Every 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.
Kenya Tensions Spark Somali Refugee Flight. Several thousand Somalis have fled Kenya in the last two months because of what they call a climate of xenophobia. [Al Jazeera]
Six Killed in Shelling of Iranian Refugee Camp in Iraq. Six people were killed and more than 50 were wounded on Saturday when several dozen mortar shells fell on a refugee camp for members of an Iranian opposition group, according to an Iraqi police official. [New York Times
Lebanon: Aid Lags as Syrian Refugee Numbers Increase. Refugees who have fled violent conflict at home to seek safety in Lebanon do not receive anywhere near adequate levels of humanitarian assistance and are living in extremely precarious conditions. [Medecins Sans Frontiers]
A Faceless Teen Refugee Who Helped Ignite Syria’s War. In a listless border town, the teenager goes unnoticed, one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the Syrian civil war, dashing across villages and farms to land in Jordan, just five miles from home. [New York Times]
Rohingya Muslims Flee Burma by Boat After Sectarian Violence. Abu Kassim clutched his stomach and heaved forward, replaying the moment his uncle was shot dead last summer, one of scores of people who were killed as sectarian violence engulfed Western Burma. [Washington Post]
Syrian Exodus Grows as Fighting Rages in Damascus. The United Nations says about 5,000 people a day are now fleeing Syria, a 25% increase from the previous month. A spokesman calls it ‘a full-on’ refugee crisis. [LA Times]
Homs Displaced Residents Begin to Return After year of Sustained Bombing. A year after this city captured the world’s attention as the victim of the worst shelling that Syria’s civil war had yet seen, Homs has become a – relatively – safe haven. [Guardian]