The world took little notice when, in the early 1990s, the peaceful Kingdom of Bhutan expelled some 100,000 ethnic Nepalis known as Lhotsampas, or “people from the south.” The Lhotsampas languished in refugee camps in Nepal until 2008 when the UN set the wheels in motion for one of the most ambitious refugee resettlement programs ever undertaken.

The U.S. has agreed to accept the largest number—about 75,000—and many of the new arrivals have ended up in the Pittsburgh area. Pulitzer Center grantees Julia Rendleman and Moriah Balingit, both staffers on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tell the remarkable story of a journey that stretches from the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania to the foothills of the Himalayas.

Julia, a photojournalist and former Pulitzer Center student fellow, captures revealing moments in the lives of these refugees while Moriah tells the stories of those left behind in the squalid camps and of the others trying to find their way in America. 

If a recent Dateline investigation is anything to go by our hardline asylum seeker policy has helped facilitate the continued persecution of Tamil refugees. David Corlett has followed up with many of the Sri Lankan refugees that were turned back by the Australian government. Some of the claims to come out include: 

Seven soldiers tied my hand and then they really raped me…they raped me very badly 

Another includes reports of a returned refugee being taken away and tortured for 2 months, including having his nails ripped out. 

While unsubstantiated the claims are consistent with a recent UN report where there is considerable evidence that those who are suspected of being former Tamil Tigers are abducted in white vans and then tortured, with the nature of these activities ranging from branding with hot rods to the sexual abuse of male and female prisoners. This is activity that is systematically planned and carried out at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government. (X)

The Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen, after a short visit in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, returned to his base in Pakistan to continue his long-time documentary work, photographing Afghan refugees as they live in the slums outside of Islamabad. Here, Afghan refugee children gather in an alley of a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad on Monday, September 29, 2014. (Photograph credit: Muhammed Muheisen/AP photo)


The concept is bizarre, combining a building material from the time of Julius Caesar with a Jetsons aesthetic, but the approach has already worked before.

This newly-revived technique could provide low-cost housing for refugees and displaced people, and generally provide architects with a cost-effective way to explore convex construction.



Syrian refugees

Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.

The masses fleeing the brutal offensive by the Islamic State group on the city of Kobani, looming just across the border from Turkey, are part of a wave that has reached 150,000 people since Thursday. Turkey had taken in well over a million Syrian refugees from the 3 ½-year-old conflict already before the latest wave, but this influx is the largest yet, according to the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.


(Photos by REUTERS/Murad Sezer, AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic, REUTERS/Murad Sezer, AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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This is Hieu Van Le, A vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in the 70s who is now the Governor of South Australia. My favourite part of this story is where he recounts his entry to Australia: 

"Living in a refugee camp was one of the most horrific experiences one can go through," he said of the experience.

He boarded another leaky vessel to try for Australia, nervous of being turned away. But the fears proved to be unfounded. He says he still recalls the greeting he received from a pair of fisherman in a small boat off Darwin Harbour.

"One of the guys raised a stubby up as if proposing a toast. ‘G’day mate,’ he shouted. ‘Welcome to Australia’." (X)

This is the Australia I know and love, not the country that embraces a shitty racist refugee policy that locks desperate people in a multi-billion dollar prison.

"Traditionally, Christians in Iraq (specifically in Christian towns) put a Cross that lights up at night on top of their homes starting the first week of September in preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Although the refugees are out of their homes and they themselves are carrying their cross every day, some maintained the tradition by placing a Cross by their tents in their refugee camps as a reminder of their tradition and faith. May their faith increase more and more and may the Cross of Jesus give them light, strength and life instead of darkness, weakness and death that they are experiencing every day."

—Sister Luma Khudher OP
Photo by Sister Sara, OP