Tag: Refugees and Displaced Persons

Saudi Teenager Fleeing Family Arrives Safely in Canada

TORONTO — It was another proud moment for Canada: a Saudi teenager who had just been granted asylum walking through the arrivals gate at Toronto airport embraced by the country’s popular foreign minister. Wearing a gray sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Canada,” 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled at the throng […]

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Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said. As desperate as she was to leave, however, the same question always stopped her short: How would she get out? If she […]

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Family Flying to Canada

BANGKOK — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who feared death at the hands of her family if she were deported home from Thailand left for Canada on Friday, Thai officials said. The Thai immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, a police general, said Canada had granted asylum to the woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. […]

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Inquiry Into Migrant Shelters Poses Dilemma: What Happens to the Children?

A difficult situation for migrant children in government custody could grow more challenging if the largest provider in the overburdened shelter system were to lose its grants. The provider, Southwest Key Programs, faces mounting pressure after a video of staff members abusing children surfaced last month and the Justice Department […]

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Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth. But after a failed […]

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As Migrants Cross English Channel, Numbers Are Small but Worry Is Big

LONDON — Day after day, news reports in Britain prominently feature migrants making the perilous trip across the English Channel in small boats, including a dozen who landed on Monday. Headlines and anti-immigration politicians call it a crisis, and the cabinet member in charge of migration policy has labeled it […]

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How Bangladesh Made Abortion Safer

No one knows how many Rohingya became pregnant as a result of rape by the Myanmar military. No one knows how many babies were born to survivors of sexual violence living among the 750,000 Rohingya in camps in Bangladesh. The systematic sexual violence against the Rohingya reminded many in Bangladesh […]

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Pope Francis, in Christmas Day Message, Emphasizes ‘Fraternity’

ROME — As nationalist forces rise globally and populist leaders emphasize the primacy of their own people, Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day address on Tuesday to voice his conviction that all humans are part of an extended holy family that has lost its sense of fraternity. “My wish […]

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How to Save Congo From Chaos?

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo is sliding toward chaos as outgoing President Joseph Kabila has failed to keep his promise to organize free, transparent and fair elections, which were scheduled to be held on Dec. 23. On Thursday the country’s electoral commission postponed the much-delayed vote by a […]

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Belgian Prime Minister, Facing Populist Revolt Over Migration, Offers Resignation

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s prime minister, under pressure from the right and left, submitted his resignation Tuesday in the face of a populist revolt over his migration policy, which opponents say threatens Belgian sovereignty. Prime Minister Charles Michel’s problems echo those of other European leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron of France, […]

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Fixes: 7 Standards for Your End-of-Year Donations

Despite all the ink spilled on the ethics, or lack thereof, when it comes to foundation and corporate philanthropy, it is individual donors who keep the world’s nonprofits afloat. Two-thirds of all giving comes from people who brace for the big costs of holiday gifts and hope there will be […]

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o: U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children

ADEN, Yemen He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn’t cry or complain. He gazes stolidly ahead, tuning out everything, for in late stages of starvation the human body focuses every calorie simply on keeping the organs functioning. Yaqoob arrived unconscious […]

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Renewed Hope for Peace in Yemen

The people of Yemen have had enough. More than three years of war have killed thousands, displaced more than 500,000, created the worst cholera epidemic and brought about 14 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation. Desperate to escape famine, to be reunited with their loved ones, to mourn the […]

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Victims of War, and Now Victims of the Trump Administration

What is an appropriate punishment for a crime? The plight of thousands of Vietnamese refugees convicted of crimes in the United States and now threatened with detention or deportation demands an answer to this question. For most of the four decades since the Vietnam War ended, refugees fleeing the Communist […]

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Denmark Plans to Isolate Unwanted Migrants on a Small Island

COPENHAGEN — Denmark plans to house the country’s most unwelcome foreigners in a most unwelcoming place: a tiny, hard-to-reach island that now holds the laboratories, stables and crematory of a center for researching contagious animal diseases. As if to make the message clearer, one of the two ferries that serve […]

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Send Judges to the Border, Not Troops

Trying to stop immigrants as the Trump administration is doing — unilaterally, at the border and with tear gas and troops — is a sign of only one thing: failure. In fact, the administration’s response to the migrant caravan from Central America that recently arrived at the border with Mexico […]

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Children of North Korean Mothers Find More Hardship in the South

SEOUL, South Korea — After Seon-mi’s mother escaped North Korea, hoping to find her way to South Korea, she was sold by traffickers to a man in a northeastern Chinese village. The man was a violent schizophrenic, but the mother was trapped, according to Seon-mi’s South Korean caretakers. She lacked […]

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Clinton Wants Europe to Get Tough on Migration. It Already Has.

ROME — When Hillary Clinton warned in an interview this week that Europe’s centrist leadership needed to “get a handle” on migration, or risk further fanning the flames of populism, some wondered where she had been the last few years. “We already did this,” said Italy’s former center-left interior minister, […]

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It’s Time for Angela Merkel to Leave

BERLIN — What a springtime for Germany’s conservatives this fall has been. The Christian Democratic Union, the leading center-right party, should be suffering: After months of infighting with other conservatives, followed by steep losses in state elections, its leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced that she was stepping down from her […]

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No Excuse for Myanmar’s Treatment of the Rohingya

Under international law — and the precepts of basic human decency — the nearly one million Rohingya people driven out of their homeland in Myanmar and crammed into refugee camps in Bangladesh ought to be able to return home. But simply pushing them back across the border, as Bangladesh and […]

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Fire and Rain: California Storm Brings Relief to Some, Misery to Others

CHICO, Calif. — The first major rainstorm in months brought misery and jubilation Wednesday to a region of Northern California decimated by a firestorm that raced through towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills and sent choking smoke across a large swath of the state. The rain, which was expected to […]

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Migrant Caravan Is Just Yards From U.S. Border, but Long Wait Lies Ahead

TIJUANA, Mexico — After more than a month on the move, a caravan of migrants from Central America has come to a halt just a few yards from the border wall that divides Mexico and the United States. The metal barrier looms near the sports center where Tijuana’s city government […]

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