Global Voices The Blog of American Jewish World Service

The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.


The fisherwomen of Nyakakoma: Reflections from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, visited AJWS’s grantee organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been sharing stories from his travels. “I came here 23 years ago from Goma to visit my friend, and never left,” said Mama Colette. I was immediately drawn to Colette when I saw her—one …Read More

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Reflections on President Obama’s visit to Kenya

by Gitahi Githuku and Caroline Kouassiaman For over a month prior to President Obama’s visit to Kenya, “POTUS” was the hot topic of conversation, as much of the country was captivated by Obama’s first visit to his father’s homeland as President. The fact that President Obama had kin in Kenya coined the popular term “Our …Read More

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The Politics of Violence in El Salvador

Reporting from El Salvador In recent months El Salvador has been torn by a surge in deadly gang violence and a heavy police response—yielding greater insecurity than we have seen since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992. Gangs and their supporters continue to promote violence, and the government has increased military presence …Read More

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Why Obama Should Address Human Rights in Kenya

President Obama will make his historic visit to Kenya this weekend—his first trip to his father’s homeland as president.  As Kenya’s people eagerly anticipate his homecoming, AJWS’s Kenyan grantees are urging President Obama to address the critical human rights issues affecting marginalized communities in Kenya—including women, girls, LGBT people, and Kenya’s rural populations. Since 2004, AJWS has supported grassroots organizations in Kenya that …Read More

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