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The Most Important Soccer Is Not Played in Brazil But in Refugee Camps in Jordan
Washington Post, 20/06/2014
“There is no passing. That’s not a pass,” says Coach Marwan Azar, shaking his head. “I’ve never seen such stubbornness,” he complains in mock seriousness, even as his face breaks into an even broader grin. “But can I blame them? No. Not after all they’ve been through.” The Jordanian coach is talking about the dozens of under-13-year-old Syrian boys, engaged in a day-long soccer tournament in the Zaatari refugee camp. But there is no annoyance in his voice. No frown on his face. On the contrary, he is smiling as he says this. And his smile reaches his eyes. His voice and tone convey a warmth and tenderness toward these refugee children that he coaches every day. And then it happens. After seven scoreless games. “THAT’s a pass. You see? Pass, cross, and GOOOAAAL!” The boys careen away as the ball glides into the net, arms outstretched, joy on their faces. Joy —...
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UNHCR Turkey Representative Ms. Carol Batchelor's Interview with Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Agency, 20/06/2014
World Refugee Day United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Turkey Representative Ms. Carol Batchelor, stating that as of 2013 more than 50 million people have been forced to flee their homes, seek asylum in other places within their own country or in other countries, noted as follows: "If these people were to constitute a country, this would be the world's 26th or 27th most populous country in the world." Speaking to the Anadolu Agency reporter in the context of the World Refugee Day, Ms. Batchelor stated that World Refugee Day is a good occasion to commemorate the people forced to flee their homes and start living under conditions no human being should find himself/herself in. Describing refugees as "people who have managed to survive", Ms. Batchelor stated as follows: "Refugees are people struggling with traumas, rebuilding their lives and building a new fu...
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UNHCR Turkey Representative Ms. Carol Batchelor's Interview with Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera, 20/06/2014
"We are grateful to Turkey" Ms. Carol Batchelor, UNHCR Turkey Representative, speaking to Al Jazeera, has thanked Turkey for its solid stance vis-a-vis Syrian asylum seekers and reminded that "this is an international responsibility". There are more than 51 million people forced to flee worldwide. Since World War II, this is the largest number recorded. The report released by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls for a political solution, reminding that refugee issue is an international responsibility. There are critics levelled at Western counties, while Ms. Carol Batchelor UNHCR Turkey Representative places Turkey in a different pot. Ms. Batchelor responded to Al Jazeera's questions. Does United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have any plans regarding Mosul? We have been working in Iraq for long years now. We have offices in the region. There are a...
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More than 20,000 Syrians flee to Turkey this year, biggest influx in months
UNHCR, 11/02/2014
The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that more than 20,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey since the start of the year in the biggest influx since early 2013. Over recent days more than 500 people have been arriving daily across official crossing points, sometimes as many as 1,000-2,000 daily. "This new influx appears to be spurred in part by the upsurge in fighting reported across the border in northern Syria, particularly in and around Aleppo, and the conflict among opposition groups, as well," UNHCR's chief spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told journalists in Geneva. About one-third of the recent influx, some 7,000 people, is accommodated in camps. Turkey opened its 22nd camp in early January and the authorities are considering opening further new camps to help cope with the new influx. The influx of more than 20,000 since the beginning of the year adds to the existing pr...
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Refugees should not participate in domestic politics: UNHCR Official
Daily News Egypt, 02/12/2013
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a press conference on the current status of Syrian refugees in Egypt at its Cairo headquarters. Director of International Protection Volker Türk addressed the situation of Syrian refugees in Egypt, noting that Egypt itself is going through “critical times”. He added that he met with Egyptian officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior along with Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed Boraie, who assured him that Syrian refugees are welcome in Egypt. Türk stated that the level of hospitality shown to Syrian refugees from neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, is remarkable. He stressed that part of UNHCR’s role is to secure financial aid from the international community in order for Egypt to sustain its role in helping the refugees. When asked about the reports claiming...
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Syrian school children allowed same access to education as Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 17/09/2013
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the Egyptian Ministry of Education’s announcement on Tuesday, which granted Syrian children continued access to education in the country. With the 2013/2014 school year set to begin on 21 September, the Minister of Education highlighted the historic ties between the Egyptian and Syrian people and “the government’s commitment to assisting Syrian refugee students.” UNHCR posted on its website that there is a deficit of $52m in the funding requirements for Syrian refugees in Egypt. According to government estimates provided in June, 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of which over 104,000 are currently registered with UNHCR. “Around 30,000 of registered Syrian refugees in Egypt are of school age, of which half have enrolled in school,” read the UNHCR statement. “To help boost school enro...
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Most Syrian and Palestinian refugees held in Egypt released
Reuters, 11/12/2013
More than 170 Syrian and Palestinian refugees held since October in Egyptian police stations were released on Tuesday and granted temporary permits to stay in Egypt, a government spokesman said. Egypt tightened its open-door visa policy for Syrians fleeing civil war soon after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. Arrests and deportations of refugees, some of whom had not formalized their stays, followed. The refugees released on Tuesday had been trying to leave Egypt illegally by boat when authorities detained them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said 171 of 206 Syrian and Palestinian "illegal immigrants" had been granted three-month visas, while the cases of the remaining 35 still in detention were under review. Authorities have apprehended about 1,500 Syrian refugees in the last few months and about 1,200 of them have been "coerced to leave"...
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UNHCR praises Kuwait's role in supporting Syrian refugees
KUNA, 26/12/2013
CAIRO, Dec 24 (KUNA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Arab League lauded the efforts made by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in supporting the Syrian refugees. After his meeting with Arab League Chief Dr. Nabil Elaraby, the Regional representative of UNHCR Mohamed Al-Dairy told the press on Tuesday that Kuwait's role in supporting the Syrian refugees is highly appreciated especially since Kuwait has taken on its shoulders hosting the donor conferences for the Syrians. He also expressed appreciation of Kuwait for honoring its pledge of giving USD 300 million in the 2013's donor conference; other countries only paid 68 percent of a total pledges of USD 1.6 billion. In addition, he lauded Saudi Arabia and UAE for their efforts in helping the displaced Syrians. Kuwait will continue its endeavors in helping the Syrians by ...
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Help! An Urgent Plea For Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon
Huffington Post , 06/02/2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s blog on the huff post entitled “An Urgent Plea for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon”. Read more on the below link....
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UNHCR joins call in Turkey for solidarity with countries hosting Syrian refugees
UNHCR, 17/01/2014
News Stories, 17 January 2014 HARRAN-KÖKENLI REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey, January 17 (UNHCR) –UNHCR on Friday joined top officials from Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt in calling on the international community to boost solidarity with countries hosting the bulk of the refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. The appeal came in a joint statement released during a tour of the Harran-Kökenli refugee camp in south-eastern Turkey, which currently provides shelter to 14,000 Syrian refugees. Those taking part included UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif, Egyptian Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Randa Labib and Lebanon's refugee coordinator, Makram Malaeb. In their statement, they also deplored the exten...
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