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.
April 20, 2015
| Tagged as: Africa, Somalia, United Nations, Yemen, Neglected Crises, Middle East, Protection & Security
For more than 24 years, refugees have fled instability in Somalia for
the comparative safety of Yemen. Now, as indiscriminate violence grips
Yemen, civilians there are packing up their lives and hoping to find safe
haven in Somalia.
April 16, 2015
| Sarnata Reynolds
A few weeks ago, Israel began sending letters to thousands of asylum seekers informing them of their imminent deportation to an unnamed African country. If they resist deportation and refuse to “voluntarily” leave Israel, the letter claims, they will be sent to jail within 30 days. This is an unconscionable violation of the rights of asylum seekers.
April 07, 2015
| Michael Boyce
| Tagged as: DR Congo
One day on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Micheline went to jail. The arrest probably did not come as a surprise to her. Working as a sex worker, run-ins with the police may have been a common occurrence for Micheline. But when she reached the prison on that particular day, things took an ugly turn.
April 06, 2015
| Tagged as: Statelessness
“We must not forget the millions of stateless people whose dreams of nationality will never come to fruition. They also need our help to enjoy basic human rights right now,” remarked UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in 2007. Yet the international community often highly overlooks statelessness and the adverse implications of such status. While many individuals tend to take the legal acquisition of a nationality for granted, the acquirement of nationality can heavily dictate the quality of life for an individual.