UNTIED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) — WORDS MATTER — PLANET EARTH FLOWERS group

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With forced displacement reaching historic levels, schools all over the world are welcoming increasing numbers of refugee children. Teachers are facing new challenges in making sense of forced displacement and its complexities. Refugees and migrants regularly make headlines and the internet is bustling with information on the topic. Explaining the situation of refugees and migrants to primary and secondary school children has become part of many educators’ daily work.

Understanding the terms refugees, migration and asylum begins with understanding a few basics. The word refugee is often used as a blanket term for people displaced by war, violence or persecution. But there are different categories of displaced people, each with specific needs. Knowing what these categories mean exactly is important and will contribute to better understanding of this complex topic.

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BIRD OF THE WEEK — JUAN FERNANDEZ FIRECROWN — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

Juan Fernández Firecrown

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sephanoides fernandensis
POPULATION: 490-2,000
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Native scrub, forest, and gardens.

The beautiful Juan Fernández Firecrown is surely one of the world’s most isolated hummingbird species. Unlike mainland birds such as the Chilean Woodstar, this hummingbird is found on just one far-flung Pacific island in Chile’s remote Juan Fernández Archipelago, more than 370 miles west of the South American mainland. That island, Isla Robinson Crusoe, has been designated an Alliance for Zero Extinction site because it contains this species’ entire global population.

The female Juan Fernández Firecrown may not be quite as flashy as the male, but she is still a brilliant dark green above and white below, spangled with iridescent green spots, and topped with an iridescent blue-green crown. (See photo below.) In contrast, the male is a uniform rufous-orange, with a fiery reddish-yellow crown.

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CERULEAN WARBLER

Recently, the Cerulean Warbler has become even harder to find. Its population has declined by about 70 percent in the past 40 years, making it one of North America’s most threatened migratory songbirds. More resources are needed to reverse this alarming trend.

All along its migratory path, the bird faces problems: habitat destruction on both breeding and wintering grounds, and nest parasites like Brown-headed Cowbirds in the fragmented forests that remain.

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UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) — REFUGEE NURSE — PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES group

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Refugee nurse on the front line against coronavirus in Iran:

Moheyman Alkhatavi, 24, uses a long, cotton-tipped swab to collect cell samples from the nose of a frail, elderly man

Doctors and nurses wearing surgical masks and gloves dash in and out of hospital rooms, working around the clock to register and check the symptoms of anxious patients filling up every available space in the hospital’s hallways.

Iran. Moheyman, an Iraqi refugee nurse, treats patients suspected of having contracted the COVID-19 in the south of Iran.

Additionally, UNHCR continues to work closely with its government counterpart the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, other UN agencies including the World Health Organization, and national and international NGO partners to raise awareness of key prevention measures amongst refugees and host communities.

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MICROBIOLOGY — **PROYECTO AGUA**/** WATER PROJECT** — PLANET EARTH OUR HOME group

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