Author: Therese Abed El-Massih

In a world full of chaos, be a light of hope.

April 7, 2022

It’s not easy to make a change. If you are like me, the chances are that you are feeling exhausted by all the chaos in the world. Wherever you look, every social media post you see, every news you hear, seems to carry with it bad news. People are suffering everywhere. This amount of human…

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How OBCIDO Inc. is Supporting Afghan Refugees

January 18, 2022

Last August, the United States withdrew troops from Afghanistan. The world watched in horror as crowds took to the airstrips to flee an unsettling and volatile future. Those who fled have now become Afghan refugees. Out of the ones left behind, 3.5 million people have become internally displaced, uncertain about their future having to survive…

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When life gives you lemons, help others.

December 8, 2021

There is a famous phrase that you must have seen at some point on the internet. It goes as follows: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Over the years people had different interpretations of this message, but all with the same intention and one main message, “when life gives you challenges, create opportunities”. This…

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To all the change makers of the world: Thank you.  

November 3, 2021

We live in a world full of chaos, which sometimes leaves us feeling hopeless and helpless.    As someone working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, we try our best to cut through the noise, to tell the stories of families displaced by violence, persecution or war, hoping to be able to offer a glimmer of hope and change to the life of refugee families. We highlight the resilience of refugee families, who need our support…

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Special discussion with Paula Esteban: Refugees in Lebanon wish for better times for everyone.

October 29, 2021

In this interview, our colleague Paula Esteban, UNHCR Lebanon Senior Communications Officer, shares heartfelt real-life stories from refugee mothers she has met in the field. She also highlights UNHCR’s work ahead of winter in Lebanon, a country that has faced so much hardship over the past two years, and continues to host more than 1 million refugees…

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This is what’s happening in Afghanistan, and how you can help

August 31, 2021

Have you been watching the news and heard of the alarming situation in Afghanistan? We have, and we cannot but describe these times as traumatic and crucial. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the prevailing humanitarian needs within Afghanistan, and urges support to ensure that all those requiring assistance are not forgotten. So…

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Entering a decade of Impact- Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate

August 26, 2021

This year, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi will mark eight years of holding her title of UNHCR Eminent Advocate, and in renewing, will enter into a two-year term that will mark a decade of transformative impact. Since 2013, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher has supported more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons around…

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Khaled Khalifa: “The moment may come when we feel helpless in doing more for people in need. I tell you that your donations make a big difference every day.”

June 4, 2021

In an interview to discuss the strategic partnerships and close cooperation with the GCC countries, Khaled Khalifah, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation highlights on the impact of establishing projects and coordinating basic humanitarian efforts with governmental and humanitarian agencies in the GCC that are changing lives of…

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The Many Different Ways YOU Can Help Refugee This Ramadan.

May 7, 2021

Every second in Ramadan is a chance to do good! That is why we are sharing the many different ways you can support refugees, from this Ramadan until the next, and help secure shelter, food, water, and medicine for those in need. I am speaking of the children, mothers, fathers, and grandparents who are longing…

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Ramadan: How will you spend your seconds?

April 19, 2021

“Tear gas, tear gas…close your eyes and get down.”  Words uttered by my mother as we reached the Iraqi-Jordanian border while escaping from Kuwait during the first Gulf War. That moment, at the young age of 7,  was the first time I had ever seen tears coming down my mother’s face as she screamed helplessly knowing…

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