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Today alone, 32,000 people will be forced out of their homes.

There are 50 million refugees in the world today — the highest number since WWII. Many risk their lives taking overcrowded boats or walking for hundreds of miles to cross borders. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps help people thrive, not just survive. “The victims of war can hold the keys to lasting peace,” she says, “and it’s the refugees who can stop the cycle of violence.”

Watch her powerful talk on people living in exile »

  • Lui :

    C'est bon, je leur ai parlé, ils veulent que tu restes déjeuner avec nous. Ça va aller ?

  • Moi :

    Si je trouve autre chose que ta chemise à me mettre sur le dos alors oui ça devrait aller.

  • Lui :

    Tes vêtements sont sûrement restés dans la douche.

  • Moi :

    Et si ils m'aiment pas ? Hein? Je fais quoi moi!

  • Lui :

    T'en fais pas. Je vois pas trop comment on pourrait ne pas t'aimer.. Et dans le pire des cas, c'est pas eux l'important, c'est moi. Moi je t'aime alors c'est suffisant non?

  • Moi :

    Oh mon dieu. T'as dit quoi là ?

  • Lui :

    (sourire) J'ai dis quelque chose ? Ah je ne me souviens pas ! (sourire)

  • Moi :

    Quelle cruauté ! Quelle cruauté !! Alors la, mais c'est pas possible. (Rires) Merde.

  • Lui :

    Bon, écoute. Faut que je te parle d'un truc.

  • Moi :

    Je t'écoute ?

  • Lui :

    On est pareils tous les deux.. On a peur de s'attacher à quelqu'un parce qu'on sait trop bien ce que ça fait de souffrir et de se faire abandonner. Mais

  • Moi :

    Je t'arrête tout de suite. Jamais, tu m'entends, jamais je ne te laisserais tomber. J'aurais plutôt peur de l'inverse. Alors écoute moi bien, je ne veux plus que tu penses à ce qu'il se passerait si je te laissais. Ça n'arrivera pas. Je ne veux pas que tu penses a ton passé, je ne veux pas que tu crois que ça va se reproduire pour nous. On est différents des autres. Tu vois pas ? Et, je suis tellement bien, avec toi. Je ne te laisserais jamais souffrir tu m'entends ? Je.. Je peux pas. Je..

  • Lui :

    Ok. Ok. Arrête de pleurer, arrête. Je veux pas que tu pleures. Je t'aime. Ok.

  • Moi :

    Arrête de me dire des trucs pareils sinon je vais jamais m'arrêter de pleurer.. Viens.


As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here:


We’re pleased to announce the 24 November release of a new concert film and live album, #GhostStoriesLive2014.

Pre-order Ghost Stories Live 2014: CD/DVD/Blu-ray / iTunes

Filmed by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, the Ghost Stories Live 2014 film documents the band’s unique performance of the Ghost Stories album to a small handful of fans in March 2014, two months prior to the album’s release. Shot in a custom-built amphitheatre at Sony Studios, Los Angeles, the ground-breaking production sets the band’s performance against stunning 360-degree and overhead imagery.

Said Chris: “The Ghost Stories show at Sony Studios was a very special moment for our band. The magic theatre built by our incredible crew with the 360 screens was literally a dream come true. And it was the first time anyone outside of our studio had heard the new songs. This film is basically our original vision for the Ghost Stories album.”

Parts of the performance were first broadcast in May 2014 as a Coldplay TV Special by major broadcasters around the world, including NBC in the US and Sky Arts in the UK (where the film has already been nominated for Best Live Coverage at this year’s UK Music Video Awards). But Ghost Stories Live 2014 is the first time that the performance has been sequenced as originally conceived: a visual representation of the Ghost Stories album.

The release also contains an exclusive Ghost Stories live album, with audio recorded at the band’s rapturously-received shows in London, Sydney, Paris, Cologne, New York and Los Angeles between April and July 2014. 

The package is completed by eight music videos from the Ghost Stories era, including two never-before-seen films for B-sides All Your Friends and Ghost Story  plus the exclusive Extended Director’s Cut of the Magic video (with a brand new cameo from Peter Fonda).

For the full track listing, click here.

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