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After Islamic State, a dark homecoming for Iraq’s Christians

After Islamic State, a dark homecoming for Iraq’s Christians

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 23, 2016 0

Sitting outside a cafe in Erbil, Ammar is chain-smoking despite his hacking cough. “I will never go back to Mosul, even after IS is finished,” he promises.

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East Aleppo evacuations in 360

East Aleppo evacuations in 360

December 21, 2016 0

Evacuations from east Aleppo have progressed fitfully, but there is limited monitoring, and aid agencies and human rights groups have expressed concern for the conditions awaiting those bussed away, as well as those

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From war to want: South Sudanese find less violence but grim conditions in Uganda

From war to want: South Sudanese find less violence but grim conditions in Uganda

December 20, 2016 0

For leverage, Helen grips the rungs on the side of the rusting hospital bed with her toes. “Sindika!” encourages Aisha Ayikoriu. “Sindika! Sindika!” In Luganda, the Bantu language widely spoken in Uganda, Sindika

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The never-ending harvest: Syrian refugees exploited on Turkish farms

The never-ending harvest: Syrian refugees exploited on Turkish farms

December 15, 2016 0

It’s been nearly four months since Emine Sahin’s husband and children have been paid for their work picking fruit and vegetables on a farm in southern Turkey’s fertile Adana Province.

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The never-ending harvest: Syrian refugees exploited on Turkish farms

The never-ending harvest: Syrian refugees exploited on Turkish farms

carolyn.simon@hrc.org December 15, 2016 0

It’s been nearly four months since Emine Sahin’s husband and children have been paid for their work picking fruit and vegetables on a farm in southern Turkey’s fertile Adana Province.

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Syria war crimes: a guide for navigating the legal minefield

Syria war crimes: a guide for navigating the legal minefield

carolyn.simon@hrc.org December 12, 2016 0

Aleppo is nothing short of a chaotic horror story. Its surviving civilians are either trapped, in flight, or hunkering down under airstrikes and shelling. What’s left of the rebel-held east of the city

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Scale up or cut back? Aid sector grapples with growing funding gap

Scale up or cut back? Aid sector grapples with growing funding gap

carolyn.simon@hrc.org December 9, 2016 0

This week, the UN announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017.

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On the road to Mosul, liberation comes tinged with sectarian suspicion

On the road to Mosul, liberation comes tinged with sectarian suspicion

carolyn.simon@hrc.org November 29, 2016 0

Dust-covered children collected useful-looking pieces of rubbish or food discarded by soldiers. They tossed them into grubby sacks as they walked along the roadside, towards the frontline of Iraq’s offensive against so-called Islamic

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Life on the margins in an Iraqi mosque

Life on the margins in an Iraqi mosque

carolyn.simon@hrc.org November 22, 2016 0

Friday prayers have just wrapped up. Four-by-fours with tinted windows and an array of expensive vehicles pull out of a Baghdad mosque, through black, wrought-iron gates, past heavily armed guards.   Beyond another

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Beyond Mosul: Iraq’s displacement and sectarian timebombs

Beyond Mosul: Iraq’s displacement and sectarian timebombs

November 22, 2016 0

Everyone in Iraq’s desert camps has a story, and everyone wants to go home. Saadiya, 70 years old with a gravelly voice and henna-stained nails, smiles even when she says her home has

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