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Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

The Kuol family (from left – daughter Nyel, mother Abeny, and daughters Yom and Naomi), fled the violence in Sudan, eventually finding their way to Canada in 1999. Now Abeny is returning to South Sudan as an aid worker. (CBC)

Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

Abeny Kuol is leaving the safety of Canada to offer help in South Sudan

CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET

Abeny Kuol knows about danger.

As a very young mother in Sudan in 1984, she was desperate to flee the fighting around her. She carried three small daughters – in her arms and on her back – first across Sudan, then later through Ethiopia to Kenya. It was a journey that covered thousands of kilometres and took many months.

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MONTREAL, QC: Illegal Ivonne Hernandez fights deportation to Mexico

Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City. Read more:

Woman fights order to leave Canada without her baby
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CTV Montreal
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:32PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:34PM EST

MONTREAL – Local human rights advocates are crying foul after a Mexican woman denied refugee status was ordered to leave the country without the right to take her Canadian-born baby.

Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City.

She was given partial custody of her child after a split with her husband, against whom she made a claim of domestic abuse after their split.

Hernandez’s refugee claim was refused and she now faces deportation on February 7. She cannot bring her baby at that time because she remains embroiled in an unresolved custody dispute with the baby’s father.


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Martin Collacott of the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform discusses changes to our refugee system

Martin Collacott of the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform joins Brian to discuss changes to our refugee system that save Canadians big money.

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Kitchener: Refugee clinic funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Program and the federal Interim Federal Health program opens

Frances Barrick, Record staff
Tue Apr 02 2013 16:19:00
Health clinic for refugees to open Thursday in Kitchener

KITCHENER – A health clinic dedicated to the ongoing care of refugees will open Thursday in Kitchener.

It is the first such clinic in Waterloo Region.

“I think it is a service that needs to exist….I think here is a huge need,” said Dr. Michael Stephenson, 34, who is the director and sole physician of this new clinic called Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre.

The clinic will operate on Thursdays at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 825 King St. W. until Stephenson said he finds a more permanent location.

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Canada to welcome 1,000 additional Bhutanese refugees from Nepal

There are many ethnic groups in Bhutan, and no one group constitutes a majority of the Bhutanese population.In the 1990s, Bhutan expelled or forced to leave nearly one-fifth of its population in the name of preserving its Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist culture and identity, claiming that those expelled were illegal residents. The decision was motivated by the concern that the fast growing Nepali minority would take over the country, recalling similar events that caused the collapse of the nearby kingdom of Sikkim in 1975. (Wiki)

News Release — Canada to Welcome 1,000 Additional Bhutanese Refugees
Providing Protection to the World’s Most Vulnerable

Ottawa, March 27, 2013 — Canada will welcome up to 1,000 additional Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“Canada has a longstanding tradition of assisting refugees and welcomes one in 10 refugees resettled globally, more than almost any other country in the world,” said Minister Kenney. “We recognize the importance of family reunification in this process, and resettling refugees who already have family in Canada will help them adjust much faster and more easily.”

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Maria Morales suing Alberta Health Services over her cancer misdiagnosis


Morales is suing Alberta Health Services, Calgary Laboratory Services and the pathologist for missing her cancer when it was in its early stages.

Cancer, denied refugee claim sour Mexican woman’s Canadian dream
Couple from Mexico coping with misdiagnosis and cuts to refugee health care
CBC News Posted: Mar 19, 2013 1:51 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 19, 2013 9:06 PM MT
A Mexican couple’s dream of starting over in Canada is unravelling amid a misdiagnosed cancer, a lawsuit and rejected refugee claims from Ottawa.

Maria Morales and Ivan Nava came from Tierra Colorada in Guerrero state in southwestern Mexico, a region controlled by drug cartels and corrupt police.
‘I couldn’t believe it. When they gave us the news, I felt so sad.’
— Maria Morales
Morales’s former partner, an architect and father to her now grown son, was killed for reasons that were never clear to her, she says.

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