A major player in human trafficking is trying to improve its image

A major player in human trafficking is trying to improve its image

Brazil is a major player in this industry, with what scholars say are 110 internal and 131 external routes that take trafficking victims to China, South Korea, Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Italy, Portugal, Paraguay, and Switzerland. Yet only now is human trafficking being addressed by the government. Photo at left of Sandra Moreno and her missing daughter, Ana Paula, courtesy Sandra Moreno. Read More »

In central Athens, a buzzing Babel for women refugees

In central Athens, a buzzing Babel for women refugees

Tucked away in the graffitied center of Athens is the Melissa center, a place of refuge for many of the city’s migrants and refugees who are hoping to make their way onward in Europe. More than 260 members spend time at the center, where they learn Greek, draw, make photographs, and even do yoga. Lauren Wolfe speaks with Nadina Christopoulou, Melissa cofounder, about what makes the center different from other refugee places. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit to home

For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit to home

This shift from living as a transit passenger from country to country instead of as a resident-to-be, as all asylum seekers in Greece currently, by default, must be, has begun to change the way refugees think of their lives. Families, like the one featured her are starting to ask: How are my children going to access schooling? Featuring a video of a Syrian girl, aged 10. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

On the Greek island of Samos, playtime for refugee girls

On the Greek island of Samos, playtime for refugee girls

About 55 percent of the refugees arriving in Greece by sea are women and children, who face unthinkable trauma and suffering during their journey. In this video, Priyali Sur records two children on the island of Samos. One of them, a 10-year-old, says “Syria is no good anymore.” Photo by Priyali Sur. Read More »

A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

By — September 26, 2016
Within the first few days after Sandra Moreno’s daughter, Ana Paula, disappeared in 2009, Moreno reached out to a TV crew a few blocks from her home in the lower-middle-class neighborhood of Carapicuíba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. more »
We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

By — August 24, 2016
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the tiny, remote island of Nauru, which has come under scrutiny recently by the media and human rights groups. The Australian government, which provides direct aid to Nauru, uses the island to hold asylum seekers who have traveled to Australia by boat. more »
The power of questions: Screening for gender-based violence in humanitarian settings

The power of questions: Screening for gender-based violence in humanitarian settings

By — August 18, 2016
Imagine a health center that is open, stocked with vaccines and fully staffed, in a region where measles is known to be endemic. But only three children are vaccinated every month. Would you then conclude that measles is not a big problem? Would you accept the job as done? more »
‘Solidarity is stronger than fear’: In central Athens exists a buzzing Babel for women refugees

‘Solidarity is stronger than fear’: In central Athens exists a buzzing Babel for women refugees

By — August 11, 2016
Tucked away in the graffitied center of Athens is a soothing example of 1920s architecture. High ceilings and arched doorways lead to a stone-walled patio. The feeling inside is fresh on a sweaty day in Greece, with a breeze winding through tall, paneled windows. But it is the life inside, the laughter and chatter, that makes this a truly calming place. more »
For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit country to home

For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit country to home

By — August 8, 2016
Here was yet another family flung across the sea from Syria sitting in an air-conditioned, yet still stuffy, container that is their temporary home on the island of Samos in Greece. With so many of them having made it to the country together, the Al-Ghateb family stood out from the hundreds of single men and mothers with children at the camp. more »

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