Ida Jeng

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 […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

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 […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

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 […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

Future Connector: Paul Rusesabagina (aka Mr. Hotel Rwanda himself)


Paul Rusesabagina is credited with saving the lives for more than 1,200 refugees during the Rwandan genocide that claimed over one million innocent lives. Rusesabagina, who was born in central Rwanda to a farming family was the assistant manager at the Hotel des Mille Collines at the onset of the genocide that was perpetrated by […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

Tanzania grants citizenship to 162 000 Burundian refugees


UN High Commissioner for Refugee, António Guterres, praise the Tanzanian government for its “unprecedented generosity and courageous decision”. Burundian women at Katumba settlement cheer after hearing that they will become Tanzanian citizens. UNHCR/E.Wolfcarius KATUMBA, Tanzania, April 15 – UN High Commissioner for Refugee António Guterres has lauded Tanzania’s landmark decision to grant citizenship to tens […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

Refugee All-Stars play to win


Music is therapy for the Refugee All-Stars, who met each other after a war in their W. African homeland. For the members of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, “African music” isn’t just a phrase; it’s a sentence. Or at least that’s how they used it at World Cafe Live Monday night, as if the music needed no […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

YEMEN: Making health care accessible for refugees in south


Healthcare discrimination has prevented some Somali refugees from seeking treatment in public hospitals (file photo) Photo: Adel Yahya/IRIN ADEN, 13 April 2010 (IRIN) – Volunteers at some hospitals in Aden, southern Yemen, have started a new initiative to help African refugees, mainly Somalis, access health care. Omar Abdu, a Somali refugee living in Aden’s Basateen area, is […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng


I, Tharuni Varghese has got divorce from my husband and caused separation from my own son, Thushar Andrew Mathew.  I have seen him when he was six years old.  From then on I was trying to trace my child.  Now my son is 15 yrs old.  I am grateful if you find him.  When I […]


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng


i am looking for my dad..his name is Mohamed Haniff, he left Guyana on 24th October, 1993 for Canada with his parenst Bibi Akeela haniff and John Haniff to reside with his sisters Fazie and Fay, since that day I never heard from him, that was 18 years ago.


READ MORE Share

Ida Jeng

A Zimbabwe native helps refugees from her country in South Africa


Terry Hodson (center, with three men she helped resettle) began assisting refugees in 2007 after a man from Zimbabwe died while awaiting legal papers in Ms. Hodson’s home city of Cape Town, South Africa. Anna Telford/Adonis Musati Project Terry Hodson drives behind a white station wagon, almost identical to her own, carrying fellow volunteers around the […]


READ MORE Share