Is there anything to laugh about migrant workers being exploited or mistreated? Surely not, so why does a group of creative writers and caricaturists openly publish satirical articles and caricatures on the fate of migrant workers in Jordan and the region?
When we, hbs Palestine and Jordan, started to promote organizations supporting migrant workers and the elimination of human trafficking, we noticed that both topics have scarcely been tackled in mainstream media. Although scientific research papers and political analyses do regularly cover the crucial issue of migrant workers in the region, public awareness on the topic remains low, mainly because people rarely read these papers. This is why we approached the creative team at Al-Hudood to potentially work on this topic. Following our discussion, their team came up with many great ideas that were ready to come to life. With satirical publications that are for sure much different from typical media content, we hope to sensitize the readers to the concerns of migrant workers, including cases of abuse, and to spark further social discussion on the topic in Jordan and beyond.
Curious? Check the links on the right-hand side to read Al Hudood’s satirical articles or click here to take part in their satirical interactive quiz on migrant workers (all content is in Arabic only)
Al-Hudood (Arabic for The Limits or The Borders) is an award-winning satirical Arabic news publication founded July 2013. It uses its satirical news website as its main platform. Additionally, since early 2019 it has been issuing a monthly satirical newspaper. Both contain publications on current affairs in politics and society in Jordan and the region. All articles and caricatures are based on satire and humor.
In cooperation with hbs, Amman-based Radio al Balad launched their new radio program called Mahatat Masr (Egypt Station). According to the motto “By Egyptians for Egyptians”, Egyptian media students produced and narrated the radio program over a period of 8 weeks with each show focusing on Egyptian labor migrants residing in Jordan and their daily struggle to make a living. During the phone-in shows, Egyptian laborers got the possibility to call, tell their stories, share their concerns, or raise questions.
If you have missed the shows of Mahatat Masr on radio, you can watch the broadcasts by clicking on the links below (all content is in Arabic only).