Sunday Photo Magazine — 5/4/2014

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UNHCR — United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The last two days we have viewed some amazing photography that told a story of how children are put in situations not by there own doing. Nurturing Hope in Children of Despair is one of the many things UNHCR does. 

More to come about this wonderful humanitarian organization (UNHCR) in the next few months.

The Beautiful Nobody

Now does everyone stare

Here I am

My hands are sand

Come and embrace me

Do I even exist

This child of misery

 

Notice me notice me

Walk through me

Realize it is only I

 

The beautiful nobody

walks unseen

and felt

The beautiful nobody

never heard or or touched

The beautiful nobody

I cast no image

Talk to me walk through me

 

And I called out to you

and I heard you laugh

I want to be real

I want to feel

and see the sunlight once again

and hold on just one more day

-Andrew Vega

UNHCR — United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Syrian refugees receive plastic sheets at a distribution center in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. Along with a regular supply of soap and sanitary pads, Syrian refugees receive waterproof tarps as well as socks and gloves.
Third anniversary of the Syrian war
Second shift schools offer hope to young Syrians

Young Syrian students take part in a “second shift” class at the Vera Frangieh school, in Zgharta, north-east Lebanon.
UNHCR News Story: Second shift schools offer hope to young Syrians

Envoy Angelina Jolie’s school changes lives in Afghanistan

Girls’ education in the returnee area of Qalai Gudar has received a boost, thanks to this school built with the support of UNHCR’s Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.
UNHCR News Story: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie's school changes lives in Afghanistan

LEGO Foundation donates US$3 million to build a future for refugee children

The Lego donation will fund education in primary schools such as this one in Awbarre refugee camp, Ethiopia.
UNHCR News Story: LEGO Foundation donates US$3 million to build a future for refugee children

30 Days of Faith: Day 18

Sula (blue head scarf),12, could easily get away with not fasting during Ramadan, but she and most of her young friends are determined to fast anyway. Today they are painting decorations on the outside walls of the community bathrooms in their district of Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. “Doing this project helps us keep our minds off fasting,” says Sula, a refugee from a village outside of Dara’a, Syria who just finished painting a big, pink jelly fish. She and all the young children are proud to be adding a splash of colour and their own personal touch to their home away from home.
30 Days of Faith: Day 18

UNHCR — United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

PLANET EARTH NEWSLETTER blog will post about UNHCR from May 1 through May 3.

A young Syrian refugee flashes the victory sign near the Jaber border crossing.
Flight by Night: Syrian Refugees Risk the Crossing to Jordan in the Dark

A learning curve for young Syrian refugees at model school in Lebanon

Female students at the school in Arsal, which is running a second shift of classes in the afternoon to accommodate Syrian refugees.
UNHCR News Story: A learning curve for young Syrian refugees at model school in Lebanon

Turkish Camps Provide Shelter to 90,000 Syrian Refugees
Turkish Camps Provide Shelter to 90,000 Syrian Refugees

Malian Refugees in Niger Struggle to Rebuild their Lives

Two young Malian children stand outside the hybrid shelter that has become their new home in Niger’s Tabareybarey camp, which hosts some 8,600 Malian refugees.
Malian Refugees in Niger Struggle to Rebuild their Lives

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

UNHCR and partners have organized activities for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

CONTEST WINNERS 2014 — PLANET EARTH BUTTERFLIES, BEES , BUGS, AND INSECTS

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