Der falsche Feind

Alle warnen davor, dass die AfD islamfeindlich sei. Doch Islamophobie hat sich über viele Debatten und Zerrbilder schon lange in der gesellschaftlichen Mitte verankert. Mein Essay ist hier auf Zeit Online nachzulesen (11.10.2017).

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UN Media Seminar

Peace in the Middle East is not in sight at the moment, but good to talk about it anyway: In October I attented the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East at the United Nations in Vienna.

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At UN Headquarters in Vienna © Andrea Backhaus

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Trip to Beirut

Few impression from my trip to Beirut in September.

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“Wir wollen uns nicht bei den Mächtigen beliebt machen”

Viele Herrscher im Nahen Osten hassen den katarischen Sender Al Jazeera. Wir machen weiter und berichten über alles, egal wie wir es finden, sagt Korrespondent Elshayyal. Mein Interview mit Elshayyal ist hier auf Zeit Online (20.8.2017) nachzulesen.

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Die Gestrandeten

Auf dem Weg von Libyen nach Europa landen viele Schiffbrüchige in Tunesien. Dort stehen sie vor dem Nichts, doch eine Rückkehr in die Heimat ist für viele ausgeschlossen.Meine Reportage aus Zarzis und Medenine ist hier auf Zeit Online (3.8.2017) nachzulesen.

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Trip to Tunisia

In July I went to Tunisia to do some research on the situation of the migrants who are stranded there. I kicked off in Tunis and then went to the South, to Medenine and Zarzis, small villages that are close to the Libyan border.


La Marsa, Tunis © Andrea Backhaus

“Le Foyer“ is the reception centre for migrants in Medenine, a town in Southern Tunisia, close to the Libyan border. Almost all the people here are from Congo, Gambia or Nigeria and have been in Libya before, where they have experienced exploitation, violence, sexual abuse, torture. They all tried to get to Italy, but when their boats broke in the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisian fishermen rescued them. Now they are in limbo and have nowhere to go, so they kill the time by playing billard in the yard. Some are so desperate, that despite all the horrors they experienced there, they want to find smugglers to bring them back to Libya – to get again on a boat towards Europe.

More to follow soon!


Le Foyer in Medenine © Andrea Backhaus


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In July I was in Salzburg, Austria, to speak to young journalists on why in times of conflict and crisis (not only in the Middle East), profound and in-depth journalism has rarely before been so important.

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