23 June 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

23 June 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate World Refugee Day (20 June) with a special selection of articles on the state of refugees worldwide and also some good news stories to keep our spirits up!


1. World Refugee Day is held on 20 June each year and it “commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees”. Human Rights Watch has an overview of some of the main issues for World Refugee Day this year.


2. Did you know that 31 people are newly displaced somewhere in the world eery minute of the day? “In 2017, the number of people forcibly from their homes worldwide came at a record rate of 44,400 every day. Fuelled in large part by the new crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Myanmar, as well as the ongoing conflict in Syria, this population swelled by a net 2.9 million last year, raising the cumulative total to 68.5 million at the year’s end. It means the world’s forcibly displaced population has now overtaken that of the United Kingdom and reached another record high.” Read the full story from the United Nations Refugee Agency Global Trends Forced Displacement Report for 2017. The Independent also gives an excellent overview of the current state for refugees around the world.


3. Here’s three things we’ve learned since last World Refugee Day – the numbers are higher than ever before; Venezuela saw a mass exodus of people (largely unreported in the mainstream media); lots of wealthy countries are under pressure from citizens to close their borders. Pretty grim really!


4. Not only is the number of refugees at an all time high, but most of those affected are women and children. The Conversation highlights the importance of women-focused support organisations and explores the political protests in 2018.


5. Following on from this, the UN Refugee Agency shares some of the stories from women refugees as their reflect on their homes and hopes for their future through the medium of photography. These are wonderfully moving and inspirational stories.


6. It’s not possible to talk about the refugee crisis without reflecting on the horrific treatment of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention programs. The Guardian looks at those who have died in Australia’s care.


7. If you or any of your friends and family are struggling to understand what it means to be a refugee, then check out this little TEDEd lesson from Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman.


8. There are some great new initiative in Sweden helping refugees to learn new skills. the Zurich based company, Social Fabric, is providing dressmaking and tailoring classes for refugees to gain new skills.


9. The suburb of Eltham in Melbourne faced some pretty serious resistance to the arrival of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. But a community group, Welcome to Eltham, formed to provide support and challenge the protests from far right groups.


10. It’s not often we get good news from those who have no choice but to live in refugee camps but Asad Hussein’s story is certainly one of those. Hussein has lived in one of the world’ largest refugee camps, the Davaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya, for his whole life. And now after having worked hard in his schooling he has been accepted to Princeton University on a full scholarship. Princeton is attempting to diversity their student body by offering a range of scholarships to high academic achieves like Hussein.


Great to have your company again this week. See you next week!