BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

IRIN for WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Aizawl, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India – where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods – often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say. A 1988 uprising […]

Escaping conflict is now harder than ever for displaced Syrians

Escaping conflict is now harder than ever for displaced Syrians

Refugees International – WNN Improve It (WNN/RI) Hatay, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: With at least two million Syrians now living in neighboring countries, refugees are struggling to cope with life in exile and aid agencies, host communities, and receiving countries are overwhelmed by myriad assistance challenges. One of the greatest problems confronting Syrians in Lebanon and […]

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 […]

SOMALIA: Displaced camp food shortage increases as corruption increases

SOMALIA: Displaced camp food shortage increases as corruption increases

WNN Breaking (WNN) Mogadishu, SOMALIA, AFRICA: International aid to displaced Somalis in Mogadishu is being systematically diverted by so-called ‘gatekeepers,’ who subject displaced families to abuse and intimidation, according to a new report from RI – Refugees International. The report, Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia’s Displaced Population at Risk, calls on humanitarian agencies and donors to […]

Refugees survive continued displacement with Burma / Myanmar transition

Refugees survive continued displacement with Burma / Myanmar transition

Lynn Yoshikawa and Kristen Cordell – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/RI) BURMA/MYAMAR: After nearly 50 years of brutal military rule, Burma is embarking upon a landmark transition to civilian administration. The country has seen some promising political reforms. But the world’s longest civil war, coupled with natural disasters within the country, has created serious humanitarian needs which […]

Iraqi women refugees face hard lens of discrimination in Syria

Iraqi women refugees face hard lens of discrimination in Syria

Dawn Calabia – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) IRAQ/SYRIA: For Americans living comfortably and securely, the life of a refugee seeking safety and survival is hard to imagine. Conflict, persecution, abuse, and threats force a refugee to flee, leaving behind their home and possessions, their friends, their community, and often their family. They flee without knowing […]