Undercover Writer To Talk About Africa's Refugee Crisis




The Washington and Lee University Africana Studies Program will host Isabella Alexander, award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room.

Alexander’s talk is titled “The Untold Story of Africa’s Migrant and Refugee Crisis.”

A leading expert on international human rights, Alexander has spent the past decade living in the U.S. and Africa, where she defends basic human rights of the world’s largest population of migrants and refugees. For the past three years, she has been working undercover — embedded in hidden migrant brotherhoods and smuggling rings — to capture the treacherous journeys of three families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and Sierra Leone. She has captured their stories in her latest documentary film, “The Burning: The Untold Story of Africa’s Migrant Crisis.”

Alexander is is a regular contributor to CNN, BBC, PRI and NPR. Her forthcoming book, “Burning at Europe’s Borders: Migration in the Age of Border Externalization,” is scheduled for release alongside her film in 2019.

For further questions about the talk, contact Mohamed Kamara at kamaram@wlu.edu.



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