For Greece's ultranationalist Golden Dawn party, the world’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II was a political opportunity. And Lesbos seemed a natural place to build a base of support. It wasn’t.
In 2015, Sweden became a prime destination for refugees fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Asylum-seekers heard it was a welcoming place, and the Nordic country accepted more than 160,000 migrants seeking asylum in that year, the most of any country per capita. A lot has changed since then.
Every day, Eritreans make the perilous journey across the border into Ethiopia where the prospect of a refugee camp within the borders of their country’s enemy, increasingly holds more promise than staying home. And Ethiopia appears only too willing to oblige.
In South Sudan, people are sheltering from conflict wherever they can, including a network of islands in the swamps of Unity State. On one island, where 2,300 displaced people live without access to clean water or toilets, cholera has become rife.
Syria's war, and the millions displaced by it, is a humanitarian disaster unseen since the Rwandan genocide two decades ago. From the San Francisco Bay Area, a journalist is using cartoons to put a human face on the crisis and draw the world's attention to it.
Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.