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Life as Afghan Refugees, depicted on Malay Stage

Popular Parastoo Theatre group gives voice to the refugee experience. BANGKOK – Live at this year’s Refugee Fest in Malaysia is Parastoo Theatre group. In the Dari language of Afghanistan, “Parastoo” means swallow bird. “They are birds who fly and

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A Syrian Refugee’s Journey – Southeast Asia Dispatches

KUALA LUMPUR – Syrian refugee Hasan Al Akraa has become something of a minor celebrity in his adopted home of Malaysia. The 19-year-old is a prominent face in the country’s refugee community. Since fleeing the Syrian civil war with his

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Airport Asylum Seekers Find Freedom – Southeast Asia Dispatches

BANGKOK – In the past year Southeast Asia provided temporary shelter to two asylum seekers from the Middle East fleeing persecution. Hassan Alkontar and Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun plead for asylum from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok airports. They were resettled to Canada.

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Malaysia detains Hassan Al Kontar after removing him from airport

Al Kontar, 37, had been living in Kuala Lumpur International Airport since March, after being denied entry to Cambodia. Bangkok, Thailand – Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar was arrested on Monday by Malaysian police for remaining in a “forbidden area”

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Syrian Stuck at Airport Turns to Social Media – Southeast Asia Dispatches

KUALA LUMPUR – Thirty-seven year-old Syrian asylum seeker Hassan Al Kontar uses social media to share his story of life at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Because of Hassan’s posts, volunteers from Malaysia to Canada have taken up his cause. Adam

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Hassan Al Kontar: A Life in Limbo – CBC The World this Weekend

KUALA LUMPUR – Hassan Al Kontar is a 37-year-old Syrian living at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for six months. Human rights defenders inside Malaysia have advised him not to seek asylum in the country because it’s not a signatory to

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Rohingya Refugees are Rushing to Escape Monsoon Season

Experts fear a return of the kind of desperation that fed the 2015 boat crisis as the storms hit Bangladesh’s coast. BANGKOK, Thailand – Torrential rains along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border are threatening to make an already grim situation for the nearly

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