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'Arson' destroys four UNICEF schools in Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - Four UNICEF schools for Rohingya children in refugee camps in Bangladesh have been destroyed in a fire, officials said Tuesday, with the UN children's agency calling it arson.

Refugees fleeing C. Africa double in a week to 60,000: UN

Geneva - The number of refugees fleeing violence following last month's contested presidential election in the Central African Republic has doubled in a week to 60,000, the United Nations said Friday.

Giant blaze leaves thousands homeless in Bangladesh Rohingya camp

Cox's Bazar - A huge fire tore through a Rohingya refugee camp on Thursday destroying more than 550 shanty homes, but while 3,500 people were left homeless no serious casualties were reported, aid agencies said.

Bangladesh moves biggest group of Rohingya to isolated island

Chhota Angutia - Four Bangladesh navy ships on Tuesday took the second and biggest group of Rohingya Muslims yet from crowded refugee camps to an uncertain future on a bleak island three hours from the mainland.

Bangladesh moves more Rohingya to controversial island

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh on Monday started moving a second group of Rohingya refugees to a controversial flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal despite opposition from rights activists.

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi refugees stuck in Jordan

Apo - Saad Polus Qiryaqoz bitterly remembers the festive Christmas season in his Iraqi hometown of Bartella before he was forced to flee to neighbouring Jordan when jihadists took it over.

Foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia's scarred Tigray

Addis Ababa - The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.

Ethiopia insists it will control aid to troubled Tigray

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed insisted Friday that his government would take the lead in delivering aid to Tigray, where his troops have been fighting forces loyal to the regional government.

End of a nightmare for Ethiopian refugee mother and child

Gedaref - It is every parent's worst nightmare: to be separated from their child.And that is exactly what happened to Otash, an Ethiopian woman now living as a refugee in Sudan.

Bangladesh ships 1,600 Rohingya to controversial island

Chittagong - Bangladesh transported more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island on Friday in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 100,000 people.

Bangladesh ships 1,600 Rohingya to controversial island

Chittagong - Bangladesh transported more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island on Friday in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 100,000 people.

Bangladesh ships 1,600 Rohingya to controversial island

Chittagong - Bangladesh transported more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island on Friday in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 100,000 people.

Bangladesh begins controversial transfer of Rohingya to island

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh began transferring hundreds of Rohingya refugees on Thursday to a low-lying island in an area prone to cyclones and floods, with rights groups alleging people were being coerced into leaving.

UN pleads with Ethiopia for refugee access as food runs out

Addis Ababa - The United Nations on Tuesday pleaded with Ethiopia to allow aid for long-standing refugee camps in the northern Tigray region, where nearly 100,000 people from neighbouring Eritrea are thought to have run out of food.

Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

Tripoli - At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility towards them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Questions linger among the corpses of an Ethiopian massacre

Scores of freshly-dug graves fill the church compound in Mai-Kadra. Shovels abandoned by weary hands are strewn on the dirt among empty cans of lemon air freshener that fail to mask the stench of death.

Anger in France over 'brutal' migrant removal as security bill wins green light

Paris - French authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the "brutal" removal by police of a camp of migrants in central Paris, as parliament gave initial approval to a new security law condemned by activists as eroding press freedom.

Migrants who fled Greek camp blaze face harsh winter

The new camp for migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos was supposed to be a temporary solution for the thousands who escaped a fire that destroyed the infamous Moria camp over two months ago.

Police use tear gas to disperse migrant camp in central Paris

Paris - Police used tear gas as they dismantled a new migrant camp in the centre of Paris set up to house hundreds of refugees evacuated from makeshift suburban shelters without being relocated.

After escaping Ethiopia, mothers face giving birth in camps

Gedaref - Like all mothers-to-be, Berekhti Burro dreamt of bringing new life into the world in a safe place, with love and care at home to give her baby the best start.

'Full-scale humanitarian crisis unfolding' in Ethiopia: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Tuesday that thousands of people were fleeing northern Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region and the border area with Sudan now faced a full-blown refugee emergency.

Heat and hunger: Sudan struggles to shelter 25,000 Ethiopian refugees

- In a sun-baked and dusty wasteland in remote eastern Sudan, crews are labouring to rebuild a refugee camp for the 25,000 people who have fled heavy fighting in neighbouring Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Ethiopians fleeing fighting return to famine-era Sudan camps

- Two decades since Burhan Yussef left the Um Raquba camp where he had sought refuge from devastating famine in his homeland of Ethiopia, the 77-year-old is returning.

Karabakh fighting turns residents into 'vagabond' refugees

Last - "We've become vagabonds," says Knarik Movsisyan, one among the tens of thousands forced to flee fighting between Armenian separatists and the Azerbaijani army in the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Bangladesh sends troops to halt Rohingya refugee drug fighting

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh has sent more troops into the world's largest refugee camp, police said Wednesday, after days of fighting between rival Rohingya drug gangs left seven people dead.

Europe's pushback of migrants 'shameful': UN refugee chief

Geneva - The UN refugee chief on Monday lambasted countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.

Trump, denouncing refugees, slashes US admissions to record low

Washington - President Donald Trump has slashed US admissions of refugees to a record low of no more than 15,000 as he fiercely denounced migrants from Somalia and other war-torn nations on the campaign trail.

Pompeo to highlight Venezuelan refugees at Brazil border

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he would highlight the plight of refugees from Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela on a regional trip that includes the country's border area with Brazil.

Greece sees end to Lesbos migrant crisis within a week

Greece said Sunday it hoped thousands of asylum seekers left homeless by fires at Europe's largest migrant camp could be rehoused within a week to end a crisis that has seen protesters clash with police.

Greece sees end to Lesbos migrant crisis within a week

Greece said Sunday it hoped thousands of asylum seekers left homeless by fires at Europe's largest migrant camp could be rehoused within a week to end a crisis that has seen protesters clash with police.
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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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In this IRIN photo  a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital  Mogadishu.
In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
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A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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A Japanese mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.
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Under a Canada-US agreement  asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned awa...
Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints, and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. But this does not apply to people who reach Canadian soil unchecked, through backwoods
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refugee camp in Netherlands
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