighboring China in recent months, seeking refuge from deadly fighting between ethnic groups and the army. The latest clashes have been in Shan, a Northeastern state, which has seen repeated bouts of fighting between […]

Al-Qaeda And Yemen: Suicide Bomber Claims Eight Soldiers In Zinjibar

Yemen has been plagued by turmoil within the government and external turmoil from extremists on the outskirts of the cities. On the 24th of February, 2017, according to local officials and residents, a suicide bomber infiltrated the ranks of a military camp in the southern city of Zinjibar, Yemen leaving […]

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations: Making Sense of The Tension, Origins of The Taliban and Why Afghan Refugees Are Being Sent Home

The diplomatic relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan has diminished significantly in the recent years, as each country accuses the other of harbouring armed opposition. Pakistan has chosen to expel hundreds of thousands Afghan refugees back to their home nation, labelled as the world’s largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees […]