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March 19, 2014 Sarnata Reynolds Kuwait, Middle East, Statelessness

On March 2, a 14-year-old boy named Ali Habib was put in a Kuwaiti jail and charged with disturbing the peace. He had been arrested while participating in a peaceful demonstration for the right to citizenship, one of many in a decades-long movement demanding that Kuwait’s stateless people, called the bedoon, be recognized as citizens. 

After two days Ali was released, but eight other stateless activists remain in jail on trumped-up charges including participating in an “illegal gathering” and “damaging police property.”

March 14, 2014 Guest Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, Philippines, Asia

On Saturday, February 22, scholars, humanitarian workers, activists, and religious leaders gathered at Washington’s National Cathedral to discuss why all of us should care about environmental sustainability and climate change and how can we help the people most affected.

March 06, 2014 Diliana Markova Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East

In the second half of 2013, Bulgaria, the poorest member of the European Union, saw an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers, most of them Syrians fleeing conflict through Turkey. The pace of arrivals quickly picked up, and by the end of the year the country, which usually sees less than 1,500 asylum seekers a year, was confronted with more than 7,000.

March 04, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

My colleague, Dara McLeod, and I are about to begin a mission to two neighboring countries in the center of Africa that are experiencing full-scale humanitarian crises: the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan. Fighting inside each country has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

February 28, 2014 Melanie Teff Myanmar, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security

In a recent meeting with a group of people displaced by the conflict in Myanmar’s Kachin State, I was reminded of the lack of options with which many displaced people can be left. When I asked the group why they were unable to return to their home villages, they laughed and pointed behind my head. I turned around and saw a line of at least 50 military trucks on the road behind us. They told me that they had seen at least 200 military trucks pass by the camp that day.

February 26, 2014 Michelle Brown Mali, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
With the large-scale humanitarian crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, it can be easy to overlook the comparatively smaller humanitarian situation in Mali. However, as a recent briefing paper by the  Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reminds us, there remain acute humanitarian needs in Mali, where almost 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) continue to reside – still more than half of the 350,000 people living in displacement as of June 2013—the peak of the displacement crisis in Mali.  
February 24, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Congress, Kenya, Somalia, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

At the same time that the Kenyan government is ramping up pressure for Somali refugees to return home, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released new international protection considerations for people fleeing southern and central Somalia. The guidelines highlight the continued risks that these people face and stress the need for ongoing international protection of Somali asylum-seekers.

February 21, 2014 Guest Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Protection & Security

I am sitting here in my room on a rainy Monday to write an essay about the challenges we as refugees face here in Nairobi. I just got back from school, and as I made my way home I held my breath until I reached my room. I am lucky I am here another day: safe and sound.

February 19, 2014 Refugees Intern... Climate Displacement

In 2012 and 2013 millions of people were forced from their homes by floods, storms, and other weather-related disasters. Millions more were affected by droughts, desertification, and degradation of the land, air, and water. While impacts are being felt in rich and poor countries alike, it is the most vulnerable people who suffer most.

February 18, 2014 Dawn Calabia Afghanistan, Asia, Protection & Security, Women & Children

The government of Afghanistan is back in the news these days - and for all the wrong reasons. Recent actions by President Hamid Karzai and his supporters are putting the country's future at risk, and none stand to lose more than Afghan women.

Afghan women have been disproportionately affected by years of insecurity, poverty, and displacement. Their aspirations have been undermined by strong local opposition to achieving their rights and exercising leadership.

February 13, 2014 Jeff Crisp Asia, Protection & Security

“Stop the boats.” That was one of the principal slogans used by the winning Coalition in the September 2013 Australian election. And in the six months since he assumed office, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has left no one in any doubt as to his determination to prevent asylum seekers from making their way to the country by sea.

February 11, 2014 Marcy Hersh Climate Displacement, Philippines, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Women & Children

The island of Leyte in the Philippines may be one of the only places in the world where beachfront property is completely undesirable. Those who live along Leyte's eastern beaches know that the sea's destructive power can suddenly sweep away everything they hold dear.

February 10, 2014 Guest Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

On December 16 last year, refugees began to flood across the border from South Sudan into Uganda as a result of an outbreak of violence in their country of origin. In the past two months the number of new arrivals has grown to roughly 66,000. They are being hosted in three areas: Adjumani, Arua, and Kiryandongo.    

February 06, 2014 Jeff Crisp Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security

Refugee resettlement is in the news. At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, speakers from both ends of the political spectrum called on the country to admit some of the 2.3 million Syrians who have become refugees. “While the United States has led the world in resettling and providing humanitarian assistance to refugees from conflicts around the globe, we’ve not done enough to address the current Syrian crisis,” said Senator Dick Durbin.

January 30, 2014 Sarnata Reynolds Africa, Ethiopia - Eritrea, Israel, Middle East, Protection & Security

In January, tens of thousands of African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens demonstrated against the government's deeply flawed asylum policy. They railed against its refusal to consider applications for protection and its policy of indefinitely detaining asylum seekers without charge or cause. Thousands of asylum seekers walked out of their jobs in restaurants, hotels, and other businesses as a way of demonstrating their concrete value to Israeli society. Some of those same businesses even provided food to the demonstrators in a show of support.

January 27, 2014 Marcy Hersh Climate Displacement, Philippines, Asia, Women & Children

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction across the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing approximately four million.

January 13, 2014 Refugees Intern...

Refugees International is saddened by the death of Bill Clarke, RI Board Chair from 1986 to 1996 and later Board Chair emeritus. We are deeply grateful for Bill's extraordinary service to RI and to displaced people across the world. Below, past and present RI leaders reflect on his life and legacy.

Bill Clarke and RI Board Member Judy MayotteBill Clarke and RI Board Member Judy Mayotte

January 08, 2014 Eileen Shields-West Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

This post originally appeared at Politix.

It was unbelievably festive on the day, July 9, 2011, that South Sudan became the world's newest independent country. From the United States, President Barack Obama sent a message that "the map of the world has been redrawn," and South Sudan's popularly-elected leader, Salva Kiir, declared that "the eyes of the world are on us now."

January 02, 2014 Jeff Crisp Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Women & Children

The Syrian emergency has erupted with unprecedented speed and on a scale that no one envisaged when it began less than three years ago.

More than half of Syria’s population is now in need of humanitarian assistance. Six million people have been forced to abandon their homes but remain within the country. Well over two million have become refugees in other states.