HEADLINES: Refugees

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According to the latest profiling data collected by UNHCR in Ethiopia, recent demographic breakdown of the Somali influx into Ethiopia shows that children under the age of 18 are the largest age group among refugees. Overall, they account for some 80% of the 121,000 refugees sheltered in four camps in south-eastern Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado region. Most families are female-headed households with large numbers of children, including young relatives or orphans. [UNHCR]

LOCAL The organization Soccer Without Borders is gathering refugee students, most from a northeast Baltimore apartment complex where their families were resettled, and uses the game of soccer — a language all the players speak — to try to smooth relations among them in the classroom and off the field. The team, which is a part of the Maryland Central Soccer Association, sponsors a 14-and-under and a 16-and-under team, with 18 members on each. The team members represent nine countries, including Iraq, Bhutan, Nepal, Rwanda, Cameroon and the Pan Africa region. [Baltimore Sun]

Populations on the run during disasters can be tracked by cellphone signals, which could help guide life-saving aid to the right places, a new study has concluded. Relief agencies guessing where to set up tents must rely on sometimes flawed reports from witnesses, traffic monitors, reporters and satellite and aerial photos. According to the study, which appeared last week in the journal PLoS Medicine, researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Columbia University formulated their idea after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and then tried it out in practice during the cholera epidemic that began there 10 months later. [NYTimes]

 

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