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Nine Facts About Refugees

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .

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The ongoing conflict in Syria has been on the front page of news for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the huge number of Syrian refugees who have fled their homes to find solace in Jordan, Turkey, and other neighboring countries. But what is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees […]

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The Joy of LWR Mission Quilts (Photo)

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by .

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Mae La is the largest of nine refugee camps in Thailand, sheltering 50,000 Burmese refugees. Eh Gyi, who has lived in Mae La for 16 years, shows two of the LWR Quilts her family has received to keep them warm at night. In 2012, Lutherans around the United States donated and helped ship over 412,000 […]

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Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed

Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by .

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Despite the strange cannibalistic stories that have popped up in news recently (see here and here), it appears a zombie apocalypse is not yet upon us. These awful stories illustrate the worst sides of humanity, but we hold on to hope for a world filled with justice, dignity and peace. What else is happening around the world? Here are […]

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East African Refugees: Strength from Love

East African Refugees: Strength from Love

Posted on 26. Oct, 2011 by .

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Whenever I think of strong women my mind goes straight to skirt suits and up-dos, modestly put-together but quick witted politicians, and feminist activists down in the trenches — all exuding power, a touch of femininity, and strength. It’s easy to admire women who work to make a difference by standing up for their ideals […]

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Crisis in East Africa (VIDEO)

Crisis in East Africa (VIDEO)

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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Over the past weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about the famine that has hit the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti. Yet, because a drought is much more slow to develop than other emergencies, we (like many other aid organizations) haven’t seen nearly the response from donors that we saw for, say, […]

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Photo Friday: A Forgotten Crisis

Photo Friday: A Forgotten Crisis

Posted on 30. Sep, 2011 by .

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The headlines have ceased. The struggle is silent. Only the crisis remains. While the drought in East Africa and the mass relocation of hundreds of thousands of people to the overcrowded refugee camps in Dadaab have stopped making headlines, the nature of the situation is still incredibly dire. Refugees are real people, not just an […]

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Photo Friday: Refuge in Dadaab

Photo Friday: Refuge in Dadaab

Posted on 16. Sep, 2011 by .

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The worst drought in 60 years has left millions of people at the brink of starvation. Their crops have died along with their livestock. Without any means to feed themselves, tens of thousands have flocked here to Dadaab, Kenya — home to the world’s largest refugee camp. Lutheran World Relief, along with partner Lutheran World […]

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Washed Away by Drought

Washed Away by Drought

Posted on 06. Sep, 2011 by .

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Here in Dadaab, Kenya, northeast of the capital Nairobi, where the native people speak Swahili and the refugees speak Somali, I have heard a new English phrase: “Washed away by drought.” It’s devastatingly descriptive, isn’t it? Elegant. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was literally what people were telling me, or if it was […]

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Despite fading news coverage, LWR continues its work in Dadaab

Despite fading news coverage, LWR continues its work in Dadaab

Posted on 24. Aug, 2011 by .

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Guest post by Jonathan Ernst Hello from Dadaab, Kenya, where Lutheran World Relief is helping to support the monumental effort by Lutheran World Federation to manage virtually all the goings-on at the world’s largest refugee camp. Although the work is complex and the situation is dire, believe it or not, the news is not all […]

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Starvation in Somalia – Video from CNN

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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CNN’s David McKenzie reports on the starvation that people face in Somalia because of the drought that is taking place there. It’s the worst drought to hit that area in 60 years and is creating severe food and water shortages for millions of people. LWR has committed an initial $500,000 to the Lutheran World Federation […]

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Today is World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day

Posted on 20. Jun, 2011 by .

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In honor of World Refugee Day, here is a round-up of what is happening around the web: Do One Thing at the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, including viewing videos, reading stories and taking action to help refugees around the world. Watch a 3 minute video about the experience of one refugee: Read about how […]

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