Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The European Union won’t serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is working with like-minded EU member nations to start a discussion about that … Read more

Israel unveils tunnels underneath Gaza City headquarters of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military says it has discovered tunnels underneath the main headquarters of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City, alleging that Hamas militants used the space as an electrical supply room. The unveiling of the tunnels marked the latest chapter in Israel’s campaign against the embattled agency, … Read more

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon watch Israel-Hamas Gaza war with horror

BURJ-AL-BARAJNEH, Lebanon — At 84 years old, Amsha Haj Sleiman is blind in one eye and struggles to walk. But she still remembers fleeing as a young girl from her village in historic Palestine. “We walked so much, through the lands,” as Israeli forces advanced some 75 years ago, she recalled this month. “I remember … Read more

In Uganda, refugees’ need for wood ravaged the forest. Now, they work to restore it

NAKIVALE, Uganda — Enock Twagirayesu was seeking sanctuary when he and his family fled violence in Burundi, and they found it in Uganda, the small East African nation that has absorbed thousands of refugees from unsettled neighbors. Twagirayesu’s family has grown from two children when they arrived more than a decade ago to eight now, … Read more

Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka protest planned closure of U.N. office, fearing abandonment

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A group of Rohingya refugees living in Sri Lanka staged a protest outside the office of the U.N. refugee agency Tuesday, saying they fear losing their living allowance once the agency’s office in the island nation closes at the end of this year. The protesters also want to be resettled in … Read more

More Rohingya refugees arrive in Indonesia despite rejection from locals

MEDAN, Indonesia — Nearly 150 Rohingya refugees, mostly hungry and weak women and children, have reached a beach in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province after weeks at sea, officials said Sunday. The group of 53 men, 39 women and 55 children arrived on Karang Gadih beach in Langkat district late Saturday, said the village head, Muhammad … Read more

Students in Indonesia protest the growing numbers of Rohingya refugees in Aceh province

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Students in Indonesia’s Aceh province rallied on Wednesday, demanding the government drive away Rohingya refugees who have been arriving by sea in growing numbers. The protest came as police named more suspects in human trafficking of refugees. Over 1,500 Rohingya — who fled violent attacks in Myanmar to subsequently leave overcrowded … Read more

‘Pray for us’: Eyewitnesses reveal first clues about a missing boat with up to 200 Rohingya refugees

PIDIE, Indonesia — Their screams and sobs could be heard from the ailing boat soon after it emerged into view amid the vastness of the Andaman Sea. Crowded on board were tiny babies and children, alongside mothers and fathers begging to be saved. The passengers were ethnic Rohingya Muslims who had fled surging gang violence … Read more

5 more boats packed with refugees approach Indonesia’s shores, air force says

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities detected at least five boats packed tight with refugees approaching shores of Aceh province, officials said Thursday. The boats are the latest in a surge of vessels that have arrived in Aceh, most carrying Rohingya refugees from southern Bangladesh, where the persecuted Muslim minority fled in 2017 following attacks … Read more

North Korean refugees share stories of resettling in South after war

SEVENDECADES AWAY FROMHOME The Korean War displaced hundreds of thousands of North Koreans who believed they would go back after the fighting ended. They never returned home. Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave The photography was supported by the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, an initiative of the International Women’s Media … Read more