Stories about Refugees from February, 2010
Bulgaria: “The Bulgarian Guantanamo”
Maya Markova of Maya's Corner posts videos and translates parts of the documentary The Bulgarian Guanatanamo, by Bulgarian journalist Ivan Kulekov. (An earlier GV roundup item on this issue is here.)
Bangladesh, India: The Relationship Between Water Crisis And Migration
Sowmya Suryanarayanan at Strategic Foresight opines that the lack of freshwater resources in Bangladesh “is a massive threat and will remain a primary reason for cross border migration in the future.”
Myanmar: Half a million cyclone victims still homeless
According to the International Organization for Migration, there are still 500,000 people who are homeless in the southwest part of Myanmar two years after a powerful cyclone hit the country.
Darfur: Youth Keep Crisis in the Spotlight
Though the major conflict has ceased in Darfur, in western Sudan, the continuing instability and ongoing attacks have been particularly harmful for the region's young people. But youth both within and outside of Sudan have been vital in raising awareness and funds and trying to bring change to Darfur.
A ‘climate of fear’ at the Thai-Burma border
Between 1.5-2 million Burmese refugees live in Thailand. For many reasons, this young, traumatized population knows little about reproductive health, which underscores the need for peer health educators and improvements in access to health care.
Jamaica, Haiti: Like a Refugee
Annie Paul tells a tale of a supposed Haitian earthquake refugee who turns out to be “a famished Jamaican fisherman or as the Observer put it, ‘a Jamaican mute from Windsor Castle, Portland.'”