Refugees Persecuted in Europe

October 02, 2015

At holding centers in Germany, reports have surfaced that Syrian Christians have faced attacks by other asylum seekers. It is disturbing to hear of attacks on Syrian Christian asylum seekers by fellow Muslim asylum seekers at German reception centers—I am sure the blame for these outbreaks is...

Alan Kurdi’s Death and the Continued Plight of Syria’s Refugees

September 05, 2015

Alan Kurdi’s death speaks to the continued horrors stemming from a ravaged Syria. Though the images of death have become numbingly common, the picture of a young Syrian boy washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach is devastating. The juxtaposition of a dead child on one of the world’s most...

Refugees Are Humans Too

July 08, 2015

If refugees formed a country, it would be the 24th most populous in the world. To paraphrase William Gibson, the post-apocalypse is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed. Many of our post-apocalyptic stories—Mad Max, The Road, World War Z—feature desperate people on the move...

The World This Week: Race, Refugees and Russia

June 19, 2015

Children of empires bred on ideologies such as “the white man’s burden” are struggling to cope with a changing world and are unleashing violence on imagined enemies. On June 17, Dylann Storm Roof, a fanatical white supremacist, killed nine African Americans at the historic Emanuel African...

The Perilous Plight of Refugees

June 19, 2015

Policymakers fiddle like Nero while refugees face destruction and death, says cartoonist J.S. Paul Locke. The global refugee crisis is at levels not seen since the end of World War II. The Institute of Economics and Peace reports that out of 130 people, at least one person is currently a refugee...

At What Point Do We Lose Our Empathy?

June 02, 2015

The problem is not our empathy, but the apathy created by our inability to do anything about our emotion.  There is no waiting space inside the Dar es Salaam airport, departure passengers sit outside to wait for their flights. It was on these uncomfortable benches, while eating Pringles and...

Flight of the Rohingya

May 31, 2015

The realities that over 150,000 Rohingya refugees face are filled with risk, fear and uncertainty. Imagine the choice between throwing your fate into the hands of notoriously abusive human traffickers or staying in a place facing the highest risk of genocide in the world. This is the choice...

Lebanon’s Crises Are Rooted in Saudi Arabia and Iran

April 02, 2015

The key to solving Lebanon’s multiple crises is rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran. On March 5, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam convened his cabinet for the first time since early February. Sessions were previously suspended over disputes concerning the mechanism that will be...

Are We Forgetting About These Syrians?

November 30, 2014

Instead of being able to attend school in their homeland of Syria, children are forced to run around the streets of Istanbul, day and night. I am currently in Turkey, my first time in the country, and I am ashamed to say that I don’t understand any Turkish. I am staying by Taksim Square, a...

Humanitarian Aid: Far From a Feel-Good Workout

June 23, 2013

As the Syrian refugee crisis deepens, charitable trips have turned into publicity stunts. Despite aid convoys developing into an institutionalised process of our global charity sector, the increase in the number of humanitarian relief convoys sent out is not proportionate to their affectivity in...

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