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2009-06-17 11:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of World Refugee Day, basketball star Tracy McGrady has made a donation to the Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools Program to support a Darfuri refugee camp school for one year. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, will use McGrady's generous donation to begin building and rehabilitating a school this fall serving Darfuri children living in a refugee camp in Chad.   The U.N. World Refugee Day seeks to call...

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2009-06-05 12:25:00

U.S. actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has penned an essay for Time magazine, calling for more help for those suffering in war-torn Darfur. Usmagazine.com said the Oscar-winning mother of six points out in her article that millions of people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been killed in the region. She also emphasized nothing changed since she first visited Chad and met with refugees from Darfur in in 2004. Darfur has almost disappeared from the news, and...

2009-06-02 09:50:00

Immediate Funds to Improve Care and Protection of Migrant Children in South Africa NEW YORK, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Not On Our Watch, the international advocacy and aid organization founded by actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and human rights lawyer David Pressman, has awarded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF a grant of $438,000 to assist at-risk Zimbabwean refugee children living on the South Africa-Zimbabwe border. The grant will...

2009-05-29 04:00:00

STOCKHOLM, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Red Cross are asking people to pledge their support to refugees by collectively 'changing their online status' across all social networks, instant messenger and email during Refugee Week (15th-21st June). This is the first time that a charity has created an online movement to pledge support and tackle discrimination via online profiles. Refugees arriving in the UK are often labelled as a group, saddled with the same "refugee" label...

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2009-04-07 19:42:31

Refugees International has announced plans to honor U.S. media mogul Ted Turner at its 30th anniversary gala in Washington. Turner is to receive the group's 2009 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award May 7 at the dinner to be held at the Embassy of Italy. Mr. Turner will be recognized for his inspiring commitment to humanitarian issues, including the establishment of the United Nations Foundation and the creation of CNN, which is renowned for bringing humanitarian crises to light, organizers of...

2009-04-02 16:32:00

Experts to Analyze Needs of Displaced Iraqis as Security Improves in Iraq WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ken Bacon, president of Refugees International, and Kristele Younes, senior advocate at Refugees International, will analyze how the new security climate in Iraq has not yet translated into increased services for displaced Iraqis at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, in the Zenger Room, 529 14th St., N.W., 13th floor. (Logo:...

2009-03-31 18:45:00

LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United States prepares to reduce troop levels in Iraq, the health and welfare of as many as 4.7 million displaced civilians in the region remain at great risk unless there is high-level U.S. engagement and a strategy for addressing Iraq's socioeconomic needs. In prepared remarks delivered Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, International Medical Corps President & CEO Nancy...

2009-03-22 14:44:05

A 41-year-old Cuban refugee living in Miami says he retrofitted a fluorescent green pickup truck to honor a failed Florida Straits crossing. Luis Grass said the truck pays homage to a pickup he used in an attempt to float a group of Cuban refugees from their native land to the shores of the United States, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. ''My dream was to build a replica of the truck that was used in the first attempt, to keep it as a museum piece. And here it is, six years after the voyage,...

2009-03-17 14:25:00

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drawings created by refugee children who escaped the violence in Darfur are on exhibit at Boston College's Gargan Hall through March 27. The drawings are part of a collection of some 500 drawings that have been submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as evidence of war crimes perpetrated by Sudanese officials against the people of Darfur. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090317/DC85076) The exhibition,...

2009-02-07 12:26:30

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie says Thailand should offer aid to thousands of refugees who have entered the Asian country after fleeing Myanmar. Jolie, according to a released U.N. statement, said Thailand should extend additional freedoms to the estimated 111,000 refugees currently living along the Thai-Myanmar border, CNN reported Saturday. Jolie visited a northern Thailand refugee camp Wednesday along with her boyfriend, actor Brad Pitt. The visit by the Hollywood stars marked Jolie's most...