Posts tagged “global humanitarian aid”

  • World Refugee Day

    June 20, 2013

    Today is World Refugee Day, a day meant to bring awareness to the roughly 15 million refugees and 45 million forcibly displaced people currently worldwide. These figures are the highest since 1994. The Syrian crisis is a significant contributor to the escalating numbers, with Syria the fifth highest source of refugees in 2012. The U.N. estimates that 3.5 million people will have fled Syria by the end of 2013. Four-year-old Shahad, a Syrian refugee now living in Lebanon, has become the U.N.’s face of Word Refugee Day.


    In September 2012, a bomb destroyed Shahad’s home in the city of Hama and two of her siblings were killed. Her family fled to Lebanon where they now live in a half-constructed building shared by 650 other refugees.

    Shahad’s father worries for his daughter, saying “She has seen fighter planes, artillery, missiles. There is nothing she has not seen.”

    Children under the age of 18 make up approximately 46% of the world’s refugees–a conservative estimate when considering new births that go unrecorded.

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  • Raoul Peck “Fatal Assistance” Screening

    June 20, 2013

    7S basic
    Raoul Peck “Fatal Assistance” Screening
    part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival
    Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:30pm
    Film Society of Lincoln Center
    144 West 65th St.
    New York, NY
    Thursday, June 20 @ 7pm
    IFC Center
    323 6th Ave. at West 3rd St.
    New York, NY

    Raoul Peck will be at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday, June 19 and at the  IFC Film Center on Thursday, June 20 to present the U.S. premiere of his new documentary Fatal Assistance.

    Peck is an award-winning Haitian-born filmmaker, and in Fatal Assistance he leads us through the two-year process of colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. The film dives headfirst into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the impact of global humanitarian aid, revealing the disturbing extent to which these aid efforts were a failure. Through this film the viewer learns that a large portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never actually received, and the grand plans for  reconstruction largely failed to materialize. 

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