As Planning for Repatriation Ramps Up, Asylum Seekers Continue to Flee Somalia

By Mark Yarnell

At the same time that the Kenyan government is ramping up pressure for Somali refugees to return home, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released new international protection considerations for people fleeing southern and central Somalia. The guidelines highlight the continued risks that these people face and stress the need for ongoing international protection of Somali asylum-seekers.

Let's Hear It for the Hosts

By Jeff Crisp

When masses of refugees escape from one developing country and find sanctuary in another, they invariably place serious pressures on the people, land, environment, water supply, infrastructure, and public services of the areas where they settle. And yet the needs of refugee-hosting communities are all too often unrecognized and unmet.

This important gap in the humanitarian response to refugee emergencies is caused by a number of different factors.

What a Difference Six Months Make

By Jeff Crisp

This blog first appeared in The Hill Congress Blog.

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.

The Start of Winter Brings New Dangers for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

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By Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

This blog first appeared in GlobalPost.

A Return to the Sahel - The Perpetual Crisis

By Alice Thomas

Africa’s Sahel region is home to some of the world’s poorest and least developed countries. But in recent years, more erratic weather coupled with political unrest, has had grave impacts on Sahelian populations. Instability brought on by conflict and growing food insecurity has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. And these impacts are only likely to increase in the decades to come as millions of vulnerable, agriculture-dependent families across the region face increased climate variability.

A Kindness in the Midst of Conflict

By Caelin Briggs
Juba, South Sudan -- A man stands in the middle of a dusty compound. Around him, 60 people sit and drink water that he paid for, eat food that he gave them, and take shelter under the roof of his own house.

U.S. Support for Mali: Humanitarian Needs Must be Considered

By Refugees International

By Katia Gibergues-Newton, Refugees International Intern

As Syria Burns, U.S. Ally Feels the Heat

By Michael Boyce
This post originally appeared on The Hill Congress Blog

The people of Jordan have borne the Syrian refugee crisis with real grace - and even, perhaps, a bit of pride. “The Syrians are our brothers,” they say when asked about the thousands of Syrians who have fled here. (No one knows how many there really are.) “They speak the same way as us, they have the same last names. We cannot turn them away.””

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Escape Violence, But Hardship Continues

By Daryl Grisgraber
This blog originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.

In central Lebanon’s Beqa’a Valley, there is a series of border villages that are hosting ever-larger numbers of refugees from the conflict inside of Syria.

A Few Miles From Houla, a Massacre Hits Home

By Michael Boyce
This blog originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.

Pulling into the Lebanese Army checkpoint at Wadi Khaled, bustling Beirut seemed a world away. Thick gray clouds hugged the mountainside, and a fierce wind whipped across the roadway. A text message on one of our cell phones welcomed us to Syria - an indication of just how close we were to that war-torn country.
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