World Refugee Day Events

A family of singers from Burundi, who arrived in the US via a refugee camp in Tanzania, performing at a World Refugee Day event. World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20th, and while you may pass it off as yet another random, made-up commemoration, you’ll be missing out if you do. It is … Continue reading

Good News Friday

It’s good news Friday, everyone! Here are some awesome things happening in the world of sojourning peoples. Homeless Group Rebuilds Joplin It always amazes me when people who do not have homes help people rebuild the ones they’ve lost. It’s not exactly uncommon – I remember reading about homeless groups volunteering in New Orleans after … Continue reading

A Departure from Nowhere

As a refugee, resettlement…revived my shattered hopes. It was a departure from nowhere and an opportunity to restore a normal life.** Imagine spending the day doing nothing. You have no food or water, no family. You want to go outside, but you might be attacked. You glance out the front of your tent. Nothing. Nothing … 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

Musicals About the Marginalized

There are more musicals on forced migration than can be mentioned in a week. Here is a list of some popular ones we didn’t get to: Oliver! Features child slavery Miss Saigon Lead character an orphaned refugee from the Vietnam War Parade An example of wrongful imprisonment Aida Discusses the slavery of Nubians in Egypt … Continue reading

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