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 gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

In May, a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been raped by at least 33 men armed with assault rifles and handguns in a favela, or slum, in Rio de Janeiro. Days later, she discovered that her assailants had posted graphic video and images of her rape on social media. Here, Gabriel Leão looks at the rape culture that surrounds the case, and that actually allowed such an attack and aftermath to take place. Photo by Getty Images. Read More »

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

Much confusion swirls around when rape was actually recognized as a war crime. Try Googling “rape as a war crime” and you’ll find the third result is a Huffington Post article declaring that it was made such a crime definitively in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s initial case, in 1998. But this isn’t exactly right. We set the record straight in this interview with expert Patricia Sellers. Photo by Stephan Röhl. Read 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 »
Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

By — August 4, 2016
“My friend, my friend!” Two little Syrian girls come running toward me as they see the camera around my neck. These two words are part of their limited English vocabulary, a language they are being taught in school at the Vathi refugee center—known as a “hot spot”—on the island of Samos in Greece. more »

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