Refugees in the News: Snippets and Summaries Archives - Refugee Aware

What It’s Like to Run a Swimming School for Refugees in Your 20s | VICE | United States

Meet the young volunteers working to undo the damage that a perilous journey across the ocean has done to refugee children fleeing conflict in their home countries.

Source: What It’s Like to Run a Swimming School for Refugees in Your 20s | VICE | United States

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The Plight of Pregnant Refugee Women in Uganda

As in most refugee camps and settlements in developing countries, there are prevailing health issues, especially with diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, skin diseases and many others. These maladies thrive as a result of congestion and inadequate health services or the lack thereof. There are other factors that could be attributed to certain cultural eccentricities, certain demographic persuasions and others.

However, no matter the cause of these health challenges, it is inexcusable that pregnant women, who are in labour and at the point of giving birth have to throw themselves on the mercies of the elements and the benevolence of friends and family because they are too poor to afford the life-saving care of hospitals and clinics.

This is the heartbreaking story of the woman in the pictures above, an urban refugee living in Uganda, who, unable to afford formal medical care, throws caution to the wind – some may even say ‘literally’ – and pushes out her baby in the dark at night and in the open.

Her story isn’t unique, as it emphasises a prevailing reality. Her story is however symbolic,  because it exposes us on many fronts. Tell me, how many of us are not going to be filled with indignation, not just with this story but with the many others we watch on the news all the time? And yet how long does that indignation lasts?

Her story exposes our own vulnerability because everyone is just a decision, a tragedy, a gunshot, a natural disaster away from pushing out babies in the dark at night without the comfort of nurses and comfortable beds with white sheets.

It exposes our sense of helplessness and above all our weaknesses in thinking, ‘What can one person do?’ And yet when all of us who are filled with indignation come together we are no longer an individual but a group. Our ‘little’ is ‘much’ when we pool together.

At Refugee Aware, we aim to go beyond the statistics and politics and throw light on real refugee issues around the world, and we thank our operation in Uganda for sending the pictures. Support our office in Uganda; support us to achieve our aim.

Libyan naval attack on charity ship

Crews fear armed violence as a Libyan naval vessel opens fire in Mediterranean and EU sends in protective seapower

Source: Libyan naval attack on charity ship adds new danger to migrant rescue

‘The human heart is surviving’: the woman giving sanctuary to refugees in Lesbos

Activist Efi Latsoudi is one of the founders of an open, self-organised camp for vulnerable refugees who arrive on the Greek island. She has just been awarded UNHCR’s Nansen award for her humanitarian efforts

Source: ‘The human heart is surviving’: the woman giving sanctuary to refugees in Lesbos

Join the Refugees Welcome Here march

Every week, thousands more terrified and desperate people are losing their lives trying to reach safety in Europe. On 17 September 2016, we will march in London again to show Theresa May that the UK wants to help refugees. Will you join us?

Source: Join the Refugees Welcome Here march

Did Alan Kurdi’s death change anything? – BBC News

imageThe iconic image of a dead Syrian toddler moved millions, but a year on what has happened?

Source: Did Alan Kurdi’s death change anything? – BBC News

Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee

Equalities secretary praises Scottish local authorities’ response to migration crisis and urges Westminster to do more

Source: Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee

Alan Kurdi’s death: one year on, compassion towards refugees fades

imageToddler’s death opened European hearts and policy towards refugees, but 12 months on those changes have proved temporary

Source: Alan Kurdi’s death: one year on, compassion towards refugees fades

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