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Afghan refugee stabbed in the throat in unprovoked attack in Vancouver’s Chinatown

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An Afghan refugee was stabbed in the throat and chest in an unprovoked attack in Vancouver’s Chinatown. 

The 22-year-old victim was locking his bicycle to a street pole on Gore Avenue near East Pender Street at around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday when a man approached him from behind and stabbed him, according to Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Steve Addison.

Deported Cambodian refugee returns home to Southern California after 11 years

Cambodian deportee
  • In 2011, ICE deported Cambodian refugee Sophea Phea to a country her family fled from in the 1970s to escape genocide.
  • While in Cambodia, Phea became a teacher and started advocating for other Southeast Asian deportees in a bid to help them return home to the U.S.
  • After years of advocacy, she finally received a pardon from Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020.
  • Phea, now 40, reunited with her family and loved ones last month in Long Beach.
  • “I have a big family, so I am looking forward to participating in family functions again and reconnecting with all of them!” she said upon her return. “I also look forward to pursuing my career in the education field and going back to school to get my degree.”

After being deported to Cambodia in 2011, a former refugee was recently reunited with her family and loved ones in Long Beach, California.

Sophea Phea, 40, was able to return to the U.S. last month, two years after Governor Gavin Newsom pardoned her from her criminal record. 

China accuses Taiwan for ‘taking advantage’ of Ukraine crisis by giving financial aid to its refugees

  • China criticized Taiwan on Wednesday for sending aid to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia, saying the island was “taking advantage of others’ difficulties.”
  • The allegation came after Taiwan announced an $11.5 million donation for displaced Ukrainians on Tuesday, following an initial donation of $3.5 million and salary pledges from top government officials.
  • China also said Taiwan “only has itself to blame” if it gets sanctioned by Russia. Last week, Russia added Taiwan to its list of “unfriendly” countries and territories.

China has accused Taiwan of using Ukraine for its own political advantage as the self-governed island delivers a new round of aid for refugees this week.

After an initial donation of $3.5 million, Taiwan is sending another $11.5 million to help displaced Ukrainians, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. Earlier this month, President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang each pledged a month’s salary to donate to Ukrainian refugees.

Prime Minister Kishida announces Japan will take in refugees from Ukraine to ‘demonstrate solidarity’

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  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed that his country would take in Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion during a phone call with Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
  • Kishida stated in his call that he would like to “demonstrate solidarity with the Ukrainian people” and asked that Morawiecki help Japanese citizens who may be trying to flee Ukraine by getting into Poland.
  • Kishida also spoke with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeir and stated that Japan and Germany would be working together to help Ukraine through the crisis.
  • The president’s declaration comes amid 70 Japanese nationals’ response to Ukraine’s request for volunteers to fight against Russian invaders as well as a recent Twitter feud between Japanese and Russian officials.

In response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishhida pledged that his country is ready to take in Ukrainian refugees as an act of unity with Ukraine.

According to Reuters, the United Nations has reported that an estimated 700,000 people have already fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion started and have been seeking refuge in nearby countries such as Poland, which currently holds around half of Ukraine’s displaced.

Indonesia accepts dozens of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea after initially rejecting them

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Indonesia will accept a boat of Rohingya refugees – mostly women and children – after initially sending them to Malaysian waters and giving them supplies, according to local authorities. 

Change of heart: Indonesia’s security ministry said ​​the Southeast Asian country will allow nearly 120 people, including 60 women and 51 children, to take refuge after the situation gained domestic and international attention.

42-year-old Vietnamese refugee ready for deportation after being behind bars since he was 15 in Hong Kong

A Vietnamese refugee who was jailed as a 15-year-old boy in Hong Kong has given up efforts to fight deportation, as the move appears to be his only shot at freedom.

A 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee who was jailed as a 15-year-old boy in Hong Kong has given up efforts to fight deportation, as the move appears to be his only shot at freedom.

Sentencing: Vo Van Hung was sentenced to life after killing another refugee in 1994. Though he finished serving his reduced sentencing in 2016 under a legislative amendment, he remains in detention due to his status as an illegal immigrant, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

UMass Lowell to build AAPI center, give scholarships to Southeast Asian refugee students with $1.5M grant

UML refugee students

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over the course of five years to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

Educational effort: UML has seen increasing amounts of Southeast Asian resettled refugee students within the past decade, according to the university.

North Korean defector works with Canadian human rights group to help other refugees

North Korean escapee HanVoice human rights org canada

A North Korean escapee is working with a Canadian nonprofit to help other refugees from the hermit kingdom start a new life in Canada. 

New haven for refugees: Sam Kim, who fled North Korea as a young boy, is serving as a bridge for refugees like himself through a pilot program by HanVoice, an organization advocating North Korean human rights, reported CBC.