• Refugees


    Children Trapped in Syria Suffering From the War

    by  • May 8, 2013 • Human Rights, Middle East, Refugees, Security Council • 

    Syrian child in a Jordanian refugee camp

    As the Syrian government increasingly resorts to using heavy armaments and long-distance aircraft — and possibly chemical weapons — to attack the opposition movement and other enemies, the risk of children being killed or maimed in the fighting has risen sharply, says the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children [...]

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    Western Sahara: A Chance for Change or to Stay Stuck in Time

    by  • April 10, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Refugees, Security Council • 

    MINURSO Monitors Ceasefire in Western Sahara

    The saga of Western Sahara, a disputed territory that has been stuck in limbo in North Africa for decades, will receive its annual nod this month by the United Nations Security Council, but this time actual changes may be afoot if the council acts more decisively, particularly on human-rights matters. Christopher Ross, the UN secretary-general’s [...]

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    Nursing Fellow Burmese in Thailand Against Many Odds

    by  • June 21, 2012 • Asia, Human Rights, Refugees • 3 Comments

    Dr. Maung

    GENEVA — Dr. Cynthia Maung doesn’t care that much about the high-level Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainability this week. And it doesn’t matter to her that the country she lives in, Thailand, is advancing a green agenda. Dr. Maung, a general practitioner, prefers to see action on the ground to help the refugee and [...]

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    A Tenuous Life for Malian Refugees in the Desert

    by  • June 11, 2012 • Africa, Refugees • 2 Comments

    UN refugee camp Mauritania

    MBERA REFUGEE CAMP, Mauritania — One major fallout from the eruptions that began between Tuareg rebels in northern Mali and government troops last winter— spurred by NATO’s war in Libya, which sent thousands of Tuaregs back home to Mali with Libyan military weapons — was not only a coup d’état but also an influx of [...]

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    A Transition in Sight for Mali

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Africa, Refugees • 1 Comment


    BAMAKO, Mali — The junta that upended the country here on March 22 has agreed to hand over power to Dioncounda Traore, the president of the National Assembly, in the next few days. Mali was set to hold a presidential election on April 29 before a junior military officer and his entourage ousted the president, [...]

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    Refugees Settling in the US Reaches 3 Million Mark

    by  • February 27, 2012 • Refugees, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    afghan refugees

    Since 1975, three million refugees have settled in the United States, the world’s largest recipient of distressed or endangered people seeking permanent new homes. The US is also the largest financial contributor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, say new figures from the State Department and the UN refugee agency. Canada and the US [...]

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