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Stories about Refugees

23 July 2017

A North Korean Refugee and Cartoonist Draws What Life Is Like for Those Who Escape

As a child, teachers praised Choi Seong-guk for his sketches of American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.”

21 July 2017

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

14 July 2017

For Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan, Journalism Offers Hope and Opportunity to Rebuild Their Homeland

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, Syrians Between Us provides the skills they need to tell their own stories.

11 July 2017

A Syrian Artist Reimagines the World's Powerful Leaders as Vulnerable Refugees

"Those leaders were partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians. Maybe they will feel what it feels like to be vulnerable."

7 July 2017

Violence in Arsal Is a Reminder of How Vulnerable Syrian Refugees Are in Lebanon

"Whatever happened, we have to recognize that the response towards these attacks where refugees/Syrians are all assumed guilty is inhumane"

27 June 2017

In China, an Antagonistic Anti-Refugee Stance Finds Support Online

Netizens bullied Yao Chen, a famous Chinese actress who is the UN Refugee Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador in China, and rejected the idea of taking in refugees.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

29 May 2017

In Syria's Al-Waer, the Uncertainty of Evacuating Weighs Heavy on Residents

“Forgive me, father, it was never my choice to leave.”

28 May 2017

Whether They Stay or Leave, Residents of Syria's Al-Waer Face an Uncertain Future

Rebels and their families are evacuating their last bastion in the city that has been dubbed “the capital of the revolution". Here are some of their stories.

14 May 2017

For Refugees in Seattle, Rising Rents Mean the Search for Home Isn’t Over

As rents rise in Seattle on the US west coast, Congolese refugees are facing the very real threat of homelessness.

13 May 2017

Why 78 Asylum-Seekers Marched to the US Border, Even Though Their Requests Will Probably Be Denied

Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants participated in the Caravan of Refugees to advocate for the right to request asylum.

12 May 2017

This Platform Has Helped Thousands of Migrants Reconnect with Their Families Back Home

Around the world, an estimated 65 million people who, for one reason or another, have been forced to flee their homelands. This platform aims to reunite broken families.

6 May 2017

US Law Students, Driven by Their Own Family Stories, Are Helping Asylum-Seekers

“...there’s almost like an invisible thread of your past pulling you to do certain areas of work, whether you sort of realize it or not."

29 April 2017

Brazilian Graffiti Artists and Young Syrians Are Painting Refugee Camp Walls Together

Brazilian and Syrians are hand in hand on "Painting on Camps walls" of refugee's school camp in Lebanon's Beqaa and more walls of hope inside Syria.

12 April 2017

Venezuelan Migrants Face Prejudice and Bureaucracy in Northern Brazil

Economic crisis and food shortages in Venezuela have sparked a wave of migrants into Brazil, which is now struggling to respond and meet humanitarian needs.

26 March 2017

In a Greek Refugee Camp: A Volunteer's Notebook

The Bridge

"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."

23 March 2017

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

16 March 2017

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

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