Shelter Design Helps Refugees Weave Lives Back Together

More than 40 million people around the world have been displaced by conflict and other emergencies. Many of them end up sleeping under tarps and tents in terrible living conditions, far from the homes they once knew. Now, an architect named Abeer Seikaly has come up with a new shelter design.

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The Refugee Crisis – We Should Have Known

Flowminder, a Swedish nonprofit, has developed a technology that uses position data from SIM cards to track the movement of people. With a focus on assisting vulnerable low and middle-income countries at scale, the organization collects, aggregates and analyzes anonymous mobile operator data – through cooperation with mobile companies – and data from satellites and household surveys.

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The Refugee Crisis From a Firsthand Perspective

Nearly every day for the past few months, newspapers and television broadcasts have been full of headlines about the current refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people are being displaced from their homes and seeking better lives across borders and seas. While plenty of journalists have been covering this, few refugees have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories. Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information is changing that.

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Campus-Asyl Warmly Welcomes Refugees to Germany

Ongoing civil war and violence have displaced thousands of people in the Middle East and Africa, and many are seeking a new home in Europe. While a great number of European citizens have openly welcomed refugees, others have been visibly hostile towards them. The organization Campus-Asyl serves as one example of German solidarity with the recent upsurge in refugee resettlement.

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The Resilient Refugee and the Power of Art

It’s Thursday evening. You hear rumbling overhead. Dust in your mouth. A rotted out building with shredded material barely conceals the rhythmic thumping inside. Peek past the tattered window shade and you see a trampoline, dirty mattresses lining the floor below a trapeze, juggling paraphernalia and a lone unicycle. Welcome to the Al Jalazon Refugee Camp.

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Syria’s First Responders

    It is rare that an uplifting story emerges from Syria. In the midst of an intractable civil war that has been raging for nearly four years, the White Helmets first responders are voluntarily rushing to each bombing and clawing through the rubble to save lives. Unpaid and armed simply with white construction helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense, also …

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When Hell Freezes Over: Challenges for Cold Climate Response

  This article originally appeared on the Humanitarian Coalition’s Relief to Recovery blog here.   Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon. There, 1 in 5 residents are Syrian refugees living in formal and informal settlements, unfinished shelters are collapsing under the weight of snow and …

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Time-Share Schooling brings Refugee Children back into the Classroom

The Syrian crisis has led to an outpouring of more than 2.3 million people into other countries in the region. Of that, an estimated 865,000 are children, and 70 – 80% are not enrolled in school. It is a harrowing concern, and a UK-based organization has taken the lead on bringing kids back into the classroom. Host countries like Lebanon …

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