HEADLINES: Refugees – April 3rd, 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.

Violence Breaks Out in Syrian Refugee Camp in Turkey.  Violence has broken out at a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, with police using water cannon and tear gas.  [BBC]

New Border Tensions Erupt in Syrian Conflict.  Border tensions caused by Syria’s civil war worsened on Thursday, as Turkey threatened to prosecute or deport 130 refugees implicated in a violent protest, and Israel reported rising numbers of injured Syrians seeking medical help on the Israeli side of their disputed boundary.  [New York Times]

Liberia: Refugee Return is Halted. United Nations officials in Liberia said they had temporarily halted the repatriation of tens of thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast because of continued unrest near the countries’ shared border. [Associated Press]

U.S., Jordan Stepping Up training of Syrian Opposition.  The United States and Jordan have stepped up training of Syrian opposition forces that may be used to establish a buffer zone along Syria’s southern border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials.  [Washington Post]

In Myanmar, Conflict Threatens Reform Process, 2 Years On.  When Myanmar’s post-junta government took power two years ago vowing to bring democracy to one of the world’s most repressed nations, Da Shi Naw was under no illusion his own life would improve any time soon. But the 61-year-old farmer never dreamed it would actually get worse — a lot worse.  [Associated Press]

Violence Prompts Flight From Syrian City.  Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces has led to an exodus of residents from the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo, according to a watchdog group.  [Al Jazeera]

Samantha Cameron Tells of ‘Harrowing Stories’ From Syrian Refugee Children.  She warned that childhoods were “being smashed to pieces” by the conflict after visiting families now said to be living in flimsy makeshift shelters in Lebanon‘s Bekaa valley.  [Guardian]

In Pictures: Syrian Refugees’ Most Important Things. Syria’s civil war has forced more than a million people to flee, usually with only a small bag of possessions. [BBC]

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