Afghan Refugee Camps in Pakistan Close Due to Lack of Security
Security concerns on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have resulted in the closing of 16 Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan over the past two weeks. These closings will affect over 110,000 Afghan refugees, the overwhelming majority of whom are women and children.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that they have returned over 2.4 million Afghan refugees to Afghanistan since 2002. However, the refugees are returning to bleak conditions in Afghanistan, with virtually no clean water, electricity, shelter, and few options for rebuilding their livelihood. The resurgence of warlords and Taliban forces has caused deteriorating security and increasing violence. As a result of the killings and threats to humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan, 44 percent of humanitarian aid organizations have had to cut back projects.
An elderly refugee of the Bagazi camp referred to as Mr. Shakaib said, “We know this is politics. They are trying to tell the world that Afghanistan is safe, which is a total lie,” reports Ockenden International, a British non-governmental organization working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .