Blog Posts by Michael Boyce

June 18, 2013 Michael Boyce Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, United Nations

This post originally appeared on the SahelNow blog.

If you drive along the roads of northern Burkina Faso, as my colleagues and I have these past two weeks, you won’t always see the usual signs of human activity. While the population here is growing rapidly, the Sahel remains a sparsely populated region, and desiccated savannah dominates the landscape – stretching for miles into the distance.

September 27, 2012 Michael Boyce Kuwait, Middle East, Statelessness, Women & Children

Today, RI, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International submitted a joint letter to the Emir of Kuwait demanding an end to abuses of the stateless bidoon and the acknowledgement of their citizenship rights. The full letter is as follows:

September 27, 2012

HH Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Al Diwan Al Amiri
Seif Palace – Building 100
State of Kuwait

Your Highness,

September 14, 2012 Michael Boyce Africa, Libya, Middle East

Roya Hakakian is a member of the Board of Refugees International. This post originally appeared at The Daily Beast.

By Roya Hakakian

“Eating on the floor of a house under the ground! The food was an interesting barley paste, covered with very hot tomato soup. Another adventure in Libya.  How are you? C”

September 13, 2012 Michael Boyce Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, Mali, Niger, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

Today, RI submitted an open letter to the members of the UN Security Council. With the UN scheduled to convene a high-level meeting on the Sahel on September 26, the letter puts before the Council recommendations for assisting and protecting vulnerable populations in the region. It urges Council members to ramp up humanitarian and development assistance in the Sahel, and demands that any UN-approved peacekeeping force in the region protect civilians and support humanitarian efforts.

September 13, 2012

Dear Ambassador,