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Lankan displaced miss resettlement deadline
Feb 16, 2010 The Sri Lankan government has promised to resettle remaining internally displaced by April after failing to move everyone out of camps by end-January. Administrative structures have been restored in the north so that the relocated people can lead normal lives and participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
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Rohingya refugees face uncertain future
Feb 19, 2010 A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding for the unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say Medicines Sans Frontiers. Burma refuses to give them citizenship or land ownership and Bangladesh does not permit them to work or access food aid.
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Afghan child migrants need urgent attention
Mar 04, 2010 The number of Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe has increased significantly last year, according to the UN refugee agency. Initial findings highlight the need for policies to protect these children.
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UNHCR helps self-reliant Rohingyas' resettle
Mar 29, 2010 The 19-year old Khaleda Begum and her entire family have been approved for resettlement in Australia by UN Refugee Agency because of her family’s progressive attitude and behavior such as emphasis on education and late marriage. Rohingyas’ are aware that becoming more self-reliant will ultimately enhance their future prospects.
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Rebuilding houses priority for Lankan refugees
Apr 01, 2010 As conflict-displaced return to their homes in Sri Lanka, rebuilding houses takes centre stage. UN appeals for funds confirming that 160,000 houses need to be rebuilt or repaired for refugees to begin normal lives.
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Burma's Chin villagers face persecution by junta
Apr 21, 2010 People of the Chin State in Burma have been subjected to abuse and persecution for decades as part of a Burmese government policy to suppress the villagers and their ethnic identity. Activists and refuges are coming out to narrate their stories to the world and provide them with support.
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Bhutanese refugees pin homecoming hopes
Apr 28, 2010 Evicted from Bhutan for almost two decades, thousands of Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal call for repatriation. Activists and leaders urge the heads of the state meeting at the ongoing SAARC summit to start multilateral talks for their return and set-up a South Asian Refugee Commission.
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Pakistani displaced fear threat in home regions
Apr 29, 2010 The Pashtun tribe, who fled their native place when the Pakistani military entered South Waziristan to oust the extremist network, faces an uncertain future. Many displaced are determined to stay in the temporary accommodations in Dera Ismail Khan until conditions are safe for their return to their villages.
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Never ending struggle for Sri Lankan Tamils
May 06, 2010 In northern Sri Lanka refugees are returning back to their homes and are getting engaged in rebuilding railways, wells and vanished homes destroyed by war. However shortage of funds, lack of sanitation, and land without green cover are making their lives tougher, forcing them to sell their rations for cash.
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Insecurity lowers Afghan returns
Dec 30, 2009 The number of Afghan refugees trickling home from Iran and Pakistan has plummeted this year. The UN refugee agency has blamed insecurity, limited economic opportunities and political insecurity for the low number of returns.
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Displaced suffer as winter sets in Pakistan
Dec 30, 2009 Thousands of internally displaced persons from conflict-hit areas in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan have been experiencing increased hardship as temperatures drop to freezing in many northern regions.
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Myanmar to take back 9,000 refugees
Dec 30, 2009 Myanmar has agreed to take back 9,000 Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh. Rohingyas are not recognised as an ethnic minority by the military-led regime and are frequently subjected to human rights abuse, depriving them of free movement, education and employment.
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More IDPs in Afghanistan than previously thought
Jan 05, 2010 The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan is significantly higher than estimated by the UN Refugee Agency. New figures from all 34 provinces indicate that 82,778 households are currently internally displaced throughout the country.
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Experts warn of climate refugees in southern India
Jan 06, 2010 Experts say that rise in temperature by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius will result in large-scale influx of ‘climate refugees’ from the coastal areas of a southernmost Indian state to the hinterlands.
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Sri Lankan IDPs raise concern over voting rights
Jan 12, 2010 Thousands of internally displaced persons who had fled the former conflict zone may miss out on voting in this month’s presidential election in Sri Lanka. With most of the returnees failing to register with government authorities, the issue of minority vote remains a great concern.
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For UN rescuing civilians in Sri Lanka a 'top priority'
Apr 30, 2009 For the sake of estimated 50,000 trapped civilians, a top UN relief official has appealed for further humanitarian pause in combat operations against the Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka. So far the government has shown its unwillingness as it thinks the LTTE is likely to exploit the ceasefire to regroup militarily.
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India demands access for aid agencies in Sri Lanka
May 01, 2009 India has sought greater access for international humanitarian agencies to provide succour to displaced people living in camps set up by Sri Lankan government. Taking great umbrage at this suggestion, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has strongly reacted saying the country does not need any preaching.
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Mass exodus imminent from Swat Valley in Pakistan
May 06, 2009 A minister from North West Frontier Province government has expressed fears about the possibility of large-scale exodus from Swat Valley. Pakistani army has been engaged in a pitched battle with Taliban militants in the region for more than a week now.
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Little help for IDPs in Pakistan as violence spreads
May 07, 2009 About 35,000 people who have been displaced in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan due to ongoing fighting between the army and Taliban militants are in desperate need of help. People taking shelter in temporary camps have no clean water, toilet or cooking facilities.
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People still trapped in Lanka conflict zone
May 08, 2009 The international community has expressed its deep concern for thousands of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict zone. As the government forces close in, India and others are trying to prevent this last assault that can result in a bloodbath and make reconciliation more difficult.
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Displaced Pakistanis need urgent support
May 12, 2009 In view of rapidly unfolding events and the magnitude of displacement in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, the UN refugee agency has appealed the international community to provide additional relief material. More than 360,000 people have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict between government forces and militants.
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Pakistan facing worst refugee crisis since Partition
May 15, 2009 Taking advantage of temporary relaxation in curfew, thousands in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province rushed out to take shelter in camps. According to UN estimates about 830,000 people have been rendered homeless within past one month due to the ongoing conflict between army and Islamic militants in the Swat Valley.
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Pakistan races to deal with mounting refugees
May 19, 2009 Likening the magnitude of displacement in Pakistan with Rwanda’s of the 1990s, the UN has said that the "situation is volatile and changing rapidly". Nearly 1.5 million people are said to have fled their homes so far from the Swat Valley, where government forces are battling Taliban fighters.
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UN demands unimpeded access to Lankan refugee camps
May 21, 2009 An upsurge in the number of refugees in Sri Lanka is straining health, sanitation and water systems in the refugee camps. UNICEF and partners, working round the clock attending children and women displaced in the war, seek greater access to these shelters to provide better humanitarian assistance.
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Public support for Talibans waning in Pakistan
May 21, 2009 Those who have escaped from the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley in Pakistan are giving eyewitness accounts of brutalities – beheading, shooting, kidnappings and preventing children from going to schools – perpetrated by Islamic zealots. For the first time, local people are voicing their disgust against jihadis so vociferously.
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Sri Lanka vows to resettle Tamils within six months
May 22, 2009 After meeting with Indian envoys, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised to resettle the war-displaced people in the next six months. In a joint statement released by both sides, the Indian government has committed to provide assistance in de-mining, building civil infrastructure and reconstructing houses.
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Displaced Pakistani women lack medical facilities
May 26, 2009 UN humanitarian agencies in Pakistan have expressed concern over dearth of skilled medics and insufficient arrangements for internally displaced women in camps. Housing 6,000 pregnant women, these camps lack midwives, labour rooms, neonatal and emergency services.
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New fight brews in Sri Lanka after the Tigers
May 28, 2009 Before its defeat, LTTE had always projected itself as the sole representative of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Now intensifying competition among Tamil politicians can once again threaten peace and the presence of armed groups, often in league with security forces, does not augur well for future.
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Basketball coach provides hope to refugees in Bangladesh
Jun 09, 2009 Yugoslavian national Petar Ristic uses his sporting skills to help refugee children in Bangladesh. Supported by UNHCR and a local NGO, he teaches basketball and other games to the children living in camps including girls and the disabled, enabling them to work together and realise their dreams.
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Donor funding 'still hesitant' in Pakistan
Jun 10, 2009 If more funds are not made available soon, essential services can be disrupted by the end of this month in war-torn North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Despite the appeal issued by an UN agency for US$ 543 million, only a fraction has trickled in.
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