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Refugees Celebrated on Their Special Day

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World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20, honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of refugees who have had to flee their homelands due to conflict or natural disaster. Vulnerable and in need, trapped between intolerable conditions at home and a perilous journey to an uncertain future, refugees are often misunderstood and maligned.

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Syrian Refugees End Ramadan With Joy and Longing

Caroline Kennedy; Sara, a Syrian refugee studying to be a hair stylist; and Abir, a student in Maximpact's Online Language class; Portadown, Northern Ireland, April 17, 2019 (Photo courtesy Caroline Kennedy via email)

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Tuesday, marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, during which the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, pray and practice charitable giving.

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Redesigning Refugee Camps for the Digital Age

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A Syrian refugee living in a Jordanian camp, or an immigrant to the United States, will have multiple associations with place enabled by digital technology,” says Professor Rana Abudayyeh from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. “They may live in a new environment, but they carry archival memories and images of their home with them on smart devices…

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Turkey Helps Syrian Refugee Girls Avoid Child Marriage

“Young girls who have fled conflict and instability in rural Syria in search of a more peaceful and dignified life in Turkey can find themselves still at risk from a harmful traditional practice their families have brought from their homeland,” warn three women and a man writing for the Turkish Red Crescent …

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Families Displaced by Multiple Indian Ocean Storms

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This cyclone season in the Indian Ocean Basin has been exceptionally fierce, with 15 storms, including nine intense cyclones, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). At least a million people had to be evacuated from stricken coastal areas in India, while over a thousand died in eastern African countries.

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Children Alone Walk a Rough Road to Asylum

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Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States face long dangerous trips without their parents or guardians. Sometimes they travel more than 1,000 miles and cross several borders on foot, by bus, or on top of freight trains. Desperate for a chance at a better life, they face exploitation, violence and death.

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UK: 10,000 Refugees Reunited With Their Families

Graffiti welcomes refugees, London, UK, 2015 (Photo by Duncan C) Creative commons license via Flickr

Ten thousand people separated by war and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross and International Organization for Migration family reunification program, the agencies declared last week. Ninety percent of the arrivals have been women and children joining husbands and fathers.

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Corporate Generosity Lifts Refugees Out of Crisis

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Far from acting like the high-hat, hard-hearted corporations often mocked in the media, many companies are offering to support refugees who have lost everything with training, education, jobs, and investments. There are about 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world today, of which more than 25 million are considered refugees.

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UN Appeal Asks $920 Million for Rohingya Refugees

Within a bamboo hut in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Rohingya refugee Syed Hossain, 27, lifts his shirt to display the blisters on his side. An outbreak of chickenpox has infected some 5,000 Rohingya in the vast Kutupalong settlement.

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