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Caroline Gluck
Caroline Gluck works as a the Middle-East regional information officer for the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, based in Amman, Jordan.

She previously worked as a field-based emergency press officer for aid agency, Oxfam.

She worked in Asia for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for BBC Radio, Television and Online. She's also written for a variety of other media publications, including the Times and the Economist.

Entries by Caroline Gluck

Painting Is 'More Than Eating or Breathing" Says Self-Taught Syrian Refugee Artist in Iraq

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 1:16 PM

"Painting - more than eating or breathing for me"

Daily life in Qushtapa refugee camp, in Erbil governorate, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) is never easy. But Syrian father of four, Islam Muhammad Botanee, uses painting as a way of expressing his individuality as well as depicting the...

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Born in War, Hoping For Peace

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 1:27 PM

This week, marking the fifth anniversary of the Syria crisis, UNHCR staff in Iraq met families with five year old children who were born at the start of the Syrian conflict, to hear about the challenges they've faced and their hopes for the future.

Five year old Bila Ghassan Rosol...

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Hard at Work: Syrian Refugees Happy to Have a Chance to Stand on Their Own Feet

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 1:34 AM

In London this week, high level delegates from more than 70 governments, together with UN, non-governmental and other organisations, will be discussing the Syria conflict, now entering its sixth year. The challenge is how to better provide humanitarian assistance to those affected, both inside Syria and in neighbouring...

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Winter in Iraq -- Sinking Families Deeper Into Debt

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:16 AM

There are an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees living in Iraq - the majority staying in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Some 94,500 refugees live in ten camps directly supported by UNHCR; but most live outside camps and can face great hardship during winter. UNHCR has assisted some of the most...

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Winter Is the Toughest Time -- Syrian Refugees Struggle With the Cold

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:41 AM

There are an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees living in Iraq - the majority staying in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Some 94,500 refugees live in ten camps directly supported by UNHCR; but the majority live outside camps and can face great hardship during winter. UNHCR has assisted some of the...

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In the bleak winter - Syrian refugees in Sulaymaniyah, N Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:15 AM

UNHCR together with other humanitarian and development agencies in Iraq launched an appeal this week (26/1) seeking $298m to assist refugees in the country and reinforce their resilience for the coming year.

There are an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees living in Iraq - the vast majority staying in the...

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Four Generations; 40 Years of Exile

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:43 AM

The Sahrawis have lived as refugees in exile for nearly 40 years. They are one of the world's oldest refugee groups, but one of the least-known internationally. They fled their homeland in Western Sahara (a former Spanish colony) in 1975, as fighting intensified between the Morocco troops and the opponents...

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Cooking Something Tasty With Very Little

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:15 AM

The Sahrawi refugees have lived in desert camps in Tindouf, south-western Algeria, since fleeing their homes in the contested territory of Western Sahara nearly 40 years ago. They rely almost wholly on outside assistance, including food rations. The staple food they receive -- mostly dried items including cereals and pulses,...

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Four Years of the Syria Crisis and a Tougher Year Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 6:04 AM

Posted on behalf of Christos Stylianides - the EU's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

The Syrian conflict, which this month enters its fifth year, shows no sign of easing. Since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than eleven million -- half of the...

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Life for Refugees in Lebanon Becoming Increasingly Harsh

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:21 AM

As an experienced humanitarian worker, I'm used to working with refugees and people displaced by conflict around the world. Their living conditions are always difficult, and daily life is always a struggle. Donors like the European Union fund projects that bring relief, providing assistance with food, shelter, medical care, water...

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A Changed Landscape

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

In villages and towns across Suruc district, in south-eastern Turkey, there's almost nowhere you can travel these days without encountering a Syrian refugee.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled the city of Kobane and neighbouring areas in September in a matter of days, when their homes came under attack from...

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Cold Comfort in Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:06 AM

All it took was a photograph of a smiling young man to be passed around and within minutes the family I've been meeting are in tears. Saeed was just 23 years-old and had been the sole breadwinner in his family. He was a Yazidi Kurd -- a religious minority group....

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Conflict in Iraq Forces Families to Flee Their Homes and Seek Shelter Where They Can

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:58 AM

In one neighborhood of Kirkuk, Northern Iraq, more than a hundred Iraqi families forced to leave their homes because of ongoing fighting, live cheek-by-jowl in two unfinished, unheated buildings. There's no privacy, no running water, no proper sanitation facilities and only open windows and unfinished staircases -- a certain hazard...

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Syrian Refugees and Millions of Iraqis Displaced by Conflict: A Common Struggle to Find Work, Housing & the Daily Basics

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Amid a bustling crowd, 12 year-old Akram sat quietly on top of some bags cradling and stroking a white cat. Around him, hundreds of Syrian refugees who'd escaped attacks by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) on the Syrian border city of Kobane and surrounding areas were gathering...

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After Typhoon Haiyan -- Moving in the Right Direction?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:06 PM

When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people's houses and livelihoods, people like fisherman Lionel Advincula, from Barangay Bislig in Tanauan municipality, Leyte province, found themselves having to make some tough choices.

One of the most pressing priorities for...

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Climate Shocks Hitting the Poorest Farmers and Fisherfolk Hardest in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:46 AM

As governments meet in Japan to hear new evidence from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which expected to show that the impact of climate change on food will be far more serious than previously thought, a new report from Oxfam warns that the impact of climate change could...

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Life as a Syrian Refugee

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 8:05 AM

This week, World Refugee Day will be marked. It's easy to forget, among the statistics, that refugees are ordinary people like you and me, often unwittingly caught up in events beyond their control. More than one million Syrians have now been forced to leave their country because of conflict; with...

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Happiness in Times of Hardship

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 2:35 AM

The wedding dance

Life is tough for Syrian refugees living in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in the desert. Most have lost everything they once had: their homes, possessions, their jobs and many loved-ones.

In the crowded camp, home to more than 100,000 who've...

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Helping the Disabled to Live With Dignity in Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Adapting to life in Jordan's sprawling desert refugee camp, Zaatari, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.

I met 12-year-old Sidra, who'd arrived just two days earlier, with her mother and brother on the main street near the camp entrance. They'd...

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Approaching Summer and Syrian Refugee Influx Adding to Jordan's Water Worries

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:38 AM

Just a short distance from Zaatari, Jordan's sprawling refugee camp, which officially hosts more than 160,000 people who've fled conflict in Syria, lies a road full of small nurseries growing vegetables and olive trees.

One of them is run by Khaled. But these days he's not at all happy. "There...

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