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.
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
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
My story for UNHCR
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
Photo credit: (c)Bradley Wong – A maternity ward in a rural hospital in Nepal
Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Hospitals are short of medicine and fuel due to a border blockade. They are cooking with firewood and delaying many surgeries. The rural areas are particularly hard hit In the midst of it, I ended up having emergency surgery. My piece for NPR.
It’s been a tough year for Nepal – huge earthquakes, thousands dead, millions homeless followed by massive strikes protesting a new constitution (the strikers have valid points!) and then an “undeclared blockade” by India the sole supplier of fuel that in very circumspect and vaguely termed ways decided to send fuel only in dribbles. Now its Dashain, the biggest holiday of the year. Here’s a tale of goats.
India’s “undeclared” blockade of Nepal has created a countrywide massive fuel shortage affecting life at all levels from driving to cooking, medical treatment and ability to assist earthquake victims. My piece for the New York Times. Every aspect of our lives is connected to fossil fuels.