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10 Jun 2016 description

By Michael Holtz, Staff writer

KATHMANDU, NEPAL — This story was designed to be read on the Monitor's long-form platform. Click here for that version.

On a cool spring day last year, Dorje Lama was playing soccer at the brick kiln where he worked when the ground began to shake. It turned out to be a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the worst in Nepal’s history, which would claim the lives of 9,000 people and lurch Kathmandu 10 feet south.

04 Jun 2016 description

By Olivia Lowenberg

Europe has been gripped by some of the heaviest rainfall in decades. In some of the hardest-hit parts of the continent, asylum-seekers are assisting with the cleanup.

As floodwaters sweep through Europe, some refugees are pitching in to help with the disaster relief efforts.

"We know what it means to live in a crisis area and to lose your home," Syrian Naja Al Hassas told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, as he assisted with clean-up in In the German town of Simbach am Inn.

26 May 2016 description

By Scott Peterson

With more Syrians choosing to, or forced to, stay in Turkey, an already overburdened state bureaucracy is trying to accommodate a burgeoning urban refugee population.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — From the heart of this sprawling megacity to its overflowing distant suburbs, Syrians are finding lifelines in hole-in-the-wall service centers as they seek a way to Europe – or are forced to stop, exhausted often out of cash and out of hope.

19 May 2016 description

Citizens of all economic and political stripes rallied support following last month's earthquake, softening the blow of today's 6.7 temblor.

By Lily Hindy, Contributor

DON JUAN, ECUADOR — Fisherman Jairo Enrique Alava Puertes was inspecting his daily haul before rowing home on the evening of April 16 when the ocean around him began to bubble furiously, as though boiling.

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18 May 2016 description

By Miriam A. Berger, Contributor

As Greece struggles to set up refugee resources in the wake of the EU-Turkey deal, many migrants are trapped in information voids. Some advocates are trying to change that.

IDOMENI, GREECE — Abdul Rahman Al Habab sits cross-legged in his family’s tiny corner of a large tent and pores over his prized phone. Every few days the father of three from Deir Azzour, Syria, turns on the Internet and checks in with his brothers, now in Germany and Sweden.

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