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HAITIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS LANGUISH IN MEXICO

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Amid a surge of migrants at the US/Mexico border, are a group of people that is often left out of the narrative. There are currently around 4,000 people from Haiti living in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Awaiting the resolution of asylum cases, this Haitian population faces rising levels of discrimination from both the…

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DENMARK BECOMES FIRST EU COUNTRY TO REVOKE RESIDENCY PERMITS FOR SOME SYRIANS

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Denmark has become the first European country to deny the renewal of residency permits for Syrian refugees, arguing that some parts of Syria are safe enough to return to. The renewal of temporary residency permits has been denied to at least 189 Syrians because of a report that states Syria’s security has “improved significantly.” In…

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COVID-19: JORDAN BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO VACCINATE REFUGEES

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According to the UN, Jordan became the first country to include UN registered refugees in its COVID vaccination plan. Iraqi refugee Raia Alkabasi was the first refugee to receive the vaccine, administered by the Jordan Ministry of Health. According to the UNHCR, out of the 90 countries currently developing vaccines, 51 of them have committed…

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CONFLICT IN ETHIOPIA THREATENS REGIONAL STABILITY

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Tigray President Debretsion Gebremichael has confirmed his forces’ bombing of the Eritrean city of Asmara, as the conflict in the northern region of Ethiopia continues to escalate. While he did not say how many missiles were fired, he did say his troops were fighting both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on “several fronts” along the Ethiopian…

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REFUGEE CAMP ON GREEK ISLAND BURNS DOWN LEAVING 13,000 HOMELESS

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After the fires of 8 and 9 September destroyed the notoriously overcrowded refugee camp Moria, thousands of asylum-seekers were forced to sleep in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos. Officials said the fires were deliberately set by some camp residents who were angered at quarantine and isolation orders imposed after 35 people tested…

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HOSTILITY TOWARDS ROHINGYA REFUGEES GROWS

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Rohingya refugees face rising opposition from surrounding South East Asian nations, as they seek asylum and compassion, after years in crowded camps in Bangladesh. Last week, Bangladesh said it would not take back nearly 300 Rohingya who were detained by Malaysia after their boat was found drifting off the country’s northwestern island of Langkawi. From…

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10 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR LEBANON

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 6 June, people gathered in Beirut’s Martyr’s Square, shouting: “We want a better life,” seeking solutions to the economic crisis, an end to corruption and the downfall of civil war-era politicians. Fighting broke out between rival protest factions after some chanted anti-Hezbollah slogans. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces…

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27 MAY ’20 | PRAY FOR SOUTH SUDAN

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 22 May, the UN human rights chief insisted that intercommunal violence in South Sudan had to stop and those responsible had to be swiftly brought to justice. This announcement came after a review report of the first three months of 2020, revealed that about 658 people were killed in intercommunal…

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