Refugees

LENDING HAND: Asylum seekers reach Lesbos in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the coast near Skala Sikaminias. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands in August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. Spurred by public anger over the humanitarian crisis, the European Union has turned its attention to helping Syrian refugees escaping a prolonged civil war.

THIRST FOR SANCTUARY: Among the world’s most persecuted groups, the Rohingya found global prominence this year while being given the derogatory label of ‘boat people’. Myanmar in particular came under scrutiny for its state-led persecution of the group. Some migrants were found at sea on a boat, and survived on rainwater at a temporary refugee camp in the northern Rakhine state.

THIRST FOR SANCTUARY:
Among the world’s most persecuted groups, the Rohingya found global prominence this year while being given the derogatory label of ‘boat people’. Myanmar in particular came under scrutiny for its state-led persecution of the group. Some migrants were found at sea on a boat, and survived on rainwater at a temporary refugee camp in the northern Rakhine state.

MERKEL’S ACT: The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel endeared herself to the Middle East for what many said was her resilience and leadership over the Syrian crisis. In numerous outspoken addresses, she urged Germany, and all of Europe, to help the children of persecuted people to grow up without fear.

MERKEL’S ACT:
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel endeared herself to the Middle East for what many said was her resilience and leadership over the Syrian crisis. In numerous outspoken addresses, she urged Germany, and all of Europe, to help the children of persecuted people to grow up without fear.

PICTURE PERFECT: Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, won plaudits across the world for his compassionate welcome of Syrian refugees. The first military planeload of refugees from Beirut arrived to much fanfare at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario.

PICTURE PERFECT:
Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, won plaudits across the world for his compassionate welcome of Syrian refugees. The first military planeload of refugees from Beirut arrived to much fanfare at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario.

HEARTS MOVED: People across the world were shocked at the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, his brother, his mother and their loved ones. Thousands of children have lost their lives fleeing armed conflicts and over 2,500 refugees have died this summer attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

HEARTS MOVED:
People across the world were shocked at the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, his brother, his mother and their loved ones. Thousands of children have lost their lives fleeing armed conflicts and over 2,500 refugees have died this summer attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

TO LAND, AHOY: There were no casualties on this journey to the Greek island of Lesbos, but thousands have lost their lives at sea, as they cross over to Turkey. The death toll from drownings at sea mounted steadily throughout the year, as the weather in the Aegean took a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece.

TO LAND, AHOY:
There were no casualties on this journey to the Greek island of Lesbos, but thousands have lost their lives at sea, as they cross over to Turkey. The death toll from drownings at sea mounted steadily throughout the year, as the weather in the Aegean took a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece.

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