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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

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

Following Reported Overthrow Attempt Turkish Netizens Ask, ‘Coup or Theatre?’

"Don't buy it. Perfectly plausible story is slowly emerging. You can't easily stage this stuff, with 300 livestreams."

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Global Voices Advocacy

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

10 July 2016

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

9 July 2016

Iraqi Society Frowned Upon His Moonwalk, But He Kept Dancing Anyway

A year before he was killed, Adel Al-Jaf said: "One day I'll leave Iraq and go to a place where people love dancing and they're not fighting it."

6 July 2016

For Refugees at Katsikas Camp, Life Remains in Limbo

The Bridge

As the Greek summer intensifies, the refugees of Katsikas Camp—plus some 50,000 others stuck across Greece—wait in vain for some of the vague promises of the EU-Turkey deal to materialise.

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

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.

30 June 2016

Even Assad Supporters Aren't Immune to Syria's Kings of Looting

Talks of “banal death”, “corruption”, “war profiteers” and “price peaks” are no longer confined to private spheres.

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.

At Least 42 Dead in Istanbul Airport Violence

The government has blamed ISIS for the attack. Homes and hotels in Turkey's largest city have opened their doors to stranded passengers.

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

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."

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