There's a new children's book that couldn't be more relevant right now. Alan Gratz wrote a book called "Refugee" that just came out a few days ago from Scholastic. Publisher's Weekly even gave it a…starred review, saying it is "filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises…" So, why is it getting so much praise? Well, it's about three kids from all over the world who are refugees who simply trying to survive… >> Read More
The other day while I was getting Botox, children were gassed to death in Syria.
Then, while I spent the rest of that evening googling the best anti-fog sunglasses, and debating switching from an…Apple Watch to a Garmin, a father held his dead twins. I saw their picture on CNN the next day. I clicked away, took a deep breath and returned to the image. The toddler looked like mine; he had strawberry blonde hair. I’m deep in the trenches of the first world. Very, very deep. I… >> Read More
During our last snow day, my 4-and-a-half-year-old took tubes and cardboard out of the recycle bin, decorated them, taped them together and started marching around the living room. When I asked him…what he was doing, he answered, “I’m having a protest.” About what, he couldn’t say, but I think it is a sign of the times that this is what he is interested in re-creating. He has yet to attend a real-world rally, but he sees my husband and me and his brother going to them,… >> Read More
Editor's Note: Names have been changed to protect privacy and safety.
When I met them back in 2014, Dorri and Farah had just arrived from Tehran. As a lesbian couple, living an open life in the…Islamic Republic of Iran was not an option for them. After receiving several threats, Dorri and Farah sold everything and left the country. Luckily, Dorri had an uncle here in the United States, so they were able to move in with him. Knowing only very basic English and less than a handful of people, their… >> Read More
The Syrian refugee crisis seems to have fallen out of our collective conscious (that is, until somebody compared refugees to Skittles). But the problem still rages on--and there's one new amazing…project that you may not know about. Recently, ABC News partnered with UNICEF on a project called "This is Home," which gave kids in the Syrian refugee camp, Za'atari, cameras to document what their daily lives are like. Here are some of the pictures they took at the camp in Jordan, with summaries of their captions translated from Arabic into English: You… >> Read More