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The Winter Triplets: a Bitter Sweet New Year's Tale

Added: 14 Jan 2015

The birth of triplets on New Year's Day in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley should have been cause for celebration, but there was a terrible cost attached. The newborns' mother, Syrian refugee Amal, died shortly after giving birth, never having a chance to see her boys. In a twist of fate, Amal's own […]
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Syrian refugees move between shelters at an informal tented settlement […]
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Surviving the Storm

Added: 09 Jan 2015

A fierce winter storm swept through the Middle East this week bringing icy temperatures, high winds and heavy snow. In Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, more than 400,000 refugees have been enduring freezing conditions since snow levels not seen in many years arrived. Refugee accommodation in the Bekaa ranges […]
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Three generations of the Deng family, including Ayuel, 43, his […]
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Down Through the Generations, Conflict Forces Flight in South Sudan

Added: 30 Dec 2014

In what is now South Sudan, families have been fleeing fighting for generations since conflict first erupted there in 1955. The Sudan War ended in 1972, then flared up again in 1983 and dragged on for 22 years to the peace deal in 2005 that led to the south's independence from Sudan in 2011. But the […]
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A young Afghan man waits in an abandoned brick factory in Subotica, […]
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Life in the Shadows: People Smuggling at the European Union's Edge

Added: 24 Dec 2014

So far this year, nearly 200,000 people have entered the European Union (EU) through irregular routes - many undertaking life-threatening journeys across the Mediterranean. At the fringes of the EU recently, on either side of the border between Hungary and Serbia, several Afghans and Syrians explained […]
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Mazhar, 26, eats a meal provided by a local charity in Calais. […]
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Cold, Uncomfortable and Hungry in Calais

Added: 15 Dec 2014

For years, migrants and asylum-seekers have flocked to the northern French port of Calais in hopes of crossing the short stretch of sea to find work and a better life in England. This hope drives many to endure squalid, miserable conditions in makeshift camps, lack of food and freezing temperatures. […]
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