HEADLINES: Refugees – June 5th, 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.

Dispatch from Jordan: Syrian Refugees Weary of War, Conferences and Life.   As the United States and Russia continue to push their plan of a conference aimed at bringing representatives from the Syrian government and the opposition together to discuss a political solution to Syria’s bloody civil war, many Syrian refugees claim they have no hope that this conference or other conferences will yield results.  [PBS Newshour]

Refugee Influx Worsens Jordan’s Water Woes.  Najeem Azzoubi, a heavy-set Jordanian in his mid-60s, is upset. Before Syrian refugees began arriving in droves in 2011, water was delivered once a week to his home in the northern Jordanian town of Ramtha.  [Al Jazeera]

Child Marriages Rise Among Syrian Refugee Girls.  Nine Syrian refugee women gather in the living room of a house on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Jdeideh in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border.  [The Atlantic]

Mark Lee Advocates for Asylum Seekers.  Hundreds of people who live in Minnesota are here because they fear persecution, even death, in their home countries.  [MPR]

Sexual Violence Plays A Hidden Role in Syria’s Refugee Crisis.  Oxfam America president Ray Offenheiser made an astonishing statement last week, saying that what is happening in Syria may be worse than Darfur.  [Think Progress]

The Jungle: Syrian Refugees Endure Crowded, Lawless Camp.   Just 5 miles from Jordan’s border with the war-torn country he fled, Ahmed Mohammad Salti spends each day cleaning one corner of the largest camp for Syrian refugees in the Middle East. [NBC News]

UNHCR Rushes to move Darfur Refugees to a Safer Location.  The U-N Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it is speeding up its relocation of thousands of Darfur refugees from Tissi, a settlement in southeastern Chad that borders with Sudan and Central African Republic, due to the impending rainy season and security concerns.  [Voice of America]

DRC Responds as Number of Refugees Reaches Half a Million in Lebanon.  According to UNHCR the number of refugees registered or pending registration in Lebanon passed half a million people today. [Reuters]

UN: Syrian Refugee Count Tops 1.6 Million.  The United Nations refugee agency said the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries now has passed 1.6 million.  [Voice of America]

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