Helen Benedict: Unequal Mercy
Most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.
Jyotika Saksena: Common Misperceptions About Refugees
America needs more refugees, not less.
Video: Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe
An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe.
Rajan Menon: The Economic Consequences of the War
The conflict in Ukraine Is a disaster for the poor of this planet.
Video: Zarlasht Halaimzai | What it’s like to be a war refugee
In this poignant, vital talk, Zarlasht Halaimzai articulates the lingering trauma of being expendable — and shares how belonging to a community can help bring back feelings of long-lost safety.
Richard Hoffman: The Road
the groves and orchards
poisoned, fathers and brothers tortured,
hope abandoned with the other heavy furniture
it isn’t much of a road, the future
Glen Brown: Bubbie
I imagine her escaping Ukraine,
like a small bird
breaking formation over unfamiliar terrain
Lex Runciman: News from Kyev
explode in streets, on rooftops, through windows,
doorways. Statues have toppled.
Kenny Stancil: Russia Warns Kyiv Residents to Leave Homes Ahead of Bombing Blitz
Russia’s Defense Ministry announced plans for a bombing campaign in the Ukrainian capital.
Bryan Farrell: ‘The only way out of Libya is by sea’ — How migrant rescuers are making history in the Mediterranean
While governments fail to meet basic humanitarian requirements, rescue organizations like Sea-Watch are taking life-saving action on the frontlines of the European migrant crisis.
Marco North: the falling boy (too bitter a fruit)
He was one of many trying to escape, grabbing onto the plane thinking they would let him in.
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When I Shut the Door
The news arrived by e-mail — a scribble of a long, single sentence, broken up, like little chunks of wood, the way a year is broken up into months and weeks, days, hours.
Emily De Ferrari: Sicilian Triptych
These honest waters, flow over the ancient debauchery of Baiae,
over the volatility of Marsili, bring to shore the bodies
but we do not see them.
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Our Casualties
We were living at the Mount Clinton Internally Displaced Refugee camp outside of Roseville the day his death news came in. It struck something throughout the camp of thousands, like an axe cutting through hard wood…