“…My family, my friends, the international community, anyone that can help, I need your help in securing my freedom please. I live in fear of my life. I am scared…” These were the words fearfully uttered by the South African photojournalist detained in Syria, Shiraaz Mohamed. When I first saw the video in the news...Read More
My mom has always worked. I saw her work hard to get me my first Nokia phone, our first microwave (a Defy, of course), and our DVD player – which was the definitive highlight of that year. As I reflect on the history of the workers struggle I envision my domestic worker mother, my aunt...Read More
On the 8thof May 2019, I will head to a primary school in my area and stand in what I anticipate to be a long queue for my chance to come face to face with a ballot paper. As this day inches closer and closer, I cannot help, but reflect on the past 25 years...Read More
The traditional definition of the word help is understood as help |hɛlp| verb[ with obj.] make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources. improve (a situation or problem); be of benefit to noun[ mass noun] the action of helping someone to do something: So, when was the last time you said the following words “how can I help you?”. Okay, and did you mean it?...Read More
We have a hierarchy that exists within a larger system of domination that has adopted the basic mechanisms of racism and used them to create internal systems that we use to dominate each other… The very things we are fighting have seeped through the cracks of our communities and made themselves at home in the...Read More
Not only do we shed tears but blood flows steadily in this House of Stone. This house lays its foundation on militancy, bones and anger… We are unable to differentiate the blood spilt over the ages. The infertile soil and cries of wondering souls reminds us that we have not healed from these series of...Read More
Black queer folks are literally fighting for their voices and recognition in all facets of their lives. In our fight for black queer inclusivity, it is vital to look towards ourselves as a community, recognize our positionality within the community, dismantle our internalised oppressions and avoid replicating toxic heteronormative behaviours towards one another. Ultimately, it...Read More
Yikhani is a platform for inclusive and accessible dialogues that unpack a range of pressing social, political and economic issues. We work interactively – not autonomously. Using a bottom-up approach as the method of engagement, we work with people from all walks of life to disrupt, share stories, exchange ideas, evolve, innovate and transform.