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Stories about Refugees

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

21 September 2016

Expelled by Assad's Forces, Daraya Residents Receive a Hero's Welcome in Rebel-Held Syria

"You’re from Daraya, sir. You have everything. You’re our teachers."

16 September 2016

Parents’ Group in Greece Says No to Integrating Refugee Children in Schools

Members of a parents' group are protesting the Greek government's decision to integrate more than 15,000 children from refugee and migrant families into the national education system.

28 August 2016

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

12 August 2016

Leaked Documents Reveal Scale of Abuse at Australia's Offshore Detention Centre in Nauru

Over two thousand leaked files reveal a pattern of sexual abuse, assault and self-harm in Australia's detention centre for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru.

31 July 2016

Helping Out With Migrants Stuck in Calais, France

Two Global Voices contributors spent a week working with a British charity in Calais, France in solidarity with the refugees and migrants of the so-called "Calais Jungle".

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

16 July 2016

A Young Liberian Refugee, Educated in America, Chooses to Move Back ‘Home’

Mercy Krua is a Liberian refugee who lives in Boston. Her son was also a Liberian refugee. But he decided to move back to Liberia and make his life there.

3 July 2016

Refugee Children in California Say Discrimination at School Is Getting Worse

In the city of San Diego, one after-school program is trying to ease feelings of alienation among young migrant students.

2 July 2016

This Jewish Family Is Hosting a Syrian Muslim Refugee in Their Berlin Home

When a Syrian refugee moved into the Jellinek family's home in Berlin, he got help with his German. And the Jewish family developed a new appreciation for their country.

29 June 2016

The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution

The Bridge

With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.

26 June 2016

A Children's Book Introduces German Kids to the True Story of Syrian Refugees

Germany has received more than 1 million refugees, many of them children from Syria.

25 June 2016

A Syrian Family in the US Creates Art and Music That They Couldn't Back Home

President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept Syrian refugees. But some Syrians already have visas and are living in the US, not as refugees, but as professors.

22 June 2016

10 Athletes From Four Countries Will Compete at the Olympics Under One Banner: Refugee

"In the refugee camp, we have no facilities – even shoes we don’t have. There is no gym. Even the weather does not favor training..."

19 June 2016

Muslim Refugees Stuck in Greece Miss Home More Than Ever During Ramadan

The Greek government is making an effort to support Muslim refugees during Ramadan, but for those stuck in limbo the holiday is also a painful reminder of better days.

17 June 2016

‘Mother, Don’t Cry If They Couldn’t Find My Body’: Remembering the 4,000 Syrian Refugees Who Died En Route to Europe

A humanitarian agency is working to increase global awareness about the refugees from Syria who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, releasing a film called “The Sea Cemetery.”

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

Global Voices Advocacy

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The Bridge

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

13 June 2016

Safe in Germany, a Syrian Refugee Learns to Smile Again

The Bridge

"In the cab, I stared out the window at this beautiful land. Can I build a future here? I wondered."

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