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How Traumatized Children See the World, According to Their Drawings

Time 14 November 2018

In May, now-ousted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the start of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to separate migrant families at the Mexican border. “If you are smuggling a child” into the country, he said, “then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.” In just six weeks, more than 2,600 children were taken from their parents or other adults. Although a federal judge ordered the government to reunite all children with their families by July 26, hundreds likely still remain in U.S. custody. And the psychological trauma inflicted is likely to cause lifelong damage to these children, experts say.

Figuring out how children themselves are responding to trauma tends to be particularly difficult, because they may not be able to communicate how they feel. For decades, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has worked with tens of thousands of children in struggling, often war-torn nations around the world who are suffering from what’s called toxic stress — a relentless cycle of trauma, violence and instability, coupled with a lack of adequate care at home. In some cases, the IRC has used drawing to help children open up or as a way to process their trauma. The drawings here, from IRC projects in Cambodia during the genocide, in Sierra Leone and Uganda in the early-2000s and in Jordan just last year, show what it’s like to endure displacement, violence and separation, through the eyes of the children themselves.

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Schools in Gaza closed as fighting threatens safety of children and teachers

Relief Web 13 November 2018

An outbreak of violence has prompted action from the UN agency that educates 270,000 children there.

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Local Solutions for Global Challenges: Higher Education in Emergencies

IIE Peer 13 November 2018

Every year in mid-November, IIE together with universities, schools, government agencies and other non-profit organizations is celebrating International Education Week. For IIE, International Education Week marks one of our most important events of the year, the reveal of the Open Doors Report. The Open Doors Report is a testament of the importance of the United States as the number one destination for international students and reminds us of IIE’s commitment to the values of international exchange and cultural understanding. The reveal of the Open Doors Report also offers an opportunity to reflect on the role IIE and universities can and should play in offering higher education opportunities for students who have been displaced from their home countries by armed conflict and who have limited to no opportunities to reconnect to higher education.

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Children Living in Central African Republic’s Displacement Camps Find a Pathway to Education

Africa 11 November 2018

Jospin is a 13-year-old boy living in the Kaga Bandoro Internal Displacement Camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). He came here almost four years ago by foot with his mother, father and seven brothers and sisters. Like many of the 680,000 people who have been displaced by wide-scale uptick in violence in CAR, Jospin had never been to school.

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Iran’s support for refugee students unnoticed, says minister

Tehran Times 11 November 2018

Bat’haei made the remarks in his opening speech at the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) meeting of the Secretaries General of Member States’ National Commissions kicked off in the city of Shiraz on Sunday, November 11.

“International agencies’ financial support for Iran to provide these students with proper education is inadequate and this is while annually more than 400,000 foreign national students are studying at schools in Iran.”

It’s been more than 4 decades that Iran is playing host to refugees, Bat’haei said, adding that, due to persistent conflicts in the region many refugee children are suffering from mental and physical disorders and ministries of health and education are jointly collaborating to offer these children good medical care.

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Children Living in Central African Republic’s Displacement Camps Find a Pathway to Education

Relief Web 8 November 2018

Jospin is a 13-year-old boy living in the Kaga Bandoro Internal Displacement Camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). He came here almost four years ago by foot with his mother, father and seven brothers and sisters. Like many of the 680,000 people who have been displaced by wide-scale uptick in violence in CAR, Jospin had never been to school.

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Despite funding crisis, Palestine refugee students can end the school year: UNRWA

Relief Web 8 November 2018

The Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) will most likely be able to keep its schools open for Palestine refugee students until the end of the school year in 2019.

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Conflito na RCA não tem fim à vista e está a ficar parecido com o da Síria

Agência Lusa 7 November 2018

“A situação político-militar na República Centro-Africana está em degradação contínua e o conflito está a ser internacionalizado e a ganhar características semelhantes ao da Síria, alerta uma ONG.” (...) “Usada como arma de guerra, a violência sectária pretende dividir e incitar o ódio entre comunidades. Na ausência do Estado de Direito, os atingidos procuram proteção junto dos mesmos atores que alimentam o crescendo de tensões. Estes ‘protetores’ procuram, de facto, uma base popular de legitimidade. [Para tal] exploram uma espécie de solidariedade étnica ou religiosa para recrutar jovens combatentes e obterem fundos”.

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School access helps integrate migrant children in Greece

Info Migrants 6 November 2018

A recent study by the International Organisation for Migration in Greece showed that access to regular education has helped social inclusion for migrant and refugee children.

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350,000 Rohingya refugee children to get an education

Relief Web 6 November 2018

About 350,000 Rohingya refugee children and teenagers who fled violence in Myanmar are to get a basic education in Bangladesh.

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Speakers share inspirational stories on the transformative power of education during Dubai Cares

Zawya 6 November 2018

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, hosted yesterday (Monday November 5, 2018) an event titled, “Empowerment through Education”, in an effort to inform, motivate and inspire its donor and supporter community in the UAE about the instrumental role of education on societies. The event featured three speakers, which included Her Excellency Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairperson of Dubai Cares; Mohamed Sidibay, Education Activist and former child soldier advocating for children’s rights to quality education; and Vivian Onano, Youth Advisor to UN Civil Society Advisory Board and Youth Representative to Global Education monitoring Report. The intimate gathering of 150 key supporters and donors culminated in a Q&A session moderated by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares.

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Guterres avisa países para seguir normas internacionais e proteger refugiados

Agência Lusa 6 November 2018

António Guterres, expressou preocupação com a saída de congoleses de Angola, afirmando que as normas internacionais de proteção de refugiados em caso de conflito devem ser respeitadas.

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Educating girls is a must in the Newly Merged Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Brookings 5 November 2018

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), renamed as the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is a tribal region of Pakistan on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border that remained under decades of isolation, terrorism, and human rights violations. This region is now moving toward stability—a great sigh of relief for its five million residents. Following the peace establishment, rehabilitation, and resettlement of FATA communities in 2015, its integration with the KP province has initiated a whole new era of development and growth. Importantly, education is one of the first sectors to integrate with KP and initiate reforms.

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Syrian Youth: Still Seeking Education

Al Fanar Media 5 November 2018

If the interest of donors in providing scholarships for Syrians has waned, the appetite of Syrian students for higher education has not. Many students say they need more support—academic and financial—to overcome obstacles and get into higher education.

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António Guterres sublinha importância do multilateralismo

RTP1 5 November 2018

No dia em que recebeu o Prémio José Aparecido de Oliveira, atribuído pela CPLP, o secretário-geral da ONU explica em entrevista a importância da organização de países lusófonos como pilar do multilateralismo.

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