Lost At Sea: Refugees' Dangerous Journey to Malta and Italy

July 13, 2012
As shared by Tom Albinson with IAFR: 
‎"So far in 2012, over 1,300 people have arrived by boat from Libya in Italy. A boat, reportedly carrying 50 Eritreans and Somalis, is currently at sea. They refused to be rescued by Maltese military forces yesterday.

Over 1,000 people on 14 boats have arrived in Malta from Libya so far this year. Two other boats were intercepted by Maltese authorities, but the majority elected not to be rescued 
and continued to Italy.

UNHCR Italy estimates that so far this year some 170 people have been declared dead or lost at sea attempting to make the journey from Libya to Europe."


Celebrating World Refugee Day

June 27, 2012
Had a wonderful time in Austin celebrating the refugees who have arrived from around the world and now cause our city their home too! Across the globe, this day was used to celebrate the contributions of refugees to their new cities as well as to raise awareness of the conflicts that drive them into harm's way and onto the refugee highway.


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Remembering the 1500 (Malta)

March 30, 2012
1,500 refugees lost their lives while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe in 2011. Learn more and get an update on the work IAFR is doing.
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Sudan is among the world's largest humanitarian crises

December 31, 2011
More than 4 million Sudanese are forcibly displaced today
Sudan | 30 December 2011

At the end of 2011, the UN has identified Sudan as one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

An estimated 400,000 people have been forcibly displaced since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in mid 2011.

The forcibly displaced men, women and children fleeing from Sudan into South Sudan are described as being in desperate condition and in need of water, food and shelter. Many are said to be suffering...
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Jolie: Uses Celebrity Status to Advocate for Refugees

October 6, 2011
Angelina Jolie has been leveraging her celebrity status these last 10 years to be an advocate for refugee causes. As talks rise about expanding her role, this article provides an update as well as her insight into the refugee situation and its impact on her.
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Update on Refugee Crisis in Italy

October 3, 2011
World Evangelical Alliance provides an update and overview of the specific ministry work they are doing in Italy: http://www.worldevangelicals.org/news/article.htm?id=3715&cat=main
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Protest closes Lampedusa refugee center (Italy) (repost from IAFR news announcement)

September 28, 2011
11 injured as refugee reception center burned down by protesters
Italy | 26 September 2011
The following update was circulated by email today by the Alleanza Evangelica Italiana.
"The political situation of North-African countries is still unsettled and the flux of refugees coming especially from Lybian shores has been going on throughout the summer, though in a decreasing way. Last week, Lampedusa island was again on the news because the refugee center there was burnt by the a group of 'gues...
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Variety of Articles about Refugees in Italy

September 8, 2011
There are many articles speaking to the challenges Italy is facing dealing with the influx of more than 50,000 refugees to its shores in only 8 months. There are many opinions about the country's response, Europe and Nato's response, and the political challenges. There are also many dieing while this gets sorted out.

Report:25 found dead in boat carrying refugees off Italy coast
Refugees are 'Italy's Problem,' minister says
Italy is failing north Africa's refugees
100s of Fleeing Libyan Refugees...
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Back to School in Largest Refugee Camp

September 8, 2011
The influx of tens of thousands of refugees from Somalia into refugee camps in Kenya has repeatedly made the news of late. Despite a tremendous drain on resources caused by being populated by three times as many refugees as the camps were established to support, some normalcy must exist. In this article, Back to School in the World's Largest Refugee Camp, the UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency) brings insight into the experience of refugee kids returning to school -- such a commonplace ...
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2,000 Refugees Escape to Italy; 1,500 More Die Trying

September 8, 2011
From IAFR.org post dated Aug. 16, 2011, origin: Italy.

Over 2,000 refugees arrive on Italian shores in the past 3 days
1,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa

The UNHCR reports that over 50,000 people (including many women and children) have arrived in Italy in the past 8 months as they flee violence and uncertainty in North Africa.

It is estimated that more than 1,500 people have died this year while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa...

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