Caitlin L Chandler

Writer, journalist

Location icon Germany

Editorial Board @ Africa is a Country. Int'l Reporting Project fellow. Anne LaBastille Writing Resident for nonfiction. Otto Brenner grant.

Portfolio
The New York Review of Books
Rome: Where Migrants Face Eviction as Fascists Find a Home

Across Italy, some 10,000 migrants and refugees are living in squats. In search of shelter, many have joined vulnerable Italians in occupying empty buildings. The housing crisis is not an accident. It is part of a deliberate strategy by the government to make Italy as inhospitable to migrants as possible.

Dissent Magazine
How Far Will the EU Go to Seal Its Borders? | Dissent Magazine

As controlling migration rapidly becomes the EU's top priority, it's ready to pay African governments to prevent refugees from reaching Europe-even if that means using paramilitaries to stop them. Caitlin L. Chandler ▪ Summer 2018 Khartoum used to be a city where you could disappear.

The Nation
09/19/2018
Germany's Faith-Based Sanctuary Activists Have Created a National Movement

Current Issue Amanuel is slender and fit, with curly black hair and a noticeably gentle demeanor. In Eritrea, he trained and worked as a nurse. As a young man he was in constant danger of lifelong re-conscription into the military, which in Eritrea, the UN has said, constitutes slave labor.

The Nation
10/30/2017
We Are All Refugees: A Conversation With Mohsin Hamid

But also I think just imagining a positive future is important, because the world in many ways is getting better. The average person, the poorest quarter of the planet, consume far more calories than they did 50 years ago, they are living longer, the gap between the average education of boys and girls is diminishing.

Orient XXI
03/14/2018
Enquête sur les dérives de l'aide européenne au Soudan - Une stratégie mortifère contre les migrants

En l'absence d'une prise en compte des causes profondes des migrations, seuls les officiels corrompus et les trafiquants tirent bénéfice de la criminalisation des migrants. Alors que des millions de dollars de fonds de l'Union européenne affluent au Soudan pour endiguer la migration africaine, les demandeurs d'asile témoignent : ils sont pris au piège, et vivent dans un état perpétuel de peur et d'exploitation dans ce pays de transit.

The Nation
02/09/2017
6 Years, 8 Countries: An Eritrean Couple's Harrowing Search for Safety

Daniel was 19 when he began his mandatory service, stationed at the notorious Sawa military base. Within two weeks, he developed chronic diarrhea from the harsh conditions; he dropped from 140 pounds to less than 100 in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, his defiant temperament constantly drew the officers' anger.

Guernica
02/07/2017
The Other World

" Every day in Syria a new plane dropped a bomb on us. We ran away [to another part of Syria]; then bombs also fell there, so we ran here. This is a very bad climate-there is a shortage of water.

Syria Deeply
05/16/2016
The Importance of Bearing Witness to Syria's War

Stationed at a field hospital in Jordan run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Caitlin Chandler is bearing witness to the seemingly endless war across the border, one patient at a time, and refusing to look away.

The Nation
12/02/2015
Europe Is Trying to Rid Itself of the Eritrean Refugee Crisis

Aster's one-story house in southern Eritrea was painted white and teal. Five front windows overlooked a lawn, where her four daughters could play and donkeys grazed. Her father obtained permission from the government to build in 2002; they began building in 2013.

Aljazeera
The Syrian Refugee Giving Back to Germany

Alex Assali woke up in his small Berlin flat on the morning of November 22, 2015, and checked his email. There were 1,000 messages waiting for him. The day before, a friend had uploaded a photograph to Facebook of Assali feeding homeless people on the streets of Berlin.

OkayAfrica
04/19/2016
Why Are Oromo Refugees Getting Sent Back to Ethiopia?

Tariku Debela, in jeans, walks carefully through the streets of Eastleigh, Nairobi. Photo by Ebba Abbamurti. On a warm evening last month, Tariku Debela was walking home from dinner in the immigrant enclave of Eastleigh, Nairobi, when he was jumped by four men who took his phone and more than $200 in cash.

Africa is a Country
12/16/2015
Does the Gates Foundation do more harm than good?

In July 2010, I attended the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Representatives of the Gates Foundation's HIV team set-up shop inside the venue with a private conference room. For those of us working for civil society organizations, a meeting with the Gates Foundation was highly coveted yet illusive - you had to know someone who knew someone.

The Nation
09/30/2015
Refugees to Europe: Do Better Than This

In January 2012, a 29-year-old Iranian refugee, Muhammed Rahsapar, committed suicide at a refugee center in Würzburg, a town in central Germany. His death sparked an outcry at the conditions in which refugees were housed.

Africa is a Country
10/19/2015
Dispatch from Berlin

In August 1992, a mob of neo-Nazis attacked a hostel for foreigners in the northern German city of Rostock, hurling stones and petrol bombs. The attack lasted for four days, encouraged by an estimated 3,000 cheering spectators. After two days, the police left the scene; the mob then set fire to a building housing Vietnamese workers and their families.

Selamtamagazine
09/02/2015
From the Street to the Stage

Five men lay on the ground. Some are curled into themselves, others stretched in straight lines. Slowly, heads rise; the men sit up and begin to lift a hand or arm. Some swing their legs around in circular half-moons, others push off against the floor and deftly enter handstands, using canes to support their movements.

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