The “Creative Process” Explained By Comics

3. A good take on the worst buzz-phrase in the history of business.

4. We all know this asshole.

7. Exactly why “creativity” sucks right now.

8. Yes. But also, write it down.

9. Finding the right partner is key.

10. Just relax, but keep pushing the idea.

11. If you “Think Different” as the old Apple ads put it, you will be rejected.

13. “Yes, but…” has killed a kajillion great ideas.

15. They all suck, but the Blender and Crammer are the WORST.

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Man Gets 22 Years For Raping Black Lesbian In South Africa

South African lesbian activist Funeka Soldaat. BuzzFeed/J. Lester Feder

A South African court sentenced a man to 22 years in prison on Tuesday for the 2010 torture and rape of a black lesbian from a township outside Cape Town.

The sentencing of Andile Ngcoza for brutalizing Millicent Gaika over the course of five hours in the Gugalethu township was heralded by a leading activist as a sign that the justice system is getting more serious about crimes targeting black lesbians.

Black lesbians are frequently targeted for what is sometimes called “corrective rape” — sexual assault under the pretense that it will “cure” lesbians of same-sex attraction.

While there are no reliable statistics on how frequently these hate crimes occur, a recent study found that almost one in three lesbian or bisexual women in South Africa reported being the victims of “forced sex.” South African women as a whole are at greater risk of rape than women almost anywhere in the world. More than 54,000 cases are reported to police each year in a country with a population of less than 50 million, and many more likely go unreported, especially among lesbians who risk ridicule or further harassment from police and health workers when they report an assault.

Even when cases are reported — and get serious media attention — men who attack lesbians are often able to escape justice. Ngcoza, who was sentenced on Tuesday, almost escaped sentencing in the assault on Gaika, absconding after being convicted in 2011 before being re-arrested earlier this year.

Funeka Soldaat, a leading activist who founded the group Free Gender and has been organizing black lesbians in Cape Town’s townships for more than 20 years, told BuzzFeed that the conviction “really gives hope to our organization in terms of doing our work effectively, and i think it’s going to give to other lesbians whose cases are still in court.”

There have been no arrests in the 2011 death of 24 year-old Noxolo Nogwaza, for example, whose head was crushed in a township near Johannesburg with a piece of pavement after she was raped. Nor has anyone been brought to justice for the death of 36-year-old Patricia Mashigo, who appeared to have been stoned to death in the township of Daveyton. The man who reportedly broke into the house of 21-year-old Phumeza Nkolonzi in Cape Town’s Nyaga township and shot her repeatedly in front of her grandmother and six-year-old niece also has never been arrested.

In February, four men were for given 14 year sentences for beating to death 19-year-old Zoliswa Nkonyana, but the handling of the case undermined the message the ultimate verdict could have sent. The case was postponed 40 times, thanks in part to incompetence on the part of the police and prosecutors.

Failures on the law enforcement side have been matched by a seeming lack of interest in South Africa’s government to act aggressively to address this widespread violence.

It created a task force to address the issue two years ago, but it took no official action for most of that time.

It has recently come out of dormancy, thanks in part to an especially horrific killing that took place on June 30 of this year. Duduzile Zozo was found half-naked in the township of Ekurhuleni, outside Johannesburg, with a toilet brush shoved in her vagina.

A suspect in the case had an initial hearing before a judge in October.

Phindi Malaza, of the Johannesburg-based organization Forum for the Empowerment of Women, reacted cautiously to the news of the sentence issued Tuesday.

“If it’s a sentence that has an element of motivation on the basis of sexual orientation, that would have a wider community impact,” said Malaza, who had not yet had time to review the verdict.

But this problem is so entrenched, she said, that she was waiting to see more evidence of a turnaround. “I guess it’s too early to feel really positive about this,” Malaza said.

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Meet Shamate, China’s Most Hated Subculture

1. Oppa Shamate style.

2. A Shamate “family portrait.”

3. Examples of Shamate make-up.

Shamate is a Chinese transliteration of the word ‘smart’. Online, it’s also the name of a vibrant QQ video chatroom subculture of blue-collared kids who dress in exaggerated goth, glam, anime, and visual kei fashion. To each other, they’re family. To the rest of China, they’re failed arrivistes in the wealthier cities.

Chinese and English media profiles paint them mostly as dropouts from schools in the countryside, moving away from their families to work low-skill jobs at big city factories, street-side vendors and hair salons. They take elaborate selfies of their vampire makeups, live in cramped basements, speak in farmland accents, and listen to bad dance music. Like Juggalos, they meet their ‘family’ online. Like Juggalos, everyone else is simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by them.

Shamate is almost always considered the opposite of a xiaoqingxing — a well-travelled, educated, privileged youth of fine tastes.

The difference between China’s shamate and xiaoqingxing “will never be bridged, no matter how many of their kidneys they sell,” says an article in the South Reviews.

The article’s not unsympathetic to the shamate’s urban alienation. Most other online commenters, however, are not so kind.

8. A dating sim game called “Noble Shamate Academy: The Romance Of Shamate,” which you can play here.

One glance at Chinese social networks makes it clear how alien they seem to their more well-heeled peers. Video parodies of their blue-collar glamor are very popular. On Weibo, “idiot shamate” is a catch-all insult for anything gaudy and outre, and on Sina, there’s a slideshow of Totally Gross Photos Of Your Favorite Celebs As Shamate.

But there are also some efforts to understand. In 2012, a blogger called BlueWindmill claimed to have spent a summer ‘risking his life to go undercover’ in the community. His humorous diary of the encounter was read by over 2 million people. The shamate kids apparently did not mind his descriptions of them, either.

11. From BlueWindmill’s ‘White Collar Among Shamate’ diaries:

A comment left on BlueWindmill’s post:

He also penned a follow-up post called “Shamate: China’s Only True Nobility” to thank the community for their kindness and support.

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28 Heartwarming Photos Of Indians Being #GayForADay To Protest The Ban On Same-Sex Intercourse

Facebook user Tanmay Sahay created a “Gay For A Day” event asking people to change their profile pictures to ones in which they are kissing someone from their own gender to protest against India’s Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality.

1. Several Indians responded to the Facebook event, changing their profile pictures with the hashtag #GayForADay. Tanmay Sahay posted this picture on his Facebook page.

18. Indians also uploaded #gayforaday pictures on Instagram and Twitter.

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Caption: Supporting #gayforaday


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Caption: Soulmate love #picoftheday #home#gayforaday#sec377# human rights#soulmate#instaframe#love#kiss#couple#samesex#gayrights#sexualfreedom# identity


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Caption: I didn’t know that I’m so gay! And look at me, I’m not even complaining. *dance* #gay #girls #love #kiss #support #gayforaday #mumbai #india #377


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Caption: Protesting against SC ruling section 377 … #gayforaday


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Caption: “Love is a human emotion, not a political decision/statement. Indians everywhere are ashamed; ashamed of our Supreme Court’s ruling against Gay sex. However, we are also proud… SO PROUD of the fighting masses! Send in your support for #gayforaday. We celebrate love, we celebrate life and most importantly, we celebrate equality. #freedom #chooseyourlove #LGBT #support #india #SC


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7 Delicious Bowls Of Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus

Over the last few years, American demand for hummus has skyrocketed.

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Last year’s nationwide sales totaled more than $500 million, up 11% from a year earlier and a 25% jump over 2010, according to market-research firm Information Resources Inc, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The result is that we now have some truly strange hummus variations, thanks to food companies attempting to appeal to American palates and increase market share.

And Asian fusion garden hummus? WHY.

But people in the Middle East have spent centuries perfecting diverse ways to eat hummus. And they do it better.

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Hummus has been a staple of Middle Eastern cooking for centuries. It figures then, that some people take it really seriously, and even argue over who invented it. In 2008, for example, an association of Lebanese manufacturers threatened legal action to prevent Israel from selling hummus under the hummus name, which means chickpea in Arabic. (On a lighter note, the two countries traded rounds in a hummus war in 2010, battling to see who could make the biggest bowl. Lebanon won. For a great cookbook on food politics in the region, check out Jerusalem, co-written by an Israeli and Palestinian.)

But putting the debate over who invented hummus aside (perhaps Iraq wins because of the fertile crescent?), it is indisputable that the Middle East is home to wide-range of delicious recipes that embody the area’s regional and culinary diversity. Palestinians and Jordanians eat the dish for breakfast, while Israelis are more likely to eat it in a hummusia for lunch. Many consider Syrian and Lebanese hummus the best in the world (anything Syrian and Lebanese, for that matter, is stereotypically bound to be delicious); Egypt’s version is lackluster (no disrespect to the “mother of the world,” but much of the country’s cuisine isn’t as tasty). Hummus is often garnished with Middle Eastern staples like fried pine nuts, lemon juice, chili pepper, na’na (mint), olive oil, chopped onions or, the Syrian favorite, pomegranate seeds.

For your eating pleasure, here are seven traditional Middle Eastern hummus recipes that everyone can enjoy.

1. Some Hummus basics

In Arabic the word hummus is pronounced with a hard h from deep down in the throat, and in Hebrew it’s pronounced with a sharp chummus, like Chanukah. In English we just don’t care for these strange h sounds.

The secret to hummus? It’s a controversial question, but there’s a general consensus that removing the chickpea skins first is the best method.

Recipe here with chickpea skins and without.

2. Hummus With Tahini

Hummus with tahini, or sesame paste, is a classic wherever you go. Add a little olive oil, parsley, or pine nuts on top for extra zest, and pair it with some perfectly shaped pita chips, as shown.

Recipe here.

3. Hummus With Garlic

Also called hummus beiruti, this traditional lebanese version adds an overload of garlic to create a slightly spicier (and arguably more delicious) hummus. Just take your favorite basic hummus recipe, and add as many garlic gloves as you can stomach. Eat it with other delicious Mediterranean spreads like mutable, babaganoush (babaganoug in Egypt), and fatoush salad, and you’re in for quite the culinary party, Beirut style.

Recipe here.

4. Hummus With Meat

Hummus with meat takes the vegetarian out of hummus, but makes for a real protein packed dish. The meat spicing varies by region, but it’s an all around favorite for those who dismiss hummus as just dip.

Recipe here with warm lamb or beef or sausage.

5. Hummus With Ful

Ful, a fava bean dish that hails from Egypt, can be served on top of hummus, either warm or cold, for breakfast or lunch (or dinner, go crazy). Ful varies by region: for example, Syrian’s tend to use larger fava beans and keep them whole, while many Egyptians blend the beans instead.

Recipe here.

6. Hummus Msabaha

This is another delicious hummus speciality popular around the region, often referring to a mix of blended and whole chickpeas. (The distinctions between dishes can sometimes be hazy; for example, some Syrians refer to hummus just as msabaha.) Hummus with msabaha is a little more involved of a recipe, but add some garnish, take a big bite, and you’ll understand.

Recipe here.

7. And for some not-quite-as-traditional fun, try hummus with pomegranate molasses.

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Because pomegranates are like, whoa.

Recipe here.

Still hungry? Check out these other delicious ways to eat hummus.

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Gay Reporter Thrown Off Kremlin Channel For Blasting Anti-Gay Law

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Ikea Pulls Lesbian Couple From Russian Edition Of Its Magazine

They adorably call him “Monkey” on their blog, My Two Mums.

4. Ikea customers in 25 countries will get a share of this cuteness in the December issue of Ikea Family Live magazine. But no cuteness for Russian Ikea shoppers.

In June, Russia passed a law prohibiting the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors,” a provision known as the “homosexual propaganda law.” Ikea, which has been a corporate leader in featuring gay couples in its advertising, decided Kirsty and Clara’s family was too risky for Russia.

“We have based the decision on discussions with our own Russian legal team and also taken advice from external Russian legal expertise,” Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson told BuzzFeed.

So Russian Ikea shoppers won’t get to read this feature about how sharing a small space — with help from Ikea furniture, of course — made their family closer.

5. This is the feature Russian Ikea shoppers won’t see.

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6. Ikea wasn’t afraid of a conservative backlash in the U.S. when it made history with the first major TV ad featuring a gay couple in 1994.

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It kept the ad on the air despite a call for a boycott, only pulling it down after a bomb threat was made against a store in Hicksville, N.Y.

But Ikea Magnusson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that today, “We have two guiding principles in the communication we distribute from Ikea. The first is home interior design. The second is following the law.”

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Syrian Coalition President “Concerned” About Break With Armed Opposition

Ahmad Jarba, head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition Jacky Naegelen / Reuters

NEW YORK — The president of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group said on Friday that he was “concerned” about a recent communiqué issued by rebel groups — some of which are part of the Free Syrian Army — that rejected the political opposition based in exile.

“Of course we are concerned about the fact that there are some of those who signed that communiqué are also members of the FSA,” said Syrian Coalition president Ahmad al-Jarba in a press conference in New York on Friday.

The communiqué, signed by over a dozen rebel groups, formally rejects the moderate political opposition based in Istanbul and backed by the West and the Gulf states. The communique calls for Islamic law in Syria and was signed by the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as three groups that were up until now part of the Free Syrian Army.

Jarba said he “will be going back and meeting with some of those leaders to understand what happened. Have they really changed their alignment, their alliances? So this question will be investigated. Right now it’s not clear exactly what was intended by that communiqué.”

As for Jabhat al-Nusra, they “never recognized the coalition and we have never recognized them as part of the official fighting forces that are part of our revolution,” Jarba said.

Jarba then changed tack from talking about the Islamist fighters siphoning influence away from his coalition and to foreign groups fighting in Syria.

“What we don’t understand and we would like the whole world to take a position is why no question has been raised about another extremist group inside Syria, and that is Hezbollah,” Jarba said, referring to the Iran-backed group. “We all know they have entered into Syria fighting with the dictator chemical weapons killer and the whole world is silent.”

Jarba also weighed in on the U.N. Security Council resolution that will be voted on on Friday, saying that his coalition found it “acceptable.”

“We would have loved to see a more clear resolution under article 7,” Jarba said, referring to a U.N. article that enshrines the possibility of measures including military action if the resolution’s terms are not fulfilled. “This has not happened though there is a reference that a future resolution would be taken under article 7.”

“We wanted a bit more than that, but we are happy with the current resolution, it is acceptable to us but it is important that the draft is not compromised,” Jarba said.

“We are happy that certain demands have been included that we wanted, like accountability — a demand of accountability for those who use chemical weapons to be brought to justice,” Jarba said.

Jarba also expressed skepticism over the apparent slight warming of relations between the U.S. and Iran this week, saying “We are not sure whether this is an improved relationship. What concerns us is that Iran will stop supporting criminals.”

Jarba’s spokesman Louay Safi said that the Syrian opposition would not accept Iran playing a role in proposed Geneva talks.

“Currently our position would be no, we’re not going to accept that,” Safi said. “Iran has first to force Hezbollah to leave Syria, remove its own forces and advisors, and has to stop supplying weapons to a bloody regime.”

Safi said the Iranians were “equally responsible” for the bloodshed in Syria as the Assad regime.

He said that Jarba, who had met with Secretary of State John Kerry this week as well as diplomats from Gulf states and with the British and French foreign ministers, had not met with President Obama during the United Nations General Assembly.

“Mr. Jarba will have to go back to Syria tomorrow immediately to deal with this situation,” Safi said, referring to the communiqué. “Now there will be no meeting between the two.”

He announced that the Syrian opposition will seek to take the Syrian government’s seat at the United Nations.

“We have already started the process,” Safi said. “We are seeking that.”

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Life Of Ariel Sharon, In A Coma, Is “In Danger”

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The 85-year-old has been in a coma for almost eight years after suffering a stroke in January 2006.

Now doctors at the Tel Hashomer hospital say his health has declined to a “critical” condition.

Zeev Rotstein, director at the facility, said:

In the last few days, we have seen a gradual decline in the functioning of Ariel Sharon’s vital organs, which are essential for his survival. His state is classed as critical, meaning his life is in danger. The medical staff and Sharon’s family are expecting a turn for the worse.

Sharon’s family is at his bedside. One of his sons told the Jerusalem Post, “We have hope, we always have hope.”

Sharon pauses prior to a weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003. AP Photo/Enric Marti

Sharon was first elected prime minister of Israel in February 2001.

His complicated legacy is still being debated in Israel, where he was known as a celebrated general and a politician nicknamed “the bulldozer” for his ability to push through his political agenda. The Arab world knew him as “the butcher of Beirut” after he, as defense minister, orchestrated Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, an effort aimed at Palestine Liberation Organization fighters, but that also left hundreds of Lebanese civilians dead.

Despite being known as the father of the Israeli settler movement, in 2005 he ordered the withdrawal of all Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, and several West Bank settlements.

He left the right-wing Likud Party that year to set up a new centrist party, Kadima, but suffered a stroke a year later, whereupon he slipped into a coma.

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South Sudanese In Israel “Choose Between Prison And Death”

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ARAD, NEGEV DESERT — Michael Dobuol Kuany didn’t want to go back to South Sudan, but his pride kept him from staying in Israel, a country that didn’t want him.

So in June 2012, Kuany packed his bags and returned to the country of his birth. A year and a half later, he was dead, friends say, killed in the clashes that continue to ravage the world’s youngest country.

The details of Kuany’s death are sparse. According to aid workers currently in South Sudan, he had been staying at a UN camp in the Bahr al Jabal area of South Sudan and had gone to a local market during the day on Dec. 16 to move food from a storage space to the small stall he ran. Friends in South Sudan told aid workers that he didn’t return to the camp that night, and local authorities found his body the next day. BuzzFeed couldn’t independently confirm the details of his death, though two aid workers in South Sudan said his name and description appeared on a list of those killed in mid-December.

The reported death of Kuany, and five others, in South Sudan’s recent violence has revived questions over Israel’s lack of official refugee policy. Fearing that a law on refugees could be used by millions of Palestinians seeking the right of return, Israel has declined to adopt one, leaving tens of thousands of people with no status. This month, Israel saw its biggest protests ever over the issue, with 25,000 African people taking to the streets to demand Israel recognize them as refugees and reconsider new laws that would see many of them imprisoned or put in detainment facilities before they are deported.

Kuany was one of more than 52,000 people from Africa who have made their way to Israel, most from Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea. He left Sudan in 2006, fleeing a decades-long war that had killed most of his immediate family, and arrived in Israel less than two years later.

“He struggled like all of us did to arrive here in Israel,” said Mari Nabil, who knew Kuany through the community center for ethnic Neur from South Sudan, in the city of Arad, where they both worked. “We came across the deserts and then we found each other again in the Israeli desert.”

“What we did to get here was so hard, very hard, but then we arrived and found a country who thought of us as the enemy — not as refugees,” Nabil said. “We just want to be recognized as what we are.”

The Israeli leadership has refused, however, to call the group asylum seekers or refugees. Netanyahu refers to those who enter Israel illegally as “infiltrators.”

“Neither protests nor strikes will help. We completely stopped the infiltration into Israel and now we are determined to send away the illegal migrant workers who entered Israel,” Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page earlier this month.

That is a harsher tone than the one the Israeli government struck just half a decade ago. In 2008, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert helped create job programs for the refugees and earned praise from the U.N. by searching for countries ranging from African to Europe that would be willing to absorb some of the refugee groups from Israel. At that time, the number of refugees stood below 10,000, a figure that would reach just more than 52,000 by the end of 2013.

“What might have been manageable in 2008 – had we set up a mechanism – became a much larger problem because nobody dealt with it in a responsible way,” said one Israeli official who served in the interior ministry of Olmert’s government and spoke on condition of anonymity because he currently holds a different position in the government and was not authorized to speak on record. He said that because Israel did not begin processing refugees in 2008, they were now overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of refugee status applications that are under review. “The problem is that this population of refugees grew, no one was processing them or coming with a policy, and now everyone throws their hands up in the air to say, ‘Oh—there are too many refugee applications to possibly deal with.’”

He said Israeli officials were “lucky” that they only had to contend with the people currently in Israel, and didn’t have to worry about thousands of new people arriving monthly. Israel managed to stem the flow of refugees and secure the southern border by constructing a fence along the Israeli-Egyptian border. In the first six months of 2013, the number of African nationals entering Israel stood at 34, compared with 9,570 the year before.

But the Netanyahu government still has to determine what to do with the more than 52,000 African nationals already living in Israel. Last year, the Interior Ministry announced a two-fold plan: Those who choose to remain in Israel, would fall under the newly approved “anti-Infiltration law,” which allows Israel to jail asylum seekers for one year, and then keep them detained indefinitely in a newly built detainment facility in the southern Negev desert. They would be allowed to leave the facility during the day, but would be barred from legally working in Israel. The other option was to sign a consent form for “voluntary deportation” during which Israel would arrange a flight back to Africa, (often through a third-party country to help mask the identity of those who left) and return those people whenever possible to their country of origin. The refugees were essentially left to decide between imprisonment or repatriation.

Since the start in mid-2012 of the voluntary deportations, more than 2,000 South Sudanese have been repatriated. Other groups – including Sudanese and Eritreans – have also been deported though exact numbers are not made public by Israeli officials.
Kuanay was among the first group of South Sudanese to leave, said Sigal Rozen, Director of the Israeli group, the Hotline for Migrant Workers., and other people who knew him.

“Everyone who left got $1500, which for many of them seemed preferable to the alternative of spending years in jail and probably being deported anyways,” said Nabil, Kuany’s co-worker. “It was that he was proud. He didn’t want to leave when they were forcing him to. He said, ‘I will leave now. If they do not want me, I will leave,’” she said, adding later, “His pride made him leave.”

Kuany’s friends remembered him as a quiet, somewhat old-fashioned man who was always eager to help — whether that meant lending a kettle or watching a neighbor’s child for a couple of hours.

News of his death in South Sudan only further fueled the anger of those who have been protesting.

“That they are dead makes this only more important, what we are doing now,” said Nabil, Kuany’s co-worker and friend. “Israel tells us that we must either leave here or go to prison, what kind of country asks a person to choose between prison and death?” said Nabil, who on Tuesday brought her two young children to a protest in Tel Aviv. “I thought of taking the voluntary deportation and leaving Israel like others did, but now I am happy I didn’t. I think this country needs to realize we are refugees and we need help, not hate.”

Through Skype chats and Facebook groups, those who remained in Israel heard of Kuany’s death – as well as five others who have been reportedly killed in the last month after being repatriated by Israel. Those include James Gatdor Jakoak, whose wife and children still live in Israel and Chang Kuoth Gatjiek, a 19-year-old who had travelled to Israel on his own as a teenager. Jakoak’s wife could not be reached for comment, but neighbors told BuzzFeed she was “in shock” over the death of her husband.

An aid worker who asked to remain anonymous and Mollie Gerver, a PhD student from London who is currently in South Sudan conducting research into the lives of those who returned from Israel, confirmed the reports.

“It was shocking, then heartbreaking, when we confirmed they had been killed,” the aid worker said.

Gerver said that among the others killed were also two children who had been born in Israel and then deported to South Sudan along with their families. Their names could not be released as their families had not yet been found.

The United Nation’s refugee agency has criticized Israel for its handling of the issue, saying Israel’s “current policy and practices create fear and chaos amongst asylum-seekers.” These practices, the agency added, are “not in line” with the U.N.’s 1951 Refugee Convention, of which Israel is a co-signer. The convention demands that countries not impose penalties or restrict the movement of refugees, nor put them in harm’s way.

“Of course, many people ask how Israel, a Jewish state founded after the Holocaust could treat other refugees in this way. Israel’s signed the UN convention at a time when it condemned the rest of the world for its treatment of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust,” said Sigal Rozen, Director of the Israeli group, the Hotline for Migrant Workers. “These are sensitive issues, but many people see the irony.”

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