HEADLINES: Refugees – May 8th, 2013

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Every 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.

No Aid for Syrian Refugee Survivors of Rape.  “If a rape survivor came here, I would call the rapist himself and tell him to come here to the hospital. Then I would lock her alone with him in a room,” one doctor said.  [Huffington Post]

Syria ‘Fastest Evolving Internal Displacement Crisis’  A recent report shows that Syria is number one in the global list of countries where people were internally displaced last year due to armed conflict and violence in the region.  [Reuters]

Haiti’s Displaced People Speak Out.  Protestors call for the preservation of their right to housing in response to increased tent evictions. [Global Post]

Russia Blocks Probe into Syrian Refugee Camps.  Russia and China have rejected UN Security Council plans to inspect Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, citing it as a potential attempt to prepare for “foreign intervention” in Syria, where government forces are trying to crush a two-year-old uprising.  [Al Jazeera]

Syria Refugee Influx a Daunting Challenge for Jordan.   As the Obama administration focuses on diplomacy in Russia, another crisis spawned by Syria’s civil war is mounting for the nation’s neighbors: the relentless influx of those trying to escape the fighting.  [CBS News]

Jordan: Straddling Syria Sensitivities.  With the Syrian conflict in its third year, its implications have increasingly been felt across the region. And nowhere have those repercussions been as tangible as in Jordan – the Hashemite kingdom that straddles Syria’s southern border.  [Al Jazeera]

In Iowa Meatpacking Town, Tyson’s Decision to Recruit Burmese Refugees Marks a New Chapter.  The first Chin Burmese student arrived at Wilma Sime Roundy Elementary School three years ago, a smiling preschooler whose father often checked on his progress.  [Fox News]

U.S Officials: More in Favor of Arming Syria Rebels.  Discussions within the Obama administration in favor of providing arms to the Syrian rebels are gaining ground amid new indications that President Bashar Assad’s regime may have launched additional chemical weapons attacks, U.S. and other diplomatic officials say.  [AP]

Places Transformed: Syrian Refugees Overwhelm Camps, Towns.  The fighting in Syria has created tens of thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighboring Jordan.  [NPR]

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