Category: International

Refugees arrive in Italy to uncertain futures

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The port looks almost festive as the evening settles in. The last rays of the setting sun reflect off a shimmering mass of silver and gold.

Yet this is anything but a festive occasion.

The silver and gold reflections are from emergency blankets. They are wrapped around the shoulders of people who, only hours ago, were bobbing in small boats on the surface of the Mediterranean.

These people have travelled over what is currently the deadliest known route in the world for migrants making a bid for safety: the journey from Libya to Italy by sea.

So far, 2,521 people have died this year attempting the crossing.

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A holiday far from home: Eid al-Fitr on Iraq’s front lines

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A mother holds a young child while people walk behind them in a desert landscape

On 6 and 7 July, around a billion people – approximately a seventh of the world’s population – are celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

Celebrations will take place across the world – from the UK to Russia, India and beyond. Marking the end of Ramadan, the holiday celebrates the power of family and community.

People may also give thanks for having the strength to endure difficulties in their lives.

But this year, unprecedented numbers of families are far from home on Eid al-Fitr.

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Burundi refugee crisis: carrying scars from the past into an uncertain future

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 Divine Kagajo with daughter

Her eyes hide behind dark glasses. Her head is covered in a red scarf.

She speaks to no one as she winds her way back to her temporary home – a tent, pitched amid thousands of others, one virtually indistinguishable from the next.

Here Divine Kagajo finds her parents, and her two daughters, aged five and 11. She left her husband behind in Burundi.

“He was shot and died on the spot,” said Divine, recalling the day in early 2014 when she and her husband were attacked by a group of men.

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“Smiling is the best way to say welcome”: watch a new film by refugees

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Question: What do Rachel Weisz, Omid Djalili and Rita Ora have in common?

Answer: They are all refugees.

Their families have all had to flee their homelands and make a new life in a new place.

This Refugee Week, a host of budding refugee-directors are following in their footsteps down the red carpet. They have been working with the arts organisation Cardboard Cameras to create this fantastic stop motion animation.

Check it out and enjoy!

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In pictures: hot meals for the hungry in Iraq

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Red Crescent volunteers distribute bread to woman and girl in Iraq

Trapped between warring armies and forced to flee their homes – this is reality for millions of people in Iraq.

More than three million Iraqis are already in this situation and fighting causes thousands more to leave their homes every week.

In the past few days, over 12,000 families had to leave the besieged city of Fallujah and the number is expected to increase.

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Syrian family reunited – “words can’t describe how happy I am”

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Omar’s first birthday will live long in his family’s memory.

After four months of separation, they were reunited just in time to celebrate Omar’s birthday together.

Theirs is a story of the terrible strain on families affected by the Syrian war.

Families forced at short notice to make heart-wrenching choices.

Families waiting to be reunited

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