October 31, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Jordan has denied entry to "hundreds, if not thousands," of refugees fleeing the fighting in neighboring Syria, Amnesty International said Thursday. In a 40-page report, the rights group accused the Jordanian government of discriminating against certain categories of refugees, including stateless Palestinians and Iraqi nationals. Amnesty International also charges that Jordan has sometimes closed the border to refugees and that hundreds have been forced to return to Syria from Jordanian territory.
April 10, 2013 |
Jordan on Wednesday opened a second camp to shelter the increasing numbers of refugees pouring out of Syria, one day after a United Nations official warned that the regional crisis had hit “a breaking point.” About 100 Syrians arrived Wednesday at the Mrajeeb Fhood camp, said Andrew Harper, the U.N. refugee agency representative in Jordan. The new camp, funded by the United Arab Emirates and operated by its Red Crescent Society, is equipped with solar power and a water treatment plant, Harper said.
March 1, 2011 |
Moammar Kadafi's loyalists appeared to have strengthened their grip on the Libyan capital, while chaos roiled much of the country and spilled over its borders in a wave of frightened refugees. The unrest in Libya has left hundreds dead and nearly frozen the country's oil-based economy. The United Nations reported Monday that more than 100,000 refugees, many of them laborers from nearby countries, have fled to Tunisia and Egypt over the last week to escape destitution and an outbreak of violence that has drawn international condemnation.
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March 29, 2010 |
Bomb blasts, torture and years of exile had all but ruined the Azeez family of Iraq. So the news sounded promising: Their refugee application had been approved. Abdul, his wife, Haifaa, and their four adult children were coming to America. The family of Mandeans, a persecuted religious minority in Iraq, had left behind almost everything in their Baghdad home but planned to create a new life in El Cajon. One year later, Abdul, 49, fiddles with worry beads as he paces in his two-bedroom town house.
December 11, 2012 |
BEIRUT - More than half a million Syrian refugees are seeking international aid, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 a day as violence continues to rage in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. The onset of winter-like weather has posed new perils for those seeking asylum outside of war-ravaged Syria. “Winter can be extremely harsh, particularly when you've got people already weakened by the ordeal of coming out of Syria,” said Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency.
August 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - International concern is rising as Syria's neighboring countries, overburdened with refugees fleeing the war, are sharply reducing the number they allow into their territory. Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, which have taken 1.1 million of the 1.9 million Syrians who have left the country, have reduced entry sharply, worried about the cost of caring for the refugees and the risk they may pose. “Tens of thousands of people are at risk of being trapped,” Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's commissioner for humanitarian aid, said in an interview in Washington earlier this week.