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  • Prepping for a "Second Disaster" in Pakistan

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    Pakistan
    Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC

    At least 1,600 people have been killed and 20 million impacted by the flooding throughout Pakistan.

    "People are being forced to drink bad water and we're seeing an increased number of diarrhea cases and skin infections. And that is going to be the big challenge going forward. That's the second disaster.", says Peter Biro, IRC senior communications officer.

    Please click here to read this full blog post, written by our affiliate organization, The International Rescue Committee, and to read CNN's article, in which Peter Biro talks further about the current situation in Pakistan.

     

    International Youth Day

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    International Youth Day

    Today marks International Youth Day. For the more than 8 million displaced young people—ages 15 to 24—around the world, there is little cause for celebration. Most of these young people are not in school—and many have never even been to school. The majority struggle to find work and are often unemployed. Sadly, the reality for most refugee youth is that they will be displaced from their homes for an average of 17 years.

    This year’s Youth Day theme is Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, which reminds me of a conversation I had in Amman, Jordan, with a young man from Iraq named Abdul. Abdul1 is 18 years old, slightly built with a charming smile. When we first met, he told me, “I have talked to people like you before, but nothing changes.” After hearing his story, I understand why he said this. Abdul is originally from northern Iraq, which suffered greatly under Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime. And yet, he told me that had there been no war, he would have finished school and “had a future.”

    Reducing the Risks of Gender-Based Violence: Moving from Theory to Practice

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    GBV workshop participants conducted an assessment of women’s participation in the market and the protection risks they face in Juba, South Sudan. Here they talk to the owner of a hardware store.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission has been conducting a series of trainings around the world on “mitigating risks of gender-based violence.” These trainings focus specifically on developing and implementing programs that improve women’s economic opportunities and provide safe access to cooking fuel as tools to protect women and girls against sexual violence and abuse.

    Our journey down this path began with a body of work we initially undertook to address the shortcomings of economic programming in humanitarian settings. Notably, these programs have seldom been based on the needs of the local market. Over a two-year period, we conducted assessments around the world in a variety of contexts, including in refugee camps, urban areas with large refugee populations, situations of internal displacement and countries where refugees have returned once a conflict has ended.

    Six Months Later: Reproductive Health Needs Are Still Critical in Haiti

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    Little Girl Martone Haiti
    Haiti, six months after January's devastating earthquake

    Haiti’s city blocks and rural roads are still strewn with mounds of ruins, and an estimated 2 million people remain displaced as a result of the devastating earthquake that shook the island nation on January 12. Today, which marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake, thousands of homeless families and individuals are living in tents and makeshift shelters in the 1,342 camps and settlement sites1 that have sprung up around the country. As aid organizations take stock of the displaced population’s current struggle for survival - and the challenges that loom ahead - the Women’s Refugee Commission is committed to making sure reproductive health remains a priority.

    Addressing reproductive health has not always been a primary concern for humanitarian actors in crises. Such an oversight can have tragic consequences - especially given that women and girls are particularly vulnerable in emergencies. According to the World Bank and UN agencies, eight of the ten countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world are fragile or conflict-affected countries. Displacement settings create risk factors for sexual violence and exploitation, the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unwanted pregnancies and subsequent unsafe abortions. The risk of maternal and newborn death and disability rises significantly when mothers do not have access to care for pregnancy-related health complications. In recent years, the international humanitarian community has aimed to reduce and respond to these concerns with a coordinated set of priority interventions known as the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health.

    Struggling to Make a Living in Ethiopia: Surviving in the Informal Economy

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    Ethiopia Somali Region Field Visit

    Food is scarce in Ethiopia, where most of the population lives in rural, drought-prone areas in a state of chronic poverty. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia identified 5.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Not surprisingly, this hunger crisis also impacts the thousands of refugees living just within Ethiopia’s borders.

    In the isolated eastern corner of Ethiopia, some 44,000 Somali refugees are scattered among four refugee camps, living in the arid heat on parched land. Most of these refugees survive on one meal a day and are dependent on humanitarian aid to meet their most basic needs. Over the years it has become clear that the aid just isn’t enough. Families are routinely forced to exchange food rations for other staples, such as medicine, school clothes and firewood for cooking. With no reliable source of income, families face difficult choices.

    Most host countries do not grant refugees the right to work, and Ethiopia is no different. As a result, refugees are pushed into working in the informal economy where the risk of exploitation and abuse is far greater—particularly for women and girls. In camps like Aw Barre and Sheder, which are far from local markets, families often send their daughters to work as live-in domestic servants. This is dangerous work for the girls, as they have no protection from their families or the law.

    Join Us in Support of the HELP Act (Humane Enforcement and Legal Protection for Separated Children Act)

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    Immigration enforcement has drastically increased in the United States over the last few years. And children have become victims of expanded detention and deportation policies that are carried out without adequate consideration of the consequences enforcement can have on family unity. One out of every twenty children in the U.S. faces the possibility of returning home to discover a parent has been detained or deported.

    Miguel, an eight-year-old U.S. citizen, came home from school one day to find his parents missing and his two-year-old brother alone. He didn’t know that his parents had been detained by U.S. immigration authorities and that they wouldn’t be coming home. So Miguel stayed home to take care of his brother—never knowing what happened to his mom and dad—for seven days before his grandmother arrived to help.

    While current enforcement policies do include some guidelines to protect children, these protections are by no means comprehensive or universal. As a result children—many of them U.S. citizens—have become especially vulnerable. Parents who are taken into immigration custody are rarely granted a phone call to make child care arrangements until they arrive at an immigration detention facility—sometimes days or even weeks after they were first apprehended. Miguel was home alone for so many days because of the simple lack of a policy guaranteeing his parents a phone call to arrange for someone to care for him.

    World Refugee Day: No Place Like Home

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    World Refugee Day 2010

    Reuters/Zohra Bensemra, courtesy www.alertnet.org

    The theme of this year’s World Refugee Day is “home.” Home refers to the many homes lost, destroyed, but also, hopefully, those returned to by the millions of refugees around the world who have been forced to flee due to conflict and human rights abuse. There are few things as violating as being torn or forced from one’s home, one’s corner of the world, one’s community and one’s personal possessions. Home defines us. It grounds us. It gives us a sense of place and is essential to our relationships with family, neighbors and community. It is where we feel safe. It is where we feel part of something bigger than ourselves. Our relationship with “home” is both communal and spatial and, many would say, even spiritual.

    While displaced, most refugees long for home—the routine, the safety, the communal networks and the physical space that they provide. But because the majority of refugees are displaced, on average, for seventeen years, going home even after conflicts end can be highly problematic. They often have little to go home to and even less to go home with. If we as the humanitarian community could ensure that during those many years of displacement they learn marketable skills, such as how to run a small business, construction, masonry and agricultural practices to earn an income, going home would no doubt be much less difficult. Refugees wouldn’t be sent home empty handed, but rather with cash in their pockets and skills in their hands—the very tools they need to restart their lives and rebuild their communities.

    We Must Safeguard Women Detainees against Sexual Assault

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    When I first visited the T. Don Hutto family detention facility in 2006 to monitor the treatment of the parents and children detained there I was appalled at what I found. Young children wore prison jumpsuits and played behind concertina wire on the days when they were allowed outside at all. Guards monitored their every movement and parents lived with the constant fear that should their children giggle too loud or run too fast, the family would be separated as a form of punishment. Hutto was a reflection of so many things that are wrong about immigration detention.

    In 2007, my organization, the Women's Refugee Commission, released a report, Halfway Home: Children in Immigration Custody detailing our findings at Hutto. It was soon followed by a lawsuit challenging the conditions in which children were detained. Finally, last fall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stopped detaining families at Hutto. Today there are no children inside the facility's walls. But Hutto, now home to female detainees and viewed as a model for immigration detention reform in the United States, has come under scrutiny once again – this time because a guard employed by Corrections Corporation of American (CCA, the private, for-profit company that operates the facility), has been fired for sexually assaulting multiple women inside their cells.

    "Grace Under Fire": Highlighting the Need of Reproductive Health Care in Crises

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    Lack of reproductive health care is a leading cause of death and disease among refugee and displaced women of reproductive age. Grace Under Fire is a powerful and inspiring documentary focused on promoting and improving access to life-saving reproductive health care in the war-torn eastern provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Microsoft Talks to Us About How Their KIND and Unlimited Potential Programs Help Improve the Lives of Women and Children

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    On May 6, the Women’s Refugee Commission presented Microsoft, our corporate honoree, with the 2010 Innovating for Change Voices of Courage Award. We recognized two exceptional Microsoft initiatives: Unlimited Potential and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the latter of which was formed in collaboration with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.

    Before the event, we sat down with Pamela S. Passman, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, to discuss the two initiatives being recognized at our Voices of Courage Awards luncheon. We asked Pamela to tell us about the inspiration behind the initiatives, how they grew and the impact they’ve had on women and unaccompanied immigrant children worldwide.