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Frequently Asked Questions On Climate Change And Disaster Displacement

Frequently Asked Questions On Climate Change And Disaster Displacement

As activities get underway in Marrakech at COP22, the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about climate change and displacement. 1. How many people are already displaced by climate change? Displacement linked to climate change is not a future hypothetical […]

Women Leading Climate Action

Women Leading Climate Action

The Issue Our climate is changing, fast, with devastating impact on species and ecosystems. In the past 10 years, 87 per cent of disasters have been climate-related [1]. When floods and drought come, they do not discriminate between men and women. But there’s a marked difference in how women and men experience the impact of […]

Syrian Refugees Transform Crisis Into A Drama

Syrian Refugees Transform Crisis Into A Drama

Amid the familiar bustle of daily life in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, something out of the ordinary is taking place in a dusty yard outside one of the many thousands of shelters. A dozen or so refugees are busy erecting sets, setting up lights and cameras, and donning makeup and costumes. Ahmed Hareb and his […]

How To Confront Your Fear-Based Thoughts

How To Confront Your Fear-Based Thoughts

If you’re always thinking about how badly life is treating you (and complaining to whoever will stand still long enough to regret doing so), you will always feel miserable. Ever hear anyone say, “Misery loves company”? Being miserable doesn’t exactly attract good things to you. If you want to change your life for the better, […]

Protecting Your Blind Side

Protecting Your Blind Side

Anyone who has played a video game with a kid knows the feeling of helpless frustration of being easily overwhelmed by someone they never considered a serious competitor. That slow, anxious frustration grows as you mash the controller, so sure that whatever it is you’re doing should be effective. Those moves should have worked. You […]

Displaced From Home: Stories Of Survival And Solidarity In Nigeria

Displaced From Home: Stories Of Survival And Solidarity In Nigeria

  A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, due to a violent seven-year conflict with the group commonly known as Boko Haram and the military operations to counter them. Originating in Nigeria, the  violence has spread across borders into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon […]

Mobile Connectivity: A Lifeline For Refugees

Mobile Connectivity:  A Lifeline For Refugees

As well as being essential for keeping in touch with loved ones, many refugees view access to a mobile phone and the internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report by UNHCR and Accenture. The report, “Connected Refugees: How the Internet and Mobile Connectivity Can Improve […]

Fear And Shortages As Boko Haram Displaced Return To Ruins

Fear And Shortages As Boko Haram Displaced Return To Ruins

After Nigerian forces liberated this once thriving city from Boko Haram militants, displaced resident Saeed returned home to gutted buildings and burned out cars. He is clear about what the city needs: “We need everything.” The 38-year-old is among thousands of people, both returnees and those displaced from nearby villages, facing immense challenges in Gwoza, […]

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

On the first day of term at a secondary school in the desert of northern Kenya, Esther Nyakong, the head girl, leads her fellow pupils in assembly prayers in the yard. It is 7:15 am, and everyone has already been in class for more than two hours. “I don’t need to remind you this is […]

Cultivating Change In Papua

Cultivating Change In Papua

Indonesia – The scent of the Celebes pepper hits you before you even reach Ogenetan in the heart of Papua’s Boven Digoel district. Called sereh merah, the plant is used by communities across Papua to drive away evil spirits. But now locals use the peppers in a far more practical and productive way: making pesticides […]