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Egyptian mother lived as a man for 43 years to save family from poverty

A widowed Egyptian mother has been given a 'woman breadwinner' award for her efforts to provide for her daughter Houda and grandchildren following her husband's death.

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She sits with men in coffee shops, prays with them in the local mosque and dresses just as they do in pants or a traditional floor-length tunic known as a galabeya. Her name is Sisa Abu Daooh, and many believed she was a man until several weeks ago, when she publicly revealed her 42-year-old secret.

A large part of the reason her story has been so widely accepted by Egyptians is that there is no suggestion that her choice of clothing had anything to do with sexuality issues. Nevertheless, her story has demonstrated how many in Egypt are “pushing at the limits of traditional gender roles,” said Scott Long, a human-rights activist living in Cairo.

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Steve Biko: "The most important weapon of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed"

"The most important weapon of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed." Steve Biko

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Italy sees record asylum requests as migrant centers fill

The number of migrants entering Italy has reached a new record as recent figures from the IOM have shown.

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More than 170,000 reached Italian soil on this route in 2014, quadruple the previous year and a record annual figure for any country in EU history.

The flow of migrants has grown from a trickle in 2012 to become the most popular path for illegal immigration into Europe, with the balkans route through the hills of Greece, Macedonia and Serbia in hopes of entering the heart of the 28-nation European Union.

Most of these were people fleeing the war in Syria, while others were escaping conflict in Mali, Niger, Libya, Palestine or Eritrea. According to figures provided by IOM, the Italian Navy's Mare Nostrum operation and the Italian coastguard together managed to save over 120,000 lives last year.

The top asylum-seekers in Italy in 2014 were instead from Mali, with 9,800 requests, followed by Nigeria and Gambia.

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Amref Health Africa calls for safe channels for refugees to reach Europe

26th February 2015: European authorities should create safe and legal ways for migrants and refugees to come to Europe, Guglielmo Micucci, the new Director of Amref Health Africa in Italy has said.

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Kyenge: Operation Triton lacks resources to save migrants in distress at sea

16th February 2015: EU’s Operation Triton doesn’t have sufficient and adequate resources to save the lives of migrants and refugees in distress at sea, former Integration Minister Cécile Kyenge has said.

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