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The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning sky...

Migration is as old as humanity but the goals of migration are as varied as the people undertaking long, and often hazardous, journeys to new lands. This travel-sized edition of The Niles was written and edited by a group of The Niles correspondents from Sudan and South Sudan at a newsroom workshop in Nairobi. The journalists’ 50-question checklist for would-be migrants forms the backbone of this seventh print edition. Answers span personal stories and recollections, creating an uncompromising snapshot of the mixed motivations for leaving, spanning conflict, lack of freedom, or hopes for a rosier future elsewhere. As suggested by the quote from Abyei, tragedy is often the flip-side of the coin when “the children of the land scatter”. A sense of loss unites many of the journalists’ stories, revealing how home remains at our core, however far we go.

The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning

1st quarter 2016 Vol. 6, Issue 1 www.theniles.org “The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning sky…” Migration is as old as humanity but the goals of migration are as varied as the people undertaking long, and often hazardous, journeys to new lands. This travel-sized edition of The Niles was written and edited by a group of The Niles correspondents from Sudan and South Sudan at a newsroom workshop in Nairobi. The journalists’ 50-question checklist for would-be migrants forms the backbone of this seventh print edition. Answers span personal stories and recollections, creating an uncompromising snapshot of the mixed motivations for leaving, spanning conflict, lack of freedom, or hopes for a rosier future elsewhere. As suggested by the quote from Abyei, tragedy is often the flip side of the coin when “the children of the land scatter”. A sense of loss unites many of the journalists’ stories, revealing how home remains at our core, however far we go. Should I stay or should I go? 2 The varied faces of migration 4 Feeling far from home: Al-Ghurba 11 What does home mean to you? 16 Migration: 50x ? theniles7_20160314.indd 1 2016/3/14 11:38 AM