Sudan Developments | "Very surprised" State Department officials plan to look into cases reported in WORLD of Sudanese refugees stranded in Syria; senator tells human-rights protesters in Washington that a new deal is struck in Congress for passage of the long-awaited Sudan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/28/02, 12:00 am
After learning about Sudanese refugees trapped in the Middle East, officials at the State Department contacted the U.S. embassy in Damascus to request a review of the cases cited in WORLD's Sept. 21 cover story ("The road to Damascus"). At the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, officials were "very surprised," one officer told WORLD, to learn that the United Nations is processing only about one in 10 Sudanese for political asylum.