HEADLINES: Refugees

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The United Nations says Somali refugees are still pouring into Kenya despite efforts to alleviate drought and famine conditions in southern Somalia. During the first week in August, an average of 1,500 Somalis arrived each day at the Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya.  That number was up from July. The international famine relief effort appears to have gained momentum in recent days, as militant group al-Shabab withdrew its forces from the Somali capital Mogadishu. [Voice of America]

In related news, Somalis fleeing drought and famine are seeking shelter in the capital, Mogadishu, as well as in the neighboring countries of Kenya and Ethiopia. In northeastern Kenya, hundreds of thousands of Somalis are at the Dadaab refugee camps, while in southeastern Ethiopia, many thousands have gathered near the town of Dolo Ado, where there’s an overcrowded transit center. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration are relocating refugees to nearby camps. [Voice of America]

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Australia’s highest court on Monday extended an injunction stopping the deportation of asylum seekers to Malaysia, delaying a controversial refugee-swap deal between the two countries. Lawyers representing a group of boat people who were to have been deported on Monday argued in the High Court that the government did not have the legal power to send them to Malaysia. Judge Kenneth Hayne ruled that there was “a sufficiently serious question” to be referred to the full court. [Reuters]

 

 

 

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