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    Women Refugees in Germany Demand Better Conditions, and the Government Responds

    by  • October 2, 2014 • Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    Elizabeth Nagri

    BERLIN, Germany – António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, recently praised Germany’s asylum policy, calling it a “positive example for other European states to follow.” In the streets of Berlin, however, the situation appears to be far from positive. In the last few months, the German capital has experienced several high-profile demonstrations...

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    As Africa’s Population Growth Explodes, Its Children Lose Out

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Governance, Health and Population, Refugees • 7 Comments
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    Malian Boy

    Among a clutch of new studies surveying the fate of children globally in 2014, a year that may be remembered as the most violent and catastrophic in more than half a century, Unicef has looked into the future of Africa and found that an unexpectedly persistent population boom is not only robbing children of...

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    The Syrian Refugee Crisis Poses Ethical Questions for the UN and Others

    by  • July 28, 2014 • Middle East, Refugees • 
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    The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. MILMA KETTUNEN

    Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, 2.9 million people have fled the country to refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and beyond. This has not only destabilized many Middle Eastern countries, but it has also caused continuous public debates inside nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations over what the...

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    Children Trapped in Syria Suffering From the War

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

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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 • 
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    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...

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    Malian Refugees Want to Return Home, but Conditions May Be Unsafe

    by  • January 31, 2013 • Africa, Refugees • 1 Comment
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    Malian refugees from Diabaly, near a security checkpoint.

    The United Nations is expecting a fresh humanitarian upheaval in Mali as people who have been living since last spring in refugee camps in neighboring nations in West Africa or who relocated to the capital, Bamako, start streaming back to their homes in the north of the country. Nearly 380,000 Malians fled to camps...

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    Nursing Fellow Burmese in Thailand Against Many Odds

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

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