Ida Jeng

Bringing Families Together Again in Haiti


30 Apr 2010 – There’s no telling how many children became orphaned or separated by Haiti’s earthquake on January 12, but there are no doubt many thousands.  Some have been taken in by caring neighbors or strangers in homes still standing or in the hundreds of makeshift settlements scattered across Port-au-Prince and other devastated cities. Others have been placed […]


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Jambo!


We arrived in Nairobi yesterday, all excited about the coming week. Over the next seven days, we are going to kick-start the East Africa outreach project with our many committed partners here in Kenya. So, we started out today with a fruitful and super-productive planning meeting with our main partners from the Refugee Consortium Kenya (RCK). […]


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Ethiopia: Refugees and their hosts benefit from UN water and electricity project


Somali refugees queue for water in Kebribeyah camp. 5 May 2010 – In a bid to improve the lives of thousands of Somali refugees and the community hosting them in eastern Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency has completed an innovative project to make water and electricity available to residents of the semi-arid region prone […]


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Nairobi: Commission allocates 3 million euros for displaced Somali refugees in Kenyan refugee camps


  A tented section of Dadaab refugee camps The European Commission has allocated 3 million euros in humanitarian aid for programmes to support refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab camps. Around 267,0000 refugees are currently accommodated in Dadaab, which was designed for just 90,000 people. The refugees have fled Somalia due to the ongoing insecurity caused by […]


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SOMALIA: From refugee camp to university campus


Young people in Dadaab (Cecila Prete Martinez/IRIN) NAIROBI, 28 April 2010 (IRIN) – They spent most of their lives in crowded refugee camps after their families fled violence in Somalia but now 22 men and six women have won scholarships to study in Canada.  “I have waited for this day since 2006 [when he graduated […]


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Tanzania welcomes new nationals from refugee settlements


For any family or community, addition of a new member is something that usually brings joy and extra responsibilities.  Then imagine what the horde of newly naturalised citizens of Tanzania can do to the East African nation that is already struggling to overcome numerous hurdles on its path to socio-economic development. Thanks to the legacy […]


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Hard times for Iraqi newcomers


Awatif Albadri and her son, Anas Alhamdani (left), spoke with interpreter Bashier Doss in Chelsea District Court last month concerning her family’s efforts to avoid being evicted. (Pat Greenhouse/ Globe Staff) CHELSEA — Awatif Albadri survived the Iraq War and the deaths of her husband in a car crash and her son by assassination. On […]


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School for Hope


Valentino Deng in his native town of Marial Bai, southern Sudan, where with American help he has founded a new high school. Photo: Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times Southern Sudan is one of the most impoverished places on earth, and this remote town lacks electricity and running water and is 150 miles from the […]


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UNHCR welcomes Pakistan’s decision to extend stay of Afghan refugees


Former journalist Rehman Faizai now sells traditional Afghan cloths at a market in Islamabad. He welcomed Pakistan’s decision to let registered refugees stay longer. GENEVA, March 25 (UNHCR)– The UN refugee agency on Thursday welcomed the Pakistani government’s decision to allow 1.7 million registered Afghans to remain in the country for three more years, alongside continued […]


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Refugees fear for their kids


Western Cape authorities have threatened to remove the children of refugees who fled xenophobic violence two years ago. “I’d rather die drowning with my children in the ocean than give them away,” said Amelia Nikwakwira, one of dozens of refugees evicted from the Blue Waters refugee camp in Cape Town. The camp was set up […]


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