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anonymous REFUGEE NEWS AND UPDATES! May 28, 2009 2:56 PM

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anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:56 PM

Pakistan: Massive Scale of Need Outweighing Pledged US Support
Ongoing conflict has forced approximately two million Pakistanis from their homes since last August. The U.S. State Department recently promised $110 million in emergency humanitarian relief. This is a positive step, but as RI advocate Patrick Duplat points out,"To stabilize the country, the U.S. must provide many more resources to support two million displaced Pakistanis and protect them from further harm."  While the U.S. will be providing $3 billion in military assistance to the Pakistani government, aid agencies are struggling to respond to the scale of the conflict. "The U.S. has a stake in this conflict, and it must understand that effective humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative, but a strategic one as well," Duplat said.

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One Year After Cyclone Nargis: Aid to Burma Still Crucial
Over a year has passed since Cyclone Nargis devastated the Burmese delta; however the Burmese people still require humanitarian aid. Many of those affected by the cyclone live in temporary shelters and do not have access to clean water. The U.S provided $75 million to aid victims of the cyclone and Refugees International is urging the U.S. to continue providing assistance. "Secretary Clinton indicated several weeks ago that the administration was undergoing a review of U.S. policy towards Burma. Now that it is clearly possible to provide aid inside the country transparently and effectively, any change in U.S. policy should reflect the needs of the Burmese people and show a strong and ongoing commitment to assist them," said Joel Charny, RI's Vice President for Policy.
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 December 07, 2009 8:39 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
Thank you for your support to date. We just learned that the Burma orphans are again in a percarious position: 
On November 27th, Thailand’s border police stormed the Shekinah (Glory to God) orphanage in Mae Hong Son Province near the Burma border, put the names of all the residents on a register and asked them to prepare for deportation.
After fleeing Burma in June, the children were temporarily moved to another orphanage closeby. However, due to the spread of Malaria in that orphanage and the subsequent death of one girl, they were quickly shifted to the new location. It has been just a week since the 76 children (between the ages of six and sixteen) were moved to the new location, around 100 miles from the orphanage on the Burma/Thailand border.  
Please pray that the Thai officials would have mercy on these children and allow them to stay. The best situation would be for the orphans to be granted permanant immigrant status.
Thank you once again for your prayers and your action on behalf of the persecuted.
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
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 February 25, 2012 2:40 AM

An urgent note from Bob Fu

Burmese refugees taken in by House
CHurch Burmese refugees taken in by
House Church

Dear Donna Matthews,
Ongoing armed conflicts in north Burma’s Kachin state have left as many as 40,000 Burmese refugees homeless on the China-Burma border without food, medicine or warm clothing!

The majority are Christians of the Jingpo minority group and about 25,000 have fled into China side of border with Burma to seek shelter and refuge.  But, the Chinese local government refuses to help!

And, there appears to be little chance for a ceasefire of the armed conflict between Burmese government troops and the KIA that first broke out on June 9, 2011, leaving them without proper clothing or sufficient food to survive!

Click here to provide emergency help

China House Church Christian relief workers, working with ChinaAid, in the border camps said the refugees want to return to their homes in the mountains but cannot do so because of the fighting.

Their numbers are on the rise, and they lack food, medicine and basic living supplies.  One camp reports they have over 400 children!  House Church Christians in that area are trying their best to help them.

Help provide food, medicine and basic living supplies; click here to help

Temporary shelter for the refugees

The pastor of the Yingjiang church said:

"I feel extremely sad whenever I think about those solders fighting everywhere heedless of people’s lives, and farmers who cannot farm, and women and children who are being capriciously treated.  It is troubling to see those refugees who do not even have adequate food and clothing.

We will try our best to help them, but what we can do is  limited.  Therefore, we call upon people around us and loving brothers and sisters to help these refugees and pray for them.”

For every $3.20 a person can be feed for a day!

The situation in Kachin is already getting out of hand, and could get worse due to cold weather.  With a shortage of warm clothes, nutritional foods and medicines, the chance for the spread of epidemic diseases is high.  The Sino-Burmese border is quickly becoming the site of a humanitarian crisis!

For every $14 a winter blanket can be given to one person; Click here to help!

Will you join with the Christians in Kachin and Yunnan to help our brothers and sisters and their children survive along the China-Burma Border as refugees?

Right now, local Christians in Yunnan are distributing winter clothes, foods and medicines.

Can I count on your help?  Please help by making a generous gift today!

Each gift provides:

  • $14 buys a winter blanket for one person; $28 buys two blankets for two people;
    $70 give five people blankets!
  • $9.60 feeds 3 people for a day; $28.80 feeds 9 people; $57.60 feeds 18; and
    $96 feeds one person for a month!
  • $330 builds one shelter for a family; $660 helps two families and $990 builds
    three shelters
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 May 11, 2012 7:54 AM

Burma Reforms Offer No Respite for Ethnic Christians
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s May 2 induction into parliament is being hailed as the beginning of a new era in Burma (Myanmar). But for the 150,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) living in eastern Karen state’s 4,000 IDP camps, life is still about landmine blasts, gun and mortar attacks and the possibility of war between armed insurgents and the Burmese army.
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 May 17, 2012 2:53 PM

Christians Facing Nightmare in Homs; Thousands Forced to Flee
As tens of thousands of believers are forced from their homes by extremist Sunni Muslims in Homs, Syria, Open Doors responds to Syrian Christians’ pleas for help with emergency relief packages.
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