Thirst for Homeland
According to Edward Said 'Exile is a complex phenomenon for those who experience it and is caused most times by the dystopian conditions at home and worsened by the insatiable desires abroad.’
Since the turn of the twentieth century, violence and conflict have become major factors contributing to the displacement of millions of people worldwide. A fair few of these have been forced into exile. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, up to 18.4 million people in 2017 have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict. These diaspora communities are often denied access to basic human needs and freedom.
‘Thirst for Homeland’ explores the story of former Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees in Oru International Refugee Camp, Nigeria. Their experiences in exile, survival strategies, sense of belonging and identity and their willingness to either return to their homeland or integrate and settle in an alien country; despite the failure of the ‘classical durable’ solutions (repatriation, local integration, and resettlement) by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the National Commission For Refugees.