Episode 4 (March 3, 2021): Stories about Risk
In the fourth episode of the Global Migration podcast “Geographies from the Heart: Life-writing from Newcomers to Canada,” host Mohammed Alsaleh speaks to journalists Diary Xalid Marif, from Iraqi Kurdistan, and Akberet Beyene, an exiled Eritrean journalist, who speak of the escape from their homes and the struggle to be heard. To support the project please visit the project’s GoFundMe page here.
This podcast was recorded on Zoom on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.
Diary Xalid Marif is an Iraqi Kurdish journalist. He has a Master’s degree in History from Pune University in India. He worked with a TV channel in his home country as a documentary researcher. He later moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2017 and he has been writing nonfiction in English. He joined SNtC given that he wants people to know about his stories and interact with Canadian writers. You can follow him on Twitter @diary_khalid.
Akberet Beyene was a journalist for the national Eritrean television station. She researched and disseminated stories for both print and television that largely centered on sociopolitical events and human rights. As a result of the suppression of media and the accompanying arrest of journalists in Eritrea, she fled to Canada in 2011 where she has been living ever since, working as a caregiver.