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EU Launches New Aid Scheme for Greece to Help Refugees With Rent, Cash

ATHENS, July 27 – The European Commission offered 209 million euros ($245 million)in new emergency aid for Greece on Thursday to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern Europe, have been stranded in

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The Widows of Iraq

Content provided by UNHCR “I loved him so much,” says Aamra, remembering her husband killed during their flight from West Mosul. Widows fleeing the conflict in Iraq are among the most vulnerable IDPs. Living away from home and without a source of income, they face a daunting fight to provide for their families. Female-headed households

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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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UNHCR Fears 100,000 May Flee Mosul for Syria, Turkey; Seeks Funds

GENEVA, Oct 17  – Up to 100,000 Iraqis may flee to Syria and Turkey to escape the Iraqi government’s military assault aimed at ousting Daesh from the northern city of Mosul, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday that The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an appeal for an additional $61 million

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Jordan: Widow’s Inc.

After fleeing civil war, a Syrian refugee started a business in Jordan to support her family BY Oscar Lopez Sitting behind a large wooden desk in her white hijab, a cigarette in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, Lara Shaheen looks every bit the modern Arab businesswoman. The only problem is

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Iraqi Widows, Mothers and Girls Face Heightened Risks in Displaced Camps

By Sofia Barbarani MAKHMOUR, Iraq, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Daesh militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military campaign to retake Iraq’s

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Uncertainty Reigns a Day Before Migrants Are To Be Returned To Turkey

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, April 3  – Less than 24 hours before Greece is due to begin returning migrants to Turkey, little sign of preparation is evident on Lesbos, the island through which hundreds of thousands of people have poured into Europe since last year. More than 5,600 migrants have been registered on Greek

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U.N. Chief Urges Countries To Resettle Syrian Refugees

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 30  – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all countries on Wednesday to accept nearly half a million Syrian refugees for resettlement over the next three years. Ban, kicking off a ministerial conference hosted by the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in Geneva, said: “This demands an exponential increase in global

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Syria: The Plight of Female Refugees

When conflicts force people out of their homes, women often become the supporters and providers for their families By Karishma Bhansali Mehta and Maysa Zureikat Um Thaer, a widow and mother of five, left East Ghotah in Syria three years ago to find refuge in Jordan. Aside from selling home-made meals whenever she gets the

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