Aug 14, 2017
The world is facing a new dimension to one of its perennial challenges — the plight of refugees. Exoduses of displaced people, from the Middle East, Africa and beyond, are straining the capacity of the international community to cope. The new challenge is that increasingly, refugees don’t end up in vast tent city camps. They live in urban areas where the host community is often almost as poor as the refugees themselves. This leaves governments and aid agencies with hard choices about who to help first. In this episode, Project HOPE President Rabih Torbay discusses the deepening refugee problem and the strain that urban refugees pose for the infrastructure of these places — especially health care systems. Rabih is uniquely qualified to discuss these issues. He has designed relief and development programs in some of the world’s most difficult environments and managed emergency response teams to help mitigate refugee crises in Iraq, Darfur, Libya, Sierra Leone and elsewhere in West Africa as well as in Haiti.