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Thousands of people have been displaced by the Burundi crisis. These people fled to safety in Tanzania. Photo: LWF
2 Mar
Humanitarian crisis in Burundi
Burundi refugee crisis 2015, Burundi, Violence, refugee, refugee influx
2 Mar
900,000 people severely affected by post-election violence
Young people in Mberra camp. They usually meet 3-4 days a week. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Feb
Preparing for leadership
DWS Mauritania, DWS, Education
4 Feb
Life-skills and vocational training for young refugees in Mauritania
 A Syrian family living in an unfinished building in Al Mafraq. Many refugees have to trade their food vouchers to pay the rent. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
3 Feb
Conditions for Syrian refugees worsen
DWS, Education, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Syria Crisis, Syria
3 Feb
NGO call for better protection and education
A refugee hold images of family members killed in the South Sudan conflict, Njumanzi reception center, Adjumani, Uganda. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
19 Jan
Renewed fighting causes refugee influx to Uganda
Uganda, Refugees. Displaced person, Violence
19 Jan
More than 5,000 new arrivals in 2016
Young women in Rwamwanja settlement were one of the focal groups in the consultations. Photo: LWF/ S. Oftadeh
19 Jan
UN human rights consultations start in Uganda
Uganda, UPR, Universal Periodic Review, DWS, gender inequality, Violence, gender-based violence
19 Jan
Giving communities a voice on the international stage
“The call to protect the vulnerable is part of our deepest faith convictions,” LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge told participants at the Geneva conference. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
19 Jan
We must address root causes of the refugee crisis
Human Rights, Refugees. Displaced person, European refugee crisis
19 Jan
Strategic cooperation with faith-based organizations makes a critical difference
Margaret Awak Aguer is mobbed and lifted by fellow students at Shambe Primary School after emerging as the best candidate in Kakuma Refugee camp in the 2015 KCPE with 400 out of a possible 500 marks © LWF Kakuma January 2016
12 Jan
Top marks for girl student in Kakuma refugee camp
DWS Kenya/Djibouti, Kenya, Kakuma, refugee, Refugees. Displaced person
12 Jan
Primary exams in LWF schools in Kenya
Students from Luther College in the United States take in sights and stories at LWF's model village in Gressier, Haiti.Photo: LWF/Helene Branco
12 Jan
ELCA students visit LWF model village in Haiti
DWS Haiti and the Caribbean, Haiti, disasters, emergency response
12 Jan
Study of migration and displacement in disaster
A little boy watches a football game in a child friendly space, Gendrassa refugee camp, South Sudan. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
5 Jan
"Every single one counts under God's reign”
New Years Message, General Secretary Martin Junge, Martin Luther
5 Jan
2016 New Year Message from the LWF General Secretary
Rev. Dr Gloria Rojas Vargas, LWF Vice President and former president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile, shares a joke with Ahmad at the LWF Peace Oasis in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
17 Dec
Cry and dance at the same time
Za’atari camp, DWS Jordan
17 Dec
Lutheran bishops visit Za’atari camp, Jordan
Escorted by a Czech volunteer (in the high-visibility vest), refugees approach the border into Croatia near the Serbian village of Berkasovo. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
10 Dec
Strategies to counter terrorism engender more violence
Human Rights, Human Rights Day
10 Dec
Joint Statement by LWF President and General Secretary on Human Rights Day
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dances with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa to celebrate some 1.8 million signatures on an interfaith petition for climate justice during the COP21 climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
29 Nov
Nearly 2 million people-of-faith petition on the eve of COP21
Climate Change, COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Climate Justice Climate Change
29 Nov
LWF delegation participates at the "Faith in Climate Justice" Day...
Nisreen Haji’s face lit up when she was placed into a wheelchair given to her by the Lutheran World Federation and partners CAPNI and Al Ghazel in early December 2014. Photo: LWF/S. Cox
27 Nov
New wheel chair creates mobility, eases burden on family
DWS, Iraq
27 Nov
Highlighting conflict zones on International Day of People with Disabilities
Raba’a explains the situation in her family. Photo: Jennifer Clark, CLWR
19 Nov
Food support for refugees and hosts in Jordan
DWS Jordan, refugee, Refugees. Displaced person, refugee crisis
19 Nov
Relieving the burden of hunger
Caption: Shemaa (8) and Bushra (9) getting ready for school. The girls and their family live in a communal shelter with 31 other people. Photo: LWF/ Seivan Salim
19 Nov
The youngest victims of conflict
Refugees. Displaced person, Iraq, refugee crisis
19 Nov
How children in Iraq deal with violence and displacement
A house with many colors and hearts: Asna (not her real name) shows a painting she made in one of the crafts workshops on her mobile phone. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
13 Nov
Help for traumatized women in Iraq
Iraq Crisis
13 Nov
“Feel safe, free and express themselves”
The LWF is helping camp residents prepare for winter in northern Iraq. LWF/Seivan Salim
9 Nov
LWF offers winter relief goods in northern Iraq
Refugees. Displaced person, Syria Crisis, Kurdistan
9 Nov
“Every day feels like death”
After the earthquake in Nepal, local villager searches for cooking utensils in the debris.  Photo:  LWF/C.Kaestner
4 Nov
Malaysian Lutherans make their single largest donation to overseas aid work
Nepal, Nepal earthquake, DWS Nepal emergency response DWS Nepal
4 Nov
Church offers USD 17,000 to Nepal earthquake survivors
Armed with tailoring skills taught by the LWF, Congolese refugee Bolozi Nzenze Budiaki has the chance to support her family in new home, Mauritania. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
29 Oct
Mauritania: stability and income after fleeing war
DWS Mauritania
29 Oct
“I want the best life for my children”
A refugee carrie a child near the Serbo-Croat border.  Photo: Paul Jeffrey
16 Oct
Winter clothing needed for refugees – LWF assessment team
European refugee crisis, Hungary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary
16 Oct
LWF mission assesses situation at Serbo-Croatian border
A DWS staff member vaccinates a the dog belonging to a refugee as part of an animal vaccination campaign, Dosseye camp, southern Chad. The LWF celebrates the work of staff around the world on World Humanitarian Day. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Aug
Praise for LWF staff on World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day 2015, World Humanitarian Day, conflict, emergency response, Humanitarian Response, DWS, Staff
18 Aug
“We know and appreciate the commitment from each one of you.”
The security of aid workers is increasingly under threat in dangerous environments such as South Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
4 Aug
“Are we seen as neutral?”
security, aid worker security, humanitarian worker security, Susan Muis, LWF security advisor
4 Aug
Interview with LWF security adviser Susan Muis
Young people are put through their paces at an ELCA refugee simulation exercise. Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
24 Jul
Young American Lutherans step into the shoes of refugees
Simulated refugee experience, ELCA, Youth, Youth Participation
24 Jul
Simulated refugee flight “life changing”
Caption: Kamla Edno and her five-day-old baby, Shahla Edno, at the Berseve 1 camp near the town of Zakho in northern Iraq in December 2014. The baby lies in a plastic crate used to store vegetables. Photo: LWF/ S. Cox
17 Jun
A vegetable crate for a cradle
ISIS, conflict, LWF Iraq
17 Jun
A child begins life living in a tent
Non-food items being readied for distribution to Kakuma residents affected by the flooding. Photo: LWF/DWS Kenya-Djibouti
29 Oct
LWF Emergency Assistance to Refugees in Kenya’s Flooded Kakuma Camp
Kakuma Flooding, Refugees, ACT Alliance, Water
29 Oct
ACT Alliance Response Fund to Provide Clean Water, Shelter, Food, Protection and Psychosocial Support
A refugee shows a photo of his house. It has been confiscated and marked as IS property. Photo: LWF/M. Rénaux
15 Oct
LWF Assists Iraqi Refugees in Jordan
Iraq Crisis, Refugees
15 Oct
1200 Displaced Christians Found shelter in Amman Churches
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Janet Lim (left) and LWF General Secretary Rev  Martin Junge signing the MoU. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
3 Oct
LWF and UNHCR Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Humanitarian Cooperation
LWF General Secretary, Refugees, Displaced Persons, United Nations, Children, Peace, WASH, Climate Justice, Livelihoods
3 Oct
“Delighted to see the scope for our joint work expand”
IDPs in Northern Iraq resting in a school. Photo: <a href="http://www.ankawa.com/">ankawa.com</a>
2 Sep
UN Human Rights Council to Send Emergency Team to Iraq to Probe Possible ISIS War Crimes
United Nations, Minorities and Indigenous People
2 Sep
LWF Calls for Humanitarian Assistance, Protection of Targeted Minority Groups
Signing of the MOU by Dr Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO of IRW and DWS Director Eberhard Hitzler (front, from left), witnessed by LWF Assistant General Secretary for Human Rights Affairs Ralston Deffenbaugh, Mehdi ben M’rad, IRW Director of National Programs, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Alexander Aleinikoff, LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge, LWF Global program Coordinator Maria Immonen and LWF Program Assistant for Interfaith Cooperation Elizabeth Gano (from right). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Aug
LWF and Islamic Relief Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Muslim, United Nations
25 Aug
UNHCR: “A Model for Others to Replicate”
Churches in Babilo, Duhok, are serving as a place of refuge for people fleeing the fighting in northern Iraq. The LWF is partnering with Christian Aid Program in Northern Iraq to assist. Photo: ACT/Anne Alling
22 Aug
Faith-Based Organizations Call for End to Iraq Violence
Iraq Crisis, Violence, Statement, ACT Alliance, Muslim
22 Aug
“Concerned and Saddened by Kidnapping and Hostage-taking”