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Hope During Ramadan: Supporting Communities During Crisis

by Anera

Feb 23, 2024

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For refugees and vulnerable communities in the Middle East, daily life is fraught with immense challenges. Yet, amidst these difficulties, our unwavering hope for a better future remains a powerful tool. With your generous support, we can turn this hope into tangible action, providing vital assistance to those facing unimaginable hardships. In Gaza, where the…

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Women in Gaza Lack Access to Menstrual Supplies

by Anera

Jan 12, 2024

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The crisis in Gaza has been catastrophic for all aspects of life, including women’s menstrual health.

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A Primer on Gaza

by Anera

Jan 11, 2024

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The Gaza Strip is a 25-mile long stretch of coastal land (141 square miles, 365 square kilometers) that is home to a growing population of more than two million people. For such a small place, Gaza has a name everyone recognizes around the globe, but few really understand its history, culture and overall situation. Early…

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Za’atar 101 with Chef Fadi Kattan

by Anera

Sep 23, 2023

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In celebration of Za’atar Day on Sept. 23, we asked our friend Chef Fadi Kattan to tell us about the many different ways za’atar can be enjoyed. A staple in Palestinian kitchens, Chef tells us some of the ways he incorporates za’atar in his dishes. Happy Za’atar Day! Curious to know how we celebrate Palestinian…

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Anera Reads

by Anera

Sep 6, 2023

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What we’re reading These books are Anera staff and supporter favorites. They give some context to life, history and culture in the countries where we work: Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. We also feature some writings that describe the experiences of refugees and other communities related to those we serve in the Middle East that may…

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Suffocating in the Heat

Aug 16, 2023

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Climate Change’s Deadly Impact on Vulnerable Communities in the Middle East The Middle East, a region already burdened with conflict, displacement, and political turmoil, now faces an additional existential threat: climate change. The impacts of rising temperatures, droughts, and extreme weather events in the region are exacerbating the vulnerability of communities and compounding existing social…

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Beloved Gaza from Colorado!

Jun 28, 2023

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Though distance separates us, my heart holds.Flakes of snow. …Flames of smokeMy hands, frozen of winter’s coldMy heart, ablaze with a fire untoldIn this paradox, stories have yet to unfold.Your resounding sound eclipsed my own.My sound becomes barely known.Embracing my paradox, I’ll weave my tale.Stitching together the unfinished trail.Let the threads of my tale be…

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Middle East

Dec 16, 2022

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Human-centered development and expanding quality of life In a planet of 8 billion people, with finite natural resources, life looks very different for those lucky enough to be economically prosperous. Billions of people right now are living in circumstances that sharply limit their aspirations, of material deprivation, of limited access to healthcare and many of…

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Six Moments In Netflix’s ‘The Swimmers’ That Are Common Among Refugees

Nov 30, 2022

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‘The Swimmers’ captures several experiences of many refugees united by sacrifice, loss, rejection and a harrowing journey. 

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Who Are Palestinian Refugees?

by Anera

Aug 19, 2022

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Since 1948, Palestinians have been subject to war, dispossession, and unjust policies, forcing many to live throughout the world as refugees. With limited resources and often difficult living conditions, the Palestinian people have faced much adversity and uncertainty over the years. Decades of conflict have hindered opportunities and development. Palestinians are the largest refugee group…

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