September 02, 2008 | Camilla Olson | Tagged as: Malaysia, Statelessness
This recent report by Al Jazeera highlights the particular concerns of stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has begun a new crackdown on illegal migrants in Sabah who are mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia.
August 28, 2008 | Limnyuy Konglim | Tagged as: Afghanistan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Neglected Crises
This past May, Refugees International conducted a mission in Afghanistan to assess the humanitarian response to the needs of Afghan returnees. Amid preparations for the trip, we were very concerned about the security situation in Afghanistan and took extra lengths to ensure that our staff would be safe.
August 26, 2008 | Melanie Teff | Tagged as: Congress, Darfur, South Sudan, Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations
The latest news coming out of South Darfur is deeply disturbing. On the morning of August 25 around sixty Government of Sudan vehicles surrounded Kalma camp – a camp housing 90,000 internally displaced people -- in a supposed attempt to disarm it. Violence broke out, and according to United Nations security reports, 20 people were killed in the attack and over 70 people were injured.
August 21, 2008 | Megan Fowler | Tagged as: Myanmar
I arrived in Burma less than four months after Cylone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy delta region.
August 20, 2008 | admin | Tagged as: Colombia, Americas, Humanitarian Response
The town of Sanchez, Colombia, lies right on the banks of the River Patia. The river, a major narco-trafficking highway, cuts through the Andes and leads out to the Pacific Ocean. It has historically been an epicenter of political violence. Controlled by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) until recently, the River Patia area has seen intense fighting between illegal armed groups since 2003, with a major massacre in 2006. To date, over 1,000 people are estimated to have been murdered along the river.