May 11, 2013 |
MAE LA REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand — Since the day she was born, 20-year-old Naw Lawnadoo has known almost nothing of the world beyond the fence and guard posts that hem her in with 45,000 others — ethnic minorities from Myanmar and those like her who were born and raised in the Mae La refugee camp in neighboring Thailand. School, family, friends, shopping and churchgoing — many of the refugees are Christian — have all been confined to a valley of densely packed bamboo-and-thatch huts huddled...
April 26, 2013 |
Jordan is urging the Obama administration to intensify efforts to find a political settlement to the Syrian conflict, warning that its northern neighbor appears increasingly headed toward either anarchy or a breakup that could imperil the region for decades to come. Jordan's monarch, King Abdullah II , presented a blunt assessment of the two-year-old conflict during meetings this week with congressional leaders and White House officials, citing evidence that a long-feared splintering of...
January 29, 2013 |
KILIS, TURKEY — Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their country in the past six months, but millions remain in war-worn communities where food, clean water and heating fuel have become scarce. Accounts from refugees who have arrived recently in southern Turkey are painting an increasingly dismal scene of horrors left behind, while some Syrians still inside the country say they believe it is too late for them to leave. "We have to stay home and protect ourselves and be quiet until this crisis...
December 24, 2012 |
MAFRAQ, Jordan — Encouraged by what they see as fatal setbacks to the Syrian regime, several thousand of an estimated 250,000 Syrian exiles in Jordan have left in recent weeks to join the rebellion in their homeland. The exodus has emptied hundreds of the safe houses, apartments and refugee tents that have housed Syrians in Mafraq and other northern Jordanian cities, according to Syrian activists and Jordanian officials. Jordanian security officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...
December 16, 2012 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey — Syria's vice president called Sunday for a negotiated end to the war that has raged for almost two years, saying neither the regime nor the rebels battling it can win on the ground. Farouk Al-Sharaa, in an interview to be published Monday in the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, suggested that keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power is not necessarily a prerequisite for ending the war. "We must be in the position of defending Syria's existence," he added.
November 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT — Syrian fighter jets on Monday strafed a rebel-held area near the Turkish border that is home to thousands of internally displaced refugees, in what appeared to be a warning shot as NATO prepares to deploy surface-to-air missiles along the frontier. Missiles struck the town of Atmeh, just a couple of miles from the border, where a makeshift refugee camp in the surrounding hills harbors thousands of Syrians who fled their homes amid the grinding 20-month-old conflict . ...