Laura Naude

Laura Naude

Laura is originally from South Africa and recently graduated with a master's degree in conflict, security and development from King’s College London. She is particularly passionate about refugee issues, human rights and humanitarian assistance. Previous experience includes Amnesty International and various organisations in the UK and South Africa. Her skills include photography, journalism, advocacy, social media, international relations and research. Laura is currently working for Lighthouse Relief, a refugee organisation in the Idomeni area in Greece. She can be reached at [email protected] or through LinkedIn.
  • Poetry from a Refugee Camp

    On the edges of Europe, in a small town 20KM from the FYROM border lies a gas station. This station, which two months ago was simply a place to refuel and get a coffee, is now ‘home’ to over 2000 people fleeing conflict. EKO has become a village all...
  • Forgotten in Idomeni

    Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Helicopters. Army tanks. What should have set the scene for a war film was used against men, women and children gathered on the edge of Europe, desperate for a life without violence. When I arrived at Idomeni on Sunday, I could...
  • The Shame of Europe

    As the sun sets on the island of Lesvos, my heavy heart sinks along with it. These have been days of many devastating blows. The controversial EU-Turkey deal turned the most vulnerable among us into pawns in a political game. Under this legislation, all refugees arriving in Greece will be put...
  • I Was Me – Imagine Dragons

    When Imagine Dragons was approached to be a part of the One4 Project, the message behind ‘I Was Me’ came to them immediately. According to Dan Reynolds, lead singer and writer of ‘I Was Me’, ‘the song is about trying to regain your life, which is what millions of...
  • Citizens of Nowhere: the Rohingya of Myanmar

    Ethnic cleansing. Genocide. Terrorism. These are some of the terms that have been used to describe the actions being perpetrated against the Rohingya people, not only in Myanmar but in the surrounding countries where they have been subjected to continuous victimisation. The plight of the Rohingya was once again...
  • Je Suis…Islamophobe?

    The senselessness of the attacks in Paris have been accompanied by outpourings of grief, ardent messages of support, and a sea of red, white and blue on Facebook and Twitter. France has been wracked by one of the worst European terrorist attacks in recent history, which left 129 dead...
  • Dirty Words and Dirty Wars

    Philip Graham once said that journalism is the rough draft of history. If this is to be believed, then the way that every event is described is of paramount importance. The absolute senseless tragedy of the MSF hospital bombing on Saturday has once again brought to light the potential power of language in making...