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War: Displacement, suffering and misery

War: Displacement, suffering and misery

By Dr. Hassan Humeida   Kiel, Germany: There is no good news here on Earth right now. Every day there is only frustrating and sad news instead. These are as a result of the raging war with all its atrocities: fear, anxiety, flight, misery, death and destruction. The supply for the affected people with food […]

Standing together during the arduous challenges of war

Standing together during the arduous challenges of war

Merciless onslaughts and formidable challenges fail to wipe off the hope in this young refugee’s eyes (World Vision) By Dr. Hassan Humeida Kiel, Germany: It is war and its machine does not stop and goes on. Many people are currently on the run. Civilians who have been forced to leave their safe homes, villages or towns. Women […]

Iran and Afghanistan: So far, so close

Iran and Afghanistan: So far, so close

By Alireza Bahrami TEHRAN: The relationship between Iran and Afghanistan has historically been a series of contradictions and similarities. During the Persian Empire, in the distant years, Afghanistan and Tajikistan were also part of Greater Persia. In modern political geography, Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan are the three countries where the majority of people speak Persian. […]

Bahrain workshop experts discuss safe return of Syrian refugees

Bahrain workshop experts discuss safe return of Syrian refugees

By Habib Toumi Manama: The U.S. wants Syrian refugees to return to their homes in Syria but insists it should be done in the right conditions, a senior U.S. official has said. “We are here to dispel myths about U.S. policy and to reiterate that the U.S. wants Syrian refugees ultimately to return to their […]

Studying or socializing with refugees?

Studying or socializing with refugees?

Volunteers eager to help North Korean refugees run into a brick wall with my nonprofit: No socializing. That takes fun out of volunteering for those who dream of helping North Korean refugees with clubbing, hiking or dating. We started matching North Korean refugees with volunteers in March 2013, thinking everyone realized how important it was […]

Rohingya crisis goes beyond condemning the military: Myanmar scholars

Rohingya crisis goes beyond condemning the military: Myanmar scholars

Ongoing media coverage of the plight of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar (also known as Burma) has been heavy in condemning Myanmar military forces for allegedly attempting ethnic cleansing and forcing hundreds of thousands of them to flee across the border into Bangladesh. This resulted in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) forming an […]

UN to adopt a plan to house 400,000 Syrians

UN to adopt a plan to house 400,000 Syrians

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said he will ask countries to step forward and agree to take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees. On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort, Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis. “On March 30, I’m […]

South Korean actor Jung Woo Sung visits Lebanon as a goodwill ambassador

South Korean actor Jung Woo Sung visits Lebanon as a goodwill ambassador

UN’s high commissioner for refugees said on Wednesday 24th February that South Korea actor Jung woo Sung who was appointed goodwill ambassador, is planning to visit Lebanon during upcoming March to meet with Syrian refugees. Jung is expected to visit informal housings for refugees in the capital Beirut and the surrounding area. Lebanon alone holds […]

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

Developer Lutz Helm and Karolin Schwarz launched last week “Hoaxmap,” an online platform that allows people to separate fact from fiction by debunking false rumours about supposed crimes committed by refugees across Europe. According to AlJazeera, the platform will “use an interactive system of popping dots, as the map documents and categorises where those “crimes” […]

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Finland joined Sweden on Thursday in announcing plans to deport tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers in a bid to contain the migrant crisis. As at least 31 more people died attempting to reach the European Union, the two Nordic countries are both struggling to cope with an influx of refugees and migrants fleeing misery […]

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