Child playing in Bukaleba Forest Reserve, Uganda (large)

Life In The Camp For Yazidi Refugees

 

 

In August 2014, Shammo Murad was one of over 400,000 Yazidis who fled as Islamic State seized the Iraqi city of Sinjar. Thousands immigrated into the nearby mountains, seeking refuge in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. 

Murad has helped create literacy courses for both, children and the elderly, and both, men and women. "Because, as you know, the illiterate one is like being at a wedding but not being able to hear the band or the singer," Murad said. "The illiterate person is dumb and deaf."

The refugees worry about the girls who were captured by the Islamic State and constantly talk about ways to rescue them. "Every human being in Iraq should know those girls and children are not just the honor of Yazidis or Kurds," Murad said. "They are the honor of anyone who has a conscience."

He, along with the Yazidi refugees, are doing all they can to pick up the pieces of a shattered community.

"My wish is for us, the Yazidis, to go back to our homeland. To our possessions and work," Murad said. "Without hatred and killing to live peace and safety in our homes."

Upcoming Airdates

Searching for Home

Immigrants around the world face unbelievable challenges on their journey searching for a new place to call home. While much of the reporting focuses on the backlash refugees face from their new host nations, many communities are opening their arms and minds.

Background image: Feryal Aldahash looks down on her third daughter Valgerour Halla at their home in Reykjavik, Iceland. January 8 2017. | Thomson Reuters Foundation/Filippo Brachetti

Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change affects us all, and less-developed communities, that are more closely tied to the land, often suffer more directly from environmental transformation. The changes include dramatic fluctuation of water sources, diminishing crop yields, and failure of long-held farming techniques. Discover how community leaders are adjusting, engaging with the international community and seeking innovative methods and new technologies to find sustainable ways of living.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes

People all over the world are confronting traditional norms around gender and sexuality that are difficult to break. Despite opposition and discrimination from their communities, these people are armed with the courage to truly be themselves. The small steps people take to assert their role in society, can result in major leaps for future generations.

Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

The Resilience of Children

The future of our communities lies in protecting our most vulnerable yet most resilient members: our children. But often, children are the first victims of war and poverty. Many face horrifying events and live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. Despite this, some children survive these events to become leaders of their communities and voices for peace.

Taboo Health Issues

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.