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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

25 June 2016

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

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..."

21 June 2016

Erdogan's New Turkey Finds Forgiveness for Some, Tear Gas for Others

"Riot police have used more rounds of teargas and [smoke] grenades to counter reconvening protesters in #Firuzağa #Istanbul."

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

The Layered Graves of Syria's Douma City

Douma graves have taught us that death has its own art forms in this war.

‘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.

Helping Refugees in Europe Get Connected to the Internet

Rising Voices

"Connecting with family is a top priority for newly arrived refugees who want their loved ones to know they are safe."

14 June 2016

Israelis React With Outpouring of Support for LGBTQ Community After Orlando Massacre

"It doesn’t matter exactly which religion made him hate us to death...It’s always the fear of those who are different, those who challenge the existing order."

A Joint Photo Exhibition Between Greece and Turkey Brings These Neighbors Closer Together

They believe that peace and friendship is the best way to overcome problems and that art, especially photography, is a medium that can bring people closer together.

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."

11 June 2016

‘The Day I Became Just a Stupid Number': One Syrian Refugee's Journey to Europe

The Bridge

"It is an experience you would never want to go through unless you are truly desperate," Zozan Khaled Musa writers about her journey through Eastern Europe in search of refuge.

10 June 2016

Iranian Singer Habib Mohebian Memorialized on Social Media

"Even after an artist passes on, his art lives on..."

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

The Bridge

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

9 June 2016

The Difficulty and Uncertainty of Life in Turkey as a Syrian Refugee

The Bridge

"Employers discriminated against us. I met people who were forced to do hard labor for little money. They lived like robots. I didn’t want that."

8 June 2016

One Palestinian-Syrian Man's Agonizing Decision to Leave His Home Behind

The Bridge

"It was very hard to decide if I wanted to leave this country without coming back again...Even if it’s dangerous, it is my country. I like this country."

Surrounded by Rubble, This Flower Seller's Dreams Are on Hold in Syria

"I wish that when the war is over I can return to pursue my dreams."

7 June 2016

A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.

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