HEADLINES: Refugees

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The United Nations High Commission on Refugees published a feature article on a new refugee camp being built in Dadaab, Kenya to take in this summer’s sudden influx of new refugees out of Somalia. The new camp, called “Ifo Extension,” is its namesake: an extension of the older camp Ifo. The UNHCR article glimpses into a bit of the struggles and also the new hope emerging in the refugee camp.  Take a look at the article, and get a broader picture of Iso Extension beyond numbers and statistics. [UNHCR]

There are more than 3,500 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, as reported the UNHCR. The refugees are fleeing from the Syrian government crack-down on pro-democracy protesters. Many refugees end up with Lebanese host families, but over 100 are being sheltered in schools. According to UNHCR, more than 2,600 Syrians have been killed since the protests in Syria began 6 months ago. [Reuters]

Over 3,000 young Eritreans have fled the small east African country every month, escaping human rights abuses including forced conscription into the Eritrean army. Those who attempt to leave risk their lives at the heavily militarized border. Often considered the trouble maker of the region, Eritrea has one of the worst human rights records in the world. Jenny Vaughan, AFP reporter, interviewed several of these young refugees in Shire, Ethiopia. [AFP]

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