"In college, I would tell my friends that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D., and they would chuckle and ridicule the idea," says Eqbal Dauqan, who is an assistant professor at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia at age 36. Born and raised in Yemen, Dauqan credits her "naughty" spirit for her success in a male-dominated culture.
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Guests attend a Refugees Welcome dinner at Lapis restaurant in Washington, D.C. The goals of the evening: to bring locals together with refugees in their community and to break barriers by breaking bread.
Dali Shonia (left) and Tariel Kolbaia were among the half-dozen protesters asking for new houses. Kolbaia threatened to light himself on fire if the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons did not address the protesters' demands.
When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family fled Baghdad in the midst of the Iraq War. Writing helped him process his experience, so he started the website Narratio to give other young people the same opportunity.
The camp at Mungote is one of the largest for internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with over 12,000 residents who fled their homes due to ongoing conflict and violence.
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A French police officer oversees the evacuation of a makeshift camp in Paris on Tuesday. The camp, one of several set up by migrants and refugees around the French capital, held hundreds of people in degraded conditions for several weeks.
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Victor Pizarro runs a taxi company in Plattsburgh, N.Y., about 20 miles from the Canadian border. Since January, several people have asked to be driven to a road near the border.
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Families wait in line as the World Food Program prepares to deliver food aid at the Bidi Bidi refugee camp on Feb. 22 in Arua, Uganda. The continued flow of refugees from South Sudan has pushed the camp's population to more than 270,000.
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Syrian refugee Monzer Omar, 34, was recently reunited with his family in Germany. Wife Walaa Ahmed, 26, holds 14-month-old Lossin. Omar holds Lamar (left), age 4, and Lojain, 2.