Posts Tagged ‘Refugee’

Christian denied refugee status in NZ despite fear of harm in China

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A Chinese man who became a Christian after surviving a four-storey fall has been denied refugee status in New Zealand despite fears of serious harm if he returns to his home country. He became more interested in Christianity after his arrival. In June 2018 while in the country unlawfully, a friend said he should apply Read more

Father took his life after separated from his family at the border

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A Honduran father separated from his wife and child suffered a breakdown at a Texas jail and killed himself in a padded cell last month, according to Border Patrol agents and an incident report filed by sheriff’s deputies. The death of Marco Antonio Muñoz has not been publicly disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security, Read more

Seriously ill Nauru refugee begs NZ PM for help

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

A refugee detained by Australia on Nauru has begged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for help before it’s too late. Fatemah, a 55-year old refugee woman, has been told there’s an imminent risk of her sudden death because of her heart condition. The medical treatment that Fatemah needs is not available on Nauru. Australia approved Read more

Simple technology helps prevent refugee sex trafficking

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Refugee protection

When Syrian refugees leave their camps, they pack three items: food, water, and light. The first two generally come in the form of packages from the United Nation’s World Food Program or other nonprofit organizations. The latter, however, traditionally came in the form of kerosene lamps, which are less than ideal. In fact, they’re often Read more

Six-year-olds letter to Obama about refugee child

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Six-year-old Alex’s letter to Barack Obama asking him to send Syrian refugee child Omran Daqneesh to come and live with his family has gone viral. On his Facebook page Mr Obama said the boy, only know as Alex from New York, was “moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh.” Omran is the five-year-old in Read more

Former Vietnam boat refugee to lead Aussie diocese

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Pope Francis has appointed a former refugee, who fled war-torn Vietnam by boat in 1979, to lead the Australian diocese of Parramatta. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, 54, begins his new role after serving as a Conventual Franciscan since 1989 and as auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne since 2011. Parramatta, in western Sydney, is one of Read more

Life in a refugee camp

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

“I was not born to live here like this,” says Ali. “I have three languages but I really want to learn Japanese. I love Japanese movies.” Ali is from Iran. He says he is not alone, but he seems very alone. We are in a refugee camp at Grande–Synthe, a Dunkirk suburb, sitting under a Read more

Jesus was a refugee

Friday, October 9th, 2015

My wife, Nay, fled the Khmer Rouge 35 years ago when she was a little girl. Her father had already been killed by the murderous regime there, and her young mother managed to escape with two young children in tow through the Cambodian jungle. They cheated death with every step as they avoided landmines and Read more

Compassion blinds us to real refugee story

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The compassion of the crowd can make you feel heartless for reserving comment until a reasonable question has been answered. When we began getting pictures of Syrians walking into Europe last week and our media became awash with the story, my heart was stuck on one question: why is this happening now? The Syrian civil Read more

Hungary bishop at odds with papal perspective

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Hungarian Bishop, Laszlo Kiss-Rigo is warning that Pope Francis has gotten the refugee situation wrong. “They are not refugees. This is an invasion,” Kiss-Rigo told the Washington Post. The bishop says he is in total agreement with the Prime Minister. The pope “does not know the situation”, says the bishop of a predominantly Catholic country. “They Read more