Refugee

Syrian Artist Paints Trump As A Refugee

Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari is painting world leaders in an unexpected light: as refugees.

In “The Vulnerability Series,” Omari depicts President Donald Trump as an exhausted refugee, with a sleeping pad on his back and a child in his arms. The rest of the paintings, currently on exhibit at a Dubai gallery, show former President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other world leaders as “disenfranchised or displaced civilians,” per the gallery’s release.

“Initially I was driven by my own experience of displacement and the anger that I felt, like any other Syrian, while the situation in Syria escalated,” Omari said in a video on the series that he sent to HuffPost. “It was a personal desire in the beginning to imagine how would those supposedly great personalities look like if they were in the shoes of refugees, displaced.”

Omari, who fled Syria after…

Chechens Finally Granted Refuge Status After Persecution for Being Gay

The Foreign Ministry of Germany has just granted refuge to its first gay Chechen man fleeing persecution on a humanitarian visa. While he arrived in Germany earlier this week, several more applicants are currently being reviewed by diplomats at the German embassy in Moscow.

According to the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, the distribution of residence permits based on humanitarian purposes is especially rare – but given the circumstances, the…

Google and UN launch Searching for Syria to answer 5 most common questions about the civil war

Google and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have combined their data and technological smarts for a new initiative designed to answer the most common questions about the Syrian Civil War.

Now into its seventh year, the Syrian Civil War has resulted in at least 470,000 deaths, according to the most recent data revealed by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research, with as many as five million more forced to flee their homes.

As with any cataclysmic crisis, the Syrian Civil War has touched millions around the world, with many taking to the internet to find out what exactly is happening and how they can help. This is the impetus behind Searching for Syria, which serves as a dedicated portal to answer the five most common questions posted to Google Search, using data provided by the UNHCR.

“Searching for Syria aims to…

This Refugee Is Building Homes Out Of Plastic Bottles

In a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, one man is making homes more durable in the face of tough weather conditions ― and he’s using trash to do it.

Tateh Lehbib Breica, a Sahrawi refugee living in a camp in Tindouf, Algeria, is building homes for other refugees out of plastic bottles filled with sand, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) video above that was posted last week.

Breica lives in Awserd refugee camp, one of five camps around Tindouf where Sahrawi refugees have lived for over 40 years, according to a January UNHCR post. Thousands of Sahrawi people, an indigenous group of the Western Sahara, were displaced to Algeria in 1975 during the Western Sahara War, and many have remained there since, according to the BBC.

Today, the desert climate in Tindouf ― including storms, heavy rains, and temperatures of up to 113 degrees ― often causes damage to refugees’ homes, which are either tents or made out of adobe mud brick, according to UNHCR’s video.

One storm in 2015, for instance, destroyed thousands of homes in the area.

Breica’s plastic bottle homes make for a more durable structure than adobe when it comes to fighting heavy rains, reports UNHCR. The circular shape also makes them aerodynamic, which helps to withstand storms.

“We spend months building the other fragile dwelling,” Mailaminin Saleh, a refugee who currently lives in one of Breica’s plastic bottle houses,

This Refugee Is Building Homes Out Of Plastic Bottles

In a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, one man is making homes more durable in the face of tough weather conditions ― and he’s using trash to do it.

Tateh Lehbib Breica, a Sahrawi refugee living in a camp in Tindouf, Algeria, is building homes for other refugees out of plastic bottles filled with sand, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) video above that was posted last week.

Breica lives in Awserd refugee camp, one of five camps around Tindouf where Sahrawi refugees have lived for over 40 years, according to a January UNHCR post. Thousands of Sahrawi people, an indigenous group of the Western Sahara, were displaced to Algeria in 1975 during the Western Sahara War, and many have remained there since, according to the BBC.

Today, the desert climate in Tindouf ― including storms, heavy rains, and temperatures of up to 113 degrees ― often causes damage to refugees’ homes, which are either tents or made out of adobe mud brick, according to UNHCR’s video.

One storm in 2015, for instance, destroyed thousands of homes in the area.

Breica’s plastic bottle homes make for a more durable structure than adobe when it comes to fighting heavy rains, reports UNHCR. The circular shape also makes them aerodynamic, which helps to withstand storms.

“We spend months building the other fragile dwelling,” Mailaminin Saleh, a refugee who currently lives in one of Breica’s plastic bottle houses,

‘Despite the headlines, people care’ say team behind new refugee befriending scheme

Londoners are being asked to take part in a befriending scheme that matches people with spare time and goodwill, to asylum seekers and refugees who are in need of friendship

A befriending scheme has been launched to match Londoners who have spare time and goodwill, with asylum seekers and refugees in need of friendship.

HostNation, which launched a pilot scheme in Greater London in March and hopes to expand across the UK by 2018, would like to hear from volunteers willing to befriend newcomers to the city. Anneke Elwes, who came up with the concept of HostNation after studying for a master’s degree in Anthropology of Development, has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for more than five years. Her dissertation titled Humanitarianism at Home, looked into the private practice of hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

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“I’m acutely aware of how desperately lonely and bored so many of them are,” Elwes told Positive News. “They are stuck in substandard accommodation on the fringes of our cities, often with only £5 of vouchers to see them through the day. When I asked a conversation group I run how they could improve their English, they said ‘make an English friend’ but when I asked how they would do that, they…

Robot Lawyer Is Now Offering Free Help to Refugees

DoNotPay—the world’s premier AI lawyer—is now coming to the aid of refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. All they have to do is strike up a Facebook Messenger conversation with DoNotPay by simply typing “start.” From there, the free program will help guide users through the process of filing for asylum. On the program’s Facebook page, it boasts, “Our service allows anyone to automatically claim asylum in the U.S, U.K and Canada for free (instantly).”

Joshua Browder, the creator of DoNotPay, has been working on this new refugee asylum service for months. The platform originally began as a way for people to get free legal advice for getting out of parking tickets. DoNotPay was successful to the tune of about 160,000 overturned tickets in 21 months—with a 64 percent success rate. It’s also helped with housing issues, transportation disputes, and payment protection insurance. Still,…