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Solánge Bezerra: Help for Brazilian street children

In the Brazilian coastal city of Recife, hundreds of children are forced to live on the streets. They get little sleep and live among the dirt and the vermin. They are constantly on the run from paramilitary groups who harass the children or brutally murder them. Solánge Bezerra and her aid organization, "Grupo Ruas e Praças", want to give the children a place to rest, recover and play.

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Winners of the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2014/15 announced

The Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2014/15 goes to the Maltese lawyer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, Dr. Katrine Camilleri, the Eritrean-Italian human rights activist, Dr. Alganesc Fessaha, and the Congolese school organization, Petite Flamme. The award ceremony is taking place on April 29, 2015 in Berlin. Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is giving the laudatory speech.

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Dr. Katrine Camilleri

Dr. Katrine Camilleri is a Maltese lawyer and the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta. For almost 20 years now, she has advocated for the rights of boat people who come to Malta as refugees, visiting them in Maltese detention centers and advising them on legal and administrative matters until their status is determined.

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Dr. Alganesc Fessaha

Dr. Alganesc Fessaha is an Eritrean-Italian human rights activist who provides humanitarian assis- tance to African refugees in North Africa, frees refugees from the clutches of human traffickers, and draws the world's attention to the plight of refugees who suffer terrible maltreatment at the hands of people smugglers in Egypt's Sinai desert and in Libya.

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Petite Flamme

Petite Flamme is a Congolese school project. It was founded in Kinshasa in 1996 and now runs 12 schools for more than 2,200 children from desperately poor families, mainly in the slums of the Congolese capital. Petite Flamme is the only school organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo where children receive study materials, school uniforms, food and all-round healthcare.

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Kinda Hibrawi creating positive memories for refugee kids

Many young Syrians have lost everything: their home, their normal life, their friends and often even family members. Their memories of screams, gunshots and bombs exploding are stored deep down. A lot of these children and young people are seriously traumatized. Experts already speak of a "lost generation". But Kinda Hibrawi doesn't want to give up on this generation. The US artist has Syrian roots herself. As the education Director of Karam Foundation she organizes camps for Syrian refugee children. She wants to inspire them with art and photography, creative writing, painting and sports. In an interview she tells us what she wants to accomplish over the long term with her "Zeitouna" project.

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The Catrambones save refugee lives

In 2014, 3,419 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean – a tragedy that Christopher and Regina Catrambone weren't willing to just stand by and watch anymore. The US entrepreneur-couple bought a ship and put together a crew of sailors and medical practitioners, and since summer 2014 they have been combing the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing refugees in distress.

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Dr. Suray Bakkar and his desire to help the injured

The physician Dr. Suray Bakkar was persecuted in his homeland of Syria and had to flee. But he still found a way to help his fellow compatriots. Together with other doctors, he founded the Akilah Hospital in Amman in Jordan. It takes care of Syrian refugees free of charge – needless to say an enormous help for them. Now, however, due to a new immigration law, Dr. Bakkar is no longer allowed to enter Jordan. He is the director of a hospital he is not allowed to even visit. This is the story of a humanitarian who repeatedly finds himself having to overcome obstacles.

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Fighting disappointment

The problematic situation in Sicilian refugee camps is continuing to escalate. The camps are bursting at the seams. They do not have enough blankets, clothes or shoes. Enos Nolli and his organization "Gioventù in Missione" provide the urgently needed supplies. They try to give the refugees a ray of hope in their seemingly hopeless situation.

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Tackling the hell inside the refugee camps

Collecting used clothing, knitting teddy bears or stuffing a car full to the brim with bread. There are many ways to help refugees. Maggie Tookey knows that from her own experience. She volunteers in a refugee camp on the Syrian-Lebanese border. A day in the life of an impassioned helper.

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