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May 13, 2015 | Michel Gabaudan | Tagged as: Syria, Turkey, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children
Turkey is currently the largest refugee hosting country in the world. More than two million Syrians have arrived over the past four years, and more are arriving as the conflict back home continues unabated. Every day, living conditions inside Syria become more precarious and dangerous.
May 11, 2015 | Mark Yarnell | Tagged as: Africa, Central African Republic, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security
There are now approximately 450,000 internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic. Several tens of thousands are concentrated around town and city centers like Bambari, Batangafo, and the capital Bangui, but the majority has fled into the bush and is inaccessible by aid workers. Additionally, the United Nations estimates that 2.7 million people throughout the country, nearly half the population of CAR, are in need of humanitarian assistance.
April 30, 2015 | Guest | Tagged as: Kenya, Somalia
It’s a sunny morning in the city of Nairobi. I am greeted on a busy street by my friend, Fatima*. Fatima tells me about the difficulty she has had since I was last in Nairobi a year ago. She is a refugee from Somalia. She and her mother fled Somalia in 2009 after an attack by the Al Shabab terrorist organization. Her father was killed and her brothers were ‘lost’. She and her mother arrived in the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, but her mother did not live long after their arrival. On her own at the age of 14, Fatima, like many young unaccompanied women, chose to come to Nairobi.
April 24, 2015 | Alice Thomas | Tagged as: Climate Displacement, United Nations
Each year, millions of people across the globe are forced to flee disasters, primarily floods, storms, and other acute, weather-related events. As the effects of global climate change continue to unfold, more extreme weather, growing food insecurity, and other drivers of displacement will only increase.
April 22, 2015 | Daryl Grisgraber | Tagged as: Congress, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response
“There is nowhere to bury people in Aleppo anymore. The public gardens are all full of bodies.” A Syrian doctor told my colleague and me this when we met him in Turkey a few weeks ago. He described his life in a Syrian village during the months before he fled. He stayed as long as he could to help with the enormous medical needs, but in the end, the targeting of hospitals, doctors, and patients finally forced him to leave.