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UN WORLD REFUGEE DAY NEWSLETTER #4, JUNE 20, 2014.   (See: UNHCR: High Commissioner for Refugees Newsletter).  
  Compiled by Dick Bennett for a CULTURE OF PEACE      (Newsletter #1 June 29, 2008; #2 Dec. 4, 2011; #3 June 20, 2012).

What’s at stake:  In 2011 more than 800,000 people crossed borders in search of refuge – World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. Join us on this special day when the world takes time to recognize the needs and the resilience of forcibly displaced people.


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Contents #4, June 20, 2014
UN WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2014
Google Search, UN World Refugee Day 2014  
FUTURE REFUGEES FROM A WARMING WORLD
Tom Engelhardt and Dahr Jamail:  Warming, Weather Extremes, Refugees
ASSISTANCE TO REFUGEES, RESCUE
UNHCR UN High Commissioner for Refugees
USA for UNHCR Appeal for Contributions
POLITICAL REFUGEES
Syrian Refugees
Iraqi Refugees
African Refugees
RESCUERS:  Archive for Past Nansen Winners
Refugee Crisis 2012: 2500 People a Day
Individual Responsibility and Courage;  Rescuing Jews in France During WWII




Dear Dick,
This is it.
 
Tomorrow is the last day of our World Refugee Day fundraising campaign.

Together, our goal is to raise $50,000 by Friday night. Americans across the country have already shown their support for refugees, but we still need your help. 


With your help, we can save lives. You gifts will support women and children in South Sudan running from conflict and violence, families torn apart by war in the Central African Republic and the 2.8 million refugees from Syria – half of whom are children at
 risk of losing their entire childhoods. 

Refugees rely on us – and you – for life’s most basic needs. 

In 1 minute a refugee can lose everything. In 1 minute you can give a refugee hope. 

Give today and help us reach our goal of $50,000 to bring hope to refugees worldwide.

Thank you for your support,
 

Charles DeSantis
Board Chair, USA for UNHCR

USA for UNHCR 
Website:
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Contact:
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5.                             World Refugee Day | Global Dimension

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6.                             World Refugee Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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FUTURE CLIMATE REFUGEES

Tomgram, A Look at the Worst
Still, despite ever more powerful weather disruptions -- what the news now likes to call “extreme weather” events, including monster typhoons, hurricanes, and winter storms, wildfires, heat waves,droughts, and global temperature records -- disaster has still seemed far enough off.  Despite a drumbeat of news about startling environmental changes -- massive ice melts in Arctic waters, glaciers shrinking worldwide, the Greenland ice shieldbeginning to melt, as well as the growing acidification of ocean waters -- none of this, not even Superstorm Sandy smashing into that iconic global capital, New York, and drowning part of itssubway system, has broken through as a climate change 9/11.  Not in the United States anyway. 

We’ve gone, that is, from no motion to slow motion to a kind of denial of motion. And yet in the scientific community, where people continue to study the effects of global warming, the tone is changing. It is, you might say, growing more apocalyptic. Just in recent weeks, a
 report from the National Academy of Scientists suggested that “hard-to-predict sudden changes” in the environment due to the effects of climate change might drive the planet to a “tipping point.” Beyond that, “major and rapid changes [could] occur” -- and these might be devastating, including that “wild card,” the sudden melting of parts of the vast Antarctic ice shelf, driving sea levels far higher. 

At the same time, the renowned climate scientist James Hansen and 17 colleagues published a
 hair-raising report in the journalPLoS. They suggest that the accepted target of keeping global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is a fool’s errand.  If global temperatures come anywhere near that level -- the rise so far has been less than one degree since the industrial revolution began -- it will already be too late, they claim, to avoid disastrous consequences. 

Consider this the background “temperature” for
Dahr Jamail’s latest piece for TomDispatch, an exploration of what climate scientists just beyond the mainstream are thinking about how climate change will affect life on this planet.  What, in other words, is the worst that we could possibly face in the decades to come?  The answer: a nightmare scenario.  So buckle your seat belt.  There’s a tumultuous ride ahead. Tom
Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? 
Scientists Consider Extinction  
By Dahr Jamail
I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.
Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. During a recent visit with my eight-year-old niece and 10- and 12-year-old nephews, I stopped myself from asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up, or any of the future-oriented questions I used to ask myself. I did so because the reality of their generation may be that questions like where they will work could be replaced by: Where will they get their fresh water? What food will be available? And what parts of their country and the rest of the world will still be habitable?


ASSISTANCE TO REFUGEES, RESCUE
South Sudan

UNHCR responds to massive displacement of Iraqis from Mosul

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SPOTLIGHT

World Refugee Day: The Forcibly Displaced Share Their Stories
News Story: The power of radio helps ease the hardship of Somali refugee granny.
Global Report 2013: UNHCR's activities to assist and protect 43 million people worldwide
News Story: As thousands continue to flee Myanmar, UNHCR concerned about growing reports of abuse.
News Story: Red Sea tragedy leaves 62 people dead in deadliest crossing of the year.
News Story: Don't forget us, says displaced farmer in Kachin state, Myanmar.
Photo Gallery: Nigeria: The Casualties of Conflict.
Syria Refugee Crisis: Join author Neil Gaiman and designer Georgina Chapman on their Jordan journey.
News Story: Tricked by smugglers, it's sink or swim for Afghan youth.
News Story: Afghan weaving widow turns a corner with help of UNHCR.
News Story: The dilemma that faces some female Colombian refugees.
News Story: UNHCR launches global safe energy strategy to benefit millions.
News Story: UNHCR saddened at high seas accidents as Mediterranean claims more victims.
Infographics: A graphical look at the 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Innovation: New Rwanda site a pilot for refugee camp planning and design.
    
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An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2.5 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbours Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. 6.5 million are internally displaced within Syria. Meanwhile, under 100,000 have declared asylum in Europe with a small number offered resettlement by countries such as Germany and Sweden.

This website offers a snapshot of the repercussions of this refugee crisis for both Syria’s neighbours and the European Union. It is a project of the Migration Policy Centre at theEuropean University Institute, based on a series of studies conducted by local researchers on behalf of the MPC at the end of 2012 and an update carried out in 2014. This website is the result of close collaboration between a team of journalists and these local researchers, under the auspices of the MPC, to paint a broad picture of the worst refugee crisis to affect the region in years.

This website also examines the role played by the European Union, both as a provider of humanitarian aid and as a home for refugees. While it is true that the EU is a leading contributor of humanitarian aid to the region, the amount donated by each of its 28 member states has varied greatly. Furthermore, the EU has not only received relatively few asylum requests as a result of the Syria crisis, in comparison to Syria’s neighbouring countries, but it has accepted even less for resettlement.

In contrast, absorbing the influx of refugees has been an enormous challenge for Syria’s neighbours, with strong implications for the stability of the entire region. We hope this website is an accessible way to better understand the crisis .

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Updated in February 2014
 


IRAQI REFUGEES

Search Results

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Iraqi exiles divided by sect, but united by anxiety over warring ...

Washington Post-5 hours ago
... cups of sweet Iraqi tea. But as Mohammed's embattled homeland teeters on the brink of a violent sectarian breakup, the 42-year-oldrefugee ...
Iraqi refugees find temporary haven in Erbil
-Deutsche Welle-Jun 17, 2014

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Current fighting pushes Iraqi refugee population past 1 million

CNN-3 hours ago
(CNN) -- The rapid sweep of Islamic militants from Syria into northernIraq has sent the Middle East into crisis, caused alarm in capitals from ...
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Influx of Iraqi Refugees Sparks Gas Shortage in Oil-Rich Kurdistan

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ERBIL, Iraq — The restless drivers wait for hours, chain smoking and fiddling with their radios. Some take shelter from the scorching heat under ...
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UN: Iraqi refugees could 'overwhelm' neighbouring states

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Antonio Guterres The United Nations has warned that Iraq'sneighbours may be overwhelmed by the mass exodus of refugeesfleeing unrest in ...
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UN Cites Destabilizing Risk of Mass Iraqi Refugee Exodus

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GENEVA — A senior U.N. humanitarian official on Tuesday flagged the risk of a mass exodus of Iraqi refugees from sectarian bloodshed ...
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Iraqi refugees debate intentions of brutal al-Qaida splinter group ISIS

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KHAZER, Iraq — Kurdish soldiers in tan camouflage, some with U.S. insignia, guard the checkpoint here between Mosul, Iraq's second-largest ...
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Iraq conflict intensifies refugee crisis in Jordan

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The war in Iraq is pushing refugees into what is already the world's greatest humanitarian crisis. Destitute families are fleeing from bothIraq and ...
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Iraq refugees: scarred and desparate, the families fleeing the tide of ...

Telegraph.co.uk-Jun 11, 2014
Abu Mustafa fled the Iraqi city of Mosul with his family after the armed men of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham executed his son-in-law with ...

9.                             Iraqi refugees in Regina worry about family in Iraq

News Talk 980 CJME-Jun 18, 2014
An Iraqi refugee who moved to Regina in the 1990's is trying to help his family escape from current violence in the country. Samir Mikha was a ...

10.                        Iraqi refugees flee the violence

Washington Post-Jun 17, 2014
June 17, 2014 11:27 AM EDT — Violence between the Iraqi government and militant group ISIS has pushed hundreds of thousands out of their homes.
Stay up to date on results for Iraqi refugees.


GOOGLE SEARCH, AFRICAN REFUGEES, June 19, 2014

1.                             UNHCR - Africa

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Among the latter is the virtually forgotten situation of more than 100,000 Central African refugees in Cameroon. Should conflict in the eastern DRC and the ...
2.                              Images for African RefugeesReport imagesMore images for African Refugees
3.                              Too Many African Nations Fail Refugeeswww.refugees.org/refugee...U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Too Many African Nations Fail Refugees. Kenya, Congo-Kinshasa, and South Africa each got a failing grade on USCRI's refugee report card for not adequately ...


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Archive of Past Nansen Winners

Past Winners of the Nansen Award

More than 60 individuals, groups or organizations have won the Nansen Refugee Award since it was inaugurated in 1954. The first winner was Eleanor Roosevelt, the first chairperson of the UN Human Rights Commission and wife of legendary US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
She has been followed by an illustrious group of individuals, including French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Graça Machel and late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
A number of humanitarian organizations, and partners of UNHCR, have won the award, which has included a cash prize since 1979. Among them are the League of Red Cross Societies. Médecins sans Frontières, Handicap International and the UN Volunteers. In 1986, the Nansen went to the people of Canada - the only country to have received the award as a nation.
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2012 Hawa Aden Mohamed
Hawa Aden Mohamed, widely known as Mama Hawa, was awarded the 2012 Nansen Refugee Award for her extraordinary steps to empower thousands of displaced Somali women and girls, including many who have fled war, persecution or famine. In 2013, she began the construction of the Fridtjof Nansen dormitory in Puntland, Somalia. The dormitory will provide internally displaced youth travelling to Galkayo a safe place to stay while they attend vocational training and sporting activities.
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2011 Nasser Salim Ali Al Hamairy and SHS
Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy, founder of theSociety for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS) in Yemen, and his dedicated staff were recognized for their service to refugees who have fled conflict and famine in the Horn of Africa and crossed the treacherous Gulf of Aden. SHS staff worked around the clock to monitor about a third of Yemen's 2,000 kilometre-long coastline, pick up survivors, provide emergency care and, all too often, bury those who die en route. With the prize money of the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award, SHS inaugurated the "Nansen" primary school in the Kharaz Refugee Camp in Yemen. In this way, SHS is helping refugee boys and girls - who remain at the heart of any society - to live in dignity and take hold of their futures once they leave the refugee camp space.
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2010 Alixandra Fazzina
British photojournalist Alixandra Fazzinareceived the Nansen Medal for her dedication to documenting and publicizing the consequences of war. Over a decade, Fazzina travelled around the world to portray the individual stories of uprooted people. The Nansen committee praised, in particular, her coverage of Somali refugees making the hazardous sea journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen; landmine victims in Kosovo; civilians stranded behind enemy lines in Angola; rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone; the abuse of children by militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda; and refugee situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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2009 Senator Edward Kennedy
The late Senator Edward Kennedy was awarded the Nansen in 2009 in recognition of his achievements as an unparalleled champion of refugee protection and assistance for more than 45 years. From his election to the US Senate in 1962, Senator Kennedy's work in establishing US refugee admissions, resettlement and asylum programmes directly helped millions of persecuted individuals to find protection and start new lives in the United States. He was the chief sponsor of more than 70 refugee related legislative measures and was instrumental in codifying international refugee obligations into US law.
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2008 Chris Clark
Former British soldier Chris Clark and the 990 local and international staff of the United Nations Mine Action Programme in southern Lebanon, for their courageous work in removing tonnes of deadly munitions that had prevented the safe return home of almost 1 million Lebanese civilians displaced during Israel's short conflict with the Hezbollah militia. Clark and the team detected and destroyed large quantities of unexploded ordnance and tens of thousands of mines, including cluster bomblets. Their work allowed people to return home and humanitarian agencies like UNHCR to operate.

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Dear Dick,   6-12-14

This is urgent.
 

World Refugee Day is 8 days away and we are short of our $50,000 goal. Can you help?

This goal must be met to help refugees who have been devastated by conflict and forced to abandon their homes.
 

With your help – we can make a global impact. Help us raise $50,000 by June 20th and give refugees HOPE for a brighter future. We will put your gift to immediate use to provide life-saving aid like shelter, food, water, healthcare and education.

You might not hear about them on a 24-hour news cycle, but
 there are nearly 50 million people around the world, who have been forced from their homes and are struggling to stay alive. 

They are the women and children in South Sudan, running from fear of violence. They are the families torn apart by war in the Central African Republic. They are the 2.8 million refugees from Syria – half of whom are children at risk of losing their entire childhoods.
 

Refugees rely on us – and you – for life’s most basic needs. 

In 1 minute a family can be torn apart. In 1 minute you can give a family hope

Give today and help us reach our $50,000 goal for refugees worldwide.

Thank you for your support,
 


Charles DeSantis
Board Chair
USA for UNHCR 
USA for UNHCR 
Website:
 www.unrefugees.org 
Contact:
 info@usaforunhcr.org
202.296.1115


LOOKING BACK AT DURATION AND SEVERITY OF ONGOING REFUGEE CRISIS
UNHCR REPORT OCTOBER 4, 2012:  2,500 People Per Day are Fleeing their Homes in 2012  N
SLETTER  
Global Humanitarian Crises at Unprecedented Levels
Dear Dick,

In a speech at the opening of the annual meeting of UNHCR's Executive Committee, Guterres said UNHCR is facing a level of refugee crises unmatched in its recent history, with simultaneous new emergencies in Syria, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Syrian children look out the window of their home at a refugee camp in Turkey© UNHCR/A. Branthwaite
"In 2011, as crisis after crisis unfolded, more than 800,000 people crossed borders in search of refuge – an average of more than 2,000 refugees every day. And this was higher than at any time in the last decade," he said.
So far this year, more than 700,000 people have fled from the DRC, Mali, Sudan and Syria -- an average of 2,500 every day. 
UNHCR's capacity to help the world's forcibly displaced is being "radically tested" by this acceleration in new crises.

"We are at a moment when the demands on us are rising while the means available to respond have remained at a similar level to last year. Our operations in Africa, in particular, are dramatically underfunded," he said.
"At this moment, we have no room for any unforeseen needs. No reserves available. In today's unpredictable operating environment, this is a cause for deep concern,"

"Where there is peace, there are no refugees." - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

The UN Refugee Agency is facing an unprecedented level of refugee crises, with new emergencies in Syria, Mali, Sudan-South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo and continuing needs in Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar and elsewhere.

Like This Quote on Facebook to Support Peace!

Refugee agency chief António Guterres opens annual ExCom meeting with warning that UNHCR being stretched by the multiplication of new refugee crises.

"So far this year, more than 700,000 people have fled from the DRC, Mali, Sudan and Syria," he said.

Watch Now: UNHCR Strained by Four New Humanitarian Crises

 
USA for UNHCR
www.UNRefugees.org
1775 K Street, NW, Suite 290
Washington, DC 20006 
info@usaforunhcr.org
The United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR) supports the UN Refugee Agency's humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. We strive to meet the needs of the world's most vulnerable people, building support and awareness in the United States for UNHCR's life-saving relief programs. Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



RESCUING JEWS IN FRANCE DURING WWII
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
André Trocmé (April 7, 1901 – June 5, 1971) and his wife Magda (née Grilli di Cortona, November 2, 1901, Florence, Italy – October 10, 1996) are a French couple designated "Righteous Among the Nations." For 15 years, André served as a pastor in the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon in south-central France. He had been sent to this rather remote parish because of his pacifist positions which were not well received by the French Protestant Church. In his preaching he spoke out against discrimination as the Nazis were gaining power in neighboring Germany and urged his Protestant Huguenot congregation to hide Jewish refugees from the Holocaust of the Second World War.

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Biography[edit]

André and Magda were married in 1926. They had four children: Nelly, Jean-Pierre, Jacques, and Daniel.[1] In 1938, Pastor André Trocmé and the Reverend Edouard Theis founded the Collège Lycée International Cévenol in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France. Its initial purpose was to prepare local country youngsters to enter the university. When the refugees arrived, it also took in many Jewish young people wishing to continue their secondary education.
When France fell to Nazi Germany, the mission to resist the Nazis became increasingly important. Believing in the same ideas as former Pastor Charles Guillon, André and Magda Trocmé became very involved in a wide network organizing the rescue of Jews fleeing the deportation efforts of the Nazi implementation of theirFinal Solution. Following the establishment of the Vichy France regime during the occupation, Trocmé and other area ministers serving other parishes encouraged their congregations to shelter "the people of the Bible". Trocmé was a catalyst whose efforts led to Le Chambon and surrounding villages becoming a unique haven in Nazi-occupied France. Trocmé and his church members helped their town develop ways of resisting the dominant evil they faced. Together they established first one, and then a number of "safe houses" where Jewish and other refugees seeking to escape the Nazis could hide. These houses received contributions from the Quakers, the Salvation Army, the American Congregational Church, the pacifist movement Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish and Christian ecumenical groups, the French Protestant student organization Cimade and the Swiss Help to Children in order to house and buy food supplies for the fleeing refugees. Many refugees were helped to escape to Switzerland following an underground railroad network.
With the help of many dedicated people, families were located who were willing to accommodate Jewish refugees; members of the community reported to the railroad station to gather the arriving refugees, and the town's schools were prepared for the increased enrollment of new children, often under false names. Many village families and numerous farm families also took in children whose parents had been shipped to concentration camps in Germany. Trocmé refused to accept the definitions of those in power. "We do not know what a Jew is. We only know men," he said when asked by the Vichy authorities to produce a list of the Jews in the town.[2] Between 1940 and 1944 when World War II ended in Europe, it is estimated that about 3500 Jewish refugees including many children were saved by the small village of Le Chambon and the communities on the surrounding plateau because the people refused to give in to what they considered to be the illegitimate legal, military, and police power of the Nazis.
These activities eventually came to the attention of the anti-Jewish Vichy regime. Authorities and "security agents" were sent to perform searches within the town, most of which were unsuccessful. One tragic arrest by the Gestapo led to the death of several young Jewish men in deportation camps. Their house directorDaniel Trocmé, André's second cousin, refused to let the children put in his care go away without him; he was then also arrested and later died in the camp ofMaidanek. When Georges Lamirand, a minister in the Vichy government, made an official visit to Le Chambon on August 15, 1942, Trocmé expressed his opinions to him. Days later, the Vichy gendarmes were sent into the town to locate "illegal" aliens. Amidst rumors that Trocmé was soon to be arrested, he urged his parishioners to "do the will of God, not of men". He also spoke of the Biblical passage Deuteronomy 19:2–10, which speaks of the entitlement of the persecuted to shelter. The gendarmes were unsuccessful, and eventually left the town.
In February 1943, Trocmé was arrested along with The Reverend Edouard Theis and the public school headmaster Roger Darcissac. Sent to Saint-Paul d’Eyjeaux, an internment camp near Limoges, they were released after four weeks and pressed to sign a commitment to obey all government orders. Trocmé and Theis refused and were nevertheless released. They went underground where Trocmé was still able to keep the rescue and sanctuary efforts running smoothly with the help of many friends and collaborators.[3]


Contents #1 June 20, 2008
Dick:  Refugees Around the World
“Made in L. A.” Documentary
“Iraqi Refugees” Documentary,  PBS 8-19-08
Categories of Refugees
US Soldier Refuge in Canada
US Immigration System, Impasse by Susie Hoeller
Mike Farrell, Advocate for Refugees

Contents of #2 Dec. 4, 2011
Un Refugee Agency
Dick Bennett:   Categories of Refugees

Human Rights: Political
Dick Bennett:   Joseph, Mary, Jesus
Human Rights: Individual
Economic Refugees:  Emma Lazarus
Climate Refugees
Documentary Film on Carteret Islands
Doc. Film on Millions Displaced 2010
Small Islands Appeal 2008
Response to Refugees NWA 2009 by Dick Bennett
Letter to Washington County Emergency Center 2009


Contents #3, June 20, 2012
Jolie and Video About One Refugee Woman
9 Reports from UNHCR
Yemen
Jolie
Focus on Climate Change



END UN REFUGEE DAY NEWSLETTER #4 2014

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