Stories we read this fall

In the first edition of this blog, Stories we read this summer, we focused on articles that made human sense of refugee crises of incomprehensible scale. This time around, we do the same but add a dose of opinion.

The world’s worst refugee emergency since the Second World War continues to emanate from Syria and neighbouring Iraq. The revised estimate of refugees generated since the 2011 start of civil war in Syria is 3.8 million.

Not everyone needs to be resettled in a new home outside the region, but many do. Many more than the roughly 43,500 people who have so far been accepted for resettlement worldwide.

In the meantime, people are eking out a living mostly in overfull and resource-stretched countries in the region. Others are making dangerous and costly trips farther afield like across the Mediterranean.

Here are some of their stories:

Dodging death on the Mediterranean
Scott Simmie for the Toronto Star
November 7, 2014

Syrian refugees leave Bulgaria for German limbo
Krasimir Yankov for Deutsche Welle
November 28, 2014

The Vortex
Robin Wright for The New Yorker
December 8, 2014

Syria war refugees’ key role in telling the story
Kevin Connolly for BBC
November 12, 2014

The loss of a nation
The Economist
October 23, 2014

Giving Faces to Turkey’s 1.6 Million ‘Temporary’ Syrian Refugees
Allen McDuffee for The Atlantic
November 23, 2014

Colouring it beautiful: artists on the loose in a refugee camp – in pictures
The Guardian
November 20, 2014

Syrian Kurd refugee families living in Suruç in southern Turkey – in pictures
The Guardian
October 29, 2014

Syria’s centenarian refugees
October 8, 2014



Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive
Melissa Fleming for TED
October 2014

Do NOT give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
Michael Enright for CBC
December 7, 2014

Canada’s closed door policy for Syrian refugees
Peter Goodspeed for Al Jazeera
November 2, 2014