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Forgotten Conflicts

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Publication date: 
June 2021

Visualizing “forgotten conflicts” is framed in the attempt by changing the focus and shifting it to situations that lack immediacy and that need to be visualized so that they do not fall into oblivion. In these pages that follow, you will find five extensive articles that review the causes, the development and possible future events in five countries in conflict. We are speaking about Honduras, Yemen, the Central African Republic, Western Sahara and Myanmar. And we do so with the help of authors who know the realities of these countries well because they were born there, have lived there or have worked there for some time on cooperation projects.  

Author

Jesuit and human rights defender in Honduras. Director of Radio Progreso and Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC), a community human rights centre.

He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Arts and a degree in Law. He has been a lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at university and, in his political activity, a member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies for five legislatures. His main areas of interest have been the European Union, the Mediterranean countries, the Maghreb and the Middle East. He has participated as an electoral observer in Russia, Eastern European countries and the Palestinian Territories. In the Junta de Andalucía he was Director General of Migration Policies and Secretary General of External Action. Finally, he was Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Prague.

 

Up until this past 31th March he had been the Oxfam Intermon Director in the Central African Republic (CAR), where he worked for five years. Previously a telecommunications engineer, in 2006 he quitted his job at Orange to join the humanitarian world working together as part of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Becoming specialized in crisis contexts, life took him to Chad, Mozambique, South Sudan and finally the CAR.

Coordinator of the Federació d'Associacions Catalanes Amigues del Poble Sahrauí (ACAPS); linked to the movement of solidarity with the Sahrawi people since 2006 through an exchange of young Catalans and Sahrawis. Since then he has participated in the association Gràcia amb el Sàhara in Barcelona and with the ACAPS Federation, first on the board of directors and now working as technical coordinator. He is also a member of the Consell Municipal de Cooperació Internacional de Barcelona as a representative of the District of Gràcia.

 

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