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As the number of displaced people surges, an 'Inflatable Refugee' in Barcelona sparks questions

Jun. 14, 2024 10:46 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hugging his knees and clad in a bright orange life vest, the giant “Inflatable Refugee” looks vulnerable as he sits alone in a sea of empty red velvet chairs. Belgian visual artists Schellekens & Peleman, who created the figure in 2015 following the refugee crisis...

Sudan tops UN envoy's concerns about children caught in conflicts, with Congo and Haiti next

Jun. 14, 2024 00:49 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations envoy charged with reporting on violations against children in conflicts around the world said Thursday that first and foremost she is worried about what’s happening to youngsters in war-torn Sudan, followed by Congo and Haiti. Virginia...

Aspects of US restrictions on asylum-seekers may violate international protections, UNHCR chief says

Jun. 13, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday he understands that the Biden administration enacted new restrictions on asylum-seekers entering the United States, but cautioned that some aspects of the executive order may violate refugee protection required under international...

More than 80 passengers killed in the latest boat accident in Congo

Jun. 12, 2024 15:34 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A boat carrying more than 270 passengers has capsized on a river near Congo's capital of Kinshasa, leaving more than 80 dead, President Félix Tshisekedi said Wednesday. It was the latest deadly boat accident in the central African country where overloading...

UN says violence against children in conflict reached extreme levels in 2023, including in Gaza

Jun. 11, 2024 21:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Violence against children caught in multiplying and escalating conflicts reached “extreme levels” in 2023, with an unprecedented number of killings and injuries in crises, from Israel and the Palestinian territories to Sudan, Myanmar and Ukraine, according to a new U.N....

3 Americans implicated in a coup attempt in Congo go on trial before a military court

Jun. 07, 2024 20:07 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three Americans accused of being involved in last month's coup attempt in Congo appeared in a military court in the country's capital, Kinshasa, on Friday, along with dozens of other defendants who were lined up on plastic chairs before the judge on the first day of the...

Fire at a displacement camp in Congo leaves dozens of families without shelter, UN says

Jun. 06, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A fire at a displacement camp in eastern Congo destroyed around 50 makeshift tents, leaving dozens of families without shelter, according to the United Nations, which said the fire is believed to have started during cooking at a camp. The Muganga displaced people...

Asylum-seekers looking for shelter set up encampment in Seattle suburb

Jun. 04, 2024 23:01 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Asylum-seekers who have been looking for shelter in Washington state, mainly from Angola, Congo and Venezuela, have set up an encampment in a Seattle suburb. The asylum-seekers moved to the site next to an empty motel south of Seattle in Kent, on Saturday,...

U.S. says Congo hasn't given it access to Americans detained over alleged roles in coup attempt

Jun. 03, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Congo said Monday that Congolese authorities have not shared details or provided access to the Americans who were arrested following a coup attempt last month, following pleas for help from one family trying to confirm whether their son is alive. ...

Family of Utah man held in Congo coup attempt has no proof he's alive

May. 31, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah family whose son was implicated in a thwarted coup in Congo said they’re unsure if he's alive as they struggle to get U.S. officials to make contact with him and two other Americans two weeks after their arrest. Tyler Thompson Jr., 21, flew to...