Report says 550 Indians stranded in Qatar for months

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

More than 550 Indians of a Doha-based construction company are said to be stranded in Qatar for months, a news report has revealed. According to The Hindu report, they are among the approximately 1,200 employees of the company and 526 of them fall under the category of labourers.“About 116 staff members have not received their salary since last September. The 1,100-odd personnel in the labour wing have not received their salary since January, and overtime since December. Assurances that ...

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world. The festival devoted its program to refugees and migration in 2016 after Europe’s politics were convulsed by the arrival of more than a million refugees from the Middle ...

Q&A with Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum on art and refugees

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum has been known to use his figurative sculptures and installation art pieces to evoke and often explore political themes, especially after the refugee and migrant crisis recently. One of Raddum’s sculpture, “Trans ī re”, or “the Passage”, has struck people’s attention and images of it has spread widely throughout the world specially in the Middle East, where the migrant issue has become focal as wars and sectarian conflicts grip ...

Germany releases six Syrians suspected of terror plot

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Six Syrian refugees arrested in Germany on suspicion of preparing a terror attack on behalf of ISIS were freed Wednesday because of a lack of evidence, a prosecutor said. The suspects, aged 20 to 28, were detained in dawn raids Tuesday that saw 500 police officers swoop on residences in the cities of Kassel, Essen, Hanover and Leipzig. Media reports said they were believed to be targeting a Christmas market. But the Frankfurt public prosecutor said there was “insufficient evidence” ...

PHOTOS: Shrinking island in India triggers climate refugee crisis

Friday, 10 November 2017

“Brother the island is vanishing, it is no man’s land, everyone is leaving, better you too go home,” said Raghubir Mal, a senior inhabitant of Botkhali village of Sagar Island in the state of India’s West Bengal. At the distance of over 150 kilometers from the Capital city of Kolkata, Sagar Island at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal – is losing the battle to sea level rise, coastal erosion, tidal surges and increasingly violent cyclones forcing the ...

106-year-old Afghan woman faces deportation from Sweden

Monday, 4 September 2017

A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected. Bibihal Uzbeki is severely disabled and can barely speak. Her family has appealed the rejection. Their journey made headlines in 2015, when they were part of a huge influx of people who came to Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. They traveled by foot and on ...

Syrian refugee who became a doctor congratulated by London mayor

Thursday, 3 August 2017

After living in four countries and 21 homes labelled as a “refugee” 27-year-old Tirej Brimo can now call himself a doctor. Tirej Brimo graduated four years to the day from St Georges, University of London, after he applied for assylum to the United Kingdom fleeing from his small northern Syrian town of Afrin in Aleppo. Dr Brimo’s day was further elevated after he was congratulated by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who listned to his story and tweeted a picture with the young man. The ...

GRAPHIC: Video shows Lebanese men hitting and tormenting Syrian man

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A shocking video was released on social media showing a group of Lebanese men hitting and tormenting a Syrian man just because he is from Syria.The video, which was filmed from a phone, shows a group of men kicking and shouting at the Syrian man, making him demean his people and praise the Lebanese army.Tensions have risen in Lebanon as of late when the national army raided several refugee camps and detained over 355 refugees, four of whom died while in detention. Several protests have erupted ...

Emotional reunion shows plight of Syria’s lost children

Monday, 3 April 2017

When Jaafar’s grandmother recognized him by his birthmark in a Turkish orphanage, months after his parents were killed fleeing Syria’s civil war, she held him tight, screaming for joy. The story of how Hajar Saleh, a 47-year-old nurse, spent fraught weeks tracing her grandson in a foreign country and many months trying to bring him home underscores the terrible plight of Syria’s thousands of lost children and their families. Jaafar was only three-months-old when his parents, ...

Lebanese PM urges world help to cope with refugee influx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Lebanon will present a comprehensive plan to help alleviate the enormous burden of Syrian refugees at an upcoming Syria conference in Brussels, but needs urgent international support to avoid collapse, Lebanon’s prime minister said Friday. Speaking to a group of journalists ahead of the April 5 European conference in Brussels on supporting the future of Syria, Hariri warned that Lebanon faces serious security and economic issues and has reached breaking point. “The international ...

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