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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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Syrian Refugees in Iraq Lose Hope as Conflict Enters Sixth Year

By Sofia Barbarani KAWERGOSK, Iraq, March 15 – Women nudge their way through a throng of customers to buy freshly baked bread as children laden with books scurry to school. Down the road a man sits in a barber’s shop, waiting for a shave. Life appears to be almost normal in Kawergosk camp, home to

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UNHCR Voices Concern Over Freedom of Movement of Displaced Iraqis

BAGHDAD, March 15  – The United Nations’ refugee agency has expressed concern that Iraqis displaced from territory controlled by Daesh are being forcibly transferred to camps where their freedom of movement is restricted. “Freedom of movement is key to displaced people being able to exercise other rights, such as access to work, food, healthcare and

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Mass Return Under EU-Turkish Deal on Refugees Would Contravene Law: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday that the European Union’s “quick fix” deal to send back refugees en masse to Turkey would contravene their right to protection under European and international law. European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who

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