Short takes: refugees around the world, diseases, rapes, suicides, trafficking etc.

I’ve got such a backlog of stories to post, I’ve decided to do a compendium of sorts to catch up.

Rohingya men demand justice in Thailand. AFP photo

~Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, overloaded and unsanitary conditions may lead to disease

Here is the story at Relief Web:

DOMIZ CAMP, 3 July 2013 (IRIN) – On a hot June afternoon, 27-year-old Gharib Mohammed stands outside his tent at this camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq, shovel in hand.

Sewage and garbage have blocked the small stream that runs the length of his dusty avenue and the smell has entered his tent.

~Center for Disease Control has a report on the high Bhutanese refugee suicide rate in the US.  Looks like not much new beyond what we have already reported.

From February 2009 to February 2012, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reported 16 suicides among Bhutanese refugees in the United States. This number far surpasses the number of suicides reported to ORR among any other refugee community in the United States, yielding a suicide rate that is twice as high as that in the general United States population.

~In Egypt, Egyptian men think they can get Syrian refugee brides cheaply, from The Star:

Men across the region are now seeking Syrian brides. In Turkey and Jordan, where refugee camps pepper the landscape, the desperation of the Syrians is far easier to spot as rich Persian Gulf men scour the camps to buy brides living in tents. Rape, child brides and temporary marriages are prevalent.


But in Cairo, where there are no camps, the dashed dreams of both Egyptians and Syrians in the post-Arab Spring world meet on more equal terms.

Egyptian men, now poorer as the economy founders, find hope in the desperate Syrians, who can’t live in their own nation because a war that once promised revolutionary change has brought devastation and forced flight instead.


Some Muslim clerics have urged Egyptian men to marry Syrian women as an act of charity, and there are even rumours that top members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the secretive religious society through which Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rose to prominence, have taken Syrian women as second wives.  [LOL!  I bet this practice came to a screeching halt in the last few days!—ed]

~In Thailand a policeman was charged with helping Rohingya man rape Rohingya woman, from AFP where the story is used to once again blame the Buddhists in Burma.

BANGKOK — A policeman has been charged with trafficking after a Rohingya woman was allegedly lured from a shelter in southern Thailand and subsequently raped by a man from the refugee Muslim minority, police told AFP Friday.

It is believed to be the first time a Thai official has been charged with trafficking of Rohingya boat people, despite probes into alleged people smuggling by authorities including the army.


The woman was allegedly raped repeatedly by the Rohingya man, believed to have worked as a translator at the shelter, who has been charged for the assault.

US Catholic Bishops would like the US to take more Rohingya (and Syrians!) to your towns, here.

~Woman (Mexican national) charged in US with trafficking child from El Salvador into the US, from the Brownsville Herald:

Another child is heading to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and a woman is accused of trying to smuggle the undocumented girl into the country, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, 38, is accused of inducing an undocumented child to enter the U.S. illegally for financial gain, a criminal complaint revealed.