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The Forgotten Refugee Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Written by Sixtine Berquist. Published on July 2, 2018. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has faced decades of violence, leading to the displacement of Congolese citizens. Yet, the crisis has remained largely unnoticed by the international community as its effects remain within the African continent. The current crisis took hold in the 1990s when the DRC was internationally recognized as Zaire and governed by President Mobutu Sese Seko. As the Rwandan genocide subsided in 1994, many Rwandan refugees and Hutu militia continued to flee into Zaire.

Sudanese Education Crisis Rooted in Civil War

Written by Katherine Miller. Published on June 25, 2018. Prior to the secession of South Sudan in 2011, Sudan was the largest African country, with a land area that marked the country as the 15th largest in the world.[1] The origins of the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan are complex, and partly date back to the colonial era when Sudan's former British rulers gave the north power over the unified country. South Sudan’s population is mostly Christian, while Sudan is predominantly Muslim and Arab. 

An Unmet Need: Higher Education in South Sudan

Written by Katherine Miller. Published on June 18, 2018. South Sudan was once part of Sudan, the country to its north. To understand the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan one must examine their historical roots dating as far back as the middle ages.

Security Challenges in Iraq Threaten Education Pursuits

Written by Nele Feldmann. Published on June 11, 2018. A legacy of colonialism, military coups, the Iran-Iraq War from 1980-1988, the Gulf War in 1990, and the US-led invasion in 2003 have deeply destabilized Iraq and created a divided and conflict-torn state.[1] The polarization of Iraq’s various ethnic groups, competing political interests, and the volatile situation in the region have further deteriorated the security situation and the country’s battle against ISIS has been devastating to the Iraqi people.

Job Opportunity at University of the People (2)

University of the People is a member of the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis.

Bilingual Arabic/English Project Director

Institution:  University of the People

Location:  Flexible (work from home)

Job Opportunity at University of the People

University of the People is a member of the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis.

Bilingual Arabic/English Instructional Designer

Institution:  University of the People

Location:  Flexible (work from home)

The Ghost of Migration, Student Exhibition at Bard College Berlin

On May 15, Bard College Berlin held a student exhibition entitled I am the Ghost. A member of IIE’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, the university works to help support displaced students to continue their higher education. During this event, students were invited to share their migration experience through art. Some of the student’s works have been shared in this article.

IIE's Information Platform for Refugees PEER Expands to 10 Countries

Originally published by The Pie News and reprinted with permission.

PEER, the IIE’s platform listing information on scholarship and education opportunities for displaced students, is expanding to reach out to 10 countries.

Originally offering information for Syrian students, the platform will now expand to include information for students from other countries - Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Yemen.

Education in Times of War: How Decades of Conflict Impacted Afghanistan's Higher Education System

Written by Nele Feldmann. Published on June 4, 2018. For more than 35 years, Afghanistan has been in a state of protracted conflict. From the Soviet invasion in December 1979 to the civil war that followed the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 to the Taliban talking over control in 1996 and the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, armed conflict characterizes Afghanistan’s modern history. The ongoing violence in Afghanistan has hurt Afghan society, caused extreme poverty, and led to millions of internally and externally displaced people.