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    Verification helps refugees eye the future

    In the baking heat of a tent in Oruchinga refugee settlement, Uganda, seven-year-old Gloria Mutamba giggles as her mother holds a pair of goggles up to her eyes.  It takes a second for the computer to scan her irises, and all of Gloria’s self-control not to lean over for a peek. Gloria’s 32-year-old mother, Jenipher, […] More

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    Thousands flee into Kenya to escape Ethiopia violence

    By Rose Ogola in Moyale, Kenya  |  28 March 2018 Malicha Doyo, a 36-year old mother of six from Ethiopia, cradles her five-day-old baby daughter Nuria in a temporary reception centre in Moyale, in northern Kenya on the border with Ethiopia. Malicha arrived heavily pregnant and hungry from the town of Tuqa five days ago, after an outbreak […] More

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    Kenya-Ethiopian refugees flee fighting to neighbouring Kenya

    Credits: Mary Theru, producer / Walter Kigali, cameraman/editor  |  28 March 2018 Kenya-Ethiopian refugees flee fighting to neighbouring Kenya About 10,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to Kenya since early March. Most are women and children. 55-year-old Darmigalma Boru was reunited with her daughter, Malicha and her new-born grand-daughter, Nuria when she arrived in Kenya. Separated by the fighting, […] More

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    A year after the murder of two UN experts but no justice yet

    The international community must ensure justice for the deaths of two UN experts killed while investigating human rights abuses in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said one year after their bodies were discovered. The remains of Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean, and Michael Sharp, an American, were discovered on 27 […] More

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    Venezuelans are taking desperate measures to escape

    The last time Génesis Vasquez heard her husband’s voice, he was about to board a small wooden boat sailing from Venezuela to the nearby island of Curaçao. Unable to find permanent work in Venezuela and struggling to provide for his family, Jóvito Gutiérrez Yance hoped to find new opportunities abroad. “Pray for me and light a […] More

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    Mozambique: Irresponsible Chinese mining operation threatens to wipe out coastal village

    • Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood which left 290 people homeless• Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety• Village residents denied remedies and compensation for their losses An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique has put an entire coastal village of more than a thousand people at serious risk […] More

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    Uganda: Transforming the lives of refugee women

    Credits: Mary Theru, producer / Walter Kigali, camera-editor  |  27 March 2018 Uganda: Transforming the lives of refugee women Uganda has begun a massive biometric data verification exercise to help fix any discrepancies in refugee data and allow for greater efficiency and transparency. With support from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and partners, the government is conducting biometric […] More

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    UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner calls for improved access to pensions for the internally displaced and other rights

    UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Mr. George Okoth-Obbo visits Maiorsk checkpoint.  © UNHCR/Hugo Reichenberger KYIV, Ukraine, 27 March, 2018 – Concluding a week-long visit to Ukraine, where four years of conflict have displaced an estimated 1.5 million people, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Mr. George Okoth-Obbo has called for enhanced actions to address the […] More

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    European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: integration through education and employment

    European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: integration through education and employment Strasbourg/Athens, 27.03.2018 – Since the beginning of what is often referred to as the refugee crisis in Europe, the recognition of refugees’ qualifications has become one of the main tools to integrate them into European societies. Following a successful pilot project in 2017, which was […] More

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    Life is a daily battle for families in Ukraine conflict zone

    By Kate Bond in Mariinka, Ukraine  |  27 March 2018 It was just an ordinary day for Liuba and her son Misha in Mariinka, a town devastated by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. They were used to the rattle of machine guns as they prepared breakfast. So when they fell silent, 10-year-old Misha ran to his grandmother’s house […] More

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    Australia: Scrap proposed laws that would suffocate NGOs and create a climate of secrecy

    The Australian government must immediately scrap two proposed new laws that, if passed, would suffocate the work of civil society, intimidate whistleblowers and limit scrutiny of government, Amnesty International said. The bills – the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill and the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill – are currently being […] More

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