#BREAKING Boat carrying migrants capsizes off northern Cyprus coast. 16 dead bodies recovered, 30 still missing. 101 rescued. Search for survivors ongoing near town of Yeni Erenköy / Yialusa off Karpasia peninsula #Refugees#Mediterranean
Turkish Cypriot Transport Minister Tolga Atakan says boat carrying up to 160 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean sea around 16 miles off the coast of northern Cyprus. Survivors rescued by the Turkish Cypriot emergency response teams taken to Turkey
Local sources say 105 people have been resued and 26 are still missing after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of northern Cyprus. At least 16 confirmed dead. Boat may have been carrying up to 160 Syrian refugees
I've had several people ask, so here's an in-depth thread about how this new policy violates international law: In 1948, after World War II, the US and several other countries signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. un.org/en/universal-d…
After WWII, we as a country (including my grandfather, a WWII vet) felt we could never allow human rights to be violated as they had been under Hitler; they were concerned about the thousands of refugees in Europe as well as the millions of people slaughtered in the Holocaust.
I’m seeing a lot of mixed thoughts about the #SyriaStrikes. Most of them are incoherent and not very level-headed. Here is my humble attempt at the opposite.
War and bombs are not part of God’s vision for the Kingdom, but we live in the “already, not yet” /1
so there has to be a place for military might to be used appropriately. I believe that a military intervention in #Syria could bring stability back to the country, ending the killing of innocents and allowing refugees to return home to rebuild. /2
But, of course, real life is always more complicated than that. The struggling factions in Syria (ISIS, Assad, & rebels) have all used civilians as pawns or shields at one time or another. A successful western military intervention that ends the civil war and /3
THREAD: Fact vs. Fiction: 10 things you need to know about the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions from @worldrelief Here are the facts. (See this thread for Fiction vs Fact 5 and 6) #RefugeesWelcome#Refugees
FICTION 5: The aim of U.S. refugee policy is for refugees to return home.
FACT 5: Of 22.5 million refugees, less than 1% have access to resettlement. In 2018, 1.2 million face extreme vulnerabilities or family reunification needs for which they are in need of resettlement.
FACT 5 (cont): Fewer than 200,000 resettlement slots are available annually. Refugee resettlement of a few is necessary for the successful local integration or return of the majority of refugees. Refugee resettlement relieves pressure on host communities and brings stability.
Went to Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan today. Official population at 53,967, according to @UNHCR as of February 2018. All Syrian #refugees.
In many ways it was not what I expected.
First thing you notice is how remote the location is — some 100 kms east of Amman; 20 kms from Azraq town; 75 kms to Saudi Arabia; 255 kms to Iraq; and 90 kms to the Syrian border — from which its inhabitants fled.
At the same time, the harshness of the setting — a hardscrabble, sprawling 15 square km patch, scratched, etched and stretched out of endless rolling desert.
The perimeter was equally formidable, with security fencing, official patrols, check points and razor wire.
However, #Rwanda conveniently refused to allow @_icglr to investigate #Burundi's claims (which, again, are already backed by 35 pieces of evidences.)
Apparently, this is enough for @priyal_singh & @issafrica to conclude that the claims are false.
The UNHCR are offering shelter to refugees across the world. Most of those crisis are forgotten emergencies. 236,000 Congolese refugees have fled in Uganda so far. With @Refugees I visited a settlement there, got to meet some of them, and they all had stories to tell. #refugee
Sammy : now blind after he has been persecuted and tortured in Congo. Now lives in a small house in Rwamwanja (the refugee settlement) with his wife. Speaks with a soft voice. Told me he likes to take walks at dusk, because there's less stridence.
Ashaka : young, promising dancer. He told me that there's a sense of violent interruption when you have to flee - your life's suddenly shattered, and then all you can do is wait. He often meets with other teenagers at Rwamwanja's Youth Center for music workshops.