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As Refugee Tide Mounts, No One Is in Control

António Guterres | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
António Guterres

LONDON -- We live in a period in which we no longer have a unipolar or bipolar world, we don't even have a multipolar world; it's kind of a chaotic world where power relations have become unclear. When power relations are unclear, impunity and unpredictability tend to prosper. That, I believe, is the reality behind the high levels of displacement that are taking place in today's world.

Advancing Humanity's Cause

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Every day we are inundated with harrowing stories of desperation from refugees around the world. We must act with solidarity to reverse this trend. All nations have a moral obligation to assist people fleeing persecution, conflict, and hardship.

No Place to Call Home: Government of Jordan Blocks Shelter Projects for Syrian Refugees

Vicky Kelberer | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Vicky Kelberer

Mohammed's* house is falling down around him. Dampness and mold have invaded his walls, his roof is crumbling over his family's heads, and he desperately needs to fix it before winter arrives.

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.

60 Million People Living Today as Refugees

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Reading about the plight of refugees, it's easy for the suffering millions to meld together into a faceless mass. That's why I want to place one human face on the 60 million refugees. I want to share the story of my mother.

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.

An Economic Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis

Janis Powers | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Janis Powers

Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?"

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?

Will the Mediterranean Become Europe's Cemetery?

Hazel Guardado | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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.