6,000 displaced persons rescued, including newborns & children, off Italy's coast

6,000 displaced persons rescued, including newborns & children, off Italy's coast

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The Italian Navy has rescued approximately 6,000 displaced persons, including infants and children, from the waters of the Mediterranean sea in the past four days, outlines the UNHCR – United Nations Refugee Agency. Trying to find a place of safety many of those who were rescued […]

Iraqi widows caught in escalating violence under conflict

Iraqi widows caught in escalating violence under conflict

WNN Breaking (WNN) Baghdad, IRAQ, WESTERN ASIA: Following the recent and escalating violence in Fallujah , only 36 miles due west from Baghdad, Iraq women and children have been placed in ever increasing danger as forces inside the region continue to juggle for power. Armed conflict and strife is not new to women in the […]

Displaced LGBTIs face critical & increased danger after leaving home countries

Displaced LGBTIs face critical & increased danger after leaving home countries

WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: Refugees and asylum seekers face a host of challenges when crossing borders, but the obstacles are particularly pronounced for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) persons, say experts. According to UNHCR, targeting people based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity for persecution, discrimination, and harassment […]

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 […]

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 […]

Syrian refugee accounts ‘horrific’ says celebrity advocate Angelina Jolie

Syrian refugee accounts ‘horrific’ says celebrity advocate Angelina Jolie

Mark Snowiss – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, JORDAN: The United Nations says the number of refugees who have fled Syria has reached more than 250,000, calling the humanitarian problems sparked by the conflict “our biggest crisis.” The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday there are more than 85,000 Syrians registered in Jordan, nearly […]

Anti-immigrant sentiments plague sex workers of Geneva’s ‘Red-Light’ district

Anti-immigrant sentiments plague sex workers of Geneva’s ‘Red-Light’ district

Carli Pierson – WNN Features (WNN) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: As Switzerland appears to be weathering the storm of the rising European financial crisis, Geneva’s immigrant women, who work inside the city’s active sex trade industry, tell a different story. Prostitution has been a legal industry inside Switzerland since the enactment of the Swiss Criminal Code in […]