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“Some days I Just have to listen”: A family therapist works with Syrian refugees

As a family therapist, Zeynep Kapisiz works with Syrian refugees in the Turkish city of Izmir. Her patients, mostly children traumatized by war’s violence and suffering ,are more likely to develop psychological disorders, become victims of violence, be forced into child marriages and recruited into armed groups. Here’s my profile of a young woman who faces at times seemingly unsurmountable challenges and tries to find a way to guide and help.

http://unicef.org.tr/basinmerkezidetay.aspx?id=32763&dil=en

During the cold winter months, debit cards bring warmth to the most vulnerable Syrian children

Ranya, a Syrian refugee who lives in Kilis, a town on the Syrian border, is homeless and her children are forced to beg for a living. But this winter, a UNICEF debit card is making it possible for her to buy clothes and shoes for her children. My piece for #UNICEF

http://www.unicef.org.tr/basinmerkezidetay.aspx?id=22757&d=1&dil=en

Syrian teenager flees guns and wins chance to study in Turkey

Photo caption: Chemical engineering student Rawan, 19, from Syria, has qualified for one of UNHCR’s DAFI scholarships and will complete her tertiary education in Turkey.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal

My piece for UNHCR

http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2016/10/5808cbc74/syrian-teenager-flees-guns-wins-chance-study-turkey.html

Mother’s dedication inspires 20-year-old to academic success in Turkey

 

My story for UNHCR

http://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2016/10/57f262964/mothers-dedication-inspires-20-year-old-academic-success-turkey.html

Photo:Fatima (left) and and fellow student Rawan take a moment to relax in the park. Fatima is hoping to study for a masters and a PhD, and plans to returns to Syria when the war is over.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal

Doggone It, Why Do They Make It So Hard To Take A Pooch On A Plane?

From Kenya, to Nepal to Turkey — our dog Biko has experienced the red tape and complexities of international travel. Here’s a dog’s tale. My story for NPR.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/10/473504035/doggone-it-why-do-they-make-it-so-hard-to-take-a-pooch-on-a-plane

This picture of Biko was taken on the southern edge of the Kathmandu Valley during one of our regular weekend hikes. We were stopped on this knoll, watching a traditional Newar funeral procession.