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Internally Displaced Persons

Creed, Greed and Need

Margee Ensign | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Margee Ensign

One of our strongest areas is education for girls. We are using advanced technology, in one of the poorest parts of the world, to ensure that young children, especially girls, can read, write and participate in society.

The Rohingya Crisis: Finding a Way Forward

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Michel Gabaudan

Eighteen months have passed since sectarian violence pushed some 140,000 stateless Rohingyas into a series of camps around Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar. And yet the scars of the violence they suffered remain all too evident.

Legacies of Migration and Exile

Rachael Freed | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rachael Freed

Just a day after returning from a legacy writing retreat with a focus on migration and legacy, I found myself in a nail salon listening to a woman sit...

South Sudan on Fire

A View from the United Nations | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

So far, thousands have been killed during fighting and in inter-ethnic attacks on Nuer and Dinka civilians. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and are looking for a safe haven.

WEF Delegates In Davos Participate In Refugee Simulation Experience

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact

Last week, some of the wealthy and hyper-powerful attendees at the World Economic Forum temporarily departed their mountainside resort in Davos, Switz...

Open the Door for Syrian Refugees

Sharon Waxman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Sharon Waxman

Financial assistance is not the only way to help. Three years into the crisis, resettlement of vulnerable refugees must be a robust and integral part of the humanitarian response.

It's Time for a Serious Discussion About Syria: The People

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

I have some great news, folks! You don't have to wait for a congressional vote to do something to help Syrian refugees and displaced families. You can act right now.

UN: Most Refugees Displaced Worldwide In Nearly 20 Years

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

GENEVA — The Syrian civil war contributed to pushing the numbers of refugees and those displaced by conflict within their own nation to an 18-ye...

MAP: Number Of Internally Displaced Spiked In 2012

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

A record number of people were internally displaced by war, violence, and political oppression in 2012, according to a new report by the Internal Disp...

Colombia: Seeking A Peaceful Future (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2013-02-21-fuchscolombia.jpgColombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of a 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.

The Democratic Republic of Congo: It is Time for Civilians to Come First

Paul O'Brien | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

Long-term stability will not be brought to the region until decisive political action is taken. The Congolese government needs to recognize this fact and work to foster regional cooperation.

Urban Refugees: Hidden in Plain Sight

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

From its founding 32 years ago this month, Jesuit Refugee Service has made it a priority to work with "forgotten" refugees -- those living in the shadows -- whose plight is overlooked by others.

Eastern Congo: Communities forced to fund the war

Louis Belanger | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Louis Belanger

Communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being preyed on mercilessly by rebel groups and local militias, as well as their own gover...

Rohingya Must Be on Obama's Agenda in Burma

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Michel Gabaudan

America's own history shows that reconciling diversity with democracy is not easy, and so it will be for Burma and the Rohingya. But by offering the support of the American people, President Obama may just convince Burmese that this is a task worth undertaking.

Stop the Forgotten Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2012-11-14-congo.jpg Communities in Masisi district in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced on a daily basis and at least 18 have been murdered, caught between attacks by opposing rebel groups. The UN peacekeeping forces (MONUSCO) and the Congolese army must intervene to protect the civilian population.

IDP Camps Illustrate the Human Cost of War in Burma

The Morningside Post | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
The Morningside Post

An estimated 75,000 people have been displaced by the fighting that ignited in June last year between the Burmese government and the Kachin Independence Organization/Army.

Still No Peace In Colombia (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2012-05-29-fuchscolombia.jpg Colombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of the nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.

Our War in Afghanistan: Must Children Freeze to Death?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

I have expressed increased concerns about our continued "involvement" in Afghanistan. I have mourned our casualties and fretted about our huge financial costs. But -- perhaps insensitively so -- I have not mentioned much about the suffering of the Afghan people.

Smoke and Mirrors: Deflecting Attention Away From Failure in Haiti's IDP Camps

Mark Schuller | Posted 02.21.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

In many senses the lack of progress following Haiti's earthquake centers on housing.

The Miracle of Jewish Recovery After the Holocaust: The DP Camp Story

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Bernard Starr

For survivors, of course, the memories and scars never fade. But there's another side of the story: In the aftermath of the Holocaust, an extraordinary drama of resiliency, rebirth and renewal took place in Austria and Germany: the creation of the Displaced Persons camps.

Keeping Hope Alive in Haiti's Tent Cities

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

Almost 700,000 Haitians who lost their homes in the quake are still living in appalling conditions. The majority of these people still lack access to basic services like healthcare, clean water, toilets, sanitation and live in tattered shelters.

Million Plus Remain Homeless and Displaced in Haiti: One Year After Quake

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

One year after the January 12 2010 earthquake, more than a million people remain homeless in Haiti. Homemade shelters and tents are everywhere in Por...

60,000 Somalis Flee Fighting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Sixty-thousand civilians in Somalia have fled their homes over the past week as fresh fighting between Islamist insurgents and a govern...

Iraq and Afghanistan Refugees -- No End to the Tragedy

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Americans should reflect the "character of a nation" by not forgetting the millions of Iraqi and Afghanistan refugees who are, once again, the wretched legacy of wars they had no hand in.

Colombia's Internally Displaced People

Michael Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Solis

In Colombia, the number of internally displaced people is approximately 4.9 million -- nearly the population of Colorado. This makes Colombia the second largest internal displacement country in the world next to Sudan.