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Kosovoroma – New Website

A team of volunteers runs a new website which is aimed to inform about the situation of Roma in Kosovo and Kosovo Roma in Diaspora.

Before the war, Kosovo was the home to 120,000 to 150,000 Roma. Kosovo Roma became the biggest “collateral damage” of the nationalist conflict between Kosovo Serbs and Albanians. Today, the community is disseminated and decimated between the few thousands who have remained in Kosovo and the majority which lives in diaspora, mostly in the region, but also in Western Europe and other countries.

By creating this website, the team wants to inform about a community which has largely fallen into oblivion and which is left behind when issues such as the Kosovo status are discussed. The website, which is updated daily, contains many information on the situation in Kosovo itself and on asylum issues. It also acts as a platform re-establishing contacts between community members and seeking a ground for common action.


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FiftyRefugees: Stories of Refugees in Malaysia

by Aris Oziar

For the past three months I have been working on a
website project called FiftyRefugees.  As the name implies, it chronicles the
story of 50 refugees who currently call Malaysia their home.

Malaysia does not recognise the Geneva Refugee Convention, and partly as a
result of this (we have other legal avenues to give them rights, such as IMM13
but the government has refused to act), Refugees in Malaysia who cross the
border illegally or whose visa has lapsed are classified as Illegal Immigrants,
subject to arrest and detention by the police, RELA and Immigration.
 They have restricted access to healthcare services and the children cannot go to
government schools, effectively denying them education.

As a Malaysian, I am outraged to hear their stories of Malaysia – 3
years of detention or living in makeshift jungle camps / jungle due to fear
of arrest.  Stories of a 6 year old girl whose last visit to town was 4 years
ago (the mother is too afraid to bring her out), and her 55 year old father who
eventually died because the police took all their money the one time they were
desperate enough to go to the hospital to treat his illness. And of course, of
the Malaysian immigration authorities dumping them across the border in
Thailand, where they are rounded up by agents and either pay these agents to
get back to Malaysia , or face slave labour – the men in fishing boats and the
women, probably sold to the sex trade.

I want people to know that refugees do exist in Malaysia .  To know that they
braved a dangerous journey to Malaysia  to escape atrocities in their own
country.  To know that most of them live a marginal life, often exploited,
almost always in fear.

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Internally Displaced People’s Voices

Listen to the voices of people who have been violently forced from their homes, as they tell about their lives. Discover the personal stories behind the figures on internal displacement.

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Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees

Refuge - Photos by Max Martin

From Max Martin, a freelance journalist based in Bangalore, a recent series of photographs on Sri Lankan Refugees:

2006 marked the highest number of arrivals in 23 years – more people are coming. Their safe passage across the Palk Straits is a major issue – largely unaddressed yet.

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