Refugees

How Technology Can Support Migratory Children and Youth

The November 14, 2012, Technology Salon NYC focused on ways that ICTs can support work with children who migrate. Our lead discussants were: Sarah Engebretsen and Kate Barker from Population Council, and Brian Root and Enrique Piraces from Human Rights Watch.

Out in the Cold in Calais

The UN Refugee Agency posts a short documentary on the plight of migrants in the French port city of Calais.

The UN Refugee Agency posts a short documentary on the plight of migrants in the French port city of Calais. Well worth a watch.

Angelina Jolie makes third trip to Iraq

The UN Refugee Agency's most active goodwill ambassador makes her third trip to Iraq.  A UN spokesperson offers some details:

UNHCR has more on her trip, which is meant to call attention to the estimated 1.6 million Iraqis that remain displaced in their own country.

More reasons it sucks to be a refugee

Kate Cronin-Furman at Wronging Rights lists the top five (only five?) "reasons it sucks to be a refugee." The suckiest, IMHO, seems to be number four: "Your brain might swell up and kill you." Because if you're a refugee, you aren't facing enough pressure from your home country, the country where you've been displaced, and the dire conditions in which you live; no, your own brain has to come after you.

Bringing Pakistan's displaced home -- voluntarily

It's encouraging to see that John Holmes, the UN's humanitarian coordinator, understands one of the most fundamental principles of dealing with situations of mass displacement: that returns must be voluntary. If returns are forced, it means that people don't yet feel safe returning to their homes, and the resettlement can effectively act as renewed displacement.

Mogadishu "descending into chaos"

MSF just put out a warning that the majority of the populaiton of north Mogadishu has fled as fighing escalated in the Somali capital.  They have even had to close a pediatric hospital and three health clinics in the city. 
MSF just put out a warning that the majority of the populaiton of north Mogadishu has fled as fighing escalated in the Somali capital.

Angelina Jolie on how refugees have changed her life

The UN Refugee Agency just posted this video of Angelina Jolie speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. yesterday to commemorate World Refugee Day. 

Pakistani offensive moves into Waziristan

The fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban insurgents that has already displaced more than two million people has now moved into the Federally Administered Tribal Area of South Waziristan (just south of the already affected province of Lower Dir).

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