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Psychological war scars plague many Syrian refugees, says Doctors Without Borders Charlotte Yence

Charlotte Yence with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA – WNN Features (WNN/MSF) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: In March, clinical psychologist Charlotte Yence returned from a five-month mission with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Iraq, where MSF has worked in Syrian refugee camps since 2013. She set up mental health care programs […]

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UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim […]

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Haiti – Social : Colette Lespinasse «Woman of Courage Haiti 2014»

Haiti Libre – Monday, 31 March 2014 (originally published 23 Mar) This Friday, as part of the “International Women of Courage” program, initiated for 3 years by the State Department to recognize the initiatives and actions undertaken by women around the world who play a prominent role in their society, Pamela White, Ambassador of the […]

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UNICEF moves to help 60+ million children in crisis situations

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, U.S., AMERICAS: The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Humanitarian Action for Children 2014’ is the largest emergency appeal on record. It […]

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Life for Syrian refugee children brings psychological pain, says UN report

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Suffering from what experts call ‘psychological distress’ many children who have been displaced during the days of conflict in Syria may now dropping through the cracks, says a new in-depth survey by UNHCR – the United Nations Refugee Agency. Displacement of families is causing children to […]

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Like Food And Water, Women’s Safety A Priority For Relief Aid

Dana Farrington – NPR – Tuesday, 19 November 2013 (originally published 16 Nov) In natural disasters and war zones, food and water aren’t the only basic needs, aid and human rights groups say. Humanitarian crises immediately put women and girls , with displacement, loss of security and the breakdown of institutions. and filled with Somalis […]

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Stateless and waiting in Kuwait

Khawla al Suwaidi – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Kuwait City, KUWAIT, WESTERN ASIA: As the difficulties of being of Iraqi descent and a paperless member of Kuwaiti society continues to stack up year-by-year, 33-year-old Ms. Khawla al Suwaidi sends a letter to the world asking for wisdom, compassionate understanding and solutions. She is not alone in […]

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SOMALIA: Refugee camp brings solar energy into computer classrooms

David Smith for Guardian Development Network in Namibia, Africa – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/GNDN) Windhoek, NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: When Erin Hayba began a project to bring computers to solar-powered schools in the world’s biggest refugee camp, there were plenty of skeptics. “People said, ‘No, this can’t happen, you’re in a refugee camp, why don’t not stick […]

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UN works with resettlement for Nepal Bhutanese refugees

Nini Gurung for UNHCR – WNN Breaking (WNN/UNHCR) Damak, NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA: Seventy-nine-year-old Keshar Singh Rai vividly remembers the day he started his life as a refugee. It was August 1992, when he came to Nepal from Bhutan with his wife Bhai Maya Rai and their three sons. “Before leaving Bhutan we were in the […]

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