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Posts from September 2019

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: September 27, 2019

In September, a 21-month-old baby and his mother were found dead in South Texas. Idalia Yamileth Herrera Hernandez and her young son had traveled from Honduras and applied for asylum in the United States. Under the new “Remain in Mexico” policy, they were sent back to Matamoros to wait for a hearing. After two months of waiting in Mexico, sleeping in shelters or on the streets, Idalia decided to risk crossing the Rio Grande to join her husband and children in North Carolina. She never made it across. 

They are just two of thousands who have been killed or injured either in immigrant...

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: September 27, 2019

People fleeing violence or danger in their home countries should be welcomed with compassion – not confronted by overwhelming obstacles to seeking asylum. But the Trump administration has repeatedly imposed new restrictions on asylum seekers, making it even harder for people to claim protection in the United States.

Take action today: Tell Congress to protect asylum seekers! 

Here are some of the ways the administration has sought to dismantle the asylum system – and how these...

By: Zareen Kamal
Published: September 26, 2019

When I was a preschool teacher at a community-based center last year, we began serving a growing number of refugee and immigrant children and families, some of whom were Muslim. As the only Muslim teacher there, I noticed how other adults at the school made assumptions about cultural differences in a genuine attempt to understand why some students behaved the way they did: “In their culture, they aren’t allowed to...” 

When I visited a Muslim-majority public high school in the same neighborhood, the staff was having a difficult time explaining to non-Muslim students why...

By: Zaina Kisongoa
Published: September 24, 2019

Debt cancellation is critical to build peace and alleviate poverty in Somalia. 

When you think of Somalia, some of the most severe humanitarian challenges in the world may come to mind. The country continues to endure violence, extreme poverty, acute food shortages, political instability, economic underdevelopment, human rights abuses, and recurring natural disasters, such as droughts and floods that lead to famine.  

But that is not the whole story.

Since 2008, AFSC has worked with local partners in Somalia to help young people develop conflict resolution skills and...

Published: September 19, 2019

Entering Gaza Photo: Lucy Duncan/AFSC

Disclaimer: This piece represents the views of the author and not necessarily the views of AFSC as an organization.

This month a European court has removed the name of Hamas from the list of “terrorist organizations”. It is time we worked to see...

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