Displacement and Return

The Displacement and Return series features blog posts from the Politics of Return and Trajectories of Displacement projects, based at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at LSE and funded by the ESRC/AHRC.

Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

  • Permalink Willy Karekezi is a self-taught Rwandan visual artists. Karakezi is interested in everyday lives of people around him and wants to portray the dynamics of human realities. He uses painting, live making and sculpture to express himself. Kerekezi works out of Kigali Gallery

    Creating the right dynamic among our resident artists to curate impact in #LSEreturn

Creating the right dynamic among our resident artists to curate impact in #LSEreturn

In October 2017, Kara Blackmore explored the vital role art can play in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences and unveiled how researchers on the Politics of Return project and artists selected through the 32º East residency would dialogue to create outputs on the issues presented. In this blogpost, Kara Blackmore and Nikissi Serumaga describe the process of […]

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    DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn argue that it is time to rethink Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

After numerous cycles of violence, ceasefires, and peace deals, thousands of Congolese former rebels have demobilised, disarmed, and tried to return to their communities of […]

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    The legacy of LRA conflict continues to disempower women in rural Northern Uganda

The legacy of LRA conflict continues to disempower women in rural Northern Uganda

Donnas Ojok shares a compelling personal tale of how the impact of the LRA war in Northern Uganda still make it difficult for women and girls to thrive. 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

Meet my niece, Juliet. She has one of the most infectious smiles I have ever seen. Beautiful both physically […]

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    Permalink Peuhl women walking to their camp in the forest around Ndele (Bamingui-Bangoran), Central African Republic, 2015. Image Credit: Juan Carlos TomasiGallery

    #LSEReturn: Trapped in Enclaves: How Politics of Inclusion could help Central African Muslim Refugees Return Home

#LSEReturn: Trapped in Enclaves: How Politics of Inclusion could help Central African Muslim Refugees Return Home

Four years after systematic ethnic cleansing led Central African Republic’s Muslim community to flee to neighbouring countries, Enrica Picco  explores the challenges facing returnees.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

At the beginning of the current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), from late 2013 to early 2014,  systematic ethnic cleansing was perpetrated […]

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    Video: Reliving the Euphoria of South Sudan Independence through the Documentary Our Bright Stars

Video: Reliving the Euphoria of South Sudan Independence through the Documentary Our Bright Stars

Almost seven years after South Sudan became independent, we look back at the high expectations citizens had for their new nation through the eyes of a documentary, Our Bright Stars, directed by Frederique Cifuentes and Sidi Moctar Khaba.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country as it broke away from the north and declared itself the Republic of South Sudan […]

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    #LSEReturn: Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

#LSEReturn: Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

A photo essay by Kara Blackmore on the “Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation” held at LSE on 30 November 2017.

 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

 
“Let this dialogue be merely a punctuation mark in the ongoing conversation around today’s South Sudan and the broader crisis of representation in the cosmopolitan […]

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    Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee – Part 2 #LSEreturn

Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee – Part 2 #LSEreturn

Through the story of Chol, LSE’s Naomi Pendle explores the meaning of exile and the lived experience of being a refugee through cycles of displacement and return. In the first article of this two-part series, Pendle tells us how Chol rebuilt home after years spent in exile. Now, LSE’s Naomi Pendle narrates Chol’s return into exile, a journey that […]

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    Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee Part 1 #LSEreturn

Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee Part 1 #LSEreturn

Through the story of Chol, LSE’s Naomi Pendle explores the meaning of exile and the lived experience of being a refugee through cycles of displacement and return. In the first article of this two-part series, Pendle tells us how Chol rebuilt home after years spent in exile.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

 

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Revisiting ‘justice’ in northern Uganda #LSEreturn

Two studies in the current issue of the Journal of Eastern African Studies re-visit the fascinating debate about justice and reconciliation in northern Uganda, nearly ten years since the fighting between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) stopped on Ugandan soil, as Anna Macdonald, Holly Porter and Letha Victor discuss in this article.

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    Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Kara Blackmore explores some of the urgent questions of knowledge and its consequences in the South Sudanese context.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa. Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

Since 2013, when post-independence war broke […]

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