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Refugees in Germany

Confronting the refugee crisis

Whether working in camps or at policymaking, Harvard students, researchers, and analysts try to help solve a Rubik’s Cube of concerns in Europe



Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone and the author of “A Long Way Home: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” spoke with Leila Zerrougui (right), the U.N.’s special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict at the Harvard Kennedy School’s JFK Jr. Forum on Monday.

Spoils of war

Discussion probes how to aid onetime child soldiers who left battlefields behind



Following Monday's bombing, Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital called in extra trauma teams, adding 60 doctors, nurses, and other staff, more than doubling the medical personnel in the emergency department. Over the coming hours, the team treated 31 patients.

Widespread trauma

‘There are physical shockwaves that emanate from the bomb, and there are psychological shockwaves as well’