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Thousands rush into Croatia as police reopen Serbian border

BERKASOVO, Serbia – Thousands of people trying to reach the heart of Europe surged across Serbia’s border into Croatia on Monday after authorities eased restrictions that had left them stranded …


Germany curbs flow of migrants

BERLIN – A beleaguered Germany announced Sunday that it would temporarily halt free entrance for asylum seekers – a dramatic step likely to exacerbate bottlenecks at other European frontiers to …


Resettling refugees takes time, resources

Images of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe have dominated the news for the past week, but the crisis is more than a European issue. World Relief Spokane settled 527 refugees …


Afghan family targeted by terrorists finds refuge in Spokane

He woke up surrounded by bodies. Wahid Kashify, a native of Afghanistan, was lying in the back of an ambulance, covered in blood.


Refugee project plans its next harvest

The Refugees’ Harvest Project is getting ready for another urban harvest season, and it’s looking for refugees who are interested in volunteering and for growers in the Spokane-area who would …


Refugee family builds a new life in Spokane

On a sunny day in mid-February, Samah Mohammed pauses to take in her new surroundings. She sets her bags on a bed as her husband, 41-year-old Omar Abdulrazaq, and two …


Exercises give a glimpse into refugees’ world

Tim Cruger thought he had the book memorized. He knew his name, where he was from, and all of his family members’ names and ages. What more could he possibly …


Refugees find freedom, fresh start in Spokane

With midnight approaching, three weary travelers shuffle down the ramp past airport security to the baggage claim. The 5-year-old girl grips her mother’s hand and tries to hide behind her …


Many Spokane employers happy to hire refugees

Upon arriving in the U.S. from Ukraine, Max Baron and his family faced obstacles many refugees do on their way to self-sufficiency. “It was a completely new life,” he said. …


Refugees glean to give back

Refugees from Asia and Africa will gather thousands of pounds of fresh produce to redistribute throughout Spokane this summer. The Refugees’ Harvest Project includes nearly 40 Hmong, Nepali, Tanzanian, Karen …


Refugees distribute fruit harvested from backyard trees

Mature fruit trees are a common sight in the East Central neighborhood. Some of the trees were originally planted on the small farms that were there in Spokane’s earliest days. …


Bhutanese refugees missing in Spokane case

Three refugees from Bhutan have been reported missing since June 11, and Spokane police have assigned a detective to investigate the case.


Legal refugees feel pinch as state assistance declines

OLYMPIA – For 18 years, Devi Prasai lived in a packed refugee camp after fleeing from ethnic tensions in his native Bhutan. Prasai waited for a chance at a better …


State cuts imperil dreams

Teacher Sabina Herdrich directs the attention of her English-as-a-second-language students to the blackboard, where she writes the words “dreams” and “goals.” They are appropriate topics for the two-dozen adult immigrants …


Foreign refugees flood into Spokane with 3 months of U.S. aid

In the fall of 2006, a young Spokane pastor and his wife welcomed an extended family of 12 ethnic Burmese refugees into their East Central neighborhood church called Jacob’s Well …


Pakistan refugee numbers soar

GENEVA – The U.N.’s refugee agency said Monday that nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in Pakistan this month, saying that fighting between government forces and Taliban militants …


Groups accuse Israel of ignoring civilians

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel’s offensive in Gaza has forced as many as 90,000 Gazans to abandon their homes, and thousands more may soon have to flee in search …