Syrian Refugees Face a Difficult Winter

By Daryl Grisgraber

This post originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.

When you think of getting ready for winter in D.C., it seems straightforward enough: you pull out a heavier coat, a hat and gloves; throw a comforter on the bed; and set the climate control to 68 degrees. Quick and simple, right? But for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who are receiving humanitarian assistance, winter is a much more ominous prospect.

How Blaming the West Hides a War on Women

By Refugees International

Roya Hakakian is a member of the Board of Refugees International. This post originally appeared as an op-ed in The Washington Post.

By Roya Hakakian

RI Honors Amanpour at Record-Breaking New York Circle

By Adelaide Belk

View our photo report from last week's event!

On the evening of October 16th, Refugees International celebrated the 10th anniversary of our New York Circle. Each year since the Circle was founded by Peta Roubin and Natacha Weiss, guests have come together to show their enthusiasm and support for RI’s lifesaving advocacy. This year, friends and supporters joined RI at Unilever’s New York apartment on Columbus Circle on a beautiful autumn night.

For Syrian Refugees, Life at Home May Be Hell, But Camps Are No Haven

By Marcy Hersh

This post originally appeared at UN Dispatch.

Hannan, four years old, squirms on her pink hospital bed, covering her face with her hands as if I cannot see her that way. When she thinks I’m not looking, she peeks up at me between her fingers and I give her a quick smile. She smiles back, and then immediately rolls over, hiding from me and my colleague.

Syria's Children: A Damaged Generation

By Daryl Grisgraber

This post originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.

Burma's Rohingya: Beyond the Communal Violence

By Avy Mallik

On Tuesday, October 9th, the Open Society Foundations and Refugees International co-hosted an event on the ongoing inter-communal violence in Rakhine State, Burma, which has displaced thousands of stateless Rohingya. The event brought together representatives of the U.S. government, civil society, and the media to review recent developments in Burma and Bangladesh.

We Can Do More. We Must Do More.

By Caelin Briggs

I am excited to be joining RI as the new advocate for DRC and the Sudans. With the presidential election now approaching, and renewed Congressional interest in the conflicts of Sub-Saharan Africa, it is an exhilarating time to be joining the organization. 

Stealing From Those Who Have Nothing: The ‘Gatekeepers’ of Mogadishu

By Mark Yarnell

Mogadishu is being revitalized. During the five days I spent in the Somali capital last week, I saw first-hand the city’s development and increasing vibrancy. New businesses are popping up around every corner, local markets are buzzing with commercial activity, and there are traffic jams on the streets again.

Syrian Students Tested by Refugee Life

By Marcy Hersh

This post originally appeared at Reuters AlertNet.

The fall semester is well underway back in the United States. Students are breathing in the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, carrying backpacks across leafy college campuses, making new friends, and feeling nervous and excited at the prospect of raising their hand and expressing newly-formed opinions.

From Refugee to IDP in Somaliland

By Mark Yarnell

This post originally appeared at UN Dispatch.

“What we need most is to have our own land.”

Syrian Refugees: Containing the Crisis

By Daryl Grisgraber

A former colleague of mine would often describe as “dynamic” any situation that had a lot of activity in it, be it constructive or not. A meeting in which people yelled at each other and stormed out of the room could be “dynamic.” So could a demonstration where passers-by on the street stopped to shout support for the protesters. And so could a football game among seven-year olds where the kids invariably ended up screaming at each other about unfairness but then cheerfully continued play.