refugees

UNHCR Wins Nod to Use Islamic Alms to Aid Middle East Refugees

By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI, June 19 – The United Nations, short of funds to support millions of displaced people in the Middle East, has begun a scheme that would let Muslims make donations from the alms they typically pay state bodies for the benefit of the poor. Muslims around the world are expected to

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Rohingya Refugees Stranded in Bangladesh After Cyclone Wrecks Camps

By Ruma Paul COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 31 – Left drenched and near destitute by a cyclone that hit Bangladesh a day earlier, thousands of Rohingya refugees hunkered down in the ruins of their camps on Wednesday, waiting for help after a night in the rain. At least seven people were killed and 50 injured

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Facebook Launches Ramadan Campaign for Syrian Children

May 28 – As a result of Facebook’s Hack for Good campaign, international NGO Save the Children launched the “It’s Not the Same For Them” campaign to remind people of the harsh realities that confront Syrian children. The campaign will run throughout Ramadan, across the Middle East and North Africa. It will also target the

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EXCLUSIVE: OIC Chief Calls for Fixing the Global Humanitarian System

By Hesham Youssef Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The plight of refugees has once again reached the world’s screens. This time, it is not the sight of drowned children washed up on the beach or news reports about capsized boats overcrowded with refugees; It is U.S. President Donald Trump’s

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Germans See Refugees as Biggest Problem Despite Falling Numbers

By Michelle Martin and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Dec 9 – More than half of Germans see refugees and integration as Germany’s biggest problem, a survey showed on Friday, despite the number of newcomers falling significantly on the year. A record 890,000 mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Europe’s largest

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Trump Vows to Shut U.S. Borders to Middle Eastern Migrants in “Thank You” Tour

By Emily Stephenson CINCINNATI, Dec 1 – President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his post-election “thank you tour” on Thursday by railing against globalization, promising the return of manufacturing jobs to American workers, and vowing to shut U.S. borders to some Middle East migrants. Speaking in an arena that was about three-quarters full, Trump rallied the

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Resettled In the Baltics, Refugees Flee for Wealthier Lands

By Andrius Sytas and Gederts Gelzis RUKLA, Lithuania/MUCENIEKI, Latvia, Nov 28 – In early November, 34 Syrian and Iraqi refugees boarded buses heading for Germany from Lithuania, the country where they had been resettled. No one expects them to return. Only a tiny number of refugees from war in the Middle East have been sent

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