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    Urban Refugees: Ingenuity is Essential to Making Ends Meet in Nairobi

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    Women's Refugee Commission's Senior Program Officer for Livelihoods, Jina Krause-Vilmar, has her blog posted on the Huffington Post. Click here to read "Urban Refugees: Ingenuity is Essential to Making Ends Meet in Nairobi".

    Delayed Justice for Guatemalan Mother Encarnación Bail Romero

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    Michelle Brané's blog, Delayed Justice for Guatemalan Mother Encarnación Bail Romer, appears on Huffington Post's Huff Post Impact page. See the Women's Refugee Commission's Director of Detention and Asylum's blog on Huffington Post here.

    Federal Officials Send 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Back To Guatemala

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    Michelle Brané, Director for the Women's Refugee Commission's Detention and Asylum Program, is quoted in this Huffington Post article on the case of Emily Ruiz—a young girl born in the United States who was sent to Guatemala, separated from her undocumented parents who remain in this country.

    Pregnancies Don't Wait for Emergencies to End

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    Sandra Krause, reproductive health programme director for WRC, discusses the newly updated Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings in this IPS news article.

    Children of illegal immigrants caught in middle of adoption fights

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    This article was written by Laura Bauer of the Kansas City Star. The original article can be read here.

    In a small community in southwest Missouri, one little boy is torn between two families, two worlds.

    He even has two identities.

    His Guatemalan birth mother named him Carlos. To his adoptive parents, the couple he calls mommy and daddy, he’s Jamison.

    And today his future is more uncertain than ever.

    Will the 4-year-old boy remain Jamison and stay in Carthage with Melinda and Seth Moser, who adopted him more than two years ago and cared for him a year before that?

    Or will he go back to his birth mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero, an illegal immigrant who last held him on May 22, 2007, the day she was picked up in an immigration raid at a Barry County poultry plant. He was just 7 months old.

    It’s an emotional case that wedges the boy, who likes to play ball and watch Nickelodeon, between federal immigration laws and state adoption laws. Where what’s legal may clash with what some people view as what’s right. It’s also a case bringing nationwide attention to the plight of children who get tangled in the system when moms or dads are detained or deported.

    Read more: Children of illegal immigrants caught in middle of adoption fights

    Dale Buscher Interview on BBC World News

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    Dale Buscher, director of protection, talks with BBC World News about conditions for children living in refugee camps.

    Clean-Burning Cookstoves for Developing Countries

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    A letter from executive director, Sarah Costa, on clean-burning cook stoves is in today's online edition of the New York Times. Read the letter below.

    To the Editor:

    Re “Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Cookstoves” (news article, Sept. 21):

    It is great news that the United States will provide $50 million to help provide clean-burning cookstoves for villages in Asia, Africa and South America. In addition to the appalling health risks (1.9 million deaths a year due to inhaling smoke from open fires) and the environmental devastation caused by cutting down trees for fuel, women and girls risk rape and sexual violence when they gather wood to cook or sell.

    This is particularly true in refugee camps and other displaced settings, where fuel is typically not provided to cook the food that displaced people receive.

    In addition, girls may miss out on education opportunities as they spend hours each day foraging for cooking fuel or stay at home to watch younger siblings as their mothers collect firewood.

    It is essential that the clean-burning stove initiative — both the provision of stoves and the development of local stove-making businesses — reaches humanitarian settings, as it will enhance the protection of refugee women and girls immeasurably.

    Sarah Costa
    New York, Sept. 21, 2010

    Find the full article, posted on the online edition of the New York Times here.

    Struggling to Make a Living in Ethiopia: Surviving in the Informal Economy

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    Food is scarce in Ethiopia, where most of the population lives in rural, drought-prone areas in a state of chronic poverty. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia identified 5.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Not surprisingly, this hunger crisis also impacts the thousands of refugees living just within Ethiopia's borders.

    Read more: Struggling to Make a Living in Ethiopia: Surviving in the Informal Economy

    Building Back a Better Haiti: The Need for Cooking Fuel

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    The names in this post have been changed to protect their privacy.

    The morning I met Nadine in her new "home" in a former park in the middle of the Peacutetionville neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, it had been raining -- the first rain since the earthquake. The ground was muddy and slick, and her shelter did not have a floor. She and her family slept on cardboard boxes on the dirt. The shelter did, however, have walls and a roof of bed sheets and some plastic sheeting. A rudimentary charcoal stove was set up just outside, where a small pot of rice was cooking for the day's meal for her family of five.

    Read more: Building Back a Better Haiti: The Need for Cooking Fuel

    JORDAN: Where Iraqi Women Are Also Fathers

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    A report put out by the Women’s Refugee Commission in December 2009 affirms that the vast majority of Iraqis in Jordan cannot lawfully work and have few sources of sustainable income. Read more

    Watch Us On NY1's "Women Helping Women" Series

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    As NY1 continues its coverage of Women's History Month, the station profiles an organization that works to address the specific needs of refugee women and children, who make up about 80 percent of refugees worldwide. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report. Watch the video here

    Haiti: Remembering the Needs of People with Disabilities

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    Director of protection, Dale Buscher, discusses the urgent need to include people with disabilities in Haiti's emergency response and reconstruction efforts in an article on Huffington Post.

    Haiti 'orphan' rescue mission: Adoption or child trafficking?

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    This weekend's arrest of 10 members of an Idaho-based Baptist charity for trying to take 33 Haitian children across the border with the Dominican Republic without proper paperwork has become an international incident. Read more

    Haiti: Women and Girls at Risk

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    Executive Director, Carolyn Makinson talks about Haiti and the risks faced by women and girls in an article on Huffington Post.

    Haiti Adoptions

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    CNN quotes Women's Refugee Commission on reuniting children with their families in Haiti. Read more.

    Liv Ullmann taking on role of a teacher

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    The Miami Herald interviews Liv Ullmann, cofounder and honorary chair of the Women's Refugee Commission. Read the article in The Miami Herald (this link no longer exists).

    Liv Ullmann featured in New Yorker Talk of the Town

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    The New Yorker has a story on Women's Refugee Commission cofounder and honorary chair Liv Ullmann and her involvement in refugee issues. Read the article in The New Yorker.