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Counter-terrorism laws can hurt humanitarian action

GENEVA, 22 July 2013 (IRIN) – The growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers, according to a new, independent study. Commissioned by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and … Continue reading

No ID, no security – the dilemma of Sri Lanka’s returnees

COLOMBO, 17 July 2013 (IRIN) – Close to 100,000 returnees in Sri Lanka’s north lack national identity cards (NICs), more than four years after the end of the country’s decades-long civil war. “Many people cannot resume their lives as NICs are the passport to accessing multiple services and were made mandatory for voting in 2006,” … Continue reading

A Year After Crisis in the Sahel, Key Challenges Remain

By Paula Assou   Since the 2012 hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, conditions have improved but an estimated 11.3 million people remain threatened by hunger and 1.5 million are at risk of acute malnutrition. International support for the humanitarian response has been unprecedented but remains insufficient. In 2012, 18 million people … Continue reading

Thai navy denies allegation of Rohingya Muslim smuggling

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy denied on Friday a Reuters report that its personnel were involved in a lucrative smuggling and trafficking network that exploits minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution and dire living conditions in Myanmar. The Reuters investigation, citing people smugglers and Rohingyas who made the journey, found … Continue reading

No consensus on implementation of cessation clause for Rwandan refugees

KAMPALA/JOHANNESBURG, 12 July 2013 (IRIN) – The future of tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees living in Africa remains uncertain nearly two weeks after the 30 June deadline recommended by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for the discontinuation of their refugee status. UNHCR has recommended countries invoke the “ceased circumstances” clause for Rwandans who fled … Continue reading

“Moment of hope” as U.N. to help 60,000 Somali refugees go home

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, July 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tens of thousands of Somali refugees have returned home as security in their homeland has improved, the United Nations said on Wednesday, saying it would support a further 60,000 refugees who are ready to go back. The number of refugees from Somalia – 1.1 million … Continue reading

Behind the scenes of the “most complex” refugee operation in the world

ZA’ATARI CAMP, JORDAN, 9 July 2013 (IRIN) – “This was a bad week,” says Kilian Kleinschmidt, as he begins a weekly camp management meeting at the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. No week is easy at Za’atari camp, which – with a population of around 120,000 – is now Jordan’s fifth largest population centre. … Continue reading

Red Cross appeals for worst drought in 30 years in Namibia; Angola also hit

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said as it launched an appeal on Monday. The government of Namibia, … Continue reading

Portuguese migrants seek opportunities in Mozambique

MAPUTO, 2 July 2013 (IRIN) – The financial crisis in Europe has brought the largest influx of Portuguese migrants to Mozambique since colonial times. While many Mozambicans fear they will face increased competition for scarce jobs, the new wave of migrants is also creating employment opportunities. Goncalo Teles Gomes, the Portuguese consul in Maputo, the … Continue reading

Praying for Reform

By Kiara Ortiz and Minju Zukowski The morning of June 27 was a hot one in our Nation’s Capital, but that did not stop a dedicated and passionate group of individuals from coming together to pray for just immigration reform. The #pray4reform campaign, a weeklong event held June 24-28, was planned to coincide with the … Continue reading