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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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Yemen: Sweet Spot

Syrian refugees left for Yemen, and then war broke out. Some have turned their new home into a success story By Nasser Al Sakkaf The scent of the food that wafts from Mat’am Souriya (Syria’s Restaurant) attracts passersby in Hada Street in the middle of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, where Sobhi Al Marei and

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Syria Aid Trucks Reach Edge of Besieged Damascus Suburb

BEIRUT, Feb 17 – A convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived outside a besieged Damascus suburb on Wednesday in a major, U.N.-backed deal to deliver aid to tens of thousands of trapped residents in several of Syria’s worst hit areas, a Reuters witness said. Syrian state media earlier said that a convoy of 35

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U.N. Urges Jordan to Let 12,000 Stranded Syrian Refugees Enter

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Dec 9 – The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points. The Syrians are fleeing escalating air strikes on their battered homeland as well as

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Les Misérables

Are aid agencies in Lebanon profiting off the back of refugees? BY Martin Jay Huddled under makeshift ‘tent houses’ nestled in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are braced for a winter of bitter cold. Night falls on land bequeathed by the United Nations, where the tents are pitched. But the organisation itself appears to be

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