Europe 4 August 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49119077 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The little girl who fled from war-torn Latvia spent more than 50 years in exile - but soon after returning she became president.Not only … [Read more...] about The woman who rose from refugee to president
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Jared Kushner hinted Wednesday that his Middle East peace plan will seek to better integrate Palestinian refugees inside Arab countries as he finalizes proposals despite being shunned by the Palestinian leadership. A week after he convened an economic workshop in Bahrain that dangled the prospect of $50 billion in investment under a peace deal, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor said he will announce the next steps "probably next week." Kushner, promising a fresh approach to Middle East peacemaking after decades of failed attempts, said the Trump administration deliberately opened with economic incentives and will later give details on core political questions. But in a conference call with Arab media, Kushner appeared to favor normalization of the status of Palestinian refugees who fled or were forced out of Israel when the Jewish state was created in 1948, as well as their descendants. Noting that a similar number of Jews fled or were expelled from Arab countries, … [Read more...] about Kushner wants ‘pragmatic’ solution on Palestinian refugees
This year the focus of World Refugee Day is Africa and finding solutions to forced displacement on the continent. Having worked in Ethiopia with Goal supporting refugees for eight years, my wish is that this date serves to somehow spark action to tackle this unacceptable humanitarian crisis. According to new figures from the UN, at the end of 2018 there were 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. 41.3 million were internally displaced. Some 25.9 million were refugees. Every second refugee was a child, many alone and without their families. Almost two-thirds were from South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. Refugees and displaced communities do not choose to leave their homes and homelands. Invariably they are fleeing persecution, conflict, war, and natural disaster. They are forced from their homes due to circumstances outside of their control. Goal has been working in Ethiopia since the early 1980s, when we initially responded to a famine that ultimately claimed the lives of … [Read more...] about We must tackle causes of refugee problem
A Ponteland resident who has raised funds for many good causes over the years has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Bruce Grant will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to charity. As well as his individual efforts, the 92-year-old was part of a small group that ran the Ponteland Charity Group (PCG), which operated for four years from 2013.Combining these together, he has now been involved in raising more than £80,000.The objective of the group was to run two raffles and two concerts each year.This resulted in thousands of pounds being raised for the Great North Air Ambulance, Children North East, Children with Cancer, Tynedale Hospice, the Children’s Heart Unit Fund in Newcastle and the Alzheimer’s Society.Other charities to benefit include Blind Children North East, Percy Hedley Foundation, People’s Kitchen, West End Refugee Services and West End Food Bank.Mr Grant no longer organises concerts, … [Read more...] about BEM for fund-raiser Bruce
Ioannina, Greece - Sarah hands out slips of paper to her class, each with a verb in the present tense.Her 13 students must come up to the whiteboard and write the appropriate past tense for their verb, and then pronounce it. Reza, from Afghanistan, correctly writes "tried", but says, "I cried to learn." Riat, a Somali, the star of the class, laughs. She whispers everybody's answer correctly to herself, but even she doesn't understand how the leave can become "left". Nor does anyone else. "Left, right?" asks one student. Sarah is an English teacher for Second Tree, a volunteer aid group. Her students are adult refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They assemble every weekday morning in a 25-square-metre schoolhouse of unfinished lumber hammered together by volunteers. It sits in the parking lot of a defunct furniture factory across the street from Katsikas refugee camp, near Ioannina in north-west Greece. These students all grew up in … [Read more...] about Some refugees are now integrated. Can Greece’s economy keep up?