January 18, 2004 |
Nursing her year-old daughter under a tree, Zaina Kisa talks softly about how her life was destroyed when she was raped by 10 rebels from neighboring Burundi and conceived the child. "There is no future here for a woman stigmatized by rape," the 20-year-old woman said. "Many times I look at this child and remember the horror and pain of that day.... But she is a victim too because she will never know her father."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1998 |
Irena Janjic and her family left Bosnia six years ago with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, fleeing a war that ravaged their lives as well as their hometown of Sarajevo. In April, 19-year-old Irena arrived in the United States and now has what often eludes arriving refugees: a job.
August 18, 1998 |
Alarmed by war clouds forming over Europe, a small group of prominent citizens convened by Albert Einstein met in an apartment here in 1933 to plot the escape of opponents to Adolf Hitler. Out of that meeting, the International Rescue Committee was born.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2011 |
Owliya Dima scanned the bare apartment, noting the only new items the family owned: six white pillows stacked on two box springs that were missing their mattresses. In the living room were three mismatched sofas donated by a church. One of the few items in the kitchen was an old skillet that the refugee family had brought from Iraq. The father, Hussam Zabiba, held up a handful of miniature shampoo and soap bottles for Dima to see. "Hotel," he explained. Dima, an Ethiopian Muslim who had been a refugee herself nearly three decades ago, moved through the two-bedroom Anaheim apartment with an Arabic interpreter, compiling a list of needed items.
November 4, 1991 |
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is denying Kurds in the mountains of northern Iraq food and fuel as winter closes in, relief workers say. "Time is running out in the mountains," said Scott Portman, head of the U.S. International Rescue Committee. While the blockade is not total, it could wreck efforts to stockpile supplies and shelters before winter takes hold. The blockade has created shortages in northern Iraq and thrown Kurds there into a panic, the relief workers reported.
May 29, 1999
A roundup of events as NATO airstrikes continue in Yugoslavia: * Belgrade: Russian envoy meets with Yugoslav president for nine hours. * New York: Aid group says it plans to airdrop food, other supplies into Kosovo. * Albania: Army stages war games simulating defense against Serbian attack. * Bosnia-Herzegovina: Yugoslav forces enter nation, detain six NATO peacekeepers.