The Unreasonableness of Love

Late last week I received an e-mail from Voice of the Martyrs, an organization dedicated to helping Christians around the world who face religious persecution. The e-mail tells of a Christian lawyer in northwestern Pakistan who was defending another Christian in court against exorbitant interest rates. His name was Edwin Paul, and he had been … Continue reading

Law or Roof?

Polling lines and roofs, Iraq 2005 – public domain When asked about their greatest needs, internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq list legal help above shelter, sanitation and education. Why? Why request a lawyer before a roof? In general, access to work, food, and shelter have been the most pressing concerns for Iraqi IDP’s since … Continue reading

Displaced Women in Iraq

Iraqi woman carrying water Out of the almost 2 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq, 13% are families headed by women. Most of these women are widows, although some have fled their communities because of gender-based threats. In a country that gives women less opportunities than men, IDP women and their families can have … Continue reading

Calling Iraq Home

Today we’re starting a three-part series on internal displacement in Iraq. With some recent reports about alleged brutalities in Afghanistan, international news has refocused for a bit on some of the casualties of the wars taking place in the Middle East. War and forced migration go together as a common casualty of war. Inevitably, ongoing … Continue reading

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

“Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” as performed by Ofra Haza. With photographs of Jerusalem by Nicolas Weinberg, shot between December 2009 and February 2010. A pro-Israel song, with an interesting visual portrayal of Jerusalem today. I’ve included a translation of the lyrics below the film. Have a great weekend! Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Jerusalem of Gold Verse 1: … Continue reading

Why Palestine?

Recently this blog began dedicating a regular column to the Israeli/Palestinian situation – its conflicts, its history, and most importantly, its people. Why write about Palestine on a blog about forced migration? They seem pretty settled, with homes and jobs. The Palestinian experience usually looks nothing like that of women in the Congo, fleeing for … Continue reading

First Zionist Settlement

I found this map intriguing, since it reminded me a little of old Where’s Waldo books. Try to find the tiny black circle. What an interesting period in Israel’s history. It is credited to PASSIA – the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs – in Jerusalem.

The Funny Side of Israel and Palestine

With the recent announcement from the State Department that the U.S. is going to try yet again to help broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, and with the majority of the world highly cynical of the likelihood of their success, why not try an alternative approach for once? These films show the peace-making … Continue reading

Collateral Damage: Palestinian Christians

Many Arabs living in Palestine and in Palestinian refugee camps are Christians. With centuries of history in the region and a peaceful relationship with the Muslim Palestinian community, these Christian make up a unique and vital part of the Christian Church as a whole. Palestinian Christian wedding, Beit Jala near Jerusalem, 1940 – public domain … Continue reading

Getting to Yemen

The following clip from UNHCR details the perilous journey thousands of Somalis are making every day to get to Yemen and the safety they hope to find there. This clip was produced in 2007, but since then a new phase of the Somali civil war has started in the country, and so Somali refugees continue … Continue reading

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