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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...

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,...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Karen Lee Ziner At World Refugee Day, an Iraqi woman says she feels "like a newborn" as she and her family settle in to Providence. PROVIDENCE -- Two years ago, a U.S. jet dropped a bomb into Ghaydaa Ghalum's kitchen in Baghdad. It happened seconds after a neighbor, angered by the U.S. Army's presence in the area, shot at the jet overhead, Ghalum said. "I covered up my children and saw my house fall apart," Ghalum said. "My daughter was shaking all night and my son kept crying and...

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2008-01-22 19:25:00

Traffic, a joint operation between the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and WWF which monitors wildlife trade, has discovered a surprising new threat to the wildlife of East Africa. Hungry refugees in Tanzanian camps have been hunting wild animals such as buffalo, chimpanzee, and zebra to trade, cook and eat. Tanzania hosts over half a million refugees, more than any other nation in Africa. Most of these refugees live in camps near the nation's border. These camps happen to be located near...

2006-07-31 08:06:33

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - When "Steve" fled Pakistan for Hong Kong to seek political asylum in early 2003, he never dreamed he would be stuck in limbo for more than three-and-a-half years and spend 21 months of that time in detention. "My brother and sister, they were lucky, they didn't come to Hong Kong. They escaped by Russia and went to Geneva," said the soft-spoken, 39-year-old former dress designer who says he was jailed and tortured for his political beliefs. He...

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...

2006-06-13 18:33:52

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Unaccompanied children fleeing to the United States to escape persecution often meet a harsh, hostile reception, slipping through the cracks of a system designed for adults that compounds their trauma, a Harvard University study said on Tuesday. About 8,000 children sought sanctuary in the United States alone -- arriving with no family or adult guardian -- in 2003, the most recent year studied. Many had no legal counsel and were vulnerable to...

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...

2006-04-17 10:19:13

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court overturned on Monday a ruling that federal law for political asylum in the United States covered a white South African family who faced threats from blacks angry at the racism of one of their relatives. The high court unanimously sided with the Justice Department and ruled that a federal appeals court was wrong to decide the issue on its own, instead of sending the case back to immigration authorities for additional review....

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...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.