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Yesterday marked World Refugee Day, as the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, visited Jordan to highlight the 1.6 million registered people who have fled the ongoing conflict in Syria. The UN refugee agency, which was set up in 1950 to aid those still displaced after World War II, reports that there are some 10.5 million refugees worldwide. -- Lloyd Young ( 29 photos total)
Afghan refugee children, swim in muddy water created from a broken water pipe, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 17. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)     

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Today marks World Refugee Day, which the United Nations uses to raise awareness of the plight of the estimated 42 million displaced people worldwide. A UN report released this week showed that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year -- more than any time since 2000. In a message to mark the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help." -- Lloyd Young (30 photos total)
A Myanmar ethnic Rohingya child preparing for a midday prayer on April 23 inside a community school in Klang, a port town 30 kilometres west of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is observing World Refugee Day along with other countries of the world, there are over 98,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Exile Without End

There are nearly 4.7 million refugees that have been displaced from Palestine after the creation of Israel more than 60 years ago. Many fled to neighboring countries in hopes of returning after the violence in Palestine had ended.  CBC News correspondent Nahlah Ayed and Radio Canada’s Ahmed Kouaou and Danny Braün spend two weeks in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.  Shatilla is one of the poorest and most densely populated refugee camps in the Middle East.  Interactive graphics map out the historical events that affected millions of people.  Still photographs and videos paint a picture of everyday life for the inhabitants of Shatila.  It is a life where displacement has torn the identities away from these people, where their opportunities are stifled.  Children play in the streets with makeshift guns, many resigned to living in encampments.

Hotel Poverty

San Francisco has the third-highest median income in the United States.  Hidden in the shadows of San Francisco’s Financial District are 30,000 people living in single-room occupancy hotels.  Shane Bauer’s project Hotel Poverty reveals masses of people dealing with their daily struggles of turning their lives around, feeding themselves and surviving in the midst of rampant drug use, cutthroat hustlers and substandard living conditions where private showers or toilets are rare.  Various circumstances have  have brought them here, but they share a life in the shadows of society.

Under One Roof

Meet the Lee family; they are three generations of Chinese Americans who share living in their family’s Chinatown building in New York.   According to the Census Bureau, 10% of households in New York City span three or more generations.  The New York Times explores the multi-generational dynamics through innovative use of video that “simulcasts” the three generations at the same time.

Made by Hand
“Distillery” is the first film in the Made by Hand project, a series that celebrates the artisan handmade movement.  The premise is that  the things we use, consume, collect and share are part of who we are as individuals.  Each film in the  series aims to tell the stories behind locally made, sustainable crafts and the spirit of artisans.

Brad Estabrooke is a modern-day entrepreneur who was disgruntled after being laid off from his “lousy job.”  Inspired by local artists in his neighboring borough of Brooklyn, Estabrooke works to realize his dream of learning the craft of distilling to open the first gin distillery in Brooklyn since Prohibition.

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