HEADLINES: Refugees – July 17th, 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.


Ex-Refugee Emphasizes Importance of Help.  Martha Ajavon has survived things most people can’t imagine. [Charlotte Observer]

Thousands Displaced in South Sudan Need Aid, Protection.  Some of the more than 20,000 displaced people in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have been reduced to eating leaves because they have very little access to aid, and their situation could worsen as the rainy season gets under way, an international medical aid group has warned.  [Reuters]

Lebanon Alarmed By Over 1 Million Syrian Refugees.  Wednesday that his country is being overwhelmed by more than a million Syrian refugees who have crossed the border to flee the war.  [ABC News]

Official Syrian Refugee Figure Tops 600,000.  The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon topped 600,000 this week and humanitarian agencies are becoming increasingly concerned with ensuring adequate shelter for new arrivals, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in its weekly update, issued Friday.  [Daily Star]

Kerry Mulls visit to Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he may visit a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan as he launched a new round of Middle East diplomacy amid deteriorating conditions in Syria and the ongoing unrest in Egypt.  [Associated Press]

The Don Who’s Taken Charge of Jordan’s Biggest Refugee Camps.  In chaotic situations, certain people rise to the top, and that is certainly the case for Mohammed al-Hariri, a former air conditioning repairman who commands enormous deference on the windblown streets of Zaatari refugee camp.  [NPR]

Jordan’s Stability Threatened by Syrian Refugee Crisis.   Jordan has played a critical role amid the ongoing strife in Syria that has claimed the lives of as many as 100,000, though its direct participation also comes with a cost.  [US News]

UN Calls Syrian Refugee Crisis Worst Since Rwandan Genocide.  Syria has become the world’s worst refugee crisis in more than 20 years, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres said Tuesday, with more than 6,000 people fleeing the country every day.  [ABC News]

Investing in Refugees: New Solutions for Old Problems.  On World Refugee Day we invited refugees and development experts to debate how the development community should invest in refugees.  [Guardian]


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