Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Every day thousands of migrants pass through the U.S. Southern border. Some travel as far as 1,000 miles, walking through deserts and carrying water jugs and the small possessions they need to start a new life. It is a perilous journey that isn't for the faint of heart: More than 400 died trying to make it to the U.S. last year, according to the United Nations’ migration agency. So why are they risking their lives and the possibility of being separated from family? While Mexico is the country most-often talked about in the immigration debate, many of those crossing the border are traveling from Central American countries synonymous with corruption, crime and poverty. These root problems have been a driving force for years for immigrants to make the journey to the U.S. President Donald Trump enacted a "zero-tolerance" policy when it came to those trying to … [Read more...] about Thousands of immigrants pass through the Southern border. Why are they fleeing their home countries?
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With her 10-month-old twins Zain and Haneen, Ferha arrived in northern Syria exhausted, depressed and impoverished. Her children were suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition, her husband’s whereabouts unknown. Most of her relatives had been killed in airstrikes. “She was scared, exhausted, impoverished and ill,” says Dr Amal, a health centre nutrition manager who treated the family. “She had lost nearly all her family, and her husband was missing. The children and the woman’s situations were really bad. Psychologically, they were so tired.” The story sounds familiar: one of thousands of refugees making an exhausting, dangerous journey with uncertainty over their final destination. Except that Zain, Haneen and Ferha were not refugees on a perilous journey to Europe. Their journey was within Syria. Along with tens of thousands of others, they had fled from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus to northern Idlib province this … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Syria’s 6.7 million invisible refugees: “I left the home I had lived in for 32 years”
GENEVA -- The U.N. refugee agency reported Tuesday that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the continued crises in places like South Sudan and Congo, as well as the exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar that started last year, raised the overall figure of forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Of that total, 16.2 million were newly displaced last year -- an average of more than 44,000 people per day. Most have been displaced for longer than that, some forced to flee multiple times. "The global figure has gone up again by a couple of million," said the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi. "This is because of protracted conflicts and lack of solutions for those conflicts that continue, continuous pressure on civilians in countries of conflict that pushed them to leave their homes and new or aggravating crises, like the Rohingya … [Read more...] about World Refugee Day marked as almost 69 million displaced
As Palestinians mourned the deaths of about 30 people over the last two weeks, shot by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Gaza, grainy video footage surfaced Monday appearing to show Israeli troops shooting a Palestinian man across the border fence at a time when he posed no obvious threat — and then rejoicing. In the video, the man is standing motionless, just inside Gaza. An Israeli sniper is told to take him down. A shot rings out and he falls to the ground. Another soldier who appears to be videoing the scene whoops with excitement. Read more Israel has faced little criticism over Palestinian deaths Israel cancels UN deal to resettle African migrants Israel scraps plan to deport thousands, then backtracks “Wow, what a video! Yay!” he exclaims, adding an expletive. “What a video legend.” After the footage, from an unknown source, was widely broadcast by Israeli media Monday night, the Israeli military said the event it depicted … [Read more...] about Israeli forces caught in video shooting Palestinian man then whooping
Somalia will plunge back into famine if humanitarian aid is pulled out of the Horn of Africa country, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a statement Monday. The statement came ahead of the Somalia humanitarian conference that will take place in London on Tuesday. NRC regional director Nigel Tricks urged the international community to take action. “The international community saved thousands of lives in Somalia last year, and helped stop a famine before it could happen,” he said. “But less humanitarian aid now threatens to throw the country back into a deeper crisis, even towards catastrophe.” On Tuesday, diplomats, donor agencies, the UN and other delegations will gather in London for a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, according to the statement. ‘’5.4 million Somalis need humanitarian aid this year. Over 300,000 children under age five are acutely malnourished, including 48,000 severely malnourished … [Read more...] about Somalia at risk of falling back into famine