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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Environmental refugees on the rise

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Lam

    ... environmental ruin The rising tide The modern world has long thought of refugees in strictly political terms, victims in a world riven by competing ideologies. But as climate change continues unabated, ... nations refuse to recognise their status. The 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person with a genuine fear of being persecuted for membership ...

  2. Time to sign the UN convention

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... safety net for the underprivileged and vulnerable has often been criticised as being too narrow, and the plight of refugees stranded in the city is a clear example. The government has yet to sign the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees. But that does not stop foreign nationals in troubled regions from coming to the city to seek a better life. Yet the screening ...

  3. Hope for refugees

    Posted Jun 20th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... Andrew Sun Today is World Refugee Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With 19 million people worldwide displaced by war, famine and other ... and boost its fund-raising efforts. He and Allan Zeman will also bring a little joy to 30 refugee children in Hong Kong who have been invited to visit Ocean Park on Thursday. There's ...

  4. Plight of refugees

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Three hundred and thirty students took part in a famine camp and experienced the plight of refugees from African countries. Co-organised by World Vision Hong Kong and Hong Kong Award for Young People (HKAYP) Schools Operating Authority, the two-day activity in Tai Po gave participants a better understanding of the problems faced by refugees and the work of relief ...

  5. Refugee return sparks need for tents

    Posted Jan 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Colombo More than 25,000 Sri Lankans displaced by last month's tsunami have left relief camps in the past 24 hours, the United Nations' refugee agency said ... to return to where their house was to be sure that they are recognised' as the owner, said Neil Wright, an official with the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees. He said ...

  6. Stranded family 'left to live like refugees'

    Posted Dec 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Pang Chi-kwong and his family have been living like refugees on Phuket since all of their belongings were washed away by the tsunami. 'What I want to do most is go back ... 65-year-old mother-in-law- was injured, life on the island has not been easy since the disaster. 'We're like refugees,' Mr Pang said. 'We're scared and have no idea ...

  7. The big dry

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Two failed rainy seasons in 12 months have led to the driest year since 1951 in some regions of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Hunger levels have jumped sharply, with rates of severe malnutrition rising as high as five times the emergency threshold. Up to 1,000 Somalis a day are streaming across the Kenyan border to Dadaab, already the largest refugee settlement ...

  8. A matter of life and death

    Posted Jul 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... United Nations refugee chief Antonio Guterres describes it as 'the worst humanitarian disaster' in the world. In Somalia, where the UN has declared famine in two southern regions, some 3.7 million people- around a third of the population- are on the brink of starvation. And millions more in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have been hit by the region's ...

  9. Social order breaks down after years of food shortages

    Posted Feb 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of North Korean refugees compiled by a leading South Korean aid group. Drawing on interviews with thousands of refugees who have fled across the border into China, the South Korean group Good ... weeks due to delays in donations. 'Since the food distribution stopped, the only food my mother cooks is corn powder mixed with wild greens and salt,' the aid agency quoted one refugee ...

  10. Plea for donations to aid Somali famine victims

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is enough to kill anyone in such a weak and undernourished state. Over 200 people died that day.' The UN Refugee Agency warned last week that high levels of malnutrition, combined with ongoing ... more than 12 million people across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Thousands of Somali refugees are making perilous journeys of hundreds of miles to seek assistance, with 54,000 people crossing ...




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