Tag: Refugees and Displaced Persons

Inside the U.S. Military Base Where 11,000 Afghans Are Starting Over

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Sana Khairi, an 18-year-old Afghan with wide brown eyes, knew precisely how long she had been living in a temporary encampment on a New Jersey military base: 47 days. After fleeing Afghanistan as the Taliban seized power, she and her mother and four siblings were routed through Germany before arriving […]

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‘Flee’ Review: From Kabul to Copenhagen

“Home — what does it mean to you?” That’s the question that hovers over “Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s piercing animated documentary about a high school friend of his who emigrated from Afghanistan to Denmark as a teenager. For reasons that become clear in the course of the film, the friend — now a grown man […]

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In ‘Flee,’ Jonas Poher Rasmussen Animates His Friend’s Story

Animating the documentary, with actors voicing the dialogue Amin remembered, helped emphasize this focus on one individual’s story, while the anonymity made it easier for Amin to recount his past. “This is life trauma, and it’s not easy for him to talk about,” Rasmussen said, who hadn’t worked with animation before “Flee.” The fact that […]

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‘Afghan Girl’ From 1985 National Geographic Cover Takes Refuge in Italy

Sharbat Gula, who became an international symbol of Afghan refugees after her portrait was published on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985, was evacuated to Rome after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the Italian government said Thursday. Ever since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in August, nonprofit organizations had appealed for help […]

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For Afghan Refugees, a Choice Between Community and Opportunity

FREMONT, Ca. — Harris Mojadedi’s parents fled Afghanistan’s communist revolution four decades ago and arrived as refugees in this San Francisco suburb in 1986, lured by the unlikely presence of a Farsi-speaking doctor and a single Afghan grocery store. Over the decades, as more refugees settled in Fremont, the eclectic neighborhood became known as Little […]

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Australian Minister Wins Defamation Case Over Tweet

The case’s outcome was not unheard-of in a country with notoriously strict defamation laws, but it was unusual that the defendant was not another politician or a high-profile journalist, said Michael Douglas, a senior lecturer in private law at the University of Western Australia. “It’s consistent with the theme that this government is content in […]

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Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

RUKLA, Lithuania — The emigrants hitchhiked overnight to the Dysna River, the border of their native Belarus. They thought they could wade across the frigid waters, but the spot they chose in haste proved to be so deep they had to swim. On the other side, at dawn two weeks ago, they found a house […]

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Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

ATHENS — A Greek trial for two dozen aid workers, some of them foreigners, is set to open on Thursday, charging them with espionage over their role in helping migrants who arrived in the country between 2016 and 2018. The case will be heard in a court on Lesbos, the Greek island that was at […]

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Justus Rosenberg, Beloved Professor With a Heroic Past, Dies at 100

“Gussie,” she told him, “I’ve got a job for you.” Ms. Davenport had recently rendezvoused with Varian Fry, who was sent to Europe by the Emergency Rescue Committee, a group of New York intellectuals who wanted to help cultural figures stranded in Vichy France. Mr. Fry arrived with a list of names and Eleanor Roosevelt’s […]

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They Warned Their Names Were on a Hit List. They Were Killed.

At night in the refugee camps, with only a thin tarpaulin wall as protection, Mohammed waits for the men to come and kill him. In less than a month, assassins have killed at least eight people in the Rohingya refugee settlements of southeastern Bangladesh, silencing those who have dared to speak out against the violent […]

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In Border Crisis, Europe’s Unsavory Migration Deals Come Home

In one sense, the border crisis between Poland and Belarus is a tit-for-tat geopolitical conflict in which refugees and migrants just happen to be the weapons. Belarus, in May, forced down a civilian airliner to arrest a dissident on board. The European Union, as punishment, imposed economic sanctions on Belarus. Now, in apparent retaliation, Belarus […]

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Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home

In the British tabloid The Mail on Sunday, Peter Hitchens, a columnist, wrote that he’d seen one of Amal’s events. “Syrian refugees are not little girls but strapping young men,” he contended. “I wonder how a huge puppet of such a person would be greeted.” Zuabi, the project’s artistic director, said that changing views wasn’t […]

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Marking a Different Thanksgiving Tradition, From West Africa

On a pivotal day in July, a nation declared its independence. Years later, it set aside a day in November to celebrate Thanksgiving. But while some of that new republic’s inhabitants had connections to the United States, its birth year wasn’t 1776, but 1847. The country was named Liberia by its founders, formerly enslaved Africans […]

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Jacqueline de Jong Paints It All

If you have windows, what do they look out on? In France, it’s nice landscapes. But here, it’s roofs. Roofs and nice neighbors. And less nice neighbors. What do you bulk buy most frequently? Like, some people might bulk buy paper towels or toilet paper, or turpentine . . . Oh, that’s interesting! Because, you […]

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Palestinian Families Reject Deal in Area That Helped Set Off Gaza Conflict

JERUSALEM — A group of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem whose looming eviction led to an 11-day war in Gaza rejected a compromise on Tuesday that would have allowed them to stay in their homes for several decades if they agreed to pay nominal rent to a Jewish settler group that courts have ruled are […]

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Angela Merkel’s Refugee Plan Worked

“When their trains pulled into the gleaming Munich station, exhausted men, women and children were greeted by a sea of signs that read, ‘Welcome to Germany,’ held aloft by cheering citizens lining the platforms,” wrote Marton. Volunteers converted schools and stores into dormitories. “Germans were more than happy — in fact, thrilled — to see […]

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Turkey Sours on Syrians, but Not in This Sleepy Town, Jolted Awake

KILIS, Turkey — Slumbering amid olive and pistachio groves on a hot plain near the Syrian border, Kilis, Turkey, was for many decades a quiet backwater, surviving, but hardly prospering, on cross-border trade and smuggling. Then 10 years ago, war broke out in Syria, refugees began fleeing across the border and Kilis was changed beyond […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Thousands Flee Myanmar for India Amid Fears of a Growing Refugee Crisis

Terrified farmers and families with children in Myanmar are fleeing into India as the military junta that seized power in a February coup continues to seek out and eliminate resistance along the country’s border. The Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar military is known, has targeted areas that are home to thousands of armed civilians who call […]

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E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

WASHINGTON — World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration maintained a cautious stance toward providing more support to the Taliban-ruled country. The European Union pledged $1 billion euros, or $1.15 billion, in aid to Afghanistan and to neighboring countries, as […]

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E.U. Plans $1.15 Billion in Aid to Stabilize Afghanistan Region

As the Group of 20 held a virtual summit on Afghanistan, the European Union announced Tuesday that it would provide one billion euros in aid — about $1.15 billion — for Afghanistan and neighboring countries helping Afghans fleeing the new Taliban government. “We must do all we can to avert a major humanitarian and socioeconomic […]

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Australia to Shift All Offshore Processing of Migrants to Island Nation of Nauru

Australia said Wednesday that it would stop processing asylum-seekers at offshore detention centers in Papua New Guinea, which have been criticized by human rights groups, by the end of the year. The announcement Wednesday said those seeking refuge would all now be processed on the island nation of Nauru, another country that has been doing […]

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After Pastor in Mexico Evicts Nearly 200 Migrants, His Brother Welcomes Them All

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Over the summer, as migrants rushed into the Mexican border city of Matamoros, a local pastor lost his patience. The pastor, Víctor Barrientos, had already invited dozens of asylum seekers to live in his church, believing that was his religious duty as an evangelical Christian. But suddenly, it seemed to him, there […]

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What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The […]

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Vietnamese Americans Mobilize to Welcome Afghan Refugees

In the middle of the night, Uyen Nguyen trudged through a grassy marshland with her mother and three siblings until they reached the edge of the ocean, where a small, dilapidated fishing boat was beached on the sand. It set off with 31 people packed on it. It was 1985, a decade after Saigon had […]

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Musicians Flee Afghanistan, Fearing Taliban Rule

More than 100 young artists, teachers and their relatives affiliated with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, a celebrated school that became a target of the Taliban in part for its efforts to promote the education of girls, fled the country on Sunday, the school’s leaders said. The musicians, many of whom have been trying […]

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Mohib Ullah, 46, Dies; Documented Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

Mohammed Mohib Ullah was born to Fazal Ahmed and Ummel Fazal in a village in Maungdaw Township, a Rohingya-majority sliver of land abutting Bangladesh. His father was a teacher, and Mr. Mohib Ullah followed in his footsteps, teaching science. He was part of a generation of middle-class Rohingya who could still take part in Myanmar […]

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As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

KABUL, Afghanistan — The health care system in Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse, international aid groups warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis just as temperatures begin dropping. Thousands of health care facilities have run out of essential medicines. Afghan doctors have not been paid in two months, with no […]

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Canada Grants Asylum to Refugees Who Sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — A Sri Lankan family that sheltered the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong in 2013 has been given asylum in Canada, an aid group supporting the family said Tuesday. Supun Thilina Kellapatha and Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis landed in Toronto on Tuesday with their children, […]

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For Haitians at the Border, Is Biden Any Better Than Trump?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last week, as images emerged from the southern border of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing Haitians and brandishing reins, the senior U.S. envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest over what he called […]

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Canada Doubles Its Afghan Refugee Resettlement Target to 40,000 People

Canada has doubled to 40,000 the number of Afghans fleeing the Taliban that it plans to take in, the Canadian foreign minister said Monday, fulfilling a campaign pledge made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The announcement, which came a week after Mr. Trudeau’s party won re-election, was certain to be welcomed by humanitarian groups in […]

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