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Extensive damage at Greek migrant camp after fire, protests

Apr 19, 2020 - 5:12 PM

A local police source says 3 persons had been detained in relation to the unrest, which erupted after a 47-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq died in the camp

VIAL CAMP. In this file photo, a woman eats her lunch as she sits on a hill overlooking the Vial refugee camp, on Greek the island of Chios on December 10, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Treating patients in world's largest refugee settlement

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42 PM

How do you address the needs of 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who are vulnerable to serious health risks like infections, outbreaks, and psychiatric conditions?

DAILY WORK. Healthcare workers from Médecins Sans Frontières walk along a bamboo bridge to start their work of providing medical care to refugees. All photos courtesy of Médecins Sans Frontières

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

PNG police end standoff with refugees at Australia camp

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton accuses refugees and their advocates of making 'inaccurate and exaggerated claims of violence and injuries' during the police operation

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

After ISIS hell, displaced Iraqis face winter freeze

Nov 27, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Sub zero temperatures make life even more difficult for civilians who are now staying at the Khazir camp

Displaced Iraqis, who fled the fighting around Mosul, arrive at al-Khazer refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED

France urges Britain to take in 1,500 'Jungle' minors

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:18 AM

French President Francois Hollande says France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps

REFUGEES. Migrant children are taught at a makeshift school in the "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais, northern France, on February 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

LOOK: 'Game of Thrones' stars visit Syrian refugees in Greece

Jul 02, 2016 - 12:17 PM

They just want a voice That s what they all said to each of us – tell my story tell my story – and that s what we re going to do says Lena Headey who went to visit Syrian refugee camps in Greece with Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham

Photo by Kathleen Prior/International Rescue Committee via Twitter (@KathleenAPrior)

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May 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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Kenya earmarks $10M to close world's largest refugee camp

May 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

The Kenyan government decides to shut down the Dadaab refugee camp over security concerns

epa05292676 (FILE) A file photograph dated 01 August 2011 shows newly arrived refugees who had fled the famine-hit Somalia waiting in line at a reception at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Kenyan government announced on 06 May 2016 that it will close the country's two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, citing economic burden and security threats. The closure of the camps would displace some 600,000 refugees. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Pope brings hope to migrants, chastises leaders in Lesbos visit

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis begins his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos whose goal he says is to show closeness and solidarity with the refugees

epa05261348 Pope Francis (C) arrives at a camp for refugees in Moria and greets refugee children, on Lesvos (Lesbos) island, Greece, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos, accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Calm in the 'Jungle' ahead of fresh bid to raze migrant camp

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Workers are set to resume destroying shanties after violence broke out on the first day of the demolition

Policemen stand next to agents dismantling shacks as two migrants stand on a shelter's roof on March 1, 2016 in the "Jungle" migrant camp in the French northern port city of Calais. Workers were due to start a second day of destruction in the southern half of the camp, where thousands of migrants and refugees have been living while they try to reach Britain.. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop

FENCED OUT. Syrian refugees wait to go back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria's Aleppo

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate.  Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor said, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. / AFP / BULENT KILIC

British PM visits Syria refugee camps in Mideast to pledge aid

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:03 PM

The surprise visits which included talks with Lebanon s prime minister and the king of Jordan come as Cameron appointed a minister to oversee the resettlement of 20 000 Syrian refugees in Britain over the next 5 years

Lebanese honor guards keep position as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to meet his Lebanese counterpart Tammam Salam (unseen) in Beirut on September 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BILAL HUSSEIN

Video shows refugees fed 'like animals in pen' in Hungary camp

Sep 11, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Women and children were caught in the chaotic scrum as hungry people frantically tried to catch the bread flying through the air

'LIKE ANIMALS.' A video shot by an Austrian volunteer shows some 150 people wildly scrambling for bags of sandwiches thrown at them by Hungarian police wearing helmets and hygiene masks in a fenced-in enclosure inside a big hall. Screenshot from YouTube

Angelina Jolie visits camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:05 AM

The Hollywood star and special envoy of the UN refugee agency visits the camp in Mardin on World Refugee Day

When 'home' is a refugee camp

May 21, 2015 - 4:22 PM

What are the conditions in the refugee camps in Aceh now called home by thousands of boatpeople? What is next for them?

'HOME'. This is one of the refugee camps now home to hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The UNHCR is deeply concerned that abruptly closing Dadaab which houses 350 000 refugees and is considered the world s biggest camp and forcing refugees to return to Somalia could have dire consequences

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. A file photograph dated 17 June 2011 shows a general view of the self-settled area just outside of Dagahaley camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as ISIS storms Damascus

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:33 AM

UPDATED The Islamic State takes control of a large part of the Yarmuk refugee camp during fighting with Palestinian groups

Lebanon to open first Syria refugee camps: Minister

Sep 12, 2014 - 12:14 AM

The move comes despite long standing reservations among many in Lebanon over establishing such camps for fear they will encourage Syrians to stay in the country or threaten its security

RUNNING. SYRIAN REFUGEES, who had been based in Arsal, gather with their belongings at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, at Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 08 August 2014, after they failed to cross into Syria. File photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA

3 Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid

Mar 22, 2014 - 9:15 PM

3 Palestinians were killed in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank after Israeli soldiers launched an operation to arrest a militant

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of Hamza Abu Al-Heja, a member of the military wing of Hamas, after he was killed alongside two other Palestinians during an operation launched by Israeli soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp to arrest a militant. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

New violence shatters truce in Syria's Yarmuk

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:31 AM

Meanwhile some good news emerged with Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas released by jihadists in Syria after six months in captivity

THOUSANDS HUNGRY. Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from UNRWA in January 2014. Image courtesy UNRWA Archives

Thousands trapped in Syria's Yarmuk camp 'slowly dying'

Feb 28, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The United Nations distributed shocking images this week of thousands of people their faces emaciated desperately flocking to receive food aid that only a few were lucky enough to collect

THOUSANDS HUNGRY. Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from UNRWA in January 2014. Image courtesy UNRWA Archives