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Herto Hamrash Minut, 74, sits outside his house on Sinjar Mountain, where he lives with his two wives and 12 children. Four years ago, he was kidnapped and tortured by the Islamic State for eight months. (Sam Mednick for Foreign Policy)

ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering

The defeat of the Islamic State has created a power vacuum in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, leaving the Yazidi minority at the mercy of competing militias.

Lillian Ochan, a 23-year-old refugee from Ethiopia, buys food items using bamba chakula cash from a shop in Kenya’s Kalobeyei settlement, village 2, in Kakuma on May 21. (World Food Programme/Martin Karimi)

Refuge, Reformed

Kenya has found a way to make refugee camps benefit host communities. Other countries should follow its lead.

Members of the environmental group Greenpeace hold up a sign calling for Australia to allow refugee children to stay in the country in Sydney on February 14, 2016, after a hospital in Brisbane refused to send an asylum-seeker baby back to detention on Nauru.

Australia’s Draconian Refugee Policy Comes Home to Roost

The government has gone to great lengths to keep asylum-seekers from its shores. Now it might have to accept some of them after all.

Ethnic Uigur women look through a security fence as Chinese soldiers stand guard in Urumqi, in China's far west Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China

Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border.

Rev. Franklin Graham speaks during his 'Decision America' California tour at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on May 29, 2018 in Turlock, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

White Evangelicals Have Turned on Refugees

Churches ditched visions of global salvation for a cold nativism.

Lorea Stallard and her husband, Kyle Parker, stand in front of flowers and candles placed outside the Tree of Life synagogue after a shooting there left 11 dead in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Hateful Speech Almost Always Leads to Hateful Action’

The head of the refugee resettlement group that transfixed the Pittsburgh shooter says xenophobia is rising globally.

A vigil for the victims of the Tree of Life Congregation shooting in front of the White House in Washington on Oct. 27. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

The Deadly Consequences of Dog-Whistle Politics

Eleven killed in the worst-ever attack on the U.S. Jewish community.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio (R) with party members Roberto Fico (L) and Alessandro Di Battista (C) after an election campaign meeting in Piazza del Popolo in Rome on March 2, 2018.

Italy’s Left-Wing Populists Won’t Stop the Far-Right. They’ll Strengthen It.

The Five Star Movement’s most prominent leftist, Alessandro Di Battista, is returning to politics, but don’t expect him to reverse the government’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Syrian patients receiving treatment in a basement-turned-clinic in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, on March 16, 2017.

Bashar al-Assad Is Waging Biological War—By Neglect

By deliberately destroying and degrading public health infrastructure, the Syrian regime is reviving long-eradicated diseases and killing civilians.

Honduran migrants, heading in a caravan toward the United States, walk in Metapa, Mexico, on Oct. 22. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s System for Resettling Refugees Benefits the United States

By dismantling it, Trump would leave the country—and refugees—worse off.

Families wait for care at a health center in Yemen in September. (Courtesy International Rescue Committee)

Starvation and Child Soldiers: On the Ground in Yemen

International Rescue Committee chief sees the devastation firsthand and calls on the United States to end support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Jordanian protesters wave their national flags and Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the U.S. president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 15, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan Would Turn Jordan Upside Down

If the Trump administration seeks to strip Palestinian refugees of their status, it will destabilize one of America’s closest allies in the region.

Venezuelan refugees rest on a roadside in Pacaraima, Brazil, on Aug. 20. (Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil’s Closed-Door Policy

A showdown between Brasília and the rural state of Roraima could seal the country to refugees from Venezuela.

Yemeni mourners bury the bodies of Houthis killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in Sanaa during a group funeral procession in the Yemeni capital on July 22, 2015.

America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

Washington has left a vacuum in the Middle East, letting U.S. allies do as they please—no matter how high the body count.

Hundreds of Jordanians gather to protest against a income tax bill in Amman, Jordan on June 6, 2018.  (Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Jordan Can’t Keep Up Its Double Game

By urging self-reliance at home while demanding aid from abroad, Amman has painted itself into a corner.

Pierre Krähenbühl, left, the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, meets with Palestinian students at a U.N.-run school in the southern Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

‘One Cannot Simply Wish Away 5 Million People’

The U.N. agency chief for Palestinian refugees warns funding cuts risk undermining Middle East stability.

Jay Sekulow attends event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 2014.

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Trump’s attorney is among the activists trying to strip Palestinians of their status.

Anti-immigration activists attend a protest against a group of asylum-seekers from Yemen, in Seoul on June 30, 2018. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea Is Going Crazy Over a Handful of Refugees

Feminists, the young, and Islamophobes have allied against desperate Yemenis.

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