refugee camps

There aren't many moments in time when we journalists can feel proud of our profession - it gets such a bad press itself! But the recent and ongoing refugee crisis is just such one of those snapshots in time when reporters and photographers simply doing their jobs have changed attitudes and affected political thinking.
After leaving the camp, we walked again down desolate roads, hemmed in by huge grey fences, towards the town. We were silenced by what we had seen. I walked a few steps ahead for a moment as I fought back tears.
A person who doesn't communicate is like a person who is imprisoned. They are excluded from the outside world, without information. They don't hear any news.
Huddled for warmth around trash-fed campfires, the refugees eat their scant dinner: a can of beans or green peas and a few slices of bread, if they are lucky, if a relief organization somehow managed that day to get through the locked gates and barbed wire of bureaucracy...
For two years in Syria the conflict, which fractured Heshan's family, put a stop to celebrations, and this year in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq there isn't the money or the spirit to mark the occasion. "It's not a special day anymore. It just happens and no-one notices," his mother, Naslya, tells me. "There is no life in this tent."
While technology takes center stage in the world of Refugees United and our mission to reconnect separated refugee families, it is but an enabler.
Why should you care? Because 43 million people are displaced today, with millions of refugees looking for missing family. Because this is a crisis Refugees United and partners have the ability to end. Because you might learn a thing or two, and help us better tackle this global problem.