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Refugee Camps

Locked in Winter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

As many as 35,000 displaced persons are now living in the slum areas in Kabul alone. The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp extended to adjacent homes, swiftly rendering nine families homeless in the midst of already astounding poverty.

Seeing Skin in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Debra Kamin | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Debra Kamin

I'd crossed the Jordanian border from Israel earlier that morning, on assignment to report about Israeli aid to Syrian refugees. I was ready to see hunger and homelessness. I hadn't expected, however, to be shown so much skin.

Needs of Eritrean Refugees Demand Attention

Curt Goering | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Curt Goering

Decades of instability in Eritrea have led to the current situation. Many refugees have experienced horrific treatment, first at the hands of their government, then on the long, dangerous journey to escape. Up to 3,000 flee to Sudan or Ethiopia each month.

Afghan Refugees Risk Smugglers, Deportation In Search Of A New Life

Agence France Presse | Usman Sharifi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

An elderly Afghan man with a bearded, tired face gazes from the television screen and says sadly: "My son wouldn't listen to me. He borrowed money jus...

Restoring Peace to Syria's Children Through Play

Johann Koss | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Johann Koss

As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of conflict, peace is about having the opportunity to be a kid again.

Religion and Refugees

Roberta Gately | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Roberta Gately

I'd seen refugee camps before, but there was a certain indescribable misery to this place, where children had lived their whole lives with little hope of escape or rescue. Where was God, I wondered. How could he allow such wretchedness to exist?

Angelina Jolie Asks World Leaders To End Syrian War

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact

Angelina Jolie has urged world leaders to end the two-year long Syrian civil war. The UN Special Envoy for Refugees delivered her message on World ...

Women, Men, Refugees, UFOs and the CIA: The Places Documentary Can Go at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me.

The 'Forgotten People': Palestinian Refugees From Syria

James Zogby | Posted 07.25.2013 | World
James Zogby

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Middle East with a rather full plate. I don't want to pile on more, but there is an issue connected to both the Syrian civil war and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that must not be ignored.

Vietnamese Americans: Looking Backward

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Today marks the anniversary of the evacuation of Vietnamese from what was once their home country: a moment that dispersed us to far flung places -- Paris and Berlin, Louisiana and Minnesota, Hong Kong and Manila.

How a Stateless Refugee Overcame Low Self-Esteem to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Karin Kamp | Posted 06.25.2013 | Women
Karin Kamp

Nada Kiblawi was born in a refugee camp, lived through regional wars and finally found safe haven and economic independence as an entrepreneur in the U.S.

PHOTOS: Refugees Pose With Their Most Important Possession

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.23.2013 | World

As a rising tide of refugees continue to flee the brutal violence in Syria and Sudan, photographer Brian Sokol, working with the United Nations Refuge...

Maybe Refugee Camps Just Need More Feel-Good Movies

Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact

By Stephen Saito, TakePart David Chen has spent hundreds of hours in search of good stories to present through podcasts, whether it’s with cohost...

Passion to Action: The 2012 World of Children Award Honorees

Stephanie March | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Stephanie March

One of my favorite events of the season is the annual World of Children Award Gala, at which I have the profound pleasure of meeting the newest class of changemakers for children who are there to receive their World of Children Award.

Assault on the Daughters of Swat Valley

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Rukhsana Hasib

The misery in the Swat Valley and the plight of thousands of women and children, who have lost husbands and fathers, gave birth to Swat Relief Initiative.

Soccer Inspires Refugee Youth to Reach for Gold

Charity Tooze | Posted 10.08.2012 | Impact
Charity Tooze

When Lei Htoo kicks the ball his long silky dark hair whips up into his face. Lei Htoo was resettled in El Cajon with his mother and siblings from a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border.

A Second Chance in a New Land

Sid Mohn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Right now there are nearly 44 million refugees across the world. Eighty percent of them are women and children. They are survivors and they come with complex needs.

A Real Gift to Mothers: Join the Fight Against Malaria

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

The Kakuma refugee camp is mostly women and children, resilient mothers who grabbed their little ones and braved a dangerous journey to escape conflict. Thanks to UNHCR, they are safe from violence; now, their enemy is a mosquito.

Afghan Elders Describe Cruelest Winter in Charahi Qambar Camp

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

For the residents of the Charahi Qambar refugee camp, it's been a long five years since they fled the U.S.-led destruction of their villages and put up tents in this destitute Kabul neighborhood. But over the winter, it was not bombs but snowfalls that crushed shelters and threatened lives.

Schools and Solutions in Sudan

Luol Deng | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact
Luol Deng

As we pause to recognize the millions of refugees around the world today on World Refugee Day, we also want to point out that all is not gloom and doom. There are ways we all can get involved to make a difference in the lives of those forcibly uprooted from their homes in Sudan.

Elise Foley

Refugee Programs Struggle Without Funding Increase | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's decision last week to fund the government through a continuing resolution instead of an omnibus appropriations bill could h...

Surviving in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

The suffering of the people of Haiti is as unimaginable as the poor planning or sheer neglect of their government, the United Nations, and large international non-governmental organizations.

Is There a Better Refugee Camp Design?

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

We arrive at a community of 100 tents situated in a circle. I'm prepared for the kinds of camps we've seen previously: hundreds of tarpaulins lined side by side. This community, in contrast, has been created on a human scale.

"Part of the Dream for National Reconstruction": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

While it should never be the case that a high percentage of the Haitian population remains living in refugee camps seven months after the earthquake, ...

Haitian Leadership Mentoring Program for Orphans Growing in Leogane

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

There is no reason for Haiti to be a hell hole. It has abundant and beautiful natural resources, an incredible and indomitable people, and is only tw...