refugees

  • The refugee crisis you don’t know about

    In the last couple of years, the world’s attention has focused on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, with far reaching political consequences. Yet, at the other side of the ocean, in the heart of the Americas, another refugee crisis has been slowly unfolding for years....
  • Migrant crisis: time for Europe to change tactics

    Europe’s migrant crisis was defined the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The number of arrivals on Europe’s shores is kept up-to-date daily and European leaders’ statements resound on television, while on the screens flow images of migrants’ faces...
  • Lack of planning in refugee camps is damaging the environment

    How lack of planning in refugee camps damages the environment

    The number of refugees and persons of concern in the world by the end of 2015 was 65.3 million. Currently host to over 800,000 refugees, Uganda is home to one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Bidi bidi refugee camp. Located in northern Uganda, the camp was...
  • RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 08: A migrant worker from Ghana sits his luggage at a United Nations displacement camp after crossing into Tunisia from Libya on March 08, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    To each their own story

    During the first six months after the breakout of violence in Libya in 2011, an estimated one million people crossed the border from Libya into Tunisia. Among those, at least 200,000 were non-Libyans. To respond to this emergency situation, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) established a camp in...
  • Innocent until proven refugee

    Last February a USA-Australia refugee deal unveiled the embarrassing diplomatic exchange between two powerful nations. Newly elected United States president Donald Trump was outraged by a deal with the Australian government made by his predecessor, involving the reception of 1250 refugees who are currently living on two small islands...
  • 6 years of suffering

    As diplomacy is stalled, the humanitarian needs are huge. The death toll is approaching 500,000. 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 5.7 million are facing acute needs due to multiple risks to which they are exposed. Furthermore, half of the Syrian population has been...
  • Twice a victim

    “When I was released from prison, the gate was just open. And they asked me to go. I don’t have anybody in Italy. I didn’t have one euro. I didn’t know where I was.” Emmanuel* smiles without joy, revealing the gap from a missing tooth. He was arrested upon...
  • Domino effect

    The 2016 United States presidential elections, and later the policies implemented by Donald Trump with the closing of the borders, have generated great collateral effects in the Central and Latin America regions. Since the end of 2015, there has been an increase in the migratory traffic in this area,...
  • Is there hope for Afghanistan?

    Is there hope for Afghanistan? This is a question that has been asked innumerable times in the past 40 years: during Afghanistan’s war with the Soviet Union in the 1980s, during the Civil War from 1996 to 2001, during the NATO intervention, and more recently, with the increasing aggravation...
  • Keeping up appearance

    In the pram, a toddler snoozes in the afternoon sunshine. She is dressed in a flashy pink tutu, a tiny little leather jacket, and it is all styled off by a set of golden necklaces. The mom proudly says she bought it all on the high-end mall on the...
  • Central American migration: an invisible humanitarian crisis

    The wave of people fleeing violence from Central America continues despite efforts by the United States, and more recently by Mexico, to deter migration. Over the past year, Mexico has been called the “Mediterranean for migrants” in the Americas, drawing parallels with the refugee crisis in Europe, requiring similar...
  • Community policing in Lebanon

    An accountable police service which operates in the interests of the population is a fundamental foundation for any state. It is a prerequisite for social justice, democracy, peace, and the effective maintenance of security for all citizens. For Lebanon, the need couldn’t be more acute. The country’s Internal Security...
  • More than medals

    This year’s Olympics will be one of the most special ones yet.  As citizens around the world anticipate the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and as their teams prepare for the various competitions taking place in August, a new team has just joined the game. In early...
  • Borders – M.I.A

    Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known as rapper and singer M.I.A., acronym of “Missing in Acton”, from the expression “missing in action” and London’s suburb Acton, begins her career in the music industry as the designer of the cover of British alternative rock band Elastica‘s second album “The Menace“. M.I.A. was...
  • Forgotten in Idomeni

    Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Helicopters. Army tanks. What should have set the scene for a war film was used against men, women and children gathered on the edge of Europe, desperate for a life without violence. When I arrived at Idomeni on Sunday, I could...
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