Year
2014

Issue
No. 01

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Welcome 

AURA is pleased to present our first online newsletter.  As a supporter of AURA over the past few years as: a refugee sponsor, a volunteer, a member, and/or a donor, you have stepped forward to help some of the world's more than 11 million refugees. Not only do you understand the need to help refugees, you are also actively making a difference, and we thank you! 

Around AURA this Month
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March has been a very busy month around the AURA offices with many ongoing and developing refugee cases. On March 19 AURA held a Special Members meeting to engage members in the ongoing federally mandated transitions documents. Many of those in attendance also took part in a worldwide social media campaign, #WithSyria, to support Syrian refugees.

 

AURA was also very pleased to have the opportunity to have a series of sponsorship development meetings with potentially new sponsoring groups, including: a group of five churches in Peterborough, Fairlawn United Church, and Bloor St. United Church in Toronto.   AURA also welcomed an invitation to take part in a special meeting with many of St. Jude's Anglican Church South American community about refugee issues. As well, AURA participated in Seneca@York's fourth annual immigration and refugee forum organized by one of AURA's placement students, Meriana Matta.

 

Refugee Issues

 RefugeeWorld 

The UNHCR has released 2013 data that shows there was a 28% increase in refugees last year. This marked the highest total of those seeking safety in more than a decade. Sadly, March also marked the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Syrian civil war that has seen over 150,000 people killed and an astounding 9 million forced from their homes.  

 

International

Women's Day 

 

 

An estimated

7-9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, the Yarmouk camp is now home to 160,000 Syrian refugees, some of who are shown lining up for the basic necessities of life.
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Third Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

 

 

An estimated

7-9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, the Yarmouk camp is now home to 160,000 Syrian refugees, some of who are shown lining up for the basic necessities of life.



Origin of Refugees

 in 2013

 

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The UNHCR has released the 2013 data collected by 44 industrialized countries and the overall number of asylum-seekers is 28% higher than last year and  this marks the highest total since 2001.
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