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Thousands homeless as fire sweeps through Rohingya refugee camp

A fire tore through a Rohingya refugee camp in south-east Bangladesh on Sunday, destroying hundreds of shelters and forcing refugees to break through wire fencing to reach safety.“About 1,200 houses were burned in the fire,” said Kamran Hossain, a spokesperson for the Armed Police Battalion, which heads security in the camp.The fire started in camp 16 and raced through shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulin, leaving more than 5,000 people homeless, he told Agence France-Presse.The incident has re

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‘They beat us, the women with an iron rod’: Greek pushbacks continue

hey beat us with an iron rod and left us at sea with our children, a migrant said, describing the violence by Greek elements upon being rescued by the Turkish coast guard.The Turkish coast guard received information that irregular migrants were in a lifeboat off the western province of Izmir’s Çeşme district and went to the area.The teams rescued 19 irregular migrants, including two children, 15 Palestinians and four Eritreans, at a distance of 2.1 nautical miles from the island of Chios and 1.9

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Decathlon halts sale of canoes in France to curb migrant crossings

French sports equipment giant Decathlon has stopped selling kayaks and other small boats in shops close to the Channel coast to prevent migrant crossings, the company said Wednesday.The move comes after a surge this month in the number of migrants making the perilous sea journey from France to Britain across some of the world's busiest shipping lanes.Decathlon said it was removing all dinghies and kayaks from its stores in Calais, Grande-Synthe, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Le Touquet. The towns include

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15 Migrants Drown Off Libyan Coast, Says UNHCR

Fifteen migrants drowned after two boats capsized off Libya in the latest “tragic loss of life” on the perilous sea route to Europe, the UN refugee agency said late Monday. “Bodies of 15 persons recovered as 2 boats arrived at Tripoli Naval Base this evening,” UNHCR Libya tweeted. “The passengers had set off from Zwara and Alkhoms the night before,” it added. The agency said 177 survivors were receiving aid and medical attention from the UNHCR and its partn

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ONE BAG, THOUSAND DREAMS

As the International Refugee Rights Association (UMHD), we are reaching out to little hearts once again with the “One Bag, Thousand Dreams” campaign this year as part of the “Without Borders Festival” project. We set out with our volunteer and professional team in order to put a smile on the faces of little hearts with the "Stationery Donation" campaign that we will organize for orphan and refugee students living in Kilis region due to the start of the new academic year.

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Irregular migrants beaten and stripped by Greek security

42 migrants rescued at Turkish border, allowed to meet urgent needs after harsh treatment on Greek side After suffering beatings and being stripped naked at the hands of Greek security forces, dozens of irregular migrants were rescued at the Turkish border where they were forcibly pushed back by Greece, Turkey's National Defense Ministry has announced. Turkish security forces rescued the 42 migrants illegally sent to Turkey's northwestern Edirne province by Greek security forces, the ministry

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A 6-Year-Old Was Chained and Hungry in a Syrian Camp

In a photo of the girl taken a few months before she died, her light brown hair is matted, her face and clothes smudged with dirt. She holds a chain in her tiny hands — a glimpse of the hardships of her all-too-short life. Six-year-old Nahla al-Othman spent her final years living in a crowded tent with her father and siblings in an impoverished camp for Syrians displaced by a decade of war and largely forgotten by the world. To keep her from wandering around the camp, the family said, her

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Jordan ramps up refugee vaccination drive

Almost a third of the refugees eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Jordan have received their first dose, according to the UN refugee agency.The UNHCR said that 13,455 of the 47,000 people living in Jordan’s camps who were eligible for the jabs had now received at least one dose.UNHCR Jordan said in a statement to Arab News that, by excluding children under 18 and pregnant women from the inoculation campaign, 47,000 out of the 120,000 living in the Zaatari, Azraq and Emirati-Jordanian camps wer

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UN urges Tanzania to give access to Mozambique refugees

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed for Mozambicans fleeing violence to be given access to asylum in Tanzania, according to a statement. The statement said the UNHCR and its partners have received worrying reports that several thousand Mozambicans have been pushed back from Tanzania into northern Mozambique since last year. More than 30,000 people have fled the coastal town of Palma since it came under attack by armed groups on March 24, the UN said last month. Since 2017, the conflict

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More than 50 people drowned off Tunisia, 33 rescued

At least 50 people disappeared, feared drowned, off the coast of Tunisia. Authorities said that 33 others were rescued by workers from an oil platform in the Mediterranean Sea.A boat carrying migrants capsized off Sfax on Tunisia’s southeast coast on Monday, May 17. The AP news agency reported that a spokesperson for the Tunisian defense ministry, Mohamed Zekri, said that more than 50 people drowned in the incident. He said that workers on an oil platform saw the boat going under and alerted aut

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