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10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

Refugee conditions in Greece ‘deteriorating’

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MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA
Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who tells her there are ‘30,000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday, March 16, onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece.

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Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war’s 5th anniversary

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talks with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, March 15, 2016. L. Knott/UNHCR
Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Jolie calls for ‘reason and calm and foresight’ in response to the international migrant crisis

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Mar. 16, 2016) — Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday, March 15, met Syrian refugee families living in squalid conditions in Lebanon, on the 5th anniversary of the Syrian war.

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UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

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NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP
On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort, Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Mar. 16, 2016) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday, March 15, he will ask countries to step forward and agree to take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees.

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Gulf states declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah ‘terrorist’ group

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HEZBOLLAH. Militia members listen to a speech of their leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen on August 14, 2015. File photo by EPA
They cite ‘terrorist acts and incitement’ in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq as basis for the declaration

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Mar. 2, 2016) — Gulf monarchies on Wednesday, March 2, declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, escalating tensions with the Shiite militant organization that is fighting in support of Syria’s regime.

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UN food agency says funding target met for Syrian refugees

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WAITING. Migrants and refugees wait at Istanbul’s Esenler Bus Terminal for buses to the Turkish-Greek border after authorities withheld tickets to Turkish border towns on September 16, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP
The UN food agency says an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees

ROME, Italy (Mar. 1, 2016)— The UN food agency said Monday, February 29, an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.

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