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2006-06-22 07:35:00

By Daniel Flynn DAKAR (Reuters) - Crippled by polio and fleeing civil war in his native Ivory Coast, Bakary Kone thought he had found asylum when Spanish coastguards picked up his small boat packed with West African immigrants. But his ordeal as a refugee had only just begun. After 40 days in a detention center on the Canary Islands, the Ivorian was put on a flight which left him stranded and penniless in dry Mauritania, far from his steamy home. Spanish authorities had explained he could...

2006-06-09 07:16:42

By Nizam Ahmed KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Zafar Alam, like thousands of other Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar living in Bangladesh refugee camps, says he will never go home. He is one of more than 21,000 Rohingyas living in two camps at Kutupalong and Nayapara in the Cox's Bazar district, 280 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka, who fear persecution by authorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar if they return. "They will torture us and put us into prisons for long years or for...

2006-06-01 07:56:29

By Jonathan Saul and Elana Ringler KIBBUTZ EIN GEDI, Israel (Reuters) - Taking a deep puff on his cigarette, Sudanese refugee Sanka says sneaking across the desert border from Egypt into Israel was perilous, but worth it -- despite being sent to jail. "There were Israeli and Egyptian soldiers on both sides. I could have been shot at any time as that place is a firing zone," said Sanka, now taking refuge in this quiet Israeli communal farm overlooking the crystal waters of the Dead...

2006-03-17 04:59:42

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Contrary to popular belief, the number of people seeking asylum in the West has halved over the last five years to the lowest level in nearly two decades, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Asylum applications lodged in 50 industrialized countries fell sharply for a fourth year in a row to 336,000 claims in 2005, according to provisional annual figures, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. This was 15 percent...

2006-02-21 08:28:37

By Ed Cropley DOI TAILANG, Myanmar (Reuters) - For 37-year-old Sri Falung, pleasure is merely the absence of pain. A mother of three from eastern Myanmar's Shan ethnic minority, she has eked out a meager existence for the last three years in a jungle guerrilla camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Her children lack all but the most basic schooling and medical care. The hillsides around her bamboo hut are networked with tunnels -- makeshift shelters from the shells and mortar rounds...

2006-02-08 15:28:13

By Amran Abocar TORONTO (Reuters) - Two U.S. army deserters were unfairly denied asylum in Canada partly because the refugee board would not consider the legality of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, their lawyer said on Wednesday. The soldiers want the Federal Court of Canada to overturn an immigration board decision last March that denied them refugee status in Canada. A decision on this round of the judicial process is not expected for several months, and it could take years to...

2006-02-07 17:42:58

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Egyptian who spent almost eight years in American jails without ever being convicted of a crime walked free on Tuesday after a federal judge ordered his release over the objections of the U.S. government. Sameh Khouzam boarded a plane in Cairo to seek political asylum in the United States on February 11, 1998. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport in New York and had been held in jail ever since. Khouzam's detention of seven years and...

2006-02-06 17:06:04

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty still proclaims, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," but human rights activists say the traditional U.S. role in accepting people fleeing persecution has been badly eroded in recent years. "Over the last several years, more and more hurdles have been imposed on people seeking asylum," said Stephen Yale-Loehr who teaches immigration law at Cornell University Law School. These...

2006-01-27 07:51:26

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday that 14 of the 183 Sudanese detained in Egypt deserve refugee status, but urged authorities not to deport any of the jailed group due to instability in their homeland. Egyptian police originally rounded up more than 600 Sudanese who were part of a group that staged a three-month protest that ended in violent clashes and more than two dozen refugee deaths in December, but has released more than 440. A team of legal experts from the...

2006-01-06 11:12:15

CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency said on Friday it had interviewed most of some 600 Sudanese whom Egypt wants to deport because it says they are illegal immigrants. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked the government not to deport any of the group, who were detained after a Sudanese protest last month ended in clashes with police. Twenty-seven Sudanese were killed in the violence. The agency has been given access to determine the legal status of those in...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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