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Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/through-our-eyes-pictures-young-migrants-samos-greece

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Mediterranean will be ‘sea of blood’ without rescue boats, UN warns

Refugee agency says risk of people dying attempting crossing is at its highest The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been due to a lack of NGO rescue ships and the conflict in Libya hastening departures at an alarming rate, the UN has warned. If we do not intervene soon, there will be a sea of blood, said Carlotta Sami, the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Italy. With favourable sea conditions, thousands of…

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Anti-migrant feeling fuels Swedish far right as election looms

Popular concern looks likely to propel Sweden Democrats to a possible 20% of the vote Last month, yards from the Social Democrats booth in Rinkeby town square, where Kersten Aggefors is handing out leaflets for the party that has finished first in every Swedish election since 1917, masked young people set five cars ablaze. A few days earlier, eight unidentified men had attacked the towns half-built new police station, crashing through the gate and hurling rocks and firecrackers at security guards, apparently in retaliation for a drug bust. In January,…

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Italian minister declares victory as Spain accepts rescue boat

Matteo Salvini, who refused to let ship carrying 629 refugees and migrants to dock, says: We have opened a front in Brussels Matteo Salvini, Italys far-right interior minister, has declared victory after a standoff over the fate of 629 people on a humanitarian rescue boat prompted Spain to agree to accept them. The impasse, after the populist and far-right government in Italy refused to allow the MS Aquarius to dock over the weekend, suggested that Europe could face a humanitarian crisis this summer as it comes to grips with the…

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‘I dont know where my family is’: Cameroon’s refugees flee brutality

Cameroons ruthless conflict has splintered families and forced tens of thousands of people into Nigeria, where they lack shelter and food You cant sleep, says bishop Andrew Nkea, of the Mamfe diocese in south-west Nigeria, but most are sleeping rough in abandoned buildings, or out in the open. What began as a request for English to be used in the courtrooms and public schools of the countrys two anglophone regions has escalated into this crisis. If the situation is not defused through dialogue, the entire country could be destabilised before…

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Survivors recall how traffickers with AK47s forced dozens into sea off Yemen

At least 51 confirmed dead as survivors tell the Guardian of beatings and threats of shooting if they did not comply Traffickers used beatings and the threat of shooting to force more than 100 refugees, including children who could not swim, to jump into heavy seas off the coast of Yemen last week, survivors have said. At least 50 people were killed. The incident is the latest in a series in which hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees have died. Survivors contacted in Yemen told the Guardian that crewmembers armed with…

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Blocked in the Balkans: the refugees that Europe won’t allow in

Many of Serbias 7,600 refugees had hoped to live elsewhere in the EU but are trying to adapt to life in the Balkans When the Faqirzada family set out for a future in Europe, they did not imagine it like this. As far as they were concerned, Europe meant Germany: their oldest son was already at university in Munich, and they would surely join him in the country. The five two parents and three teenage children followed the same route through the Balkans that brought about 1 million people into…

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He lost his wife, six children, his peace of mind – and his British asylum claim

An Afghan father and son who are trying to make a new life in Britain suffer a huge setback as their initial asylum application is turned down Lately, Said Norzai hasnt felt much like going to the mosque. He hasnt lost faith. Hes just tired of the questions, and one in particular: how is the asylum claim going? I dont like to go when I dont have any good news, he says. The first question after Hello, how are you? is Whats happening with your case? Its out of kindness…

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‘We lost our houses, our cars, our men’: call to protect Mosul civilians

Human rights organisations call for Iraqi government to protect innocent people and investigate civilian deaths Mosuls civilians remain at grave risk and have endured a catastrophic ordeal, human rights organisations have said as they urge the Iraqi government to take steps to protect innocent people and investigate large-scale civilian deaths in the city. The calls by aid workers and human rights activists came as Iraqi troops fought to reclaim a final sliver of territory controlled by Islamic State in the city where the extremist groups leader, Haider al-Abadi, UK has…

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‘Neighbours to newcomers’ portraits from Tamworth

Stories and photographs of families who have found peace and pride after resettling in Tamworth, New South Wales, a regional centre that has been transformed since 2006 when it drew national ire for its rejection of refugees In a country town we need to all work together, know each other, says Tamworth resident and refugee advocate Eddie Whitham. We need to find a common ground. Its not going to work if we have isolated people. We want to make our town work. The hope is that this will become a…

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