Latest Refugee Camp News

Funding Crisis Threatens World's Largest Refugee Camp
Several international aid groups working in Kenya are warning that a critical funding shortage is threatening tens of thousands of lives at the world's largest refugee camp. The group of eight aid agencies, including Oxfam and Save the Children, said …
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Jordan opens new refugee camp for Syrians
MAFRAQ, Jordan – Jordan opened a new refugee camp Tuesday near the border with Syria to accommodate the growing number of people fleeing the deadly violence in the neighboring country, days after the U.N. refugee agency appealed to the kingdom to …
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Syrian activists: Mortars strike Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing 21
… 7:51 AM CDT in. Mortars rained down on a crowded marketplace in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, killing 21 people as regime forces and rebels clashed on the southern outskirts of Damascus, activists said Friday. Article continues …
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Numbers of Syrian displaced rises as violence continues unabated

With armed violence raging in Syria’s most populous city, thousands of frightened residents are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other national…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR delivers aid to over 30,000 displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

In Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, more than 30,000 people affected by recent inter-communal clashes have received UNHCR emergency supplies. As we speak, additional tents are being airlifted from the…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek’s journey home

The former refugee met with recent arrivals from Sudan and stressed her commitment to support programmes helping returnees settle back home.
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

Iraqi Refugees: Will the Nightmare Ever End?

Iraqi Refugees: Will the Nightmare Ever End?
According to a 2010 report by Refugees International, the U.S. had resettled some 48000 Iraqis in our country. When our last combat troops pulled out of Iraq in August 2010, more than a year after Obama assumed the presidency, 500000 Iraqi refugees …
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Talks to repatriate Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu
The External Affairs, Defence, Resettlement and Lands Ministries have been entrusted with formulating a policy with regard to refugees while Defence and External Affairs Ministries will hold bi-lateral discussions. The UN refugee agency facilitated the …
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Community mourns Goliad 23
A Guatemalan boy was also released from a San Antonio hospital and placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The other six remain hospitalized, according to officials. Following …
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Repaying Refugee Airfare

Recently I saw a video on YouTube about refugee repayment of the airfare loan.  It’s a good video, which I have embedded below.

There are some comments on the YouTube site, but I am bringing it to this blog because of YouTube’s comment space limitations.  They allow up to 500 characters in a comment and that’s often not enough to explain details on a subject that deserves more awareness.

If you want to chime in on this subject, you are welcome to  comment below.  There has also been some commentary on Facebook, but the conversation is harder to find there.

UN Refugee Chief expresses grave concern over numbers of people displaced by violence in Syria

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today expressed his growing concern for the dramatic numbers of people who are fleeing their homes in Syria.
“With the spread of deadly…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

Benfica and UNHCR score for needy in Mali and Kenya refugee camp

Benfica beat Luis Figo’s side of stars 5-1 at the match in Lisbon kicked off by legend Eusebio and attended by UNHCR’s Portugese chief, António Guterres.
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

High Commissioner Guterres in Thailand/Myanmar mission

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is currently in Bangkok, and earlier today met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A common understanding was established to guarantee the voluntariness…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

“10 Million To 1” – Spirit FM 90.5 Interview

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jamie Derzypolski of Spirit FM 90.5, in Tampa.  This was aired just days before World Refugee Day 2012.  The interview is nearly a half hour long, full of good information about refugees and resettlement.

Just click the play button below to listen…

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Latest Refugee Camp News

Yida refugee camp swells to 60000 North Sudanese
Photos and text by Paula Bronstein / Getty Images The Yida refugee camp in South Sudan has swollen to nearly 60000 as refugees flee from South Kordofan in North Sudan. Refugees are arriving at 300-600 a day, some walking five days and some walking …
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Palestinians detain dozens in weapons crackdown
JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has launched his broadest weapons crackdown in years, for the first time confronting his own loyalists, including rogue security officers and gunmen linked to his Fatah movement.
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More people are risking lives in the Caribbean to reach safety

UNHCR is very concerned by the loss of life we are seeing in maritime incidents in the Caribbean among people trying to escape difficult conditions in Haiti.
On Tuesday July 10, a woman drowned when a…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR puts priority on health for refugees flooding into South Sudan

UNHCR and partners undertake a mass health screening to obtain data on mortality rates and vaccination across refugee sites in South Sudan states.
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR and partners to examine improving resettlement for refugees in need, at July 9-11 meeting

UNHCR and its partners are meeting between Monday and Wednesday of next week in Geneva to look at ways to better help the 859,300 refugees globally for whom resettlement is the only possible solution to…
UNHCR | The UN Refugee Agency

Sudanese refugees face growing health crisis

Sudanese refugees face growing health crisis
A Sudanese family rests along a road they have been walking for the past three days, on July 6, 2012 along the border road inside South Sudan. Many refugees have been walking for 4 to 5 days from inside Sudan to get to Yida refugee camp from the Nuba …
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UN urges Jordan to open camp for Syrian refugees
UN urges Jordan to open camp for Syrian refugees. Jordan must open a refugee camp for thousands of Syrians fleeing the fighting in their country, a U.N. official said Tuesday, just hours after another 1000 crossed the border. By DALE GAVLAK. Associated …
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Asylum seekers frustrated with resettlement process

Asylum seekers frustrated with resettlement process
Refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia, many of whom fled persecution and conflict in their home countries, say they are being driven to get on boats for Australia out of frustration with the resettlement process. “It's been two years that I have …
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Teenage refugees overcome obstacles to graduate in Utah
Despite the tremendous challenges, Mbaogu's journey would end in Salt Lake City, where he's receiving an education thanks to assistance from the Catholic Community Services Refugee Resettlement Program, an organization that provides foster services …
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UN rebuffs approach to help relocate refugees
THE United Nations' refugee agency has rejected a request from the Gillard government to help resettle refugees deemed security risks by ASIO, saying they were unlikely to meet any of the criteria in the agency's resettlement handbook. The rejection …
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