Melanie Lidman is a freelance journalist in Israel. Originally from Boston and a graduate of the University of Maryland, she also works for the Times of Israel and covers Africa and the Middle East for Global Sisters Report. Previously, Lidman was the Jerusalem metro reporter for the Jerusalem Post. Though Israel has one of the highest concentration of journalists in the world, Lidman is one of the only who travels to news events almost exclusively by bicycle, which she calls Savlanut (patience).

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Seeking Refuge: Jordan takes in masses of Syrians but prefers they don't stay

A planned refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2014 offers health, education, food perks to encourage people fleeing from Syria's war not to settle permanently in urban areas — where 81 percent of them live today. Meanwhile, sisters help make connections to ease refugees' lives.

Seeking Refuge: Ugandans, displaced once themselves, welcome refugees

Uganda has quietly absorbed a million South Sudanese refugees in the past few years. While challenges abound, Uganda's liberal policy toward refugees stems from its own recent tumultuous history.

Asylum seekers in Israel try to weave a safety net as deportation looms

Global Sisters Report: With an aggressive plan to deport African asylum seekers set to begin within weeks, a project in Tel Aviv continues to offer support to traumatized Eritreans in Israel.

Church provides internet in northern Uganda, connects more than computers

The internet system in Uganda was born out of a basic need to communicate safe routes due to terror threats when the Lord's Resistance Army was rampant. Commercial investment is low, but the Catholic Church's network is still online and changing lives.