Northwestern students report abroad on refugees in three very different settings

January 11, 2011

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(Photo courtesy of Corinne Chin)
The Dzaleka Refugee Camp is in Malawi.
(Photo courtesy of Corinne Chin)
Translator Deka Yusuf (right) teaches Zach Wichter to wash laundry.
(Photo courtesy of Corinne Chin)
Implements wait to be used in the Dzaleka Health Centre dressing room in Malawi.
(Photo courtesy of Corinne Chin)
Mothers hold their newborns at the Dzaleka Health Centre in Malawi.
(Courtest of Peter Slevin)
Students interview the Jumaili family in Amman, Jordan.

Northwestern University recently hatched an ambitious project with international reach. With the help of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and other groups, Northwestern sent students to report on the lives of refugees in three very different settings: Amman, Jordan; the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi; and the Osire Camp in Namibia.

For a few days in December, students interviewed refugees and studied the challenges they faced. The students’ work, which includes video and print reporting, now lives on the website

We speak with  Peter Slevin, a longtime correspondent for the Washington Post and lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, who led the students in Amman. We're also joined by two Medill students who participated in Refugee Lives. Kevin Short went with Slevin to Amman. Corinne Chin reported from the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.

Kevin Short spoke with the Jumailis, an Iraqi refugee family in Amman. They tell Kevin about why they left Baghdad.