The film is about a typical refugee journey from Soviet occupied Estonia the free world (U.S). Constructed entirely from the still photos by Eric Soovere, it tells the story of Eric and his family struggles during 1944–49. Music: Brigitta Davidjants Author of the project: Kadri Viires The film is a collaboration with the Museum of Occupations (www.okupatsioon.ee) Estonian version: https://vimeo.com/95417601+ More details
From the East to the West, all along an irregular geographic rift, in search of a new life: the impracticable road of a forced pilgrimage, the only escape-route from a tormented motherland that each of its children in transit is forced to leave behind. The Syrian war began in 2011 and, in four years, has seen an exodus of more than 3 million refugees. Who doesn't choose the sea-route, like 22-year-old Mohamad Al Masalmeh, with its interminable voyages of hope aboard makeshift vessels, is obliged to knock on Europe's gateway, Bulgaria. After 1 year in the refugee camp, Mohamad escaped and travelled illegally from Bulgaria to Germany, on his own paying a human smuggler that showed him the route to cross the border between Romania and Hungary, as his cousin Hany and many others Syrians did before. Mohamad walked for 6 hours through snow-covered forests near the Danub river, then took a train and finally arrived in Germany, meeting his cousin Hany at last, after an irregular journey through Europe to join him and trying to get asylum there.+ More details
The SunBell was developed to meet the needs of people living without access to electricity. In Dadaab, Kenya 350.000 people live without any light for studies, work or safe passage after dark. This is a brief video report from our visit to Dadaab with NOREPS (Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System) and UNHCR representatives in September 2014. Thank you to all the kind people who made this an unforgettable and important trip for us.+ More details
Mr Iain Hall, the senior field coordinator for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees based in the Thai border town of Mae Sot gave an exclusive interview to Karen News. In the exclusive interview, Mr Hall covers a wide range of issues affecting refugees including repatriation, international humanitarian guidelines, the Burmese government's responsibilities to protect its citizens and the UNHCR's working relationship with the Thai government on refugees issues. Read more: karennews.org+ More details
Visions of Hope mobilized 27 out-of-school youth to transform two walls of their distribution center into expressions of their hopes and dreams through murals. For many of the out-of-school youth this was the first time since their arrival in the camp that they were given the opportunity to engage in an organized social structure, receive peer and adult support, have an outlet to express emotions and age appropriate concerns, practice gender and age equality and exercise civic responsibility. Over the course of the project, they learned art techniques, participated in psychosocial arts activities, and created two murals for their camp. In addition, 30 Adults in the community were brought together in a community arts council to guide and advise the project. As refugees they experienced displacement, cultural bereavement, the disruption of community and social support networks. They had little role in the governance, design and organization of the space and activities in their community, and little opportunity for self-representation. This project worked to contribute to a more vibrant civil society, sense of place, culture, and self-representation for residents. One mural on education expressed the importance of education for the Ivorian refugee youth to give them a brighter future and to help develop Côte d’Ivoire. The other mural was themed on peace, and expressed the importance of peace within the refugee community and in Côte d’Ivoire. Photos documentation of this project and further information on Visions of Hope Projects can be found at: visionsofhopeproject.org. Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Southern Liberia was established in 2011 to assist the thousands of refugees fleeing from the civil war in Côte d’Ivoire. The camp hosts approx. 8.500 refugees.+ More details
In an exclusive three-part interview, Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Bweh, the Karen National Union Secretary 1, spoke to Karen News about landmines, repatriation and housing for displaced people and disabled soldiers. In part 1 he discusses the KNU's concerns on refugee repatriation.+ More details
A tour through the Holy Land, meeting All Nations Cafe volunteers and participants who build strong connections between Israelis and Palestinian beyond political, religious and ethnic borders. http://www.allnationscafe.org/hlc.html+ More details
Ismail, a Palestinian Educator, sheds light on the role that education plays in his community in Palestine. Ismail is a beneficiary of the Seeds of Peace New Visions for Peace Fellowship, which supports educators and artists with exceptional potential to contribute to conflict transformation in their societies. Ismail's project will focus on creating a community center—a model peaceful learning environment for youth in his refugee camp.+ More details
This documentary was created by students as the product of their research conducted in an independent study directed by Rachel Willis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The video was created by Christian Khang, with media assistance by Dylan Hubbard, and with the assistance of Cherish Khang, Nou Lo, Mai Vang, Pang Yang, and Steve Yang in research, scripting, and narration. Together these students narrate the persecution that the Hmong people have endured since the beginnings of their people in southern China. The students detail the mistreatment of the Hmong throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from their 1810 expulsion from China into Laos, and through occupations by the French and the Japanese, to their oppression during and after the Vietnam War. The story concludes with the immigration of several remaining Hmong clans to the United States beginning in 1975, where many Hmong families are now seeing their children graduate from universities and begin fulfilling careers.+ More details
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