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Migrant crisis in 2016: The year's most powerful photos of the refugee crisis. Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments. Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments Throughout Syria’s four-year war, many of the country’s ancient monuments and artifacts have been demolished by ISIS and Syrian bombs targeted at Islamic militants.

Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments

In August, ISIS destroyed Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centers in the world. Yet a group of Syrian refugee artists in Jordan, with the support of the United Nations and Internal Relief and Development, have been salvaging some memories of their country’s destroyed artifacts. Since November 2014, these artists have been constructing miniature models of Syria’s ancient architecture through a project called Syria History and Civilization, according to a reporty by Buzzfeed News. UNHCR - Austrian housing project keeps refugees' hopes alive.

By: Helen Womack in Vienna, Austria. | 21 December 2016 | Français In her small room in Vienna, Asira Khasalieva is rolling pastry to make gulushki (dumplings) for relatives who have recently arrived from Chechnya.

UNHCR - Austrian housing project keeps refugees' hopes alive

They are now seeking asylum in Austria and are full of hope. She hates to tell them that she herself has been waiting three years for the Austrian authorities to answer her own asylum application. Persönliche Geschichten  Log In. When Mr.

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Somers volunteered earlier this year to open a new center to house 150 more migrants and refugees, in addition to the 250 already living in the city, he arranged an open day so concerned residents could come and see the housing. Children at the center have been invited to join the local scouts group. A “buddy” program pairs new arrivals with a local. And at an adult education center a few blocks from the train station, where refugees learn Dutch, Belgians who also attend classes are invited to spend a day with their foreign counterparts.

The day I visited the school, a Somali, a Moroccan, an Afghan, a Palestinian and a Kosovar were engrossed in a lesson on telling the time. Can a Syrian cafe hold the key to the German migrant crisis? Sandra et Terry Haddad : "Strangers in the Jungle" LES PLAYLISTS D’ARTE. Ce que vous devez savoir sur les droits humains. UNHCR - Art therapy helps a boy who fled war keep the nightmares at bay. A bogeyman haunts the recurring nightmares of six-year-old Miguel,* who was born and spent his earliest years in a conflict-ravaged corner of Colombia.

UNHCR - Art therapy helps a boy who fled war keep the nightmares at bay

Now resettled in Canada, he picks up modeling clay at an art therapy session and makes a cage. With delicately placed Play-Doh nails, he contains the “villain” within it, his therapist explains. “The dots made in the Play-Doh symbolize nails so that the villain does not come out and stays inside,” says Julia,* who leads the weekly sessions that last for an hour each. Miguel’s grandmother was killed by rebel combatants in Colombia’s 52-year-old civil war, which has uprooted 7 million people within the country and driven hundreds of thousands of others – like Miguel and his mother and two brothers – into exile.

“Mental health issues can be an abstract concept for people who have not had a direct contact with refugees. " The Power of a Story: TEDx - Legacy of War : Legacy of War. Syrian refugees transform crisis into a drama. Amid the familiar bustle of daily life in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, something out of the ordinary is taking place in a dusty yard outside one of the many thousands of shelters.

Syrian refugees transform crisis into a drama

A dozen or so refugees are busy erecting sets, setting up lights and cameras, and donning makeup and costumes. Ahmed Hareb and his friends are about to start filming on their soap opera, entitled Ziko & Shreko. It offers a humourous take on serious issues affecting Syrian refugees, including child labour and early marriage. UNHCR - Relieved residents swap canvas for walls at Greek camp. Thermal blankets, sleeping bags and winter items are distributed at the open accommodation site of Agios Andreas in Attica, Greece. © UNHCR/Yorgos Kyvernitis NEA KAVALA, Greece – No sooner had Omar Mustafa and his family moved into the new accommodation allocated to them than he set to work building an outdoor kitchen and – with nails, screws and a hammer in his hands – he is making an improvised lock for it.

UNHCR - Relieved residents swap canvas for walls at Greek camp

The Syrian family, previously housed in a tent, moved in a few days ago and immediately started making the drab, prefabricated building into a cosy home. “The difference is huge,” said Omar’s wife, Banan, mother of four sons and two daughters between one and 12 years. Germany used to be the promised land for migrants. Now, it’s turning back more of them. SALZBURG, Austria — The 5:08 p.m. to Munich pulled into Salzburg Central Station, and four German police officers boarded the train.

Germany used to be the promised land for migrants. Now, it’s turning back more of them.

This was a migrant sweep, and the cops moved quickly past the fair-skinned passengers, questioning a group of Saudi tourists and a Chicano from Chicago. In the last seat of the last car, the patrol found Shakira Sarwari. Eight months on the road from war-torn Kandahar, the young Afghan mother clung tightly to her 17-month-old son. UNHCR - Photography student from Mosul focuses lens on new life in Finland. When the death threats came, Ahmed Alalousi knew it was time to run.

UNHCR - Photography student from Mosul focuses lens on new life in Finland

First, he went into hiding. His instincts were correct. Shortly afterwards, gunmen arrived at his house. “They tortured my brother but he didn’t tell them where I was,” he recalled in an interview with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. ‘Fire at Sea’ Is Not the Documentary You’d Expect About the Migrant Crisis. It’s Better. Photo There is a type of documentary — one of the most prevalent varieties these days — that earnestly acquaints its audience with a terrible problem and rewards our attention with a gold star of virtue.

‘Fire at Sea’ Is Not the Documentary You’d Expect About the Migrant Crisis. It’s Better.

You know the kind of film I mean. We are presented with a tableau of human misery or global catastrophe that has been put together with the vague but unarguably noble intention of “raising awareness,” as if such awareness were itself a kind of solution. The rules of the genre, at least as observed by American filmmakers, dictate an upbeat conclusion.

As grim as things may be, a solution can be imagined, and the simple act of watching is implicitly part of that solution. Log In. Border security – Illegal immigration issues in Europe, U.S. - Washington Post. What does it mean to be a refugee? - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman. Syria crisis: Scars of war. A plastic bag flutters in the desert wind brushing a desolate Jordan landscape.

Syria crisis: Scars of war

A Syrian refugee boy grasps a string that not only keeps the bag from flying away but also provides a tenuous grip on his fading childhood. For Syrian refugee children, kite flying keeps aloft memories of family, friends, and their once-promising future. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? – Uprooted – Medium. This year, nearly 100,000 men, women and children from war-torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have fled their homes and traveled by rubber dinghies across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece. Refugees travel light, for their trek is as dangerous as it is arduous.

They are detained, shot at, hungry. Smugglers routinely exploit them, promising safety for a price, only to squeeze them like sardines into tiny boats. Most have no option but to shed whatever meager belongings they may have salvaged from their journeys. Those allowed to bring extra baggage aboard often toss it overboard, frantically dumping extra weight as the leaky boats take on water. The Refugee Project. Every day, all over the world, ordinary people must flee their homes for fear of death or persecution.

Many leave without notice, taking only what they can carry. Many will never return. They cross oceans and minefields, they risk their lives and their futures. When they cross international borders, they are called refugees. As of 2016, over 20 million refugees were registered with the UN all over the globe. Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know. “The children of Syria have experienced more hardship, devastation, and violence than any child should have to in a thousand lifetimes,” says Dr. Christine Latif, World Vision’s response manager for Turkey and northern Syria. World Vision staff in the region say the situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it.

World Vision has worked in Aleppo governorate since 2013. “Civilians have been continually in harm’s way, caught in the cross-fire and changing front lines. Aida and Majeeda: Thoughts from the Azraq Refugee Camp. Zaatari: Thoughts from a Refugee Camp. 2016 Stories - #WithRefugees. What They Took With Them UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett was joined by actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth and Jesse Eisenberg, and writer Neil Gaiman, to perform a spoken word poem in support of the #WithRefugees campaign.

Nansen winners 2016 stand #WithRefugees Hellenic Rescue Team and Efi Latsoudi share 2016 Nansen Refugee Award. Stephen fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He wants to be a geologist. Meet Eida, the 115-year-old refugee with one remaining wish. At 115 years old Eida could be Syria's oldest refugee. The country didn't even exist when she was born. In her lifetime, she has seen two world wars and the fall of the Ottoman Empire.