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Today is #WorldRefugeeDay. Tens of millions of people have been driven from their homes because of war, violence, and persecution.

Share this post if you agree the world needs to do more today, and every day, to help refugees.

“The raw, heartbreaking film, directed by the Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani, shows the double threat of a broken judicial system and ingrained oppressive and sexist attitudes. But the uplifting ending offers a glimmer of hope.” The @nytimes picks “A Thousand Girls Like Me” as one of the must-see films at the @hrwfilmfestival #NYC. Get your tickets to see it today & tomorrow and meet the filmmaker! bit.ly/HRWFFathousandgirls

We want to hear from you: What does the word ‘refugee’ mean to you? World Refugee Day is June 20. Millions of people around the world are refugees, most of them fleeing war and other extreme circumstances, and desperately attempting to find protection for themselves and their families. We are committed to sharing their stories and we’re asking you to show your support. On June 20, we’ll be devoting this feed to refugees worldwide. Tell us what ‘refugee’ means to you and tag your response with #iStandWithRefugees. We’ll be looking for the best responses and reposting them to this page. Write your answers and take a photo, with the hashtag #iStandWithRefugees. Stand with us as we stand for the many that need their voices heard. #iStandWithRefugees

White House chief of staff John Kelly said we shouldn’t worry about these kids because they’ll be “put into foster care or whatever.” “Whatever” seems to be what they’re aiming for, judging from their treatment of children and their parents in McAllen, Texas. Some of these kids aren’t out of diapers. When Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission checked in on a girl estimated by US Customs and Border Protection to be 2, she discovered that a group of teenage girls had been taking turns caring for her for three days. She said that CBP officials had done nothing more than check off the girl’s name at roll call. President Donald Trump has all but admitted he’s using family separation as a negotiating tactic to get immigration legislation he wants. That’s reprehensible. Kids shouldn’t be used as political pawns. And “whatever” isn’t an acceptable policy response when the government separates children from their families. (📷: John Moore/Getty)

“I decided that no matter what, I would return to school. I took the 3000 shillings I had and wore the shoes my friend gave me. I went to the school and explained my situation to the principal. He told me I could stay and study, and pay the fees whenever I could.” After returning from school, “Evelina,” 17, picks up her daughter “Hope.” Evelina is a Form 2 student at a girls-only school in Migori county, western Kenya. the school supports her by finding donors to contribute to her tuition fees, which she cannot always afford.

Borrowing shoes and handing over her life savings, Evelina is fighting for her future.

#leavenogirlbehind

Photographs by Smita Sharma @smitashrm

We want to hear from you: What does the word ‘refugee’ mean to you? World Refugee Day is June 20. Millions of people around the world are refugees, most of them fleeing war and other extreme circumstances, and desperately attempting to find protection for themselves and their families. We are committed to sharing their stories and we’re asking you to show your support. On June 20, we’ll be devoting this feed to refugees worldwide. Tell us what ‘refugee’ means to you and tag your response with #iStandWithRefugees. We’ll be looking for the best responses and reposting them to this page. Write your answers and take a photo, with the hashtag #iStandWithRefugees. Stand with us as we stand for the many that need their voices heard. #iStandWithRefugees

"The Distant Barking of Dogs may very well be one of the most haunting films of the year. It certainly is one of the best films at the #HRWFFNY. It probably is one of the best films about children and war I've seen" Unseen Films reviews the powerful and moving “The Distant Barking of Dogs”. If you are in #NYC, don’t miss it at the @hrwfilmfestival today and tomorrow @filmlinc & @ifccenter + Q&A with the filmmaker: bit.ly/HRWFFdistantbarking

“I decided that however high I could reach, I would reach. Those who study are able to determine their own lives.”
“Angela,” 20, walks with her son and her mother near her home after returning from school in Migori county, western Kenya. She is a Form 4 student at a girls-only school. Angela became pregnant when her trainee teacher offered to pay some of her primary school fees in return for sex. Her father tried to marry her off to suitors after she gave birth, but Angela’s mother fought against this and supported her return to school. She wants to go to college and study nursing.
Angela is defying the odds and giving other girls hope. #leavenogirlbehind
Photographs by Smita Sharma @smitashrm

The Week in Numbers:
25 countries in the world allow same-sex marriage.
100+ protestors in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30.
31 days ago, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov began a hunger strike behind bars in Russia.
At least 137K people were displaced by fighting in the Syrian city of Afrin.
28 countries have changed their abortion laws since 2000.

The small Pacific Island of Kiribati will be wiped off the earth soon due to climate change. Despite the local leaders' efforts, the international community continues to ignore the threat. Take action and join the conversation with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz tonight and June 18 @hrwfilmfestival #NYC: http://bit.ly/HRWFFanotesark #HRWFFNY

We want to hear from you: What does the word ‘refugee’ mean to you? World Refugee Day is June 20. Millions of people around the world are refugees, most of them fleeing war and other extreme circumstances, and desperately attempting to find protection for themselves and their families. We are committed to sharing their stories and we’re asking you to show your support. On June 20, we’ll be devoting this feed to refugees worldwide. Tell us what ‘refugee’ means to you and tag your response with #iStandWithRefugees. We’ll be looking for the best responses and reposting them to this page. Write your answers and take a photo, with the hashtag #iStandWithRefugees. Stand with us as we stand for the many that need their voices heard. #iStandWithRefugees

Brutal attacks on Roma people, LGBT people, and rights activists have been on the rise in recent months in Ukraine. The government has taken little action in response, which cannot but embolden and encourage the attackers.

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