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Will the Mediterranean Become Europe's Cemetery?

Hazel Guardado | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Hazel Guardado

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 3,400 people died in 2014 trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

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.

How We Should Advise Myanmar Now to Achieve Future Stability

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

How else should we be advising Myanmar now so its version of democracy isn't derailed in the future? Here are three pieces of advice that the US and other foreign actors should offer Myanmar's government to help create a stable, more inclusive society:

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.

The Silver-Lining of US Airstrikes in Syria

Vicky Kelberer | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Vicky Kelberer

The success or failure of the open-ended American military intervention in Iraq and Syria will not be apparent for years, yet there is one area where the US mission has already yielded improvements: humanitarian funding.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

A Step in the Right Direction: New Commitments to Disability Inclusion in Refugee Settings

Sarah Costa | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.

Syrian Refugee Women Are Not the Sum of Their Hardships

Rose Foran | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Rose Foran

It is a truism to note that there are commonalities that unite us all, in one way or another - but reconcile that truism with the unimaginable: having to uproot your family to a strange place, on your own, only to find even more hardship waiting on the other side of a war zone.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Max J. Rosenthal

'I Wish We Were Dead In Syria Rather Than Staying Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.02.2014 | World

BEBNINE, Lebanon -- The residents of this informal refugee settlement in northern Lebanon have a familiar list of complaints: no money, no jobs, littl...

Kufr Yuba Journal: A Jordanian Village, a School and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Merissa Khurma | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Merissa Khurma

Only one-third of Syrian refugee children attend school. We simply cannot sit and watch. Words are not enough to address this predicament. Action is required, on a global scale.

Calling All Lebanese

Janis Powers | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Janis Powers

Lebanon's ex-pat community has the skills and resources to work in conjunction with the Lebanese government in an apolitical fashion to drive positive change for Lebanon at a time when the country and all its inhabitants need it the most.

Joshua Hersh

Promises, Promises: Donors Fail To Meet Pledges For Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- As the Syrian refugee crisis worsens in neighboring countries, the backlog of undelivered funds from donor countries, including the United S...

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 ...

How GirlFoward Helped Me Stand Out and Speak Out

GirlForward | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
GirlForward

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgI was born in the beautiful city of Monrovia, Liberia. In my earliest memories as a child, the city was very peaceful. But then war broke out, and we eventually lost everything we had: peace, happiness, family members, communication, and our home.

Change China's Brutal Repatriation Policy

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Aaron Rhodes

China's policy of forcibly repatriating North Korean defectors has resulted in brutal punishments including summary execution on a mass scale.

Kenya: Punishing Refugees Won't Stop Terror Attacks

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Michel Gabaudan

Kenya certainly faces legitimate security concerns. And with the country's presidential campaign heating up, it is understandable that the government wants to make its city streets safer and more secure.

The Real Haunted House

Ming Holden | Posted 12.28.2011 | Impact
Ming Holden

Depending on how much support a refugee has received, and how consistent their surroundings are in the non-home place they find themselves, they can go from trauma victim to trauma survivor.

The Survival Girls: Kenya, Refugee Youth, and Safe Space

Ming Holden | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Ming Holden

Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.

Terror Attacks on Israel and UNRWA's Education System

Anav Silverman | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

Until UNRWA's mandate is adjusted to conform to that of UNHCR's 'durable solutions,' Palestinian children under the agency's care will continue to be educated in a culture that promotes despair and hate in a system that works against their future.

Bosnian Refugees Get Donation After Angelina Jolie's Visit

AP | AIDA CERKEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

ROGATICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A U.S. government donation will provide housing for the last 15 people living in a Bosnian refugee camp that movi...

As Troops Leave Iraq, Will America Forget the Refugees?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

We must exercise our moral responsibility and provide meaningful financial support for the millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children who are the wretched legacy of a war they had no hand in.

Freedom To Write: An Exiled Chinese Dissident, a Conference in Istanbul, and Some Milky Tea

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

The man I met in front of the State Department Store didn't look like a refugee, which goes to show how many assumptions I had. Tumenulzii had an open and youthful face.

Haiti Donor Conference Presents Major Challenges

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Speaking about rebuilding Haiti's economy, Biotek Solutions CEO Regine Barjon summed it up by saying "We can grow our own chickens."

Fleeing to Djibouti: The Life of Somali Refugees

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

According to Ann Encontre, UNHCR representative in Djibouti, southern Somalia and Mogadishu have been relying on local food supplies since WFP withdrew its food aid program in January this year.