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Stories about Refugees

4 December 2015

While India's National Media Bungles Its Chennai Flood Coverage, Social Media Steps Up

"In fact, what is more troubling in a way is that the nature of the coverage only confirms a north-south divide..."

23 November 2015

The Struggle of More Than One Thousand Cuban Immigrants Stranded in Central America

Some 1,500 Cubans are stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after Nicaragua denies them entry, and violently turns them away alleging "violation of sovereignty."

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

21 November 2015

Death Could Not Stop His Drive to Help Syria's Refugees

After dental student Deah Barakat was shot to death, his friends and family in the US made his dream of a dental clinic for Syrian refugees happen.

16 November 2015

The Refugees Stopping at Vienna's Train Station of Hope

The Bridge

A look back at the scenes at Vienna's central train station in September, two months before the deadly violence from which many refugees are fleeing would touch Beirut and Paris.

12 November 2015

The Crisis in Burundi Takes a Troubling Turn for the Worse

"...if the Burundian population remains poor, with all of the problems that come with a large population and a small territory, the country will always have violent cycles."

9 November 2015

November 9 in Germany: A Day for Surmounting Physical and Cultural Walls

1918, 1938, 1989. 9 November is a significant day in German history. This year, it was hijacked by the far-right PEGIDA movement.

8 November 2015

Impact Lesvos is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.

3 November 2015

These Paintings Depict the Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle Against Exploitation in the Philippines

The Philippines has an estimated 14 million indigenous peoples. The majority are living in remote villages threatened by destructive mining, development aggression, and militarization.

Iran to Provide Universal Public Healthcare to Refugees

Iran's Afghan refugee population nears 1 million, with an additional estimated 1.4 to 2 million unregistered refugees living and working in the country.

30 October 2015

Latin American Art Show in Italy Promotes Compassion for Refugees and Immigrants

MirgrArte Postale explores immigration through 125 art postcards by 96 artists from 14 countries.

25 October 2015

Drug Trade and War Against Organized Crime Create Ghost Towns in Mexico

Organized crime in Mexico and the violence that comes with it have created a mass of displaced people forced to leave their homes, creating "ghost towns" in their wake.

24 October 2015

A Canadian First: A Somali Immigrant Wins a Seat in Parliament

From refugee to Parliament Hill: Ahmed Hussen is Canada's first member of parliament of Somali descent.

21 October 2015

Precarity and Resilience in Calais

The Bridge

"We are from countries that have been colonised or had wars fought against them—by the same countries that now treat us like criminals and make us risk our lives...”

Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island

The Bridge

For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

15 October 2015

São Paulo Will Host the 2016 World Social Forum on Migrations

“The forum represents a recognition of the struggle over many years of social movements in the city, above all, that of immigrants, who are increasingly taking on more leadership roles"

14 October 2015

German Lawmakers Squish Into a Rubber Dinghy to Better Understand Refugees

The group Sea Watch organized an opportunity for parliamentarians, who hold power over the fate of refugees seeking Germany's safety, to see what riding in a precarious raft feels like.

11 October 2015

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

6 October 2015

Syrian Refugees? Get Your Facts Straight Before You Share Their Stories

Photographs of struggling Syrian refugees escaping death are plastered all over the Internet. Here's our pick of some photographs which are not what they seem. Rami Alhames explains.

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