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Pantera is the Anti-Racist Shop Protecting African Street Vendors in Madrid

Next to some of Madrid’s most well known Senegalese restaurants stands Pantera, an anti-racist shop supporting African street vendors who face prosecution in the area.

When I first approached Osmane, a Senegalese mantero in Gran Vía, Madrid, he was defensive and avoidant. Systematic persecution keep manteros sharp — handling sales, money and on the lookout for policemen. Osmane is one of the 200 vendors that gather in the streets of Madrid, Spain to offer often counterfeit sunglasses, purses, and clothing. They are commonly known as "manteros" due to their signature practice of spreading their goods over a manta, cloth sheets that can easily be folded into a makeshift bag.

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African Students Leaving Ukraine Now Face an Uncertain Future

African students left their homes and families to receive a good education. Now a war that has little to do with them, has interrupted their education and forced them to flee for their lives towards an uncertain future.

They’ve worked hard, some having studied for years, hoping to fulfill their dreams of higher education, improve their family situations, and contribute to the future of their countries and beyond. They left their homes and families to receive a good education that medical schools in Ukraine could offer. Now, a war that has little to do with them, has interrupted their education and forced them to flee for their lives towards an uncertain future.

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