UN refugee agency says raids by Daesh-linked militants since late March drove around 30,000 out of the down, marking a major intensification in an insurgency that has wreaked havoc across Cabo Delgado province for over three years.
Bangladesh wants to eventually transfer 100,000 of the more than 1.2 million refugees living at cramped makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char island, which emerged from the sea only two decades ago and is considered vulnerable to floods.
The pre-dawn attack on Tara village is the latest in a series of attacks by criminal gangs known locally as "bandits" who for years have terrorised communities. The attackers also stole 100 cows.
Border pushbacks that deny migrants their right to apply for asylum and collective expulsions are illegal under international refugee treaties, which allow people fearing for their safety to seek protection.
UNHCR says violence following last month’s contested presidential election caused some 50,000 to flee across Ubangi river into the DRC.
Some 2.3 million children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are unable to receive humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The UN's Geneva-based refugee agency said that it was aware of “a number of credible reports of people being informally returned to Turkey after reaching Greek soil or territorial waters.”
EU authorities are calling on Greece to respect the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers with reports emerging that many face being physically pushed back at the border.
All people must be able to access full asylum procedures and international protection, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says.
UN refugee agency spokesman Babar Baloch says panicked civilians left the town of Rann over the weekend and crossed into neighbouring Cameroon amid fears of renewed attacks by militants.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the region has been a frequent target of Boko Haram militants in their eight-year bid to carve out a caliphate beyond Nigeria.
Muslim clerics in Egypt, Morocco, Yemen and Saudi Arabia rule zakat or mandatory alms can be donated directly by Muslims for relief work, UN High Commission for Refugees says.
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