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Starvation: The new ‘normal’ for refugees

Starvation: The new ‘normal’ for refugees

“Starving Syrian refugee sets herself on fire.” After 28-year-old Sundus Fathallah was dragged from her burning tent in January, this startling headline appeared in newspapers across the Middle East. Everyone assumed the young mother had attempted to take her own life...
Why your $35 gift means the world to a refugee

Why your $35 gift means the world to a refugee

Beatrice didn’t know how she’d feed her children. Tarek almost lost his leg after being tortured. Many refugees burned their possessions and anything else they could find to stay warm this winter; and this summer, they’ll battle heat exhaustion and dehydration as they...
No time for childhood

No time for childhood

When I was 12 years old, all I wanted was a pair of jeans from a certain popular store. That was what the cool kids were wearing, and like most pre-teens, I desperately wanted to be cool. I believed wholeheartedly those jeans were the key to elevating my social...
What if you woke up tomorrow as a refugee?

What if you woke up tomorrow as a refugee?

What is your worst nightmare? Waking up to the news that your country is being invaded? What if famine, violence, and other horrors suddenly arrive at your doorstep? What if, in an instant, everything you know and love is gone? Your family, your home, your job — and...
Marrah won’t be home for the holidays

Marrah won’t be home for the holidays

Marrah lies awake at night, listening to her children cough. Smoke fills the air, choking their lungs. But building a fire and burning trash inside their makeshift home is the only way to keep warm. Still, the kids shiver in their sleep.As Marrah listens to her three...
On the Syrian border: A plea for help

On the Syrian border: A plea for help

“People come and go, promising to help,” Tariq said. But that help rarely comes.I met Tariq this week in a refugee camp, where his family is struggling to survive. I’ve changed his name to protect him. They receive a stipend of just $15 per month — an impossibly small...
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