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MRG Podcast: May 2013 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s podcast. We’ve been away for a while, but now we’re back, bringing you new stories from the communities we work with around the world.This month, we hear why UK actress and comedian Meera Syal supports our work, talk to a Yezidi Kurd from Georgia, and listen to mesmerising sounds from Mali inspired by traditional hunting songs....

Peoples under Threat 2013 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

SWM 2014: Taking steps to promote peace and reconciliation in West Africa 

Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsThough much of this chapter makes grim reading, there are concrete grounds for hope in the region. In Sierra Leone, where around 60 per cent of the population is believed to be Muslim and another 20 to 30 per cent Christian, ethnicity played a role in over a decade of war. Religion, however, reportedly did not. Sierra Leone, according...

SWM 2015: Mali - Cultural heritage as a vehicle for peace in Timbuktu 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Joana DabajThe fabled ‘city of 333 Saints’, Timbuktu, is located in the republic of Mali at the edge of the Sahara desert and near the Niger River. Founded in the 5th century, it was long regarded as a centre for the diffusion of Islam through West Africa and a city of trade, where manuscripts and books...



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