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December 05, 2013 | Jeff Crisp | Tagged as: Congress, Iraq, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Middle East
I first visited Domiz refugee camp in May 2013. Situated near the city of Dohuk in northern Iraq, and spread out over 1.5 million square meters of land which once housed an army base, the camp accommodates around 45,000 Syrian Kurds who have escaped from the conflict in their homeland, the border of which is just 70 kilometers away. Going back to Domiz at the end of November 2013 for Refugees International, it was immediately apparent that some important improvements were being made to the camp.
December 04, 2013 | Guest | Tagged as: Congress, Jordan, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response
The conflict in Syria is only eight miles away from the residents of Za’atari, the second largest refugee camp in the world. They can sometimes hear the explosions, according to one humanitarian aid worker, who noted that the proximity to the border and the conflict adds to the insecurity in the camp.
December 02, 2013 | Eileen Shields-West | Tagged as: Iraq, Jordan, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response
Last Saturday came an all-too-vivid reminder that the war inside Syria is continuing to take lives, still seesawing between sides, and not at all close to ending. First came reports that President Bashar al-Assad's fighter jets, aiming at rebel positions in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, had hit a vegetable market instead, killing 15 people. I was in Amman, Jordan, at the time, just finishing a field mission with Refugees International to assess how Syrian refugees who have fled to both northern Iraq and Jordan are faring.
November 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Galvin and Daryl Grisgraber | Tagged as: Jordan, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security
The personal histories of the refugees are disturbing, inspiring, and sometimes confusing, but they all have in common the desperate need to flee the conflict in Syria. Once at Zaatari camp, however, many continue to dwell in Syria in unexpected ways.
November 22, 2013 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Africa, Ethiopia - Eritrea, Israel, South Sudan, Sudan, Middle East, Statelessness
Israel's new policy is purportedly intended to prevent migrants from making a claim to citizenship based on birth in Israel. However, it may have the unintentional consequence of creating new stateless populations.