Today is the United Nations’ International Day for People with Disabilities. To mark this day, A Drop in the Ocean wants to put some focus on refugees with disabilities, a group which is often overlooked and receives little attention.
On the 13th of November A Drop in the Ocean’s sister organization was launched in the US. Two previous volunteers, Laura Femia and Kim Proal along with A Drop in the Ocean’s Secretary General are the founders of the sister organization. After working in the middle of the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece both the American women strongly wished to shine a light and increase awareness of the conditions for refugees on the American continent.
Today is the UNs International Children’s Day, and we want to use this day to shift our focus to the children who have been forced to flee their countries. Thousands of children spend large parts of their childhood in refugee camps with their lives in limbo. For most of them, their right to education as determined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child is not being met. They lack safety and security in the camps and have no hopes or guarantees for the future. We met “Reza”*, who is 14 years old and lives in Skaramangas refugee camp. His biggest dream is that his father will get a job and that him and his sisters will get the opportunity to go to school every day, something which is considered a part of everyday life for most people. Read more about his story, life in the camp and his thoughts about the future.
This week a year ago the twingirls Lamar and Lorin landed in Norway together with the sisters Marya and Maya after being apart from their Syrian mother Abeer for 21 months. A Drop in the Ocean has previously written about Abeer and her story. Read the whole story about the long and dramatic struggle to reunite with her children and what really happened here.