Protecting Refugee Rights: The Role of Religion

June 22, 2013

Religious teachings and practices cannot be ignored if we are to effectively protect the rights and wellbeing of refugees. During my time as country director for Muslim Aid in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, I dealt with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing man-made and natural...

Afghan Refugees: A People Without Home

June 21, 2013

The imminent expulsion from Pakistan is threatening to push millions of Afghan refugees into deeper turmoil. In a little over a week, a population the size of Equatorial Guinea strewn in the shadow of Hindu Kush mountain range will be forced to move abode. The mass mobilization will see nearly...

Kashmiri Pandits: The Forgotten Refugees

June 20, 2013

Kashmiri Pandits are refugees who have been subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing but have been ignored by their own country. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir is purported to have said: “If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here.” For Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of...

Sri Lanka: The Uncertain Future for IDPs

June 20, 2013

Sri Lanka's internally displaced persons continue to face significant challenges for resettlement. In a previous piece for Fair Observer, I wrote about the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were victims of the Sri Lankan conflict at the hands of the LTTE, and who still remain...

Close to Combustion: Syrian Conflict Inflames Regional Refugee Crisis

June 19, 2013

Syria's neighboring countries are increasingly running out of resources to care for the masses of refugees. As the White House continues to mull over what it means, exactly, to breach the “red line,” Syria seems to be falling apart at the seams. The seams, in many regards, are what the...

Refugees and Borders

June 18, 2013

Refugees are created by untenable circumstances within boundaries formed by the West. Late last fall, I was sitting outside in our farm yard in Vermont, just south of the Canadian border. My wife and I were remarking on the influx of the Common Red Poll, a bird not often seen in such numbers where...

Refugees in Africa’s Great Lakes Region: A Perpetual State of Exile

June 16, 2013

Repatriating refugees in the Great Lakes region often disregards individuals' circumstances, and may even put them at risk. A Refugee Life Jean-Marc is Burundian by nationality, but has never lived in Burundi. In 1976, he was born into exile in Rwanda where he lived as a refugee until...