World Refugee Day 2009


World Refugee Day 2009

June 11, 2009

Millions of people around the world mark World Refugee Day on June 20. Unfortunately, millions more are refugees themselves. There are an estimated 15 million people in the world today who have left their countries to escape genocide, conflict, civil war and ethnic cleansing. Millions more languish in camps within their home countries. AJWS supports grassroots organizations that are working with refugee populations to alleviate some of the effects of these crises, including hunger, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence.

Displaced by Endless War
More than a million Congolese bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo. Delayed humanitarian response and brutal violence make the lives of civilians a living hell in this endless war.

Hell on Earth: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Nick Kristof
AJWS staff member Josh Berkman interviewed New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof about the horror of war in Democratic Republic of Congo. Kristof speaks from his experiences at the frontlines of the conflict.

Freedom of Movement
Migration has changed the face of our planet and altered the lives of millions. This piece examines the political and economic forces that force populations to move.