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2009-10-13 12:17:00

Forgotten or Forsaken? UN refugee chief says international community needs to "wake up" to plight of refugees stranded in desert for decades in "precarious conditions" WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only weeks after news reports citing the UN's refugee chief saying tens of thousands of refugees had been "forgotten" in remote desert camps in Algeria, a new study, "Group Rights & International Law: Case Study of the Sahrawi Refugees in Algeria," published by the...

2009-10-08 14:41:00

Forgotten or Forsaken? UN refugee chief says international community needs to "wake up" to plight of refugees stranded in desert for decades in "precarious conditions" WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only weeks after news reports citing the UN's refugee chief saying tens of thousands of refugees had been "forgotten" in remote desert camps in Algeria, a new study, "Group Rights & International Law: Case Study of the Sahrawi Refugees in Algeria," published by the...

2009-09-25 10:00:00

LISBON, Portugal, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Portuguese energy group, EDP, in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, has announced the launch of a pilot project for the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. The announcement was made during the 5th annual Clinton Global Initiative conference, taking place from 22 to 25 September in New York. The pilot project is part of EDP's work with HELPIN, a network of Portuguese partners for providing international aid to...

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2009-07-24 09:09:29

U.S. film star and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visited displaced families in Iraq Thursday, the U.N. Refugee Agency confirmed. People.com said the trip was Jolie's third to the war-torn region. The Oscar-winning actress and mother of six children spent Thursday with four families, who are displaced from the district of Abu Ghraib and who complained they can't afford to pay for various medical expenses and their children can't go to school. It takes a lot of strength for...

2009-07-21 11:28:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the eve of marking its milestone Centennial and in a year in which its work to reduce poverty in America has never been more challenging--or more essential, Catholic Charities USA announces its 2009 Volunteer of the Year co-winners, who symbolize the organization's rich history of volunteer service and performance: Dr. William Rainford, Ph.D. , M.S.W., associate professor and chair, Master of Social Work program, Boise State...

2009-06-29 09:55:00

WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ante Up for Africa will support Refugees International's efforts for the displaced people of Darfur and all of Sudan as part of its charity celebrity poker tournament in Las Vegas on July 2, 2009. The event is hosted by WSOP Bracelet Winner and Celebrity Apprentice Star Annie Duke and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Brad Garrett planning to attend. Professional poker players and Refugees International...

2009-06-19 09:06:00

Ruth Messinger: Members of administration must get on same page to effectively bring peace NEW YORK, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Jewish World Service (AJWS), long involved in the fight against the genocide in Darfur, expressed concern today that the Obama administration is sending contradictory signals in recognizing the magnitude of what has taken place and continues to occur on the ground in Darfur. "We believe that when conditions are as deplorable as they are, when...

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2009-06-19 05:55:00

In recognition of World Refugee Day, 12 hours of live webcasts and chats will bring the world in touch with refugee camps around the world Refugees in global conflict zones often seem viscerally close in spirit, but tangibly remote. Now, for one day, the world will connect directly to refugees from Darfur, central Columbia and other sites in a 12-hour, live webcast. Sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and delivered via the VSee communications...

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2009-06-18 12:40:41

U.S. celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation to aid refugees in Pakistan. People.com quoted Antonio Guterres, the head of the United Nations Refugees Agency, as expressing his gratitude to the foundation for its help in what he described as the most challenging humanitarian crisis of the past decade. More than 2 million people reportedly are displaced in Pakistan. Film stars Jolie and Pitt are the parents of six children....

2009-06-17 21:55:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A U.S. Congressional letter to Secretary of State Clinton regarding the Lao-Hmong refugee crisis in Thailand and Laos was sent today by 31 Members of Congress, as more cosigned the letter prior to transmittal.   "First, we ask you to directly urge the Prime Minister of Thailand and senior Thai military officials to halt the forced repatriation of the Hmong at Huay Nam Khao ... there are currently about 5,000 Hmong refugees... who claim to...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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