Armed Conflicts Constraints Efforts to Protect Vulnerable Groups from COVID-19

Continued violent and armed conflict severely constraints the efforts of local, national, and international organizations to protect refugees, displaced people, women, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups from the spread of the virus.  As countries around the world have closed their borders to isolate COVID-19, criminals are finding new ways to abuse the vulnerability …

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Wobbly letters over a bed in a dormatory saying: Love mother.

Some just want to go home

In the year 2017,  31.000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in the EU. In 2015,  it was 95.200. Wherever we go, regardless of which country we visit, this group is mentioned. It is clear that their faith and future are of concern to many volunteers and practitioners. Without networks, often with trauma from their place of origin …

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Religious leaders calling for ceasefire

Religions for Peace Echoing Call for Ceasefire 

In response to the Corona-pandemic, UN secretary António Guterres called for a worldwide ceasefire, saying: “Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the …

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Children in trolley holding umbrella.

Children Born Homeless

– Please, my children were born here, they know nothing about Afghanistan or any other country. It is January 27th 2020. I am in Malmö to participate in a meeting concerning migration, titled Keeping our humanity. We have just attended a memorial ceremony, lit candles and remembered the victims of WW2, and moved on to …

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Ola Saleh gives presentation at Leaders for Interreligious Understanding

All Hearts Can Change

Sitting at Arlanda airport, speaking on the phone with my partner, I notice an older lady walking towards me. I move my jacket and backpack to make more room for her. She mutters something in Swedish, politely I pause my conversation and say: “I beg your pardon?”  She lashes out at me: ‘’You come here and …

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