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Syrian mother and daughter Fatima and Maisa stand on the shores of Lesvos next to the remains of a boat.

"Europe, please don't let us down."

Posted in Blogs 2 years 10 months ago

Over the past year, the escalating conflict in Syria and the European refugee crisis has brought the plight of refugees to the world’s attention. As thousands of refugees continue to flee war zones and persecution in search of safety in Europe, and the EU debates how to deal with the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, it's the voices of refugees themselves that have been absent. So for World Refugee Day we want their voices to be heard.

Janratul is only 12 months old, but she and her family are climate refugees; forced to abandon their home in Bangladesh because of flooding

How climate change is causing a refugee crisis

Posted in Blogs 2 years 11 months ago

In parts of Africa and Asia, a quiet refugee crisis is unfolding. Today an estimated 60 million people are either living as refugees or have been forced from their homes - the highest number in history. When we think of refugees, we often think of war. And the conflict in Syria and elsewhere has turned millions of people into refugees, but many people have also been left without a home because of the threats of El Niño and climate change.

Children at Mora Primary School spend an afternoon learning about refugees.

Last week, I, my fellow staff and over 500 pupils at Mora Primary School in Cricklewood celebrated our 'International Day'. As usual, the children burst through the front gates as they brought in home-cooked food and couldn't wait to show off their traditional dress from around the world. But for all the fun and excitement, this year I chose to teach them about a rather more serious subject - the refugee crisis.

5 years on from the start of the war in Syria, 5-year-old Rasal has known nothing but bombs, fighting and fear.

Syria 5 years on: time for action not words

Posted in Blogs 3 years 1 month ago

Tuesday 15th March marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. In the last five years, half of Syria’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Rasal is one of them. She was born into the crisis. At five years old, the only world she's ever known is war.

We distribute sanitary kits like this to women in emergencies. This kit is for a refugee woman on Lesvos.

Why everyone's talking about periods

Posted in Blogs 3 years 1 month ago

‘The blob’, ‘Aunty Flow’ - whatever you call periods, this week they've been all over the news, and it's about to be all over your Facebook timeline too. At last, we're talking about the fact that half (or thereabouts) of the population of the world bleed out of their private parts once a month. About time too.

Refugee mum holding her baby on Lesvos

This Mother's Day the biggest choice I’ll be making will be whether to take mum out for afternoon tea or cook her dinner. But for refugee mothers, caring for their families this week will mean making choices with life or death consequences.

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