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‘Nothing compensates for the stolen years’: the Afghan women rebuilding shattered dreams in Iran

More than 1,000 days after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, women and girls are reluctantly seeking education elsewhereRelief set in the moment Hasina crossed the border into Iran. For two years, the Taliban barred the 24-year-old medical stude…

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Thai artist gives voice to Myanmar’s Shan refugees at Venice and Bangkok biennales

Themes of displacement and diaspora explored in collaborative textile project as part of The Spirits of Maritime Crossing exhibition in Venice and BangkokThe Koung Jor refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border is just three and half hours from Jakkai Sir…

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‘I can’t speak but my photos do’: how a mute Rohingya boy talks to the world

In 2017, a crying Asom Khan became the face of Myanmar’s refugees. Now 15, he has discovered his own passion for photographyHis own sign language of sweeping, dramatised gestures is rarely fully understood by those outside Asom Khan’s closest friends a…

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Death, abuse and torture: traffickers hold fleeing Rohingya to ransom for up to £3,000 a time

People trapped in the world’s largest refugee camp hope to seek new lives elsewhere despite threats facing them as they attempt to leave BangladeshEven as dehydration was getting to their passengers, the traffickers using boats to carry hundreds of Roh…

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‘They can’t grieve’: families in limbo as Channel boat victims left unidentified

French authorities accused of failing to investigate the fates of refugees who have gone missing at sea while trying to cross by boat to the UK, with families still waiting for news of loved onesLate in the evening of 14 December last year four friends…

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Italian court jails people smuggler over shipwreck that killed at least 94 migrants

Gun Ufuk, 29, sentenced to 20 years in prison over deadly sinking that occurred metres from shoreAn Italian court has sentenced a people smuggler to 20 years in prison for involvement in a shipwreck last year that killed at least 94 migrants.The court …

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People smugglers recruiting skippers from central Asia on Turkey to Italy route

Boat drivers from former Soviet republics often have very little experience and no idea what they are doing is illegal, say NGOsPeople smugglers are increasingly recruiting people from former Soviet republics in central Asia to pilot boats carrying mig…

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Human rights in decline globally as leaders fail to uphold laws, report warns

Human Rights Watch’s annual report highlights politicians’ double standards and ‘transactional diplomacy’ amid escalating crisesHuman rights across the world are in a parlous state as leaders shun their obligations to uphold international law, accordi…

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‘We’re playing Whac-A-Mole’: why the aid system is broken

Calls for drastic overhaul of funding as conflicts and climate crisis drive surge in humanitarian needs and appeals fall shortThe queue for water at Metche, a camp of 40,000 refugees on the Sudan-Chad border, starts at dawn and lasts until sunset. The …

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