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Refugees Will Lose Fingers After Christmas Eve Flight to Canada

They trudged through waist-deep snow for up to 10 hours

(Newser) - A bisexual man who feared for his life in Ghana will lose his fingers and a toe after walking hours through snow and freezing weather on Christmas Eve toward what he hoped would be refuge in Canada, the Canadian Press reports. According to CBC , 24-year-old Seidu Mohammed arrived in the... More »

10 Numbers That Sum Up 2016

From 7 new stars to 7.1K migrant deaths

(Newser) - Whether or not you believe 2016 was cursed, you have to admit it was an eventful year, dominated by the US election, global conflicts, and a refugee crisis. CNN takes a look at some of the numbers that best encapsulate those events and the year in general: More »

Kansas Woman's Topical Christmas Card Goes Viral

She invokes plight of Syrian refugees

(Newser) - Whitney Roberts Logan hasn't felt quite as "merry" this season as she did when she wrote that one word on her Christmas card last year. With the number of Syrians killed in that nation's civil war estimated at near half a million, as PBS reported earlier this... More »

Trump Promises Syria 'Safe Zones'

Situation 'so sad,' he tells crowd at victory rally

(Newser) - Donald Trump's "Thank You" tour rolled into Hershey, Pa., Thursday night, where he promised to do something to end suffering in Syria. "When I look at what's going on in Syria, it's so sad," he said, per the New York Times . "It's... More »

Iconic 'Afghan Girl' Learns Her Fate

Pakistani court orders Sharbat Gula to serve a 15-day sentence, pay a fine

(Newser) - Sharbat Gula, better known as National Geographic's "Afghan Girl," has pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and illegally staying in Pakistan and will be deported once she has finished up a short jail sentence, reports CNN . Her lawyer says a Pakistani court considered Gula's health in sentencing... More »

Afghanistan's Deepening Crisis: Returning Refugees

They face 'vicious cycle of insecurity and joblessness'

(Newser) - Huge numbers of refugees displaced by decades of conflict are flowing back into Afghanistan, but they are returning to a country in crisis where more than a million people have been forced to leave their homes this year. The Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001,... More »

90 Feared Dead in Disaster Off Libya

Migrants' boat fell apart in international waters

(Newser) - The Libyan navy says at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished Thursday when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the Libyan coast. The boat, which was made of rubber, tore and began filling with water about 26 miles off the Libyan... More »

End of the 'Jungle': Migrant Camp Coming Down in France

Thousands of refugees near Calais being bused out to temporary centers

(Newser) - A camp that has come to symbolize Europe's struggle to handle an ever-growing wave of migrants is being emptied and dismantled near Calais, France. Nicknamed the "Jungle," the camp has been home to somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 people, and a mass evacuation got started... More »

Novel Way to Deliver Aid to Sick Refugees on Jordan Border

Cranes may soon be delivering food, supplies to desperate camp residents

(Newser) - Since mid-2014, about 75,000 Syrian refugees have been in limbo in the "berm"—what the Guardian describes as the "no-man's land" at the border between Jordan and Syria. And since June of this year, those refugees have been living in what Doctors Without Borders has... More »

In Simple Act, New Syrian Refugee Saves Bride's Big Day

Master tailor Ibrahim Haltl Dudu got to work right away on stubborn zipper

(Newser) - Toronto's Jo Du was stepping into her dress on her wedding day when a small disaster struck—the zipper broke. Bridesmaids fussed over it without any success and so ventured next door to look for tools that might help. It turns out that the neighbors were hosting a refugee... More »

Lindsay Lohan Brings Gifts to Syrian Refugees

The actress visited refugees in Turkey over the weekend

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan made an apparently secret visit to meet with Syrian refugees in Turkey over the weekend. TMZ reports the actress stopped by a hospital near Istanbul Sunday. She was accompanied by Abdurrahim Boynukalin, Turkey's youth and sports deputy minister, according the AP . He says Lohan offered to volunteer... More »

Skittles Pic Trump Jr. Used Was Taken by Ex-Refugee

Ironic

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles didn't go over well with the public, the candymaker, and now, the UK photographer who took the photo he says Trump stole for his tweet, the BBC reports. David Kittos says he took the pic of the colorful... More »

In Hong Kong, Snowden Hid 'Where No One Would Look'

Refugees took him into their squalid apartments

(Newser) - Over eight days in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents from a five-star hotel in Hong Kong. But he spent the remainder of his days there, before appearing in Russia, in places far less glamorous. Revealing the path to Snowden's escape for the first time, refugees tell the National ... More »

UNICEF: Risks of Being Child Refugee Are Immense

Nearly half of all refugees are kids, and they face drowning, rape, and more

(Newser) - Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, UNICEF said in a report released Tuesday. Per the AP , the report found that while children make up about a third... More »

Ex-Judge Offers 'Body Swap' With Detained Refugee

He denounces Australia's 'utterly immoral' system

(Newser) - Retired Australian judge Jim Macken thinks his county's system of offshore refugee detention is shameful—and he has offered to trade places with somebody ensnared in it. Macken, 88, says he has written to immigration minister Peter Dutton and offered a "body swap" with somebody in a camp... More »

Refugee Target Met: 10,000th Syrian Will Land in US

Influx from Jordan will get US to its goal this week

(Newser) - The US will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program as several hundred Syrians depart from Jordan over 24 hours, the US ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia. The resettlement program has... More »

Idea for 'Scaring Off' Migrants: Pig Heads on Border Fence

Hungarian member of the European Parliament stirs controversy

(Newser) - A Hungarian member of the European Parliament stirred controversy Monday by suggesting that displaying pig heads on a border fence would be an efficient way to scare Muslim migrants from entering the EU-member country, the AP reports. Gyorgy Schopflin, a member of ruling Hungarian Fidesz party, made that suggestion in... More »

At Australia's Refugee Camp, Chilling Abuse, Rape

Guardian reports on rape, child abuse at Nauru

(Newser) - More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru reveal what the Guardian describes as "routine dysfunction and cruelty," including assaults, rape, and incidents of self-harm. About half of the incident reports from May 2013 to... More »

Modern Hero: The Syrian, the Riches, and the Wardrobe

Refugee in Germany turned in $55K cash found in wardrobe

(Newser) - When a Syrian known as Muhannad M. was granted asylum in Germany in October after fleeing violence in Homs, he had to rely on donations to furnish his new apartment in Minden. He just didn't expect someone to give him a wardrobe hiding $55,000. The 25-year-old says he... More »

1 in 113 People Are Forced From Their Homes

UN Report: Conflict is the "main driver"

(Newser) - By the end of last year, more than 65 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced—enough to comprise the 21st-largest nation in the world, the UN Refugee Agency reports. According to CNN , it's more people than were forced from their homes in the aftermath of World War Two. The... More »

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