HEADLINES: Refugees – April 10th, 2013

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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.

Central African Republic Crisis: Refugee Numbers Swell.  The number of people who have fled from the Central Africa Republic has risen to 37,000 since the start of a rebellion in December, the UN has said.  [BBC]

Myanmar’s Landmines Hinder Return of Displaced. Landmines in Myanmar’s southeastern Kayin and Kayah states and Bago division, and in the northern Shan and Kachin states, threaten the return of more than 450,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).  [IRIN News]

Kidnappers Target Refugees in Sudan. Amnesty International says refugees and asylum seekers are being kidnapped in Sudan and held for ransom in Egypt’s Sinai desert.  [Voice of America]

Will Syria’s Refugee Crisis Drain Jordan of its Water? Now that spring has arrived in the Middle East, Syria’s estimated 1.2 million refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan can hope for relief from the snow, the rain and the bitterly cold nights of winter.  [TIME]

Bringing the Classroom to Jordan’s Exploding Refugee Population.  The number of Syrian refugees escaping to neighboring Jordan has surpassed 400,000 with thousands more arriving each day.  [PBS]

Syrian Refugee Crisis: The View from the Turkish Border.  There are now roughly 200,000 Syrian refugees in 17 camps throughout southeastern Turkey, and this week a Refugees International team visited one such camp in Kilis Province.  [Huffington Post]

U.N Says Aid for Syria Refugees is Running Out.  The United Nations will soon have to start cutting off lifesaving aid to people fleeing the war in Syria because the exodus has far outstripped financial support from international donors, one agency at the center of the humanitarian relief effort warned on Friday.  [New York Times]

Syria’s Refugees Overwhelming Relief Efforts and Host Countries. The head of a United Nations refugee agency said Thursday that refugees from Syria’s war were on the verge of overwhelming the United Nations and the countries bordering Syria. [New York Times]

U.N Predicts Syrian Refugee Numbers in Jordan Will Swell to 1.2 Million by Year’s End.   The United Nations is predicting that the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring Jordan will more than double to 1.2 million by the end of this year.  [Associated Press]

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