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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
21 July 2015
J.D. Conor Mauro

Uruguayan schoolchildren and Syrian refugee children chat on their first day in school in Uruguay. (photo: Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)

Uruguay says more Syrian refugees welcome (Rudaw) Uruguay will continue welcoming Syrian refugees who are fleeing from civil war, the foreign minister said Monday, overriding concerns about the South American country’s budget. “We know it obviously costs money. But I appeal to the sensibility and solidarity of Uruguayans to understand the drama being lived by these families — a true hell on earth…”

Archbishop becomes ‘almost-mayor’ of Hassake (Fides) In the Syrian city of Hassake, where the counter-offensive of the Kurdish forces and the Syrian army has retaken the outlying suburbs from ISIS, public health and food emergencies that affect the civilian population have pushed Syriac Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo to assume a role not unlike that of a public official. The archbishop says he has become responsible for waste removal, pest control and numerous other services relating to public health…

Priest says situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate (CNS) One year after a war with Israel that turned daily life here into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in this besieged Palestinian territory has deteriorated even further. “Compared with a year ago, we’re worse off. Although a truce stopped the war, the blockade of Gaza by Israel has grown more intense. This has direct consequences for the population,” said the Rev. Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Parish in Gaza City…

West Bank villagers deliver final plea to save homes (Al Monitor) Residents of the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya say that their repeated requests for construction permits were rejected by Israel, which has instead decided to demolish their homes…

Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border seek new life (Al Jazeera) Recently, Macedonia allowed refugees and migrants to transit through the country for three days. Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports…

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