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Internally Displace Persons: The Forgotten and Invisible Refugees

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

After years of civil war in Darfur, hundreds of villages have been destroyed, 400,000 have died, and 2.2 million are now permanently displaced. Many are still facing starvation and ongoing violence.

Millions of Refugees Need Access to Cleaner, More Efficient Cookstoves and Fuels

Radha Muthiah | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Radha Muthiah

More than 59 million people are currently displaced from their homes due to conflict, war, and disaster. They leave home with few possessions, and often, in fear of their lives.

U.S. Intervention and Colombia's Record Displacements

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

What the U.S. has had "going on" in Colombia for decades is massive military involvement, both overt and covert, though one would hardly know from the lack of media attention on this issue.

The World's Newest Nation: 60 Million People Away From Home

World Vision | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
World Vision

Startling new figures were released by the UNHCR today -- 60 million people worldwide are now displaced from their homes - more than at any other point on record. Within that 60 million, Syria is the largest source country of refugees.

Refugees: Existence. Resistance. Persistence.

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20th, honors the resilience, courage and determination of more than 50 million refugees forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution and violence.

Ten Ways Israel Is Treated Differently

David Harris | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
David Harris

The old advertisement proclaimed that you don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, you don't have to be a pro-Israel activist to be troubled by the grotesquely unjust treatment of Israel. All it takes is a capacity for moral outrage that things like this are happening today.

Preventing Child Labor: Why We Need an Emergency Fund for Education

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D

Last week I returned from Lebanon. There, I met several teachers and school leaders, sat in on lessons and witnessed a school work double time - literally early morning and late afternoon - to make room for Syrian refugee children.

Cash vs. Blankets for Syrian Refugees?

Khaled Hosseini | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Khaled Hosseini

UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, estimates that two-thirds of Syrian non-camp refugees live below Jordan's poverty line, one out of six below the abject poverty line.

Vindicating the Ways of God to Man in Gihembe Refugee Camp

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.

People Must Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria: No Time to Wait for Governments

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.

Refugees Drawn by Europe Magnet

Ben Barber | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Ben Barber

Europe is now on the verge of making the cruel decisions the United States made in Haiti and in Mexico. Wealthy northern countries must decide if they want to change the way of life they have created over centuries and accept tens of millions of people fleeing poverty and corruption.

Sexual Violence in South Sudan -- A Tactic of War

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

The women and children of South Sudan, are amongst the most vulnerable. The protracted emergencies and complete absence of social services is destroying the human capital base and potential of the youngest country in the world.

Ikea's Mobile, Easy-To-Assemble Shelters Will Bring Safety, Comfort To Thousands Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact

Thousands of refugees who braved winter’s brutal conditions have more than just milder weather to look forward to this summer. After pursuing ext...

And Now.. Video Everywhere

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 06.02.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Yesterday, a New York City cop made the mistake of cursing out an Uber taxi driver while his passenger recorded the whole thing on video. This was a big mistake, because today he was removed from his job on the 'Terrorism Task Force.'

We Want a Hand Up Not a Handout: Why Iraqi Women in Jordan Are More Than Just Urban Refugees

Joan Erakit | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Joan Erakit

Wafa Fadel Saed Jawad sits in a chair amongst a pile of various t-shirts. At 45, she has been living as a refugee in Jordan after fleeing Iraq in 2003. What makes Jawad different from other refugee women is the sparkle in her eye when she talks about her home-based business.

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: My Stroll With Melissa Fleming

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

Melissa Fleming, is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Everyday her enormous task is to speak for the millions of displaced and dispossessed people in refugee camps all over the world.

Women's History Month Through One Woman's History

Ming Holden | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Ming Holden

How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?

Human Rights Nightmare Continues in Silence in Colombia

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the press continues to vilify Venezuela, to the exclusion of any Colombian coverage, Colombians are actually seeking safe haven in Venezuela -- an irony worth noting.

Opulent Arabs Stiff Syria's Refugees

Barry Lando | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

One would think that those fabulously blessed royals and sheikhs would be lining up to donate a tiny fraction of their vast treasure to the UNHCR's attempts to mitigate the catastrophe that has overtaken millions of their Sunni Arab brethren. But, one would be wrong.

UN: Mediterranean Crossing Leaves Up To 300 Migrants Dead

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.13.2015 | World

ROME (AP) — Some 300 migrants who tried to cross the frigid Mediterranean in open, rubber boats, were reported missing Wednesday by survivors as the...

Angelina Jolie: We're 'Failing' Millions Of Refugees In Iraq, Syria

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

Angelina Jolie is demanding the world pay closer attention to the dire needs of displaced Iraqi and Syrian families. The actress visited a refugee...

Australia's New Immigration Law Shifts Regional Focus to Security

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Ravishly

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

Battered Women in Cuba: Where Can They Go?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

"Do you know what it feels like to break the wall?" she asked me years after we met. "It's like someone cracked a table on your face... it hurts, but you can't believe its your body."

Woolgathering Catastrophe in Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering.