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December 28, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's efforts over the last decade to open its shores to Indochinese refugees have hardly been something to boast about, particularly for a country that has vowed to assume the burdens of global leadership. When the industrialized nations of the West were inundated with hundreds of thousands of "boat people" in the late 1970s, Japanese officials announced that they would take a mere 500 for permanent resettlement on these crowded, "racially homogenous" islands.
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December 28, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's efforts over the last decade to open its shores to Indochinese refugees have hardly been something to boast about, particularly for a country that has vowed to assume the burdens of global leadership. When the industrialized nations of the West were inundated with hundreds of thousands of "boat people" in the late 1970s, Japanese officials announced that they would take a mere 500 for permanent resettlement on these crowded, "racially homogenous" islands.
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October 4, 1999 | Associated Press
The Indonesian government will let the United Nations fly refugees home to East Timor from their squalid camps in West Timor, U.N. officials said Sunday, offering hope to more than 100,000 people evicted from their homeland. Craig Sanders, who is leading a U.N. assessment mission in West Timor, said some refugees could be taken back on U.N.-chartered flights as early as Wednesday. In Geneva, U.N.
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April 26, 1995 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the international image of his government horribly tarnished, Rwanda's military leader asked the world Tuesday not to rush to judgment about the killings at Kibeho camp, arguing that his soldiers were up against an organized enemy militia--not helpless refugees. Paul Kagame, who holds the rank of vice president and defense minister but who is Rwanda's most powerful government official, said his soldiers faced a mass charge, orchestrated by a Hutu militia.
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August 22, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Zairian paratroopers enforced a border blockade against fleeing Rwandans on Sunday by firing gunshots over the heads of thousands--but they later relented and opened a back door for refugees to escape. In so doing, Zaire traded one crisis for another. By striving to defuse an explosive confrontation at the Rusizi River bridge, the nation seemed to accept its grim fate as the new home for tens of thousands more refugees.
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November 10, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Branislava Brkljac, a Serbian refugee who lives in a former barracks here and earns a bit of money selling clothes at a sidewalk stall, often visits her native Sarajevo to see her brother and check out the home she dreams of getting back. "I have an apartment, but now there is a Muslim family living in it," Brkljac, 50, said of her home in the capital of neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. "He was a fighter in their army, so it will be very difficult to get them out." Brkljac is one of about 1.
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