Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading during #RefugeeWeek2018 and what you might want to check out too!
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- Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis (Al Jazeera, March 1)
Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis.
- Uganda launches major refugee verification operation (UNHCR, March 2)
With the support of UNHCR, government officials are using biometric data to verify more than 1 million refugees in the country.
- Systematically terrorised: Rohingya refugees face severe healthcare restrictions (The New Arab, May 15)
Rohingya refugees continue to face discrimination in Myanmar as they deal with grave limitations in practically all areas of life including access to basic healthcare, writes Urvashi Sarkar.
- Buffalo refugees return to Congo to give care: ‘It really came just full circle’ (The Buffalo Times, May 26)
Dr. Myron Glick, who founded Jericho Road 21 years ago, has encouraged resettled refugees who work with him to travel back to their homelands to spend time at the clinics. The goal is to give them a chance to reconnect and heal while giving back to their communities.
- U.N. warns of ‘critical gap’ in Syrian refugee aid this year (Reuters, May 31)
A “critical gap” in funding for Syrian refugees and host communities this year could lead to cuts in vital services, threatening social stability in host countries and refugees’ futures, United Nations and aid agencies warned on Thursday.
- Cleveland Clinic volunteers travel to Bangladesh to aid massive humanitarian crisis (The National, June 4)
Big-hearted caregivers from an Abu Dhabi clinic embarked on a vital mission of mercy in Bangladesh to bring fresh hope to embattled Rohingya refugees embroiled in the world’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis.
- How Rohingya rape survivors in Bangladesh are gaining access to reproductive care (Los Angeles Times, June 5)
- Ipas in Bangladesh is working to improve access to reproductive health services. With support from the government, we have trained more than 75 health providers and established services at more than 30 facilities within the camps and for many refugees living outside the camps.
- The unsung heroes of Cox’s Bazar: Bringing health and aid through the heat and storms of Bangladesh (IFRC, June 5)
Amidst intensifying monsoon season in Bangladesh, a team of Red Cross and Red Crescent medical personnel are working hard through fair skies and stormy weather to bring health and maternal care for people living in camps in Cox’s Bazar.
- As a doctor, I know Kelemua Mulat is not the first person to be unfairly denied life saving NHS treatment due to her immigration status (The Independent, June 11)
Reading the appalling case of Kelemua Mulat, who was denied life saving cancer treatment by the Home Office on the basis that her asylum claim did not meet the criteria, sadly came as little surprise to those of us who work here at Doctors of the World UK (DotW).
- What’s Behind Zambia’s Growing Welcome to Refugees (News Deeply, June 12)
Bucking global trends, Zambia has adopted more refugee-friendly policies amid a rising number of arrivals. Based on his research in Zambia, Nicholas Maple explains the authoritarian politics behind the progressive shift and the implications for advocates.
- ‘I’ve Seen Everything’: The Doctor Helping Refugee Women Survive Trauma (Broadly, June 12)
Dr. Fatema Akter is no ordinary physician. In the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she sees up to 80 patients a day—many of whom have suffered horrific persecution.
- Can refugees help to plug Europe’s skilled-labour gaps (The Economist, June 14)
In 2015 no European country took in more asylum-seekers, relative to its population, than Sweden. None accepted greater absolute numbers than Germany. Both countries badly need workers.
- World Refugee Day: WHO trains Syrian refugees to serve as home-care staff to older and disabled refugees in Turkey (WHO, June 19)
With the support of the German Federal Government, WHO has trained 350 Syrian refugees like Aaliyah to serve as community health support staff for the provision of home care and social services to those Syrian refugees who experience difficulties in reaching health centres.
- Reconnecting With Humanitarian Compassion This World Refugee Day (The Huffington Post, June 20)
No matter how many times we hear these stories, we must never allow ourselves to become numb to the injustice and human suffering experienced by so many people risking their lives to make dangerous journeys in search of sanctuary