HEADLINES: Refugees

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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.

Rohingya Refugees Stir Debate on Rising Sectarian Violence.  A boatload of 121 Muslim Rohingya fleeing Burma arrived off the Indonesian coast of Aceh this week.  [Voice of America]

Iranian Exiles Ask U.N, U.S Protection in Iraq After Rocket Hit.  An Iranian exile leader called on Thursday for swift U.N. and U.S. action to prevent further attacks on Iranian dissidents in a transit camp in Iraq following a rocket strike in which at least five people were killed and many wounded.  [Reuters]

Should Battered Women be Given Asylum in the U.S?  Among the hundreds released from immigration detention facilities nationwide as federal budget cut kick in today is a Honduran woman we’ll call Delores.  [Minnpost]

Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Stretching UN’s Response Capacity.  The chief United Nations humanitarian official says the Syrian fighting is stretching the U.N.’s ability to respond.  [Voice of America]

Syrian Refugee Count Could Hit 1 Million Within a Week. Within a week, there could be more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq as yet more people flee the country’s ongoing civil war, according to United Nations estimates.  [Washington Post]

As Syrian Refugee Population Nears 1 Million, Relief Agencies Cannot Keep Up.  The spread of makeshift aluminum shelters erected by Syrians now outpaces new rows of U.N. canvas tents here in chilly northern Jordan, home to one of the world’s fastest-growing refugee camps.  [Washington Post]

King Abdullah Says nations Should help Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon with Syrian Refugee Crisis.  Jordan’s King Abdullah II has called on world nations to help Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon shoulder “the tremendous burden” of caring for hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the violence in Syria.  [Associated Press]

Thousands of Terrified Congolese Flee to Uganda.  A spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Uganda says more than 4,000 Congolese refugees crossed into Uganda Thursday night to escape renewed violence in eastern Congo. [Associated Press]

A Look at Syria’s Civil War.  CASUALTIES: The number of people killed in Syria’s civil war is nearing 70,000, according to U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay.   [Associated Press]

Israel Warns it Cannot “Stand Idle” As Syria War Spills Over Border.   Israel warned the U.N. Security Council on Monday that it could not be expected to “stand idle” as Syria’s civil war spills over its border, while Russia accused armed groups of undermining security between the states by fighting in a demilitarized zone. [Reuters]

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