Below we review some of the most important topics covered by the British newspapers on Tuesday, including a report discussing the reasons and motives behind the hundreds of Africans seeking to join the war in Ukraine, and another how international clothing brands are exploiting the dependence of some on the purchase. new fashions to achieve greater profits.
Portia Crowe and Ozil Mumar Low, journalists at The Independent, conducted an investigation that included interviews with a number of Africans who expressed their desire to join the foreign legion fighting for Ukraine against Russian occupation, and the investigation tried to identified the motives that motivated hundreds of Africans to go to fight with Kiev forces against Russian forces in the recent period.
The press investigation revealed that there is a primary motive behind the fighting of Africans in the ranks of the foreign legion supporting Ukraine, which the newspaper describes as support and assistance to Ukraine; Others cited various motives as part of the investigation, most notably immigration to Europe.
Kiev allows foreigners willing to fight Russian forces to enter without visas, a rare opportunity for Africans seeking to reach Europe, whose passports are often classified as the weakest among the world’s countries.
Many Africans who do not have passports migrate to Europe through illegal channels. They undertake long and perilous voyages by land and sea, in addition to the dangers to which they were exposed, including violence, discrimination and prohibition during that long voyage.
Among the volunteers from Africa who were applying to join the Ukrainian Foreign Legion were interviewed by The Independent; Senegalese construction worker Alsan Fay said that as soon as he saw the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he felt a strong desire to do something to help.
“I can not stand injustice and I do not like to see people suffer,” said Faye, 45, who lives in a small town near the Senegalese capital.
The man has already started communicating with the Ukrainian embassy in Dakar by phone and told officials there about his desire to join the fight in the ranks of the Foreign Legion. Indeed, the embassy directed it to the online application method, but the Senegalese government sought to stop recruiting its citizens at the time as the number of applicants to volunteer to fight for Kiev reached 35 Senegalese by March 1. passed.
While Faye claimed that he did not want to “take advantage of the war” for personal gain, it became clear from his words that part of his desire to join the Foreign Legion in Ukraine was motivated by the opportunity to sought employment there after the war. ended.
He also recounted his experience in 2005 when authorities arrested him while trying to escape on a fishing boat to Spain. He said a friend of his who owed him money offered him the experience and that he would pay for the trip. But Fai was arrested along with two other friends after boarding the boat.
Stephen Cruz, head of the Department of Governance and Diplomacy at the Institute for International Studies in South Africa, told The Independent: “If we think about it, we will find that most of the volunteers are young and well-informed people the war in Ukraine as a ticket out of Africa and a road to Europe and from there stay there.
Most of these (Africans who want to join the war for Ukraine) “tried to travel to Europe earlier through illegal routes,” said Ibrahim Nye, an associate at the Center for Democracy and Development, which represents a pro-democracy group. human rights, in Liberia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the formation of the Foreign Military Corps in support of his country in late February, a few days after the start of the Russian occupation of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Kenya said it had received a number of applications to join the Foreigners Legion. The Independent has also spoken to a number of people from Uganda and Burundi, where Ukraine has no embassies, who have expressed a desire to join the war but do not know how to proceed.
The Ukrainian ambassador to South Africa confirmed that the embassy had received a large number of requests to join foreign forces defending Ukraine.
Damien Magrou, a spokesman for the Foreign Legion, confirmed that there were “several members of the Legion” from Africa, but gave no details on the numbers or nationalities.
A Ukrainian military official said last month that the foreign body included about 20,000 fighters of 50 nationalities.
free fashion addiction
And the British newspaper The Guardian published an article in which it examined the dangers of a very rapid change in fashion design that global clothing brands present to people and the environment.
The newspaper said that famous clothing store chains around the world are competing to introduce new fashions and designs every second, which brought the number of items exhibited in these international stores to tens of thousands of items and designs, especially those were presented by the international clothing chain “H&M” in the exhibition. Its website for the US market has 4414 clothing models.
And the number of models offered by the Chinese clothing retail site “Shein” reached 315,000 models this year alone. The Chinese site also displays 4026 clothing models in the product section, the price of which does not exceed 5 pounds, including clothing parts that sell for 1.99 pounds.
Zainab Mahmoud said buying fashion, especially cheap ones, is a dependent practice. The writer suggested that this is what drives big clothing companies like Shine to keep changing the clothing collections offered for sale all the time. Social media ads and user-generated content, such as promotional videos, ensure that fashion addicts do not forget the drugs they want to take.
Clothing brands sponsor some of these promotional videos, but the elegance and talkative style used in their production makes viewers forget that they are commercials. Some well-known video producers are also appearing on YouTube, claiming to be regular shoppers trying to normalize the scene by ordering a bag full of clothes every few weeks.
The negative effects of the extremely rapid change of fashion styles and clothing for sale in international brand stores are not only fueling the tendency to increase consumption by exploiting dependence only on the purchase of clothes, but also to the extent of environmental damage.
The writer said that the very rapid change of clothing models is not good news for the planet, as the continuation of the change at this speed warns that the share of the carbon-used clothing industry globally will increase by a quarter.
She pointed out that about 60 percent of the internet generation say they have changed their habits and personal spending behavior to reduce the harmful effects of these habits on the environment, for those who seem to be continuing to push for a very rapid change in design. of clothing globally towards further growth.