KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There are still 65 Malaysians trapped in Syria and 39 of them are pleading for Malaysian authorities to bring them home, police said. Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division chief Ayob Khan said that 39 have contacted their families or even the police directly, asking to be brought home. "The number is growing. The latest contact we received was during this fasting month," he said to a press conference at Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (May 18). He said that of the 39, most were women and children currently located in the Al-Houl refugee camp. "There are 11 women, 12 boys and six girls in the camp. As for the men, nine are being detained at the Al-Hasakah prison and one more in Idlib," he said. He said that the police are working to bring the Malaysians home but the process takes time as it involves coordinating with various quarters. Deputy Commissioner Ayob said everyone of them would be questioned and given … [Read more...] about Malaysians trapped in Syria seeking return home, police say
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In two big waves, 1948 and 1967, the Palestinians were driven out of their land, with large segments becoming refugees in neighbouring countries. The dream the diaspora had of returning to their ancestral land began to fade as Israel expanded its oppressive sway over Palestinian territory, grabbing more land through wars and then through building illegal settlements on Arab lands, which is an ongoing exercise. The total number of Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) stands at 5.3 million. Jordan hosts more than 2m refugees, and has operated a largely Palestine-friendly policy in terms of giving passports and citizenship rights to Palestinians, except for those from the Gaza Strip. Syria has been hosting another 526,000 refugees, who enjoy all rights of the local population, except citizenship. The UNRWA runs camps in Gaza and the West Bank. Egypt and Iraq also host thousands of refugees. The Palestinian dream of return is slowly fading … [Read more...] about Are Palestinians condemned to wander the Earth forever?
LESBOS ISLAND, Greece: More than 100 asylum seekers went on trial on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday (May 9) after protesting against over-crowded camp conditions, an AFP reporter said.The mainly Afghan asylum seekers stand accused of occupying a central square on the island in April 2018.Along with women and children, they staged a sit-in that was swiftly attacked by far-right militants who threw stones and flares, with riot police deployed to keep the two sides apart."We didn't do anything. We were attacked by some extreme people. We are innocent," one of the defendants, Afghan refugee Hadisse Hosseini told AFP outside the courthouse.Among the attackers, 26 have been provisionally identified by police. Their trial date has not yet been set.Over 70,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece following a mass influx from 2015 onwards. Most were fleeing war-torn Syria and want to go to wealthier EU states such as Germany.Of these, some 15,000 are housed in badly … [Read more...] about Asylum seekers on trial in Greece over camp protest
(Reuters Health) - Children today are more likely to survive to early adulthood than they were in years past, but progress has been concentrated in higher-income countries and a growing number of kids worldwide are living with disabling health problems, a new study suggests.Researchers examined data collected from 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2017, during which time the annual number of fatalities among youth under age 20 fell 52 percent, from about 13.8 million to just 6.6 million. The decline was driven primarily by a decrease in deaths from infectious diseases."While the global health community should celebrate these successes, continued monitoring is crucial to sustain progresses of the past 27 years," said lead study author Dr. Robert Reiner Jr. of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle."Moreover, considerable effort is needed to reduce inequality in burden between high and low income countries," Reiner said by email. "Areas with the … [Read more...] about Childhood mortality declining globally but disability on the rise
AKCAKALE, Turkey — Like thousands of other Syrian refugees, Shakar Rudani worked last summer in Turkey’s Black Sea region, home to the largest concentration of hazelnut farms in the world. He arrived in August, expecting that he and his six sons, ages 18-24, would earn the equivalent of a few thousand dollars. He left in late September with little more than a firm resolution: to never return again. The work was arduous and risky. Because the terrain is filled with steep inclines, his sons spent much of their time attached by ropes to rocks, a precaution against a potentially fatal fall. Worse, the pay was $10 a day, half the rate promised by the middleman who had pitched him the job. “We made just enough to cover the cost of getting there and getting back,” said Rudani, a sun-baked 57-year-old who lives in a Turkish village on the Syrian border. “Plus our living expenses. We returned with nothing.” About 70 percent of all hazelnuts come from Turkey, … [Read more...] about News Where Ferrero gets its hazelnuts, Syrian refugees eke out a living