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CIHC and IIHA Team on Syria and the Refugee Crisis

In a recent article for The Huffington PostCIHC Board Member Lord David Owen emphasizes that Turkey has the potential to be a “crucial balancing factor in Syria by taking urgent humanitarian action with their troops and air power in relieving the siege of Aleppo,” as long as the world helps. Lord Owen also authored an article for the Guardian, “Peace in Syria is possible. Here’s how it can be achieved,” in which he echoes his claim that the “humanitarian imperative is for the region to act and the world to help.”
 
Meanwhile, the ongoing conflict in Syria continues to force people out of their homes and across borders into cities and refugee camps. In an editorial for the BMJ, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D., (IDHA 16) turns the focus to the current refugee crisis and explores how the crisis presents a paradox to healthcare providers: “Our efforts will always exacerbate the problem of ‘the camp’: the better the services are in a camp, the more people it attracts, reducing the pressure on other states to accept refugees for longer term resettlement.” He suggests healthcare workers find the balance between meeting immediate medical needs, while resisting becoming the mechanism by which the mass containment of people is justified.

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IIHA to Co-Host Screening of Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis on 10/17

Fontline Doctors 10.17Join Fordham’s Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), and the UNICEF, No Lost Generation, and Arabic Clubs for a screening of Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis with Alexander van Tulleken, M.D.! View the flyer to learn more!
Interested in reading more about Dr. van Tulleken’s experience in creating the documentary? Read his blog post! 
 

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IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Authors Editorial for the BMJ

BMJ Cover PhotoThe UN estimates that 65 million people in the world today have been displaced by violence or armed conflict. In this editorial for the BMJ, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D., explores how the refugee crisis presents a paradox to healthcare providers: “Our efforts will always exacerbate the problem of ‘the camp’: the better the services are in a camp, the more people it attracts, reducing the pressure on other states to accept refugees for longer term resettlement.” He suggests healthcare workers find the balance between meeting immediate medical needs, while resisting becoming the mechanism by which the mass containment of people is justified.

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IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow featured guest at “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis” Screening in London

AvT Screening in UKTo mark World Refugee Day 2016,Doctors of the World UK hosted a unique screeningof the acclaimed BBC documentary “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis” at the art deco Ciné Lumière, part of the Institut français in South Kensington and recently voted in the top 10 London cinemas by Vogue (March 2016).

In this gripping documentary, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken M.D. (IDHA 16) and his twin brother Christoffer Rudolphe van Tulleken M.D., travel from Lesbos, through the Balkans, to Calais and Dunkirk, spending time with medics, charities and volunteers who respond to the serious medical and human needs of refugees across Europe.

The documentary was followed by a Q&A discussion with Chris and Xand, both highly qualified doctors and Doctors of the World UK Board Members.

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Stories From the Field: Greek Diaries

Have you read the IIHA’s Stories from the Field? In the latest featured piece, Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) Course Director Lynne Jones shares with us the experience of her time in the migrant encampments in Greece.

The Greek Diaries – Lynne Jones

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Fordham News covers IIHA Event on persecuted religious minorities

A Call to Arms for Vanishing Religious Minorities

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IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 2

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted and hosted by IIHA in second part of April 2016. Check out “IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 1” for more event summaries.

 

  • April 15, 2016 | Refugees: From Liability to Opportunity with Kilian Kleinschmidt
    Hosted by: SWITxBOARD and The New School

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 4.00.57 PMGlobal networker and humanitarian expert Kilian Kleinschmidt spoke at The New School on how technology, innovation, and inclusion can reframe the discourse on refugees, current approaches to humanitarian relief, and refugee and migration management.

Following a 25 year UN career working in humanitarian relief in conflict areas around the world, Mr. Kleinschmidt founded the Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA) to foster the use of technology and sustainable management in refugee response and humanitarian relief. This approach emphasizes organized management of migration and treats refugees as agents with ambition. In his most recent role as UNHCR Field Manager and ‘mayor’ of Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, he worked to transform the camp into an environment that cultivates livelihoods, supports local initiatives, and fosters community in what evolved into a self-determined city.

Mr. Kleinschmidt discussed his views on the IPA approach, the future of humanitarian relief, and the challenges facing the international system.

 

  • April 16, 2016 | SWITxBOARD and IPA USA Launch Party in Partnership With Techfugees
    Hosted by: SWITxBOARD

Founded by Kilian Kleinschmidt, the former ‘mayor’ of Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan following a 25+ year UN career, the Innovation & Planning Agency (IPA) matches technological, social, financial and spatial innovations with the needs, talents and skills of dispossessed populations in several service lines: Project Development, Incubator Hubs, Consulting, Social Design, Academy, and Ventures. At the core of IPA is SWITxBOARD, a digital platform to connect the world’s capacity with the wold’s needs. IPA is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

Techfugees was created as a tech community response to the European refugee crisis, involving a network of concerned individuals and organizations. They act as the conduit to tech companies, investors, and NGOs – bridging the gap between the agility and innovation of tech sector to the expertise of NGO’s on the ground.

 

  • April 29, 2016 | “The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands” with Klaus Wivel
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

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Klaus Wivel is a Danish journalist and the New York correspondent for Weekendavisen, one of Denmark’s most prestigious newspapers. He has written on a wide range of topics and often focuses on Israel-Palestine and the Middle East. Alarmed by scant attention paid to the hardships endured by the 7.5 million Christians in the Middle East, journalist Wivel traveled to Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories on a quest to learn more about their fate. With the increase of religious violence in the past few years, Wivel’s book The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands is a prescient and unsettling account of a severely beleaguered religious group living, so it seems, on borrowed time. Wivel asks: “Why have we not done more to protect these people?”

In his lecture to faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University, Wivel noted that in 1900, the population of Christians was approximately 10 percent but is currently 4 percent in some of the countries he visited. He cited the rise of extreme Islam and persecution of Christian minorities as main reasons why Christians are leaving the area. Despite these gradual yet considerable movements of people, Wivel highlighted the continuing lack of attention being drawn to the persecution of Christian in Arab Lands and the contributing factors such as security and competing religious and political interests. While there are no easy answers, Wivel suggested a multilateral coalition focusing on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and providing more humanitarian aid in the short-term to marginalized populations.

Fordham News recently featured an article on Wivel’s lecture, and coupled it with the closely related event, “Endangered: Religious Minorities in the Middle East and Their Struggle for Survival,” hosted by Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture (CRC).

 

Charles Mario Russell gave a presentation on selected topics regarding immigration and asylum law. Mario Russell is the Director for Immigrant and Refugee Services (Senior Attorney) at Catholic Charities and an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University Law. Mario Russell principally conducts and supervises federal administrative and U.S. Court of Appeals litigation for asylum seekers and immigrants. Mario has served as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hungary and Poland and has advised the National Commission on Migration in Thailand. Mario is a frequent lecturer and panelist on refugee and immigration law and litigation at national and regional conferences and trainings by organizations such as the New York Immigration Coalition and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

This event is part of an on going series of presentations in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition “What This Journey Breeds” in the Ildiko Butler Gallery, Lincoln Center Campus, May 31 to September 30, 2016.

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Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken On Public Health And The Refugee Crisis

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.45.23 PMIIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Dr. Alexander van Tulleken (IDHA 16) was recently back in the news as keynote speaker of a session on “Providing Best Healthcare During the European Refugee Crisis – Mobilising Health and Care Support Services” during the four day International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. van Tulleken spoke about the migrant crisis in Europe and focused on how to help deliver health services to the most vulnerable people across the migration route. He was also recently featured in an article written for the Fordham Political Review, “Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken” that gives an outline of his work as a doctor and humanitarian, as well as on his most recent documentary “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis.” You can find more on Dr. Van Tulleken’s most recent work on the IIHA blog.

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IIHA Event Series Featured Resources & Articles

In line with IIHA’s Spring Event Series “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century”, below are some articles for further reading regarding the ongoing migration crisis.

Devex | Calais: A humanitarian ‘no man’s land’?

Many of the aid organizations that specialize in setting up and running refugee camps can’t go to Calais. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) lack the mandate to work in France. In their place, volunteer organizations and a smattering of international aid groups have set up shop amidst the endless tarpaulin and scrap metal shelters. Current active organizations include MSF, ACTED, Medecins du Monde, Care 4 Calais, and L’auberge des Migrants.

Devex spent two days in the camp shadowing aid workers and volunteers, asking what the Calais jungle means for the global humanitarian system, watch the video on their website.

Fordham Political Review | Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees

Fordham Political Review Editor, Katherine Labonte spoke with IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D. about his recent documentary and his thoughts and opinions of the ongoing migration crisis. Read the interview in the Fordham Political Review.

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IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 1

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. The IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted and hosted by the IIHA in first part of April 2016. Check back at the end of the month for “IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 2” for more event summaries.

  • April 5, 2016 | Documentary screening: Refugee Kids: One Small School takes on the World
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

2016-04-05 18.59.46Refugee Kids: One Small School takes on the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program organized by the International Rescue Committee for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.

The film screening was followed by a Q&A session hosted by the film’s directors, Renee Silverman and Peter Miller. The directors spoke about their decision to use the children’s illustrations as a medium through which they were able to communicate the difficult realities of their stories. In particular, the illustrations provided a glimpse through the eyes of children, while preserving the dignity and humanity of each child.

  • April 8-10, 2016 | Association of Pratical Theology Biennial Conference

Hosted by: Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education – Fordham University

The Association of Practical Theology at Fordham University hosted its 33rd biennial conference; the theme of the conference was “Live, Move, and Have Being: Migration and Pracitical Theology.” The conference addressed how “the life-altering dislocations and relocations of many kinds of migration move our world today” and “how might practical theology engage migration so as to foster the ability to ‘live, move, and have being’ (Acts 17:28)?” The conference program consisted of tours of the United Nation, research sessions, and even included a session at a tattoo parlor in the Bronx.

unnamedIn 2016 the International Forum traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme for the conference was “Change. Save. Sustain. In Partnership with Patients”. The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is one of the world’s largest gatherings of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety.

IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander Van Tulleken, M.D. spoke on the keynote panel on Tuesday, April 13. The panel, entitled “Providing Best Healthcare During the European Refugee Crisis – Mobilising Health and Care Support Services” focused on sharing learning on delivering health services to the most vulnerable across the migration route. An analysis of the pan-European experience of access to healthcare for migrants and the challenges of meeting the needs of refugees and migrants arriving in Sweden was presented.

Watch the video of Dr. Van Tulleken’s panel on the International Forum’s website.

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With the Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. This film is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and an aid worker fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the second largest refugee camp in the world. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

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