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Ranks of World’s Refugees Swell as Asylum Space Shrinks: UN

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

More than 2 million people fleeing wars or persecution have joined the ranks of the world’s refugees this year, but often face more restrictive asylum policies, including in Europe and the United States, the top United Nations refugee official recently said. They include 650,000 from South Sudan and 500,000 Muslim Rohingyas who have escaped violence […]

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Philippines – Mindanao Province Fights Extremism through Schools

Philippines – Mindanao Province Fights Extremism through Schools

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

A province on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao has teamed up with madaris or Islamic schools to prevent violent extremism from making inroads among Filipino Muslim youth. Sarangani Governor Steve Solon said the provincial government’s “Madaris for Peace” programme will see 125 Asatidz (madrasa teachers) propagate peace and Islamic values among Muslim school children. Solon […]

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Bangladesh’s Buddhist Community Cuts Festival Expense to Aid Rohingya Refugees

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Buddhist community in Bangladesh has declared that they will forgo parts of their festivities for Probarona Purnima, their second biggest religious festival, and donate the cost of a major event for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have recently arrived in Bangladesh. Community leaders announced this decision at a meeting with senior Awami League leaders […]

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Pope Calls on Christians to  Share Hope with Migrants

Pope Calls on Christians to Share Hope with Migrants

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, recently said. “Those who come to our land and we who go towards their heart […]

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to  Anti-Nuclear Weapons Campaigners

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Nuclear Weapons Campaigners

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Norwegian Nobel Committee said ICAN was receiving the award for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of […]

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Global Hunger Index – The Inequalities of Hunger

Global Hunger Index – The Inequalities of Hunger

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hunger is still ‘serious’ in India, although the country has improved; Pak lags behind India; B. Desh & Nepal have done better. What is Hunger? Hunger is usually understood to refer to the distress associated with lack of sufficient calories. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines food deprivation, or undernourishment, […]

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Pope Francis, Muslim World League Secretary discuss interfaith coexistence

Pope Francis, Muslim World League Secretary discuss interfaith coexistence

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, recently received the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, at the Vatican. During the meeting, both exchanged views on a number of issues of common interest related to peace and global harmony, and cooperation in issues of peace, coexistence and the […]

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New Initiative Brings Quran to Gaza’s Hearing-Impaired

New Initiative Brings Quran to Gaza’s Hearing-Impaired

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gaza City: Gaza Strip: In an attempt to teach the Quran to the deaf in the Gaza Strip, the Future Society for Deaf Adults (FSDA) offers religious and awareness courses aimed at interpreting the Quran using sign language. Courses are offered for deaf youth ages 12-18, targeting 500 deaf people in Gaza. The courses are held at the Dar al Quran […]

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Sikh Volunteers Bring Aid to Rohingya Muslims

Sikh Volunteers Bring Aid to Rohingya Muslims

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Khalsa Aid Providing Langar & Water to Refugees A team of volunteers from the Sikh organisation Khalsa Aid reached the Bangladesh-Myanmar border recently to provide relief to the many Rohingya Muslim families fleeing Myanmar. Amarpreet Singh, managing director, Khalsa Aid, India, who has reached Teknaf, a border town in Bangladesh where the refugees are living in […]

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Gaza Radio Station Gives a Voice to Refugees

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

On the air since the first week of August, Hawwa radio station in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip aims to become the voice of Palestinian refugees, and women in particular. It is the product of years of preparation, efforts to find funds and volunteer work. “I first had the idea to start a radio station in […]

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