The Nigerian Refugee Crisis

“I counted eighteen bodies around me, but we managed to escape. We arrived here with empty hands,” recounts Falmatou, the 45-year-old mother of eight of her escape from her Boko Haram-captured home of Assaga in Northern Nigeria. “In Assaga, there is only suffering, nothing more,” she continues, almost vehemently. Spoken…

LGBT Refugees Face Complex Challenges

Around the world, there has been an increase in the number of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers in recent years due to persecution or discrimination. In some countries, individuals with diverse sexual orientations or gender identities are subject to persecution, violence, and legal,  political, and cultural discrimination. Additionally, LGBT refugees…

Brownkey Abdullahi– Dadaab Refugee Camp Story

Brownkey Abdullahi is a female refugee, blogger, and activist from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Brownkey campaigns against female genital mutilation and gender-based violence, and advocates on behalf of the entire refugee community. Read more about Browenkey’s story, her foundation, and how she is working to empower refugees.  Dadaab…

The Refugee Crisis: The Importance of Advocacy

There are currently 65.3 million forcibly displaced individuals worldwide, according to the UNHCR, and around half of the world’s displaced people are children. Every day, 33,972 people flee their homes—24 people every minute. Facing arguably the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, it is the responsibility of all global citizens,…

Unique Challenges of Muslim Refugees

This Ramadan, millions of Muslims worldwide will be observing this holy month of faith, prayer, and introspection in war-torn areas, refugee camps, and unfamiliar countries far from their homes and communities. While many Muslim families will come together to celebrate over a meal after a day of fasting during the…