December 16, 1990
Letter writer John L. Ritter (Letters From Readers, Dec. 2) should read America's history more carefully. The people he calls Colonists were indeed refugees from adverse conditions in Northern Europe. These refugees colonized the New England states. Because they were first refugees, we refer to them as Colonists. John L. Ritter should get off his high horse because his ancestors are just as much refugees as are mine who landed on the eastern shore in 1698. SUZANNE ANDERSON Albuquerque, N.M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2009 |
During the holidays, Phuong Pham is reminded of a Vietnamese proverb: Whatever tree you eat from, remember the one who planted it. More than 30 years ago, on the day Saigon fell to Communist forces, Pham and his family scrambled aboard a South Vietnam ship bound for the South China Sea. Pham, carrying only some photos and a small bag with clothes, thought he had lost everything. But after arriving at a U.S. refugee center in Pennsylvania, Pham was matched with a nearby parish that became his family's sponsors.
July 14, 2011 |
To save themselves, Rahmo Ibrahim Madey and three of her children escaped on foot this month from southern Somalia's Bakol region — a drought-racked land controlled by the Islamist militants of the Shabab group. Less than 20 miles from their destination, the battered capital of Mogadishu, Madey's 1-year-old daughter, Fadumo, died of starvation. Days later, under a shelter of plastic sheeting and castaway fabric at one of the makeshift refugee camps in the capital, the 29-year-old mother spooned small helpings of porridge into the mouth of her 4-year-old daughter, Batulo.
January 15, 2010 |
The alarm clock's 3 a.m. ring awakened Rudra Kuikel and his eldest daughter, Thagi, in their lightly furnished south Philadelphia apartment. An hour later, they were headed to a packaged-food plant where father and daughter chopped lettuce for eight hours, netting $50 each after taxes and paying $5 each for transportation. The Kuikel family, ethnic Nepalese Hindus who once lived in Bhutan, includes wife Jasodha; son Indra, 19; daughter Tulasha, 13; Thagi, 22; and Rudra, 51. The family fled Bhutan in 1992 after new citizenship laws made it impossible for them to stay in the nation of 691,000 citizens, which straddles India's border with China.
September 13, 1989 |
Cambodian children in a refugee camp frantically chase a truck delivering food. A Guatemalan boy, wistfully peering from a bus, sees the hills of his homeland for the first time in five years. A cooking pot-helmet her only protection, a frightened African woman flees strafing Ethiopian MIGs with her daughter in tow.
January 29, 2014 |
LONDON - Bowing to increasing pressure, Britain will offer refuge to several hundred Syrians fleeing their country's civil war, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday. The decision comes after weeks of contentious debate over the government's non-participation in a United Nations program that aims to resettle some 30,000 Syrian refugees in willing host countries. Wednesday's announcement came after lobbying from opposition members and Liberal Democrats within Britain's Conservative-led coalition government, as well as from humanitarian organizations.
September 3, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- As the United States debates whether to strike at Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday that the number of Syrians who have fled their homeland has exceeded 2 million -- a figure rising daily as the conflict in that country continues to rage. The U.N. and refugee agencies highlighted the gloomy milestone in a bid to to spur international support and fund-raising for relief efforts. At this crucial moment, the U.N. said, humanitarian agencies have less than half of the funds required to meet basic refugee needs.
October 27, 2002 |
ERENHOT, China -- It is their last supper together, and the shepherd has gathered his small flock of North Koreans around a table piled with steaming plates of shredded pork, rice and braised tofu. But the seven refugees are too nervous to do more than nibble. Among them: a woman claiming to be an elite worker in North Korea's nuclear missile program; a muscular former soldier whose heavily scarred arms attest to a previous escape attempt; a woman who had been sold as a bride. Urged to "be strong, be cold," she is leaving her toddler behind.
February 15, 2010 |
Holding her baby above her head, Rihanna Mohammed tumbled out of a boat in rough seas and swam to the Yemeni shore. "It is a wicked, wicked journey," said the refugee from Somalia, her feet wrinkled and yellowed, her face speckled white with sand. "Waves were crashing over us the whole way. We were terrified." But she was lucky. Mohammed, her 1-year-old daughter and 48 others made it alive, fleeing the war and poverty of their native land for the uncertainties of a new one. Thousands make the journey every week in fleets of battered fishing boats sailed by smugglers.
August 19, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Thousands of Syrians, mostly ethnic Kurds, crossed from Syria into Iraq on Monday in what has become one of the largest sustained refugee flows in the more than two years since the Syrian conflict began. They are not fleeing clashes between government forces and rebels, but are running away from a spinoff conflict: the raging battle between Kurdish militiamen and Islamist Arab rebels for control of large swaths of northern Syria, home to most of Syria's Kurdish minority.