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.
November 18, 2012 |
It began as a holiday buffet for about 80 new refugee families, many of whose members had never tasted turkey, let alone attended an early celebration of Thanksgiving. Two hours later, as the brightly dressed Nepalese, Burmese, and Sudanese pushed back from banquet tables inside Old Pine Community Center in Society Hill, the scene last Sunday looked more like a spirited pilot for "New Americans Got Talent. " As an African guitarist sang and the crowd clapped in unison, several Sudanese men squatted deeply, then launched themselves high with the repetitive, two-foot hops characteristic of massalite dance.
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.
October 6, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA As war-displaced Syrians face another harsh winter in windblown camps, Philadelphia groups are collecting "gently used" coats, blankets, shoes, and boots for the refugees. Coordinated locally by the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corp. (AADC), and with the participation of the city's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Independence Charter School, and Science Leadership Academy, the clothing drive was conceived by students and expanded by Qatar Foundation International (QFI), a Washington-based nonprofit established by the Persian Gulf nation.
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.
October 20, 1991 |
Sigmund Tobias was 6 when he first stepped foot on the dock at Shanghai. It was the summer of 1939. A Jewish refugee from Germany, he was struck first by the diseased bodies strewn along the narrow streets like so much garbage. "People would call the hospital to come pick them up, but whoever called had to pay for the trip," said Tobias, 58. "You soon learned that no matter how unpleasant it was, you didn't call. " In 1988, when the tall, bearded professor of educational psychology at the City College of New York returned to Shanghai as a visiting professor, all vestiges of the Shanghai of his youth had been erased.