Refugee Crisis

In two countries:

Sudan Darfur camps ‘almost full’
BBC News Online. Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Camps for those displaced by fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region are almost full, the UN says.

Dafur refugeesSeveral camps are having to turn away new groups of refugees, a report for UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) says.

More than 80,000 people have fled violence in the region since the beginning of the year, the report adds.

Two million people are living in camps both within Sudan and in neighbouring Chad since conflict began in 2003.

Many fled their homes because of the ongoing violence between pro-government Arab Janjaweed militia groups and rebel groups in Darfur. At least 200,000 have died.

The 7,000-strong Africa Union peacekeeping force in the area has not been able to contain the situation.

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World ‘ignoring Iraqi refugees’
BBC News Online. Tuesday, 20 March 2007

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says there has been an “abject denial” around the world of the humanitarian impact of invading Iraq.

Iraq refugeesThe UN faces an enormous task in helping countries such as Jordan and Syria cope with the huge influx of Iraqi refugees, a spokesman said.

He said the international community had to step in to help address their food, health and education needs.

Syria says it is home to 1.2m Iraqi refugees, with up to 800,000 in Jordan.

Damascus has repeatedly called for help to deal with the problem.

“There has been an abject denial of the impact, the humanitarian impact, of the war, the huge displacement within Iraq of up to 1.9 million people who are homeless because of the war, and those people who are homeless and never got back to the homes after Saddam Hussein was overthrown,” UNHCR spokesman Peter Kessler said.

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Related: {via the Guardian} 60% think Iraq war was wrong, poll shows

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