Washington, D.C. - United Nations Security Council members must develop a strategy in ongoing discussions on piracy in Somalia that addresses the root causes of the problem, Refugees International (RI) urged today.
Today, nearly four years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace
Agreement that ended over 26 years of brutal civil war, southern Sudan
continues to be a place of acute poverty and underdevelopment.
Destroyed homes, murdered husbands, hunger, beatings, theft, and harassment.
Thirty Somali women and children refugees told their stories about
these heartbreaking events as they sat with our colleagues Jake and
"As Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton will face opportunities
to broker solutions to the major refugee crises in the world today.
Secretary Robert Gates, General James Jones and Susan Rice are all
committed to multilateral solutions to the 21st century's most
challenging foreign policy issues, and will help President-elect Obama
retain military strength while building strong civilian capacity in the
U.S. government to resolve international crises.
Having fled killings, kidnappings, torture, and death threats, about
3,000 Palestinian refugees from Iraq are currently stranded in three
camps along the border between Syria and Iraq. Denied asylum and
refugee rights, they are extremely vulnerable in poorly situated camps.
The Syrian government and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
are both open to third country resettlement on humanitarian grounds and
on the basis of individual choice.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.