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Fleeing for Their Lives, Ukrainians Become Refugees

People wait to cross from pro-Russian separatists' controlled territory to Ukrainian government controlled areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, the only crossing point open daily, in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, February 22, 2022. (Photo by Voice of America) Public domain

KYIV, Ukraine, February 23, 2022 (Maximpact.com News) – Children in eastern Ukraine must navigate one of the world’s most mine-contaminated stretches of land. Every day, they live, play, and go to and from school in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other deadly explosive remnants of war, UNICEF warned on Friday.

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Refugees Around the World Struggle to Survive

Syrian refugee boys engage in literacy lessons at the UN Women Oasis in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp, developed and operated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in conjunction with the Government of Jordan for refugees of the Syrian Civil War. (Photo: Christopher Herwig / UN Women) Posted for media use

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2022 (Maximpact.com News) – A giant fire broke out on January 10, sweeping through refugee dwellings in Cox’s Bazar on the southeast coast of Bangladesh, site of the world’s largest refugee camp. The damage is extensive, refugees had to breach barbed wire fencing to reach safety, and 5,000 are now homeless.

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Geopolitical Chess Game Uses Refugees as Pawns

At least 50 percent of the migrants stranded between Belarus and Poland are women and children, according to Safa Msehli, the UN International Organization for Migration's Crisis Communications and Advocacy Officer. November 23, 2021 (Photo courtesy Human Rights Watch) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 24, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – The high-tension conflict over refugees at its border with Belarus has prompted the European Union to propose measures today to prevent and restrict the activities of transport operators smuggling or trafficking people into the EU.

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Escaping Migrants Sell What They Have: Their Bodies

A sailing yacht in the North Sea, August 15, 2020 (Photo by Ronnie Robertson) Creative Commons license via Flickr

What’s that in the distance? A yacht? Are you thinking, “Oh, those lucky wealthy people playing on their pleasure boat?” Well, you could be wrong. The people below decks are often migrants desperate to escape violence or natural disaster in their home countries.

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Refugee Olympic Athletes Play for Medals in Tokyo

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini trains at The Olympic Training Center Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, the support and service facility for all Olympic athletes from this region of Germany. 2020 (Photo courtesy Yusra Mardini) Posted for media use on Instagram

For the second time in its history, a Refugee Olympic Athletes Team is competing at an Olympic Games. With members from 11 countries, including Syria, South Sudan, Iran and Afghanistan, this team does not march behind one country’s flag, and no national anthem is played for them.

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Rohinga Refugees Had So Little, Now They Have Less

Rohinga refugees from Myanmar watch as a giant blaze destroys thousands of shelters at the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar. March 21, 2021 (Photo courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

Fire swept through a Rohinga refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday leaving 15 refugees dead and more than 560 others injured. Bangladeshi authorities estimate that 400 people are still missing and 45,000 refugees lost their shelters and all their belongings in the devastating blaze.

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President Biden Welcomes Refugees, Reversing Trump Policy

An internally displaced Yemeni woman and her daughter look over the capital city of Sana’a, Yemen. August 2017 (Photo by Giles Clarke courtesy UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Posted for media use

“We face a crisis of more than 80 million displaced people suffering all around the world,” President Joe Biden told diplomats at the U.S. State Dept. Friday, setting the stage for an about-face on U.S. refugee policy. While the previous administration imposed travel bans, separated families and built border walls, Biden signed an executive order “to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need.”

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Keeping Refugees Healthy Keeps Everyone Safe

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“If ever we needed reminding that we live in an interconnected world, the novel coronavirus has brought that home,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi as the UN Refugee Agency and the World Health Organization today signed a new agreement to strengthen public health services for the millions forcibly displaced from their communities.

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Refugee Doctors Volunteer to Fight Virus

Medic tests a patient for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, March 18, 2020 (Photo by Hospital Clinic) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Doctors and nurses wearing surgical masks and gloves dash in and out of hospital rooms, working around the clock to register and check the symptoms of anxious patients filling up every space in the hallways of the Taleghani Hospital in Iran. Refugee nurse Moheyman Alkhatavi, 24, uses a long, cotton-tipped swab to collect cell samples from the nose of a frail, elderly man.

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Millions of Refugees at Risk as Virus Spreads

This Syrian refugee girl lives in one of 5,000 tents among 31,500 refugees at Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border. March 25, 2019 (Photo by Fundacja PCPM) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The UN Refugee Agency has airlifted 4.4 tonnes of urgently-needed medical supplies to Tehran to support the COVID-19 response in Iran. The Airbus A330-200 arrived at Imam Khomeini Airport from Frankfurt, Germany Monday afternoon with masks, gloves, essential medicines, soap, and thermometers aboard to help address critical shortages in Iran’s health care system.

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Helping Syrian refugees build new lives in the UK

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Language learning makes a difference. Language learning breaks down barriers, builds communities and offers opportunity to people around the world. Nowhere is this clearer than in the work we have been doing with Maximpact to support Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland since May 2018.

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Refugee Kids Quicker Than Adults at Languages

This boy from Syria was 11-years-old at the time of this picture in 2013. He was living with his family in a makeshift tent shelter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. He hadn't been to school for two years because of the conflict, but then he was granted two hours of schooling every day. "The best thing about being back at school is that I can study again," he said. "I want to be a doctor when I'm older, and I really like to study and learn." (Photo courtesy UK Dept. of International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

As millions of displaced people move around the world in search of safer lives, learning the language of their adopted homes is a skill best acquired young. Scientists say there appears to be a critical period for language learning, although the length of this period and its underlying causes remain to be unraveled.

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