Refugee experiences

Natalie Kononenko & Asad Makhani: The refugee family – Issue of adjustment (Video)

Dr. Natalie Kononenko is Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography and Professor of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and Asad Makhani is an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta. Learn more about Dr. Kononenko's research here.

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Yannis Bacalis: I Am Human: Reflections from the Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Summer 2015)

The recent terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and France are some of the many attacks connected to ISIL and the ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which resulted in millions of displaced people and refugees fleeing to protect their families. Unfortunately, 4.5 years have passed by and a solution on how to decrease violations of human rights and enforce security and protect civilians has yet not been fully identified. This article is based on my research and the field work conducted in Iraq during the summer of 2015...

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Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika & Sophie Yohani: Some reflections on psychosocial supports for refugees (Video)

Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika is a Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, and Dr. Sophie Yohani is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. You can learn more about Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika's research on this page, and Dr. Yohani's research here.

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Mai-Linh Huynh: Speech for St. Edmund’s Parish fundraising event (November 13, 2015)

Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here before you as testimony of what hope can achieve.

I was born a refugee with no place to call home. I was born stateless. For about a year, my family and I lived in a refugee camp, in a shanty tent with a dirt floor on which we slept. We had no money and no material belongings. All that was sustaining us was hope. Hope that there was a better life than the one we left behind in Vietnam.

Tonight, I'll be sharing a story about a Vietnamese refugee family — my family — and their heroic feats to find a new life, and of a church community from northern SK who reached out to my family and gave us hope for a better life here in Canada...

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