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button_icon_refugee_headlinesEvery Wednesday I will bring you refugee-related headlines from around the world. Whether it be covering conflicts fueling refugee crises, conditions in refugee camps, or stories of successful resettlement in America, I will strive to provide you access to all the most important and breaking refugee-related news in one place.

Growth of Portland’s Refugee Community Attributed to ‘Welcoming’ City.  Portland is doing a good job of providing services to its refugee community, said two high-ranking federal officials who visited the city Tuesday. [Portland Press-Herald]

Afraid and Exhausted: Striking Portraits of Mali’s Refugees. Last year, Islamist groups swept into northern Mali, imposing a harsh form of retributive justice marked by executions and amputations. Fleeing their oppressive rule and the ensuing fighting, nearly 230,000 people have been displaced in Mali since early 2012. [Washington Post]

UNHCR Reaches Rebel-Held Area of North Syria for the First Time. The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that for the first time it had reached the opposition-held Azaz area of northern Syria where it found an estimated 45,000 displaced people living in appalling conditions in makeshift camps. [Reuters]

Syrian Refugee Surge Tests Sweden’s Welcome.  Wisam Attiki was drawn by the tales of Nordic refuge: All he had to do was set foot in Sweden, his fellow Syrians said, and the rich, peaceful nation would let him stay.  [Associated Press]

Thousands Displaced in Darfur as Tribes Battle Over Mine. Intense clashes between two Arab tribes fighting over a gold mine in a remote corner of Darfur, Sudan, have displaced around 100,000 people, becoming one of the biggest crises in Darfur in years, United Nations officials said Friday. [New York Times]

Officials: Syrian Refugees Fight Over Tents in Icy Jordanian Refugee Camp.  Officials say clashes have erupted over tent distribution in a Jordanian camp for Syrian refugees, highlighting the difficult living conditions there.  [Associated Press]

Syrian Refugee: ‘Maybe God Will Help Us.’  Maryam Al Okla is one of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees battling through winter in an unfamiliar place — living in cramped quarters with very little money and an uncertain future.  [PBS]

South Sudan: Hepatitis E Outbreak Escalating in Refugee Camps.  An epidemic of hepatitis E is escalating across refugee camps in Maban County, South Sudan. So far, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated 3,991 patients in its health facilities in the camps and has recorded 88 deaths, including 15 pregnant women. [Medecins Sans Frontiers]

Sudan: Eritrean Opposition Urges Action to Stop Refugee Kidnappings.  Eritrea’s biggest opposition group on Saturday called for urgent action to stop rising abductions and disappearances against Eritrean refugees sheltered at Shagarab refugee camp in Eastern Sudan.  [Sudan Tribune]

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