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Beirut, Lebanon—Over the years, civil war, political turmoil, and military strikes have led over one million Syrian and Palestinian children to leave their homes and find refuge in Lebanon. Today, the Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror that’s led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS.
Looking at his three young daughters, Goneyat Yousef recalled the day ISIS militants—also known in Arabic as “Daesh”—rampaged the girls’ school in Mosul—a large city in Northern Iraq that’s now under full control of the Islamic State. There, he said, the militants threatened to kill everyone if they don’t immediately leave their town.
ISIS Militants, Final Memory for Many Iraqi Children
Babe Al Tabbaneh—In a staggering increase in just one year, the number of people uprooted from their homes due to war and forced displacement has increased from 50 million to 60 million people worldwide—an average of 42,500 individuals per day and enough to form the world's 24th largest country, the UN said on ahead of the June 20th National Refugee day—exceeding the post World War II era and marking the largest humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust. This vast increase is primarily driven by the war in Syria—a country that until a few years ago was the world’s second largest refugee host country. But today, the heavy burden of this crisis is not exclusive to the Syrian people; but is deeply felt among the communities hosting their vulnerable neighbors—communities and people who themselves have endured years of sectarian violence, war, and poverty.
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Istanbul, Turkey—Over a million Syrian refugees have taken refuge in Turkey and many of them are now job-hunting in larger cosmopolitans including Istanbul. While, different UN agencies and the Turkish government are working to implement different programs and provide different services, many Turkish residents I spoke with told me that the large influx of unemployed refugees a huge problem that may negatively affect the locals.
Economic Challanges Rise for Locals as More Syrian Refugees Escape to Turkey
Beirut, Lebanon—Cheers of joy errupted in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas reached an open-ended ceasfire after nearly seven weeks of heavy fighting. The deal was brokered by Egypt and other allies including Qatar and the US.
Joy in Gaza as Hamas-Israel Agree on Long-Term Deal
Beqaa Valley, Lebanon—With children making up nearly half of its casualties — almost 40% of them under the age of 11 — the Syrian war enters its fifth year this week, forcing the world to witness a prolonged global catastrophe, or what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”
Iraqi Christians Find New Home in Outskirts of Beirut After Fleeing the Islamic State
Sed El Bouchrieh, Lebanon—Since the Islamic militants took control of Mosul and parts of Erbil--two of Iraq's largest cities--thousands of Iraqi Christians fled their country. Many of them are now taking refuge in Lebanon--a majority Muslim country with the only Christian head of state in the Arab world. I spoke with many of the Iraqi refugees who told me that they found the Lebanese people the most tolerante and accepting of their conditions. I spoke
Remembering Lebanon's Former Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, a Decade Since Assasination
Beirut, Lebanon—Saturday March 14, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri's assassination back in 2005. His murder led to massive political change, including the Cedar Revolution that forced Damascus to withdraw its 30,000 Syrian plus forces from Lebanon after nearly 29 years of occupation; after which, Hezbullah and its allies became a stronger force in the country. Hariri's son, Saad Hariri was also present at the ceremony in Beirut after four years of a self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia. This was Saad Hariri's second time back in Lebanon since his government was toppled by Hezbullah forces back in 2011.
Education Crisis, A Struggle Point for Syrian Children, But Also for the Lebanese
Istanbul, Turkey—Today, Turkey is home to over a million Syrian refugees who are adding to the already high numbers of refugees in this country. According to UNHCR the Turkish government estimates the total number of Syrian refugees is above 1.6 persons.
Here, we see young Syrian refugees who have come together in unity with other Palestinian refugees in Istanbul's Taksim square. They are chanting messages of peace and songs of unity in Arabic. I asked one of the young men, named Saber, about his group and their message. He said, "I'm Palestinian and these are my brothers from Syria, and we are all refugees here in Turkey." He also added that they don't care where they're from and they he thinks that they are all forced out. "We are only singing for peace for all the Middle East." said Saber.