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Sylvia’s story: Left in charge at age 12

Sylvia’s story: Left in charge at age 12

Over the past few years, I’ve been able to travel to a number of refugee camps. I’ve sat in tents and listened as men and women shared their stories — stories that involve incredible pain and suffering. Life for a refugee is never easy, but it is the children who are...
Refugees discover they can’t go home again

Refugees discover they can’t go home again

After months in a refugee camp, a woman we’ll call Hana decided to try going home. Home was all she thought about as she wiped dust off her children’s faces, cooked whatever food she could find, and cleaned their little spot of ground in the refugee camp. The day that...
There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

In the “Wizard of Oz,” young Dorothy is stranded in a land far from her home in Kansas. Over the course of the story, she realizes how wonderful her home is, and she longs desperately to return. In the end, all she has to do is click together the heels of her magical,...
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...
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...
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