Category Archives: Refugees

A letter goes unheeded


History lesson for today: Have you ever read this article on Palestine by Jordan’s King Abdullah 1882-1951 (the grandfather of King Hussein) published in the US in 1947 raising the alarm before the Nakba? Amazing reading. If only they listened … Continue reading

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It started on a Sunday


“War doesn’t determine who’s right – only who’s left.” Bertrand Russell Our Lebanese hell officially opened its doors on a nice spring Sunday afternoon. On a day like today, 37 years ago. The date became a milestone repeated in many … Continue reading

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What’s for dinner?


    “What’s for dinner?” You hear it in many languages around the globe every day. ‘What’s for dinner?’ A simple phrase we take for granted. We walk into our home, to our hotel, to a restaurant, and we either … Continue reading

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Mark the day


Flashing images in the news, suffering humans, children wasting away, we see our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity in destitution beyond belief and we either change the channel or we wonder at the impotence of a World not being … Continue reading

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Then and now


So much can change in 26 years. In the summer of 1985, London inspired the World when Live Aid, one of the largest music events was organized by a small group of dedicated people, Midge Ure, Bob Geldof and Harvey … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall


As we commemorated World Refugee Day all around the Globe on June 20th, I was reflecting on what would make that day really and meaningfully celebratory. My answer is simple and unwavering. Going out of business. I work for the … Continue reading

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An absolute minimum


I would like to please ask you to first watch the clip I posted above, an ordinary CNN interview that gives one extraordinary shivers. All done? Aren’t these girls adorable? When I saw this on TV, tears  were rolling down … Continue reading

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We, the humans…


In Iraq they thought we were the coalition forces. We moved around in big jeeps, not our customary white ones, but dark blue and light blue ones. We were often attacked. By the same people we were racing against time … Continue reading

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Those people on the news


June 20th is World Refugee Day. Every year, the United Nations and their partners mark this day to remind the world of the plight of refugees. Who are these people that never cease to have a plight year after year? … Continue reading

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Heading to the desert


In three days I leave for my new job in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. I will be in charge of the Liaison office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). I am going to the … Continue reading

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