Life for Syrian refugee children brings psychological pain, says UN report

Life for Syrian refugee children brings psychological pain, says UN report

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Suffering from what experts call ‘psychological distress’ many children who have been displaced during the days of conflict in Syria may now dropping through the cracks, says a new in-depth survey by UNHCR – the United Nations Refugee Agency. Displacement of families is causing children to […]

Afghan woman brings education to orphans

Afghan woman brings education to orphans

DE – DW – Monday, 14 October 2013 (originally published 10 Oct) Andeisha Farid grew up in refugee camps after her family fled Afghanistan in 1983. She returned to her home country because she felt compelled to share the opportunity she’d received: getting an education. On the day Andeisha Farid was born, a Soviet air […]

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Melanie Teff with Mark Yarnell from Refugees International – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/RI) Nairobi, KENYA, EAST AFRICA: In December 2012, the Government of Kenya announced a directive that would force all refugees living in cities to relocate to camps, and shut down all registration and service provision to refugees and asylum-seekers in cities. This effectively […]

Critical sexual violence causes mass exodus in Syria

Critical sexual violence causes mass exodus in Syria

Oliver Holmes – WNN Breaking (WNN/TLW) Beirut, LEBANON: Syria’s civil war is unleashing a “staggering humanitarian disaster”, sending hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, many of them citing fear of rape, an aid agency said on Monday. The New York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC) said Syrian refugees interviewed in Lebanon and Jordan […]

Those displaced in Syria suffer in camps under crowded crisis

Those displaced in Syria suffer in camps under crowded crisis

WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Damascus, SYRIA: At a school-turned-shelter in an upscale neighbourhood of the Syrian capital, sheets hanging from makeshift clotheslines divide classrooms into separate sleeping quarters for the 238 families that live here. This shelter in Damascus is considered “5-star”, compared to those elsewhere in the country, where Syrians displaced by nearly two years […]

Syrian refugee daughters question unwanted offers of marriage

Syrian refugee daughters question unwanted offers of marriage

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking (WNN) Amman, JORDAN: Exposing the increasing plight of young refugee women leaving Syria, an October 10 blog post by Global Voices – the award-winning web-based global community of 500+ bloggers and citizen journalists – has brought the voices of Syrian women into the foreground. Young women who are leaving the […]

Somali Humanitarian Wins Prestigious Nansen Refugee Award

Somali Humanitarian Wins Prestigious Nansen Refugee Award

Lisa Schlein – Voice of America – Monday, 24 September 2012 (originally published 18 Sept) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen a Somali humanitarian as this year’s winner of the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award. The founder and director of the Galkayo Education Center, Hawa Aden Mohamed, has won the UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee […]