October 07, 2015
| Michael Boyce
Being forced to flee your home is a life-altering experience. Packing a bag, bidding farewell to your land and livelihood, and leading your children into the unknown – all of this can indelibly divide a life history into ‘before’ and ‘after.’ Many people never get over the trauma of flight, and never give up hope that they will one day return to the land and people they love.
October 06, 2015
| Mark Yarnell
| Tagged as: Africa, Central African Republic, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
Last week, intercommunal fighting in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, resulted in over 40 deaths and caused more than 40,000 people to flee to various displacement camps sites around the city. The violence erupted following the murder of a Muslim taxi driver, pitting armed Muslim and Christian groups against each other. The streets also filled with protesters calling for the ouster of interim president Catherine Samba-Panza, who was in New York at the time for the United Nations General Assembly.
September 30, 2015
| Sarnata Reynolds
| Tagged as: Malaysia, Myanmar, Asia, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security, Statelessness
This week, in a stifling hot room in Malaysia filled with more than 50 Rohingya refugees, my own work with the community came full circle. I was sitting among dozens of people who had fled the very same displacement camps in Sittwe, Myanmar that I had visited twice before in 2012 and 2014. When I arrived in September 2012, Rohingya were still entering the camps and there was almost no clean water, food, or shelter. People were literally starving. It was the worst situation I had ever witnessed.
September 29, 2015
| Refugees International
The following is Michel Gabaudan's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: The Humanitarian Crisis on September 29, 2015.
September 24, 2015
| Alice Thomas
| Tagged as: Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, Niger, Philippines, Americas, Asia, Middle East
All eyes are on Washington this week as Pope Francis makes his historic first trip to the U.S. This morning, he’ll address lawmakers on Capitol Hill, marking the first time a Pope has addressed a joint meeting of Congress. Climate change is undoubtedly one if the issues on his agenda. Earlier this year the pope released his Laudito Si encyclical in which he laid out the moral case for greater protection of the environment, natural resources, and the Earth's climate.