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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. 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. “The artifacts that have been destroyed are a loss to the whole world and not only to Syria,” project coordinator Ahmad al-Hariri told Buzzfeed News.

Ismail Hariri, a refugee artist, said the project has helped him rediscover his passion for art, according to a UNHCR blog post. 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. 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.

While she waits, Asira lives in Ute Bock House. This is not just a block of flats but a place of shelter, education and encouragement founded by the distinguished Austrian philanthropist, Ute Bock. “I thank God that Frau Bock took us in,” says Asira. Sadly Frau Bock, 74, is not as active as she used to be, since suffering a stroke. There is no meanness in Ute Bock Haus, where fairness is the watchword. © UNHCR/Gordon Welters Is she religious? Frau Bock, who never married, lives modestly to the point of being ascetic. “How can you eat when someone else is hungry?” Persönliche Geschichten | www.unhcr.at.

©Kurt Prinz Die ganz persönliche Geschichte von Nina Nina war 17 und hatte gerade die Schule abgeschlossen, als der Krieg in Bosnien-Herzegowina ausbrach. Die Familie flüchtete nach Wien, wo Ninas Schwester bereits studierte. Ihr Studentenzimmer wurde zum ersten Zuhause der Familie. In Jugoslawien war Ninas Vater ein bekannter Dirigent, ihre Mutter vielbeschäftigte Schauspielerin. „Arbeiten gehört zu einem gesunden Leben. Nina ist Filmemacherin und Regisseurin, sie unterrichtet regelmäßig an verschiedenen Universitäten und Instituten. Log In. When Mr. 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. Learning the local language and accessing the labor market are the two most important steps to integration, and here they can do both simultaneously. Lessons take place for a few hours over lunch, then the students return to work with a cleaning company subsidized by the municipality.

Photo Mr. Can a Syrian cafe hold the key to the German migrant crisis? Sandra et Terry Haddad : "Strangers in the Jungle" | Square. ARTE+7 | LES PLAYLISTS D’ARTE. Ce que vous devez savoir sur les droits humains. Mercycorps.org. 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.

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. " There are a record 65.3 million people displaced worldwide by violence and persecution. 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. 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. They often film at night due to the lack of electricity in the camp during the day, when they hold rehearsals instead. “Initially, when the neighbours heard the sounds they would come and look and be surprised by what we were doing, but now it’s become normal,” explains Ahmed, a 34-year-old refugee from Dara’a in southern Syria.

The idea for the soap opera came after Ahmed and a group of 25 other thespian refugees had put on a series of successful plays at the camp. 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. 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. “First of all it is much warmer now. This morning it was raining again and it was the first time when we did not feel it.” Thirty-two-year old Banan is due to give birth to their seventh child in December. The site, a former military camp, was prepared by the Greek army and opened in February this year. 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.

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. Her 7-year-old daughter huddled close, nervously eying the officers. They were now one station away from their final destination: Germany, the promised land of refugees. But they were not there yet — and after more than a million arrivals in 2015, the German welcome is no longer so warm. “Your passport,” asked one of the officers, who now have permission from the Austrians to stop migrants on trains bound for Germany. Sarwari replied with a pleading look, holding up an empty palm. “Where are you going?” “To Germany,” Sarwari said. 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.

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. Since hardliners had arrived in his hometown of Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June 2014, several people he knew had slowly disappeared. One by one, fellow journalists, friends and family had been threatened, tortured and even killed.

“A friend in my class was shot on her way home from an exam, she was the only one taking care of her poor mother,” he said. Ahmed took this photograph of a farmer tending crops near the Iraqi city of Mosul before he fled to Finland. © Ahmed Alalousi “People I know were killed every day. Their crimes? He and his friends were training to be journalists and were often seen chatting animatedly over current affairs and injustice in society. “I had no more tears to cry.” ‘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. 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. While the sentiments behind this kind of filmmaking are unimpeachable, the cinema they engender is often dutiful and conventional. If you watch enough of them, the crises of our time — war, poverty, ecological disaster — can start to seem interchangeable.

But there are, thank goodness, exceptions. Video Mr. 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 • World Vision Magazine. A plastic bag flutters in the desert wind brushing a desolate Jordan landscape.

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. The children salvage remnants of their war-shattered lives, even if it’s just with a dirty plastic bag that can barely stand up to the breeze. Now in its fifth year, fighting in Syria has unleashed one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, uprooting half of the nation’s population.

Subscribe Thanks for reading World Vision magazine. Already a subscriber? The United Nations Children’s Fund cited 2014 as one of the worst years on record for children, prompting executive director Anthony Lake to declare: “Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality.” — Wynn Flaten War’s lasting affects “I loved school. 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. Few arrive at their destinations with anything but the necessities of life. The International Rescue Committee asked a mother, a child, a teenager, a pharmacist, an artist, and a family of 31 to share the contents of their bags and show us what they managed to hold on to from their homes. 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. The Refugee Project looks beyond the crises that are currently making headlines and allows viewers to explore all refugee migrations around the world since 1975. As the interactive map courses through the years, it reveals the growing occurrences of crises and their country of origin along with data revealing the scale of each country’s exodus. About the Data Under international law, the United Nations is responsible for protecting asylum seekers around the world. Recognition Compare refugee population visually by country View refugees by volume or by percent of population. Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know | World Vision. “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. Civilian infrastructure has been targeted, leading to mass civilian casualties, including women and children,” says Angela Huddleston, program manager for the organization’s Syria response.

Angela says with high levels of civilian casualties, stores of medical supplies are being depleted rapidly. World Vision plans to increase its response in Aleppo, she says. Vital supplies and services are in short supply in Syria and in surrounding countries where more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled. 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. Fawad fled persecution in Pakistan He dreams of finding the next Shane Warne Felix and his mother escaped the violence in Colombia. He dreams of winning a gold medal in an international competition.

Clara’s family fled violence in Colombia. She dreams of becoming a successful soccer player. Elisabeth and her family fled the conflict in South Sudan. She dreams of continuing her education and eventually becoming a doctor. Solaf survived the war in Syria. Mojtaba escaped from Taliban violence. Meet Eida, the 115-year-old refugee with one remaining wish.