refugees en East African drought uproots thousands <p> East Africa refugees seeking food and water also risk encounters with Somalia&#39;s Islamist militants who might use the disguise of refugees to enter Kenya.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa drought Kenya refugees Somalia Conflict Zones Aid Kenya Health Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:11:41 +0000 News Desk 5670700 at Food arrives for Somali famine victims (PHOTOS) <p> Thousands of malnourished Somali refugees received some relief from the first of many expected food airlifts to arrive in Somalia and Kenya.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa drought refugees Somalia Aid Kenya Health Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:30:49 +0000 News Desk 5671756 at Somali refugees flee famine and war (PHOTOS) <p> NAIROBI &mdash; Somali refugees fleeing famine and war, seek food and shelter at Kenya&#39;s overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa drought Kenya refugees Somalia Kenya Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5672090 at Somalis flee famine for malnourished Yemen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the famine grinds on in the Horn of Africa, Somalis are seeking refuge in one of the world’s hungriest countries. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A sharp increase has been recorded in the numbers of desperate Somali refugees risking their lives in often overcrowded and unseaworthy boats to cross the treacherous Gulf of Aden to Yemen fleeing violence and famine back home.</p> <p> They arrive in one of the hungriest countries, with the third highest rates of malnutrition in the world.</p> <p> <strong>Read: <a href="">Yemen&#39;s silent emergency</a></strong></p> <p> Already 3,700 Somali refugees have reached the coast of Yemen so far in August alone making it the highest monthly arrival rate this year, according to the UN agency for refugees, <a href=" ">UNHCR</a>.</p> <p> The arrivals also mark an earlier than normal start to the traditional peak season for smugglers&#39; boats to arrive from the coastal town of Bossaso in northern Somalia.</p> <p> The refugees are crossing what aid agencies have termed &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s most dangerous refugee route&rdquo;, fleeing &ldquo;the unstable security situation, severe drought, high food prices and lack of job opportunities,&rdquo; they tell UNHCR.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is testament to the refugees&#39; desperation that they have chosen to flee to Yemen, which is itself affected by serious <a href="">unrest</a>,&rdquo;&nbsp; said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Friday. &ldquo;They cross the Gulf of Aden on what are often unseaworthy and overcrowded boats. Many do not survive the dangerous crossing. On Monday, two Somalis drowned when their boat capsized.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa refugees Somalia United Nations Yemen Conflict Zones Aid Middle East The Casbah Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:01:00 +0000 Annasofie Flamand 5674013 at Angelina Jolie visits Libya to see "a country in transition" <p> &quot;I have come to Libya for a variety of reasons, to see a country in transition at every level and to witness efforts to fully realize the promise of the Arab Spring,&quot; Jolie said in a statement, according to Reuters.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Libya refugees United Nations Conflict Zones Entertainment Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:52:00 +0000 News Desk 5677598 at White South African family seeks US asylum, claiming racial discrimination <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Afrikaner family has applied for asylum in the United States, claiming that as white South Africans they face racism back home. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; A South African family is seeking asylum in the United States, claiming that as white <a href="">Afrikaner</a> farmers they face racial discrimination back home.</p> <p> The family&#39;s lawyer has been contacting US academics to try and get scholarly opinions that would help with their case, <a href="">South African daily the Times reported today. </a>Lawyer&nbsp;Rehim Babaoglu said the family is too afraid to be identified.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid crime refugees South Africa United States Weird Wide Web Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:45:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5692872 at Return to Haiti: A day in the life of a broken island <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The country continues to stumble toward rebuilding after the earthquake, facing questions about aid money and embezzlement. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PORT-AU-PRINCE &ndash; From the moment you land in Haiti, it is the resiliency of the place that strikes you.</p> <p>In the early morning light of the first day here, students in crisp uniforms marched like small armies to school, laborers sipped coffee in plastic cups from ubiquitous roadside stands known as &lsquo;chen jambe,&rsquo; (Creole slang that translates as &ldquo;dog crossings&quot;), and the city streets were jammed with the impatient traffic of a country struggling to get back on the road to recovery.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> camps Earthquake Haiti national palace refugees rubble tents Aid Haiti GroundTruth GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 02 Mar 2012 02:47:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5694266 at The number of refugees worldwide is going up <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">There are now more than 45.2 million displaced people &mdash; 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers and 28.8 million forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. The crisis is at its worst since 1994, according to a report released today by the <a href="">United Nations</a>. And more unaccompanied children sought asylum last year than ever before.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> refugees Somalia Syria Want to Know Diplomacy Iran Sudan War Aid Iraq Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:20:00 +0000 James Miller 5861423 at 10 refugees who changed the world <p>Today, there are more than 45.2 million refugees&nbsp;&mdash; the <a href="" target="_blank">most since 1994</a>.</p> <p>The lives of many refugees are forever changed by the conflicts and wars they escape. However, it&#39;s not all so bleak. Plenty have gone on to have a major impact and create positive legacies in their new communities.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a list of 10 people who escaped some of the world&#39;s worst violence but went on to have their brilliance and leadership recognized by a Nobel Prize.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> refugees World Leaders Americas Want to Know War Aid Europe Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:23:00 +0000 James Miller 5862754 at These 10 countries account for almost all of the world's 16 million refugees <p>On June 20, World Refugee Day, the United Nations refugee agency declared that 51.2 million people worldwide had been forced to flee their homes by the end of last year. Of those, 16.7 million have left their own countries altogether. Here&#39;s what that looks like.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">Meet the 10 places that between them account for almost all of the world&#39;s many million refugees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> refugees Conflict Zones Want to Know War Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 6182285 at This super long chart shows you where every refugee in the US comes from <p>While most refugees in the US come from China and Haiti, there are some surprising countries on this list.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know refugees Conflict Zones Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Simran Khosla 6188600 at Short on space, Germany is housing refugees in hotels, forests and stadiums <p>BERLIN &mdash; High atop a Berlin hostel, an unknown asylum seeker believed to be African grips tightly to a steel railing with one hand. Every few minutes, he grins broadly and capers a bit as he calls down to a knot of television journalists on the street &mdash; gathered here because of earlier reports that refugees facing expulsion from the capital were threatening to jump.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know refugees War Germany Politics Middle East Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:31:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 6242481 at