HEADLINES: Refugees – March 13th, 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.

Lebanon Says World Must Shoulder Syrian Refugee Burden.  In an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace overlooking Beirut – and just 25 miles from the Syrian-Lebanese border – Suleiman compared Syria’s civil war to a conflagration breaking out next door.  [Reuters]

Clashes Break Out in Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon, 1 Killed.  Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival factions in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp have killed one person and injured at least 13.  [Associated Press]

In Parts of Syria, Lack of Assistance is a Catastrophe.  The United States and other international donors are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on humanitarian aid for Syrians afflicted by the civil war.  [New York Times]

Civil War Leaves Syrian Minorities Stuck Between Brutal Regime and Fears of Rebel Islamism.  The Muslim commander of the local rebel garrison appears to be trying to allay any fears among the around 2,500 Christian residents who remain in the village since the fighting in January, saying he won’t impinge on anyone’s rights.  [Washington Post]

Syrian Refugee Crisis ‘Spiraling Out of Control.  Sahab and her family were not willing refugees.  Like many in Syria, they were forced to leave their family home and move several times to different locations to avoid the worsening security situation all around them.  [CNN]

Syria Crisis: Concerns at Warning Refugee Numbers May Soar.  The number of refugees from Syria may double or even triple this year if the conflict does not end, the UN’s refugee chief has said. [BBC]

UN Says it’s Working with Jordan to Tackle Crime at Syrian Refugee Camp.  The U.N. refugee chief says his agency is working with Jordan to bolster security at a camp for Syrian refugees where reports of drug trafficking, prostitution and other crimes have emerged.  [Associated Press]

 

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