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September 22, 2007 |
The founder of a nonprofit agency for African refugees in Los Angeles -- an immigrant whom Oprah Winfrey once named a "Phenomenal Woman of the Month" -- has been arrested on 25 charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion and grand theft. Nikki Tesfai, a 53-year-old native of Ethiopia, defrauded the African Community Resource Center of more than $1 million to benefit herself, her relatives and her boyfriend, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
July 5, 2007 |
The first of 700 refugees of the Kunama ethnic group who were displaced by Ethiopia and Eritrea's 1998-2000 border war are being sent to the United States for resettlement, the United Nations refugee agency said. The Kunama people number about 100,000. Their home is in the disputed frontier area between the two African countries.
May 30, 2007
Re "Lebanon's Palestinians live in limbo," May 28 In describing the plight of refugee Palestinians living in Lebanon, The Times puts its finger on the cause of much Middle East unrest: "Palestinians who fled present-day Israel in 1948 and their descendants have lived inside about a dozen ghettos" scattered throughout Lebanon. Left unsaid was that they fled from Israeli terror tactics aimed at driving them out of their ancestral lands. Until these and other refugee Palestinians are allowed to return to the land from which they were unjustly driven by Israel and enfranchised with a vote, there will be no peace in the Middle East.
March 3, 2006 |
An American working for UNICEF was released by his kidnappers, Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi said. Gedi promised to investigate a warlord's claim that another U.N. agency owed him money. Robert McCarthy was abducted Wednesday in Afmadow, 260 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, U.N. officials said. Gedi said he spoke with the warlord responsible for the abduction. He said he had received documents from the warlord that showed a U.N.
June 29, 2005 |
An American was appointed to lead the U.N. agency trying to care for 4 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said. Karen Koning Abu Zayd has been the deputy commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East since 2000.
February 21, 2005 |
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers quit Sunday amid a festering controversy over allegations that he sexually harassed female employees at the world body's refugee agency. Just two days after saying he would stay in his post, Lubbers submitted a bitter resignation letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and proclaimed his innocence. The allegation, made by a female employee of the refugee agency in Geneva, was investigated by the United Nations last summer.
September 20, 2004 |
To set up a clinic in Darfur, you need to negotiate with sheiks, teach people how to paint a wall, give impromptu English tests to potential staff and prepare dozens of documents to satisfy a bureaucracy ravenous for paperwork. Hundreds of humanitarian workers and journalists have landed in the small town of Nyala near this camp in the southern part of western Sudan's Darfur region in recent months, the aid staff in a hurry to get help to desperate people fleeing murderous militias.
March 20, 2003 |
A solitary earthmover interrupts the horizon of this bleak border wasteland, as a relentless dry wind scours the shadeless desert. There's almost nothing here, yet thousands of refugees fleeing a war in Iraq may soon have to call this home, at least temporarily. Despite the long lead-up to war, preparations for the refugees' arrival leave much to be desired: Latrines are still being erected, tents are not yet in place, and there is little of the usual refugee camp infrastructure in sight.
June 17, 2002 |
The U.N. refugee agency will start sending home 470,000 Angolan refugees next year after combatants agreed in April to a cease-fire ending a 27-year war in their country, officials said. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees agreed with the government of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos last week to start repatriation in January.
February 28, 2002 |
The mother of seven children living in a Liberian refugee camp faced a stark choice: Watch her family starve, or let her young daughter be sexually abused by humanitarian aid workers in exchange for the very food rations, medicines and relief supplies sent to save their lives. Her choice was a matter of survival, she said. "When the food finishes, my youngest child keeps crying and pulling on my skirt," the mother said. "What do you think you can do if your daughter brings you some?"