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Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.
That warning has become a global alert. Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled their country, and over 7 million have been displaced. The headlines are full of the heartbreaking stories of these refugees — including young children — who have died trying to reach safety in other countries. The story of these refugees is deeply tied to the effects of climate change. "We are experiencing a surprising uptick in global insecurity ... partially due to our inability to manage climate stress." That's how Columbia University professor Marc Levy (who also does studies for the U.S. government) summed it up. What's happening in Syria and across Europe is part of a larger story that affects us all.

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10 moving photos of Europe's migrant crisis - BBC News The photographs of a three-year-old Syrian boy found dead on a beach in Turkey are among the most powerful to have emerged from Europe's migrant crisis. But many other moving pictures have been taken over the years, illustrating the dangers of the migrants' journey or the treatment they have received on arrival in Europe. Image copyright Juan Medina / Reuters 1. In 1 tweet, J.K. Rowling captured the media's hypocrisy in how it treats Syrian refugees. J.K. Rowling is heartsick over how the thousands of Middle Eastern refugees flooding into Europe are being treated. So when The Daily Express published an article about the major humanitarian crisis on the bottom of their front page, Rowling took them to task. Specifically, for the prominent placement of a different story about a dog looking for a home. Of course, Rowling wasn't suggesting that people shouldn't care about homeless dogs. Photo via dudwnhahaha.

Map: The walls Europe is building to keep people out After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for a while it seemed like border fences and barriers were a thing of the past in Europe. Many on the continent hoped for a new era of integration and receptivity. It didn't happen. Instead, various pressures have led Europe to adopt wall-building projects that would make Donald Trump proud. Right now, in Hungary, for example, the government is rushing to complete a 109-mile-long barbed wire border fence along its southern frontier with Serbia – a project made bitterly ironic by Hungary's 1989 decision to cut its border fence with Austria and help break the Iron Curtain.

Your Travel Tips For Students Headed To The Developing World : Goats and Soda Well it's not quite the developing world, but whether you're in Stratford-upon-Avon (above) or Timbuktu, Andrea Lance's advice holds true: "Live in the moment." Courtesy of Andrea Lance hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Andrea Lance Well it's not quite the developing world, but whether you're in Stratford-upon-Avon (above) or Timbuktu, Andrea Lance's advice holds true: "Live in the moment." Courtesy of Andrea Lance This month, we asked our audience to offer advice on how to make the best of a student program in the developing world.

POEM: REFUGEE BLUES BY WH AUDEN Say this city has ten million souls,Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us. Once we had a country and we thought it fair,Look in the atlas and you'll find it there:We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now. In the village churchyard there grows an old yew,Every spring it blossoms anew:Old passports can't do that, my dear, old passports can't do that. The consul banged the table and said,"If you've got no passport you're officially dead":But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive. Went to a committee; they offered me a chair;Asked me politely to return next year:But where shall we go to-day, my dear, but where shall we go to-day? Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said;"If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread":He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.

That Little Syrian Boy: Here's Who He Was : Parallels Editor's Note: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers. The original version has been updated to include additional details. A Turkish paramilitary police officer carries the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, found washed ashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday. The boats carrying the boy's family to the Greek island of Kos capsized. His 5-year-old brother and mother also lost their lives. Refugees - Cinema - History - Information - Lesson plans - Novels - Statistics - Videos - Vocabulary As Many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria - Text + Audio - 27 August 2015 (learningenglish.voanews.com) Migrant crisis: Grim find of bodies in Austria lorry - Article + Photos + Video - 27 August 2015 "The bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants have been found in a lorry abandoned in a motorway lay-by near the Austrian border with Hungary, authorities say." (BBC) Senegal migrant town Tambacounda mourns its lost sons - 27 August 2015 "People in one of Senegal's poorest areas are in mourning after dozens of their loved ones lost their lives in shipwrecks off the Libyan coast as they tried to make the treacherous journey to Europe. The BBC's Laeila Adjovi visited them." (BBC) UK net migration hits record high - VIDEO - 27 August 2015 "Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March, the Office for National Statistics has said.

The lazy person's guide to saving the world - United Nations Sustainable Development End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 13, 2013; it was updated on September 3, 2015 to reflect the latest information. Donate today to help Syrian families survive crisis and rebuild their lives ▸ Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand. But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them.

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