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Shielding Underage Refugees from Further Violence

Amera empowers Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees to overcome their traumas. Kidnapping and torture of these refugees is increasing in Sinai, with nearly half the victims under age 18. Traffickers often abuse their refugee captives in order to extort money from their relatives.

Amera’s Unaccompanied Children and Youth Team enables survivors who have escaped and made it to Cairo to get the legal and psycho-social support they need to recover, helping them access legal, educational, and health services and occupational and cultural training.

In the face of growing xenophobia, Amera also advocates for greater protection and rights for this extremely vulnerable group. Since June of this year, Ethiopians and other Africans have suffered numerous attacks and evictions as part of a violent public reaction to a perceived water crisis spurred by Ethiopian dam policies.

Through policy-shaping and education, Amera encourages Egyptians to let their traditional hospitality win out over discrimination.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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