May 18, 1989 |
The politically active director of a West Philadelphia refugee assistance program was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing more than $25,000 in public and private donations intended to help refugees adjust to life in the United States. Evelyn M. Hidalgo, director of the Philadelphia Refugee Service Center, was charged with theft and 10 counts of forgery. She is accused of falsifying center records and fabricating a grant program, enabling her to pocket money contributed to the agency by City Council and the Episcopal Service Center, authorities said.
July 12, 1987 |
Fear keeps Alonso Recenos Domingo in this dusty oven of a camp, far from the rivers and lush forests of his native Guatemala, far from the army massacres that drove him from his burning village five years ago. He does not know what to make of the contradictory letters from his countrymen who have returned since 1986, when a civilian government took over for the first time since a CIA-orchestrated coup overthrew the last civilian president in...
August 22, 1996 |
If you are a refugee living in Philadelphia and getting by on welfare, Uncle Sam has three little words for you: Get a job. And three more: Don't get sick. President Clinton signs legislation today that radically overhauls the nation's welfare system, ending a 61-year guarantee that the poor are entitled to federal benefits. The impact of the law and new state welfare-reform legislation on single mothers and poor inner-city neighborhoods has gotten considerable attention.
November 29, 2013 |
Americans are a generous people. During the holiday season, we are busy buying gifts and donating to the needy. We were quick to write a check or text funds when a typhoon struck the Philippines. But this Thanksgiving, I can't help wondering why the biggest humanitarian crisis in a decade is getting so little attention. I'm referring to Syria, where nearly one third of the population, almost 7 million people, has either fled the country or is displaced and struggling to survive inside Syria.
April 25, 1999 |
Military command staff at Fort Dix are preparing to accept up to 2,000 Kosovar refugees who could be flown to the United States as soon as Friday, base officials said. A Pentagon official said the Burlington County Army post was tentatively selected Friday after a Defense Department review of military bases along the East Coast. Fort Dix is one of nine posts on the U.S. mainland that have been told to prepare for the 20,000 Kosovar refugees the United States has agreed to accept, said Carolee Nisbet, a Fort Dix spokeswoman.
September 15, 1989 |
Only two weeks ago, East German refugees Ronald and Andrea Frister and their 3-year-old son, Christian, evaded police patrols in a daring dash across the Hungarian border to the West. Now, after shuttling among a series of refugee camps, Ronald Frister says he is "eager to start work" at a factory that manufactures boilers and move his family into a furnished house in this small city in Bavaria's lake district. "We have been treated with great kindness since we arrived in Germany," Andrea Frister said yesterday at a former school hastily converted into a shelter for 75 refugees, most of whom crossed into West Germany by car, bus, or train after Hungary flung open its borders early Monday.
September 6, 1989 |
The exodus of thousands of East Germans crowding Hungarian refugee camps might not begin "for weeks," Hungary's deputy foreign minister said yesterday. Ferenc Somogyi said it would be "irresponsible" to name the date when the East Germans could leave to resettle in the West. "The final solution could drag on for days or even weeks," he told the Hungarian parliament, according to the official news agency MTI. Some frustrated East Germans said they were prepared to begin a hunger strike if they were not permitted to emigrate by Friday.
February 19, 1989 |
Hundreds and hundreds of children play by day on the dusty streets of this makeshift city, set against steep craggy cliffs that separate Thailand from Kampuchea. By night, they cower in dark bamboo huts and listen to the sound of artillery shells exploding on the other side of the mountains, a constant reminder that across the border their country is still at war. Most of the children here have never set foot in Kampuchea, and most of their parents have little desire to go back anytime soon, even though talk of sending them home is spreading like wildfire through this and other camps on the Thai border.
January 19, 1989 |
By rickety bus, by jalopy and on foot, by the hundred thousand and soon by the hundreds of thousands, Nicaraguans are coming to America. Yet this is not a happy circumstance about which Neil Diamond might sing in a future patriotic celebration. This is a serious problem that must be dealt with immediately by the Bush Administration. The flow of Nicaraguan refugees into Miami and Houston is the direct result of a U.S. Congress that refused to support the anti-Sandinista democratic resistance.
June 20, 2014 |
SITTING IN HIS little souvenir shop on 3rd Street between Market and Chestnut in Old City, Selvadurai Pathmathasan said he's thankful that his "dream business" has stayed afloat. The Sri Lanka native known to customers as Bob, 42, came to this country 15 years ago (first living in New York, then Wilmington, Del., and now Philadelphia). While in the U.S., he was granted asylum based on his being part of the ethnic-minority Tamils, who faced persecution and violence in Sri Lanka, he said.