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2011-06-24 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In Dec. 1950, Korea's northeast seaside town Heungnam was at the critical state: 105,000 American military members and 100,000 refugees were hemmed in by Chinese Reds and the North Korean military. Against an enemy's attack, a shortage of troopships, and dreadful cold, refugees' starvation was inevitable. In this poor situation, the American and Korean military gave up numerous war supplies and created the most loving and touching humanitarian...

2011-06-10 14:44:00

CHICAGO, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Relief Chicago is pleased to announce our celebration of World Refugee Day on Friday, June 17(th), 2011 from 3-6pm. World Relief Chicago welcomes all members of the community to join us in celebrating the lives of refugees on Friday, June 17(th) from 3-6pm. The program will highlight the journey of refugees to freedom and self-sufficiency. Additionally, we are joined in celebration by the YOURS orchestra in Albany Park; a unique...

2011-06-07 19:52:38

Media often portray so-called hidden refugees as individuals who spend their days hiding behind closed curtains, and this leads to false perceptions of these people living underground and outside society. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, explores how the hidden refugees, the non-citizens, navigate in the city environment. 'The interviewed individuals taught me that "hiding" is rather a matter of passing unnoticed on the streets of a busy city. They talked about the...

2011-05-31 08:37:00

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) has announced the launch of its Syrian humanitarian campaign to aid civilians fleeing violence to neighboring Lebanon. According to Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), more than 6,000 Syrians have fled the escalating violence, heading to the Akkar region of Lebanon. Akkar faces difficulties in absorbing these refugees: It is an impoverished region of Lebanon where more than 50% of inhabitants live under the poverty...

2011-04-18 06:00:00

New Blue Key Campaign for Refugees Urges Americans to Take Action WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a new movement in social activism, the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (USA for UNHCR) is calling on Americans to play a role in ending forest depletion around African refugee camps. The issue is a growing problem that harms the fragile ecosystems surrounding these vulnerable areas and contributes to physical...

2011-04-12 15:10:51

New research suggests that a high number of Iraqi refugees are affected by brain and nervous system disorders, including those who are victims of torture and the disabled. The late-breaking research will be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, April 9 "“ 16, 2011, in Honolulu. The United Nations estimates that there are several thousand Iraqi refugees living in the United States and the number is rising yearly. "There are an estimated 40 million...

2011-04-06 10:00:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in the scrubland of northwestern Kenya now have access to higher education, following the launch by Jesuit Refugee Service of a distance-education project in collaboration with U.S. universities. The Jesuit Commons -- Higher Education at the Margins project offers a dynamic and flexible model of higher education to refugees, promoting education as a fundamental human right. In Kakuma, at least 100...

2011-01-20 13:16:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A path-breaking new study of North Korea from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, based on large-scale and unprecedented refugee surveys in China and South Korea, finds that a great many transformations are under way in one of the most isolated, poorly understood and dictatorial countries on earth. In their new book, Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea, authors Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland...

2010-10-13 08:00:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the greatest albums in rock history gets even better with the November 9 release on Backstreet/Geffen/UMe of the expanded and remastered Deluxe Edition of Damn The Torpedoes from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Deluxe Edition release will be available with a choice of four formats (1) on two-CDs, (2) on one audiophile quality Blu-ray disc, (3) on 2 180-gram vinyl LPs and (4) as an iTunes LP. To watch a mini film on Damn The...

2010-10-04 07:15:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network today announced a grant of up to $2.6M over three years to Refugees United, a nonprofit organization that uses an online forum and mobile phones to help refugees reunite with family. The grant will be used to expand the nonprofit's operations by augmenting its technology platforms, recruiting developers, and developing new partnerships with international refugee agencies. Stephen King, senior director,...