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The plan to dam Asia's last free-flowing, international river

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.03.2017 | Education
The Conversation Global

A 16-year-old Karen boy, swims in the Salween River at the Myanmar-Thai border. Adrees Latif/Reuters Diana Suhardiman, Consultative Group on Interna...

Perilous Journeys To Reach Safety

Caroline Gluck | Posted 12.24.2016 | World
Caroline Gluck

Tens of thousands of Iraqis continue to be displaced fleeing violence, desperate for food, in areas of the country controlled by hardline armed groups.

The News That Wasn't: What You Missed in 2016

Izumi Nakamitsu | Posted 12.27.2016 | World
Izumi Nakamitsu

As we inch towards the end of 2016, we'll see the usual lists of news highlights from the year, including the crises that captured our attention. Here...

For Whom the Nobel Tolls: The People of Granizal

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 12.24.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

By Jody Sadornas, The Open Hands Initiative In our first blog post in this Post-Conflict Colombia & Public Health project series, we shared our hopes...

Forced From Home

Doctors Without Borders | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Doctors Without Borders

I once heard an astronaut describe his trip to space. At first he saw individual countries, then continents, bound by oceans. When he went high enough he could see only one world. Do we all need to go to the moon to understand that we live together in one interconnected world where peace can be found? I hope that this exhibit helps bring us closer to this view.

For Somali Refugees, A False Choice

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 09.19.2016 | World
Michel Gabaudan

Kismayo, the capital of the southern-most province of Somalia, was recovered from the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization in 2012 by Kenyan and Somali t...

'Everyone You See Here Fled'

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Erbil, Iraq--When Iraqi forces pushed to retake Islamic State-held villages west of the Tigris River town of Makhmour in Iraq's Kurdistan Region, the ...

On Victor Kanyari, Republicans and Elections: God Is On OUR Side!

Washington Osiro | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

By repeatedly claiming that their opponents are "un-patriotic tools" of "foreigner masters," the Jubilee/GOP succeed/ed in casting their rivals not as people with differing policy positions, but as "un-Godly" and "other" entities voters should be very wary and leery of.

Vast Carnage in Jebel Marra (Central Darfur) Fails to Spur the International Community

Eric Reeves | Posted 02.16.2017 | World
Eric Reeves

UN figures suggest that many tens of thousands of people--overwhelmingly children and women--have already been displaced, many to harsh areas with little or no humanitarian relief capacity.

International Migrants Day -- Addressing the Growing Health Crisis

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 12.17.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

There are currently almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world. This is the most at any time since World War II -- a devastating reminder on International Migrants Day.

Behind the Refugee Crisis, the Internally Displaced Wait Their Turn

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.20.2016 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

By Abraham Leno At last, the world has woken up to one of the biggest challenges of our age. We are witnessing massive movements of people on an unpr...

Hurricane Katrina's Struggling Black Gay Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The hurricane exposed not only race and class fault lines, but the odious fault lines of heterosexism and faith-based privilege. LGBTQ evacuees, many of whom are now displaced, faced all kinds of discrimination at the hands of many of the faith-based relief agencies.

Women and Natural Disasters: Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.11.2016 | College
Ariel Smilowitz

Over ten years ago, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded, an event that ushered the destruction of over 200,00 lives -- and even more livelihoods -- throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the east coast of Africa.

On Bangui's Once Blood-Stained Streets, Delicate Signs of a Slowly Returning Peace

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For people in Bangui, December 5, 2013 was a day so horrific it does not need a month or year to identify it. Instead, it is referred to simply as 'le cinq' or 'the fifth.'

Why World Refugee Day is a Jewish Holiday

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Mark Hetfield

World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday because the Jewish story is the refugee story. But it is not just about us remembering that we were once refugees. It is about us fulfilling the solemn pledge that never again will refugees be turned over to their persecutors.

Safeguarding the Well-Being of Children

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was set up by the United Nations to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.

38 Million People Are Now Homeless: Report Finds 'Worst' Forced Displacement In A Generation

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

At least 38 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes by violence or armed conflict, a new report on internally displaced persons has...

Never To Be Forgotten - A Year On From Chibok

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On April 14th 2014, a ruthless militia kidnapped over 200 of Nigeria's young girls from their school in Chibok in the dead of night. A year on, the girls have yet to be released by Boko Haram, nor rescued by our security forces, leaving their families waiting and praying for answers.

As Waters Recede, Devastation and Displacement in Mozambique after Worst Floods in 44 Years

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

It was a day like any other. Noemia Mario was working around the house with her four children when a wave of water suddenly came crashing down around them. Within seconds, a flood engulfed the family's home.

Is There an Upside to the Middle East Refugee Crisis?

Mina Al-Oraibi | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Mina Al-Oraibi

In addition to monetary support, refugees and IDPs need help in finding employment or education so that their lives don't grind to a standstill while the conflict in their home countries rages on.

These Charts Show Growing Numbers of People Being Excluded From the Economy

Saskia Sassen | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Saskia Sassen

We have moved towards an economy that can simultaneously benefit some enormously and destroy unusually large numbers of others.

A Rising Tide: The World's Displaced People

Anika Rahman | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Anika Rahman

Today, there are over 51.2 million forcibly displaced people in the world. These are the highest numbers since World War II.

In the Words of Suaad Allami: The Plight of Iraqi Women Refugees

UN Women | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
UN Women

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women's rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO "Women for Progress" in 2007. She gives us a glimpse at how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping...

Trapped in an Open Air Prison

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Mary Nyalipe Yoac has lived through five famines and four wars. Her brown eyes, now fading into a bluish grey with age, have witnessed more brutality and suffering than most can comprehend. Tragically, the last 10 months were no different, her community devoured by fighting and all that she owned destroyed or looted.

Syrian Refugee Barber Provides Haircuts To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact

Nawan remembers how powerful a simple gesture can be. As a barber forced to leave his home country of Syria due to civil war and benefiting from the g...