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Refugees, the Niger Delta and celebs and their faith

Kevin Anderson | 15:20 UK time, Wednesday, 19 April 2006

We're going to start off talking about what the UNHCHR calls 'asylum fatigue'. And we'll talk to callers in Nigeria and Nigerians abroad about their governments efforts to deal with unrest in the Niger Delta. We're going to talk to refugees to find out how hard it is for them. We're also going to be talking about celebrities and their faith.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warns that public confusion over asylum has led to growing intolerance and racism.

Many people believed asylum and terrorism to be linked, said Mr Guterres, despite the fact refugees were "the first victims of terrorism".

Those are the headlines today. We want to hear from refugees. What does it mean to have to leave your home? How difficult has it been to relocate?

A Ukrainian university student has successfully fought to stay in Britain, and she will be joining the programme.

She arrived in the UK 11 years ago not speaking any English, but she taught herself the language by reading Sherlock Holme's novels.

We always received a flood of text messages from Africa, and there is a big story our of Africa today.

Nigeria's president Olusegun Obasanjo has promised thousands more jobs and a new motorway for the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

We have talked about unrest in the Niger Delta before. Is this going to be enough? Or is this a political token?

And we'll also be talking about celebrities and their religion. Tom Cruise is one of several prominent Scientologists in Hollywood.

Of course, there was Madonna and Kabbalah, a spiritual movement with roots in Jewish mysticism.

And Mel Gibson, a devout Catholic, made the movie The Passion of the Christ.

Should celebrities use their fame to promote their religions? Tell us what you think.


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