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The UN estimates that there are 84 million forcibly displaced people around the world, and 27 million of those are considered refugees. These numbers are the highest they have ever been. For season 3 of Course Correction, we’re partnering with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience. The season will follow refugees and other forcibly displaced persons from the moment they leave their homes to their eventual resettlement or return, detailing arduous journeys that can sometimes last years or even decades.

Course Correction is a production of Doha Debates and Qatar Foundation, with help from Foreign Policy.

Course Correction Doha Debates

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 165 Ratings

The UN estimates that there are 84 million forcibly displaced people around the world, and 27 million of those are considered refugees. These numbers are the highest they have ever been. For season 3 of Course Correction, we’re partnering with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience. The season will follow refugees and other forcibly displaced persons from the moment they leave their homes to their eventual resettlement or return, detailing arduous journeys that can sometimes last years or even decades.

Course Correction is a production of Doha Debates and Qatar Foundation, with help from Foreign Policy.

    S3 Part VI: Finding Acceptance

    S3 Part VI: Finding Acceptance

    Note: This episode discusses suicide.
    In the final installment of our six-part series about the refugee experience, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to weightlifter, nurse and refugee Cyrille Tchatchet. A native of Cameroon, Cyrille first came to the UK in 2014 to compete in the Commonwealth Games. Feeling that it was too unsafe to return home, he became a refugee, experiencing both homelessness and depression. With support, Tchatchet went on to win multiple weightlifting titles, and became a mental health nurse. His story underscores some of the hardships that refugees face — and what can be achieved when people have the support and opportunity they need to succeed in their adopted countries.
    Listener challenge
    During this season of Course Correction, we're challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us.
    Our last challenge is a place for storytelling. If you are a refugee, our challenge is simple: Share your story with us. Tell us how you came to be displaced, what obstacles you face and what your hopes and dreams are for the future. 
    Please share with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

    • 24 min
    Part V: The Path to Permanence

    Part V: The Path to Permanence

    More than 85 percent of refugees and asylum-seekers are hosted in developing countries, many of which neighbor the countries being fled. In this episode, host Nelufar Hedayat looks at the role that local communities can play in hosting refugees.
    Nelufar speaks with Rodaan Al Galidi, who talks about his experiences fleeing Iraq to start a new life in the Netherlands. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed Pakistani actor Mahira Khan tells Nelufar about her experiences meeting Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

    Listener challenge
    During this season of Course Correction, we're challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us.
    For today’s episode: Tell us about a time when you had the choice to welcome someone else into your social circle, What were the criteria you used to decide whether or not to let them in? If you did let them in, what enabled you to empathize with them?
    Please share with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

    • 31 min
    Bonus: Malala Yousafzai Town Hall

    Bonus: Malala Yousafzai Town Hall

    This week, a bonus episode: A town-hall-style discussion with Malala Yousafzai on the future of women's and girls' education in Afghanistan and other conflict areas.
    In the six months since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, many schools and universities have closed their doors to young women, and promises to reopen have gone unfulfilled. Education and equality advocate Malala Yousafzai joined students and Afghan refugees for a global town hall conversation at Qatar’s National Library, moderated by Doha Debates correspondent Nelufar Hedayat, on March 28, 2022. The audio from this discussion and audience Q&A examines the refugee experience, men's role in the fight for equality and the future of education.
    Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014. After surviving a 2012 attempt on her life by the Pakistani Taliban, she created Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to fighting for every girl’s right to access to free, safe and quality education.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S3 Part IV: Pursuing Education

    S3 Part IV: Pursuing Education

    Jennifer Roberts, a senior education officer with UNHCR, talks to host Nelufar Hedayat about the 10 million refugee children worldwide who lack access to education, what it takes to educate displaced people and how some host countries are working to meet the challenge.
    Next, Nelufar speaks with Dr. Saleema Rehman, an Afghan refugee who received her medical degree in Pakistan. Dr. Rehman talks about what it was like to attend school as a refugee and the pride she has now that she's able to give back to her community.
    Finally, Nelufar speaks with Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett about her experiences as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador advocating for refugees. Blanchett explains that educating refugee children and young adults provides opportunities to be leaders in rebuilding their homelands while also benefiting their host countries.

    Listener challenge
    During this season of Course Correction, we're challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us.
    For today’s episode: While not all of us have experience as a refugee, many of us know what it’s like to attend a new school. What’s something that a teacher said or did that made you feel welcome and accepted? How did that change your perception of the school? What are some tactics that could make it easier for newcomers to integrate into schools?
    Please share with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

    • 28 min
    S3 PART III: Healing the Mind

    S3 PART III: Healing the Mind

    In Part III of our season on refugees, we look at the mental-health toll of living as a refugee or an internally displaced person. Host Nelufar Hedayat speaks with an internally displaced Afghan woman about trying to care for herself and her children while living in a shipping container. She also examines different ways that refugees define and experience the trauma of conflict, and she shares stories from aid workers who help displaced persons process their experiences.

    Listener challenge
    During this season of Course Correction, we're challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us.
    For today’s episode: Have you been in a situation where you've had to worry about providing basic care for yourself or your family? What resources helped you through it? If you're a refugee, what was the moment you felt that your life stabilized enough to start thinking about your long-term hopes and dreams rather than daily survival?
    Please share with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

    • 24 min
    S3 PART II: Healing the Body

    S3 PART II: Healing the Body

    On this episode of our season chronicling the refugee experience, we’re focusing on bodily harm. What kinds of injuries do displaced people suffer, and what does it take to tend to those injuries — not just the ones that can be seen, but the invisible ones that might take longer to heal? This episode features a first-hand account from an internally displaced Afghan dealing with a long term foot injury.

    If you want to help those who have suffered from physical ailments while being displaced, you can learn more at the following links:

    The International Committee of the Red Cross

    Doctors Without Borders

    World Vision International


    Listener Challenge
    During this season of Course Correction, we're challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us.

    For today’s episode: Tell us about a time when you made a difference for someone with a health problem, disability or chronic pain or illness, and what the outcome was. 

    Please share with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

Guapa19 ,

Great way to teach current events!

I love this show for so many reasons! First- the host, Nelafur, is genuinely interested in every topic and every guest that she talks with. Her curiosity is infectious! And second- Every episode surfaces topics and angles on the issues that I wouldn’t normally think about- so many fresh perspectives to consider. As an educator I appreciate the variety of world views that this show illuminates! So important for us to break out of our silos and listen to how others see these complex issues.
I especially appreciate the personal stories of people living as refugees- their resilience is powerful but the injustice is enraging!

STW61534 ,

All urgent society issues in one channel

Hi Neulfar, you do a brilliant job here listing the opinions from the opposite end of the spectrum. And the documentary “The Traffickers” you produced is such a phenomenal film. It touched me and awakened me in so many ways. I was wondering if you and the team are planning to touch on the topic as such using this global platform?

William627288: ,

One of my Favorite Podcasts

The production quality is top notch, and Nelufar does a great job providing both sides of an issue. The episode about cancel culture is my favorite as Nelufar explains her personal connection to it the issue, but still presents both sides evenly.

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