Climate change is a refugee issue too
By Colette Pichon Battle and Jeff Blum

Experts estimate that by 2050, between 50 million and 200 million people could be displaced because of climate change. But while that seems far off, climate displacement isn’t something out of a science fiction movie. It’s happening today.

Many residents of the Gulf Coast are still displaced from the storms of 2005, the most active hurricane year on record. And in January of this year, for the first time ever, the federal governmentallocated funds to relocate residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island community in south Louisiana that will most likely be underwater in the next few decades due to the effects of climate change, sea level rise and other human-induced erosion.

Newlyweds Skip Traditional Banquet to Feed Thousands of Refugees

After saying “I do,” most newlyweds pose for pictures, toast with champagne, and sit down to a luxurious meal with family and friends. Instead of being wined and dined, one couple decided to serve meals to those in need.

Enlisting their friends to dole out dinner from food trucks, Turkish couple Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat celebrated their new life together by dining with 4,000 Syrian refugees. And they didn’t just serve the guests—the couple used the money that would have been spent on a traditional banquet dinner to throw a party for a group, The Telegraph reports

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I get sick to my stomach knowing that people are openly sharing pictures of that Syrian boy who drowned ashore to raise a point about refugee issues. The nerve of some photographer to snap a dead body and then commercialize the photo is insanely absurd and disgusting. Stop sharing that freaking photo.

Greece, Idomeni : Children lie on railway track as they hold banners reading “Open the border” during a demonstration near the makeshift camp close to the Greek village of Idomeni by the Greek-Macedonian border where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped by the Balkan border blockade, on March 12, 2016. Greece aims to deal swiftly with the migrant overflow at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border where some 12,000 people are camping in miserable conditions waiting to cross. Conditions in the camp have worsened since four Balkan countries shut their borders on March 8 and 9, closing off the main route to wealthy northern Europe trodden by hundreds of thousands of migrants in the last two years. / AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDIS                        

Malala Yousafzai is the girl who was shot by the Taliban because she stood up for education.  She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and became the youngest person to ever win this prize. When she became 18, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. (Read more about this amazing girl here.)

By now, you’ve probably seen the photo of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old refugee from Syria who died with his 5-year-old brother and mother after their small rubber boat capsized on its way to Greece. You might remember his velcro shoes. His red shirt. His lifeless body lying face down in the sand.

The image has opened a debate about the ethics of publishing photos of children suffering and dying. But regardless of one’s position, the photo is now part of a tradition — another iconic image of a child that has shaped our understanding of global events and that will likely live on in our minds for years to come.

In 2000, former Washington Post photographer Carol Guzy spent time at a refugee camp in Albania during the Kosovo crisis and took a photo that won the Pulitzer Prize — one of four in her career. It depicts a young boy being passed through a barbed wire fence at the border.

“It’s actually a joyful photo,” Guzy says. “Families that had escaped ethnic cleansing did not know if their loved ones had survived or not, were lined up on along that fence.” When one family saw their relatives on the other side of the barbed wire, they celebrated and handed their young children back and forth while waiting to be reunited.

Guzy says images of children are particularly moving. “It’s something about being completely at the mercy of events happening around you, and being unable to protect yourself — children especially — that reaches the heart and soul of people,” she says.

An Image Of A Child Can Change The Way We See The World

Top image: Family members, reunited after fleeing Kosovo, pass 2-year-old Agim Shala through the barbed wire fence into the hands of his grandparents at a camp in Albania. The photo was taken on March 3, 1999.Carol Guzy/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Bottom image: James Dorbor, age 8, was suspected of having Ebola. Medical staff in protective gear carried him into a treatment center on September 5, 2014, in Monrovia, Liberia.Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images