November 21, 1991 |
Students, their families and teachers in Radnor Township, to bring the city and suburbs closer together, will hold a Thanksgiving Day dinner tonight for more than 50 refugees living in West Philadelphia. The holiday dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria for people from Angola, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Hungary and Vietnam. The school district will provide a bus to transport the refugees. "This will be the first Thanksgiving for some of the refugees," said Lois Wysocki, a teacher and an organizer of the dinner.
June 28, 1989 |
The fate of hundreds of Kampuchean refugees who fled a camp controlled by communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas remained in doubt yesterday. The Thai military said that the 600 refugees would be taken from a camp run by the non-communist Khmer People's National Liberation Front and returned to the Khmer Rouge. But U.S. State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said the Thai government had confirmed to U.S. officials that the refugees would be allowed to remain in non-communist resistance camps.
July 2, 1986 |
Tomorrow, a four-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty will begin. A mile away 250 illegal immigrants will languish in the Varick Street detention facility. Throughout the country about 5,000 illegal immigrants, in addition to another 2,000 Cubans, will be imprisoned in detention centers and penitentiaries throughout the United States. A large proportion of these people are political asylum applicants who have fled repressive regimes in Haiti, Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Poland, Guatemala, South African, Ethiopia and elsewhere.
September 5, 1986 |
The trucks with forlorn passengers huddled in back lumber through the darkness to the ominous camp. When they arrive, loudspeakers above the fences blare orders in strident German. It is a scene made familiar by films devoted to the Holocaust, and the knowledge of the fate that awaits the prisoners when they reached the camp always makes it profoundly moving. But in Silver City we are dealing with survivors who somehow managed to endure the unspeakable and live to become refugees.
May 14, 1989 |
In 1945, Elena Santora, her brother and parents, refugees from the civil war in Spain, reached Texas. Their flight had taken them through France, Venezuela, Mexico and, finally, to New York, where Elena, then 13, looked about in bewilderment. "It was a whole new culture, new ways," Santora said last week. "My most vivid recollection was starting school without being able to communicate. There were no ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes back then. " Today, Santora, of Drexel Hill, uses her experiences as an immigrant to help new waves of refugees fleeing other bloody civil wars.
February 7, 2003 |
The patient wanderer looking for shelter hopes that if the door slams in her face, perhaps a window will open. Such was the case in 1938 when Jews eager to escape the Nazi threat in Europe found virtually all the world's ports closed to them after the Evian Conference. There, the United States joined Britain, Canada and dozens of other democracies in refusing to amend immigration laws to accommodate political refugees. While there was no available safe harbor in the West, one remained open in Shanghai, the Chinese port city where an estimated 20,000 refugees of sufficient means booked passage on the eve of Japanese occupation.
September 17, 1989 |
About 10 men and women sat in lawn chairs on the grass outside their homes near Phoenixville recently, talking and joking among themselves. They smiled and waved as a car slowly passed. Behind them, clothes lay draped over a line hanging between two buildings. Children played nearby, chasing each other on rusty, single-speed bicycles. It could have been a scene from any neighborhood. But this neighborhood was the Valley Forge Christian College, the language was Ukrainian and the neighbors were refugees who have found a temporary home at the college.
December 25, 1988 |
"Christmas cookies!" Helena Sedinova said with a burst of laughter, showing off her expanding English vocabulary - in a heavy Czech accent. Her crescent-shaped goodies coated with powdered sugar were piled high in a ceramic bowl, awaiting nibblers. Her handmade silvery angels and feathery birds twirled from the branches of a 7-foot tree near the foyer. A simple wreath hung above the fireplace in the brick, ranch-style home in Mount Laurel. For weeks, the 34-year-old Czech refugee has baked and crafted and planned for today.
January 28, 1991 |
Thousands of war refugees are trapped on the Iraqi side of the Iraqi- Jordanian border as Iraqi border guards refuse them permission to leave, relief officials reported yesterday. With temperatures plunging - this weekend, it snowed here - many of the refugees are living in their cars. Others are huddled in tents against frigid desert winds, the officials said. Members of a French relief group, Doctors without Borders, are waiting on the Jordanian side of the border with 17,000 blankets, hopeful that refugees would soon be allowed to leave Iraq.