The Cost of War
       
     
 The battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) began in October 2016 and “officially” ended in July 2017. These images are from May 2017, as Coalition forces fought their way through the neighborhoods of West Mosul, clearing each of militants and leaving a path of destruction in their wake.   As neighborhoods were “liberated” civilians who had fled made their way back to what remained of their homes.   Though the fighting has largely subsided the struggle for Moslawis continues to this day as they work to rebuild their city and their lives.   05.31.2017
       
     
Displaced: A Human Face
       
     
 “It is often said that if you educate a woman you educate a nation. Women in the Congo are incredibly resilient, inspiring me each day with their earnest desire to live beyond survival. They have the will and the courage to turn things around for themselves and their families. My intention is to support them with tools and resources to keep growing their aspirations and hopes for a better tomorrow. It is the least I can do.”  - Abraham Leno, Country Representative, Asili of the American Refugee Committee
       
     
       
     
 Since the 1948 Israeli War, more than 5 million Palestinians have been displaced, taking refuge outside their homeland. Of those, more than 1.5 million individuals are registered in refugee camps across the Middle East.  Located in Amman, Jordan, the Jerash “Gaza” camp is  an area currently home to 29,000 registered Palestinian refugees. Initially established in 1968 as an emergency settlement for the 11,500 displaced persons who had left the Gaza Strip, the tents have been replaced by shelters—many made of asbestos—and the population has and continues to grow. According the UNRWA, the Jerash camp is the poorest among the ten Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, with 52.7 percent of Palestine refugees having an income below the national poverty line.  -------------- In September of 1982 Lebanese Christian militiamen entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in West Beirut; over the course of three days, Israeli forces sealed the camp and killed several thousand refugees. Today, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are barred from 30 syndicated professions and only 2 percent of Palestinians in nonprofessional jobs have proper work permits. They do not have passports. They are prohibited from owning and inheriting property. Denied the right of return to Palestine, these individuals are born refugees, will grow up as refugees and will likely die as refugees.