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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...
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...
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...
On the Syrian border: True healing for refugees facing trauma

On the Syrian border: True healing for refugees facing trauma

For many families I’ve met on the Syrian border, their journey to becoming refugees was a traumatic one. They arrive at the camps bearing both physical and emotional scars. This was certainly the case for Mrs. Zin and her family. I’ve shared the beginning of her story...
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