HEADLINES: Refugees – June 19th, 2013

button_icon_refugee_headlinesEvery 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.  As we near World Refugee Day, keep informed on refugee news as it unravels worldwide.

Influx of Syrian Refugees Stretches Jordan’s Water Resources Even More Thinly.  In the best of times, the solitary well that services this parched border town produced only enough water to let each household run its taps for a few hours a week.  [Washington Post]

Canada to Provide Additional $98.4 Million in Aid to Jordan to Cope with Syrian Fallout.  Canada has pledged an additional $98.4 million to Jordan to help the Arab country cope with the costly fallout from the worsening crisis next door in Syria, its foreign affairs minister said in a statement Monday.  [Associated Press]

It’s About Time: United Nations Plans Refugee Camps for Syrians in Lebanon.  For months the United Nations insisted it was in full accord with the Lebanese government’s opposition to opening refugee camps in Lebanon for the influx of an estimated 1 million refugees from war-torn Syria, but in a dramatic and unadvertised reversal of policy, U.N. authorities are now proposing establishing a dozen major camps—a move reflecting a grimly deteriorating humanitarian crisis.  [The Daily Beast]

Policy or happenstance? Jordan’s Dwindling Syrian Refugee Arrivals. It was 10 days after she first arrived at the Syrian-Jordanian border that Marwa’s* patience ran out. [IRIN News]

World Refugee Day: Is It Time to Invest in Refugee Camps?  With millions living in refugee camps, how can innovations push beyond meeting their basic needs to harnessing their wellbeing and prosperity?  [Guardian]

Nigerian Refugee Exodus Spreading to Cameroon.  The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reports people are continuing to flee the crisis in northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.  [VOA News]

Syria Refugee Crisis Demands Action from Jewish World.  June 20 is World Refugee Day. Let’s use the opportunity of this annual commemoration by the United Nations to put the “refugee crises” facing the U.S. and Israel in perspective with the true crisis exploding in Syria.  [The Jewish Daily Forward]

Syrian Refugee: Let Assad ‘Tear Us Into Pieces.’  A Syrian woman has claimed she would rather die in the hands of President Bashar-Al Assad’s regime than live another day as a refugee.  [BBC]

 

 

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