(Washington, D.C.) November 25, 2013 -- "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war. I'm ever more convinced of that," says ...
Months from now, once the world's media has moved on to other stories and our focus has shifted to new issues, some will wonder how Typhoon Haiyan's victims are faring. Rest assured that there will be social workers in the Philippines and around the world standing by them and working tirelessly for them.
For every Syrian who escaped the civil war in his or her homeland by crossing international borders, there are three more displaced within the country. They are part of a growing population of refugees that are often without international support: the internally displaced.
Ming Holden makes her book debut with her non-fiction novella, The Survival Girls, based on her work with Congolese refugee women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Ming's work is proof of what fresh energy can bring to a development project.
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.
If Dadaab were actually counted as a city, it would be Kenya's third or fourth most populous. Yet it's not counted; it doesn't exist. It's a liminal space, neither here nor there, and its inhabitants exist between worlds interminably.
After some success with his short film, In the Name of the Son, Harun kept crisscrossing the country, traveling ceaselessly as he'd done since landing in the United States, taking pictures of landscapes and skies.
Why, now that Morocco has been illegally occupying this country for 38 years and considering that under UN law "freely expressed self-determination is an unalienable right," did the international powers not step in and demand a referendum on independence, akin to those that all other African states had been granted?
Time, though, does not care for walls and fences. If there is something permanent in human history, it is the movement from one place to another. Foreigners. Refugees. Great Migrations. From Africa to Europe. From Asia to America. From Europe to America. From Asia and Africa to Europe.
Muntaha Flufel says on most days she sits alone at home watching TV, unable to interact with the community she lives in. She keeps her windows and doors locked, in fear that someone might break in and attack her like they did in Baghdad in 2004.
After a half hour of trick or treating, my mom found us. She had a panicked look on her face. Our folks had not taken into account the fact that neighborhood kids would knock on our door, begging for treats.
More than the violence or the fear of renewed civil war, what has put Lebanon on the brink is the flood of Syrian refugees who are overwhelming the country, threatening it with economic collapse and its capacity to survive as a state.
In Syria for example, the number of dead in the chemical weapons attack has been disputed, with numbers ranging from 400 to 1,400 casualties, depending on the source of the information. But does the number really matter compared with the enormity of the atrocity?
The right of return will continue to be a major obstacle in peace negotiations unless Israel and the Palestinian leadership accept the changing realities which in fact lend themselves to find a solution.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Zionist movement rejected the so-called Uganda Plan proposed by Britain to provide the Jews with a homeland in Africa. Almost 110 years later, their descendants are begging Uganda to take in Africans who have sought safe haven in the Jewish homeland in Israel.
While leaders were at the negotiating table inside the UN building, Oxfam campaigners took to the streets outside to remind them that real people, both in Syria and around the world, are waiting and watching for their leadership on Syria.