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Gamal Eid: “I will never give up being a human rights defender”

Gamal Eid is one of the leading human rights activists in Egypt. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI). In 2011, his organization won the “Roland Berger Human Dignity Award”. In an interview, he talked about the terrible human rights situation in Egypt and his struggle for freedom of expression.

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Ash-Sham Care: Playgrounds and education for Syrian children

War has been raging in Syria for years. The situation is especially bad for the children. The school system has collapsed. Their prospects are bleak. Swiss aid organization Ash-Sham Care is doing its best to give the children of Syria an outlook for the future.

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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.

Photo: Migrant Offshore Aid Station

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