April 21, 2013 |
IN A WAY, they'd been on the run their whole lives. The family of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings, is from war-torn Chechnya but had moved to Kyrgyzstan and to Makhachkala, Russia, before coming to the United States as refugees in 2002. Tamerlan, 26, who was killed by police in a shootout early Friday, was about 15 when the family began their new life in Cambridge, Mass. Dzhokhar, who was arrested late Friday after hiding for hours in a covered boat in a suburban Boston back yard, was only 8. Dzhokhar played volleyball and wrestled and later studied at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
March 19, 2013 |
EZEKIEL Tomboyeke had fled his native Sierra Leone during a civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives, including family members. He was able to come to the United States, where he found work, lived among relatives, and felt safe. But Saturday night, police say, a driver struck Tomboyeke on Pump Branch Road in Winslow Township, Camden County, as he was walking home after work. He was hit about 11:20 p.m. Township police said the vehicle went partly off the road, struck Tomboyeke and kept going.
March 10, 2013 |
ZAATARI, Jordan - Walk among the plastic tents in one corner of this sprawling, dust-swept desert camp packed with Syrian refugees, and a young woman in a white headscarf signals. "Come in, you'll have a good time," suggests Nada, 19, who escaped from the southern border town of Daraa into Jordan several months ago. Her father, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and a traditional red-checkered headscarf, sits outside under the scorching sun, watching silently. Nada prices her body at $7, negotiable.
March 7, 2013 |
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Syrian rebels abducted 21 U.N. observers from the Golan Heights on Wednesday and threatened to hold them until the Syrian government withdraws its troops from the area, marking the most serious escalation of the conflict yet along Syria's southern border with Israel. The abductions came amid word of another grim milestone in Syria's humanitarian crisis: The number of U.N.-registered refugees now exceeds one million - half of them children - described by an aid worker as a "human river" of thousands spilling out of the war-ravaged country every day. Nearly four million of Syria's 22 million people have been driven from their homes by war. Of the displaced, two million have sought cover in camps and makeshift shelters across Syria, one million have registered as refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt, and several hundred thousand fled the country but have not signed up with the U.N. refugee agency.
January 9, 2013 |
ZAATARI, Jordan - A winter storm is magnifying the misery for tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country's civil war, turning a refugee camp into a muddy swamp where howling winds tore down tents and exposed the displaced residents to freezing temperatures. Some frustrated refugees at a camp in Zaatari, where about 50,000 are sheltered, attacked aid workers with sticks and stones after the tents collapsed in 35-m.p.h. winds, said Ghazi Sarhan, spokesman for the Jordanian charity that helps run the camp.
November 30, 2012 |
By the time Ikhlas AbdulRazak arrived in the United States three years ago, she and her family had been on the move for nine years, fleeing from famine and genocide in Darfur, Sudan, with stops in refugee camps in Iraq and Romania. Every step has been dogged with hardship and poverty - even here in Philadelphia. AbdulRazak, her husband, and their six children live on the $9 an hour he earns as a hotel housekeeper. "It's not enough," she said. AbdulRazak decided to start her own business - operating a family day care out of her Northeast Philadelphia home.
November 24, 2012 |
BEIRUT - A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's bitter civil war, activists said Friday. Syria's foreign ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at Turkey, which has sheltered anti-Assad fighters. The ministry denounced Turkey's request for NATO Patriot surface-to-air missiles along its border with Syria as "a new provocative step. " Turkey made the request this week to bolster its defenses and prevent a spillover of the Syrian civil war onto its territory.
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.
November 12, 2012 |
It's been stressful. Eleven-year-old Lucy, 9-year-old Tippy, and 6-year-old Gizmo should be at their Normandy Beach home, playing in the backyard or curled up in the house, warm and comfy. But when Sandy blew in last month, the beagles were evacuated from the Ocean County property with their owners, Richard and Ellen Miranda. All of them have been living at a shelter at the Life Center, a sprawling education and sports/fitness complex behind the Fountain of Life Center, a church in Burlington.
September 25, 2012 |
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Eight thousand miles separate southeast Asia from the American Midwest, but when Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits an Indiana city on Tuesday, it will be a kind of homecoming. Fort Wayne, home to one of the United States' largest Burmese populations, has become an unlikely base for opposition to the country's former military regime. Here, Suu Kyi's followers meet regularly, criticizing what's happening in their homeland through Voice of America broadcasts and YouTube videos, lobbying Congress for continued economic sanctions, and raising money for the opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma.