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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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The Messenger | Gvantsa Gabekhadze | July 19, 2011

The Ministry of IDPs and Resettlement of Georgia organized the eviction of IDPs from four different buildings in Tbilisi – the Religious Gymnasium, Clinic of Infection Diseases, a kindergarten and a college on July 18. As the Ministry’s official statement reads those people are being offered alternative houses and rooms in various regions of Georgia. The majority of those IDPs expressed discontent regarding the suggestion.

The eviction process has received varying coverage across Georgia. As leading Georgian TV channels underlined, the eviction process was very peaceful. According to them the evicted persons had been informed beforehand regarding the issue and their information was based on the Ministry’s statement concerning the issue, “those refugees who do not have living spaces of their own and live illegally in different parts of Tbilisi, have been offered repaired flats in Kakheti and Samegrelo regions, bearing in mind that the majority of those refugees are from Samegrelo region. Herewith, the Ministry will help them in different directions with various assistance projects,” MRA statement reads. (more…)

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Institute for War & Peace Reporting | Caucasus Reporting Service | July 8, 2011

Residents of the Georgian port town of Poti are furious about plans to settle 12,000 refugees in purpose-built accommodation there, saying their arrival will worsen the already catastrophic job situation.

Poti, on the Black Sea, is home to 47,000 people, so the influx will increase the population by a quarter. The first 4,100 are due to arrive in September. (more…)

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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | June 29, 2011

Syrian troops shot dead 11 villagers on Wednesday, residents said, as authorities pressed on with a tank-led assault that has driven thousands of refugees across the northwest border with Turkey.

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | Shaheen Buneri | June 28, 2011

MINGORA, Pakistan — The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina’s sense of loss and uncertainty.
This mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District’s largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: “Where is your husband?”

Muhammad Ali, principal of the Khpal Kor Foundation, poses the question. The orphanage, supported by local philanthropists and organizations, has become a lifeline for hundreds of children orphaned or separated from their parents when the Pakistani government launched a massive military operation in Swat Valley in the spring of 2009.

The operation was intended to sweep militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Fazlullah from the scenic but restive region of northwest Pakistan. But as Ali notes, there were many innocent victims. (more…)

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Reuters | Mohammed Mukhashaf | June 13, 2011

ADEN – More than 15,000 people fleeing fighting between the army and Islamist gunmen in Yemen’s Abyan province have turned schools in Yemen’s southern port city into makeshift refugee camps.

Refugees complained that authorities have not provided them with enough medicine, clothing and blankets.

They sleep 20 and 30 to a classroom, eat what a local charity brings to the school — beans with bread, rice with fish or meat — and await clothes to replace what they left behind.

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Yemen Times | June 9, 2011

Two refugees are among those killed in recent clashes in Yemen that have displaced thousands of Yemenis and refugees alike. The UN refugee agency has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation, which is affecting its ability to help these vulnerable groups.

“In Al-Hasaba, north of [Yemen’s capital] Sana’a city, two Somali refugees were killed in the fighting last week,” said UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday. “They were a 14-year-old boy and a young woman who had fled the violence in Somalia to seek refuge in Yemen.”

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