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Aleppo residents tell of horror, cold and hunger

Weeks of intense fighting is taking a high toll on civilians across Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city and commercial hub. While UNHCR remain extremely concerned for the civilian population still inside the city, staff on the ground are focused on meeting the urgent needs of an estimated 40,000 who have fled.

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Nobody Left Outside

With record numbers of people displaced worldwide, UNHCR is struggling to meet the overwhelming need for emergency shelter. This Christmas Australia for UNHCR is joining a global campaign to provide shelter for 2 million refugees – more than half of them children. Image: © Magnus Wennman

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Crisis in Mosul, Iraq

An expected 750,000 people will be forced to flee Mosul, around half of the estimated population of the city. Families fleeing urgently need your help. Please donate today.

Support families fleeing Mosul

Protect Women & Girls

Sexual and gender-based violence is endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The 350 rapes reported every week on average are only a fraction of the true number. With your help, we can reach these women with vital assistance and protection services.

Donate to our DRC Appeal now

Join Team UNHCR

Join Team UNHCR and join a community of Australians who are passionate about supporting refugees around the world. Bake, run, hold a party, swim, draw, do anything you love and raise money to deliver life-saving aid to refugees around the world.

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About Us

Australia for UNHCR is an Australian charity that raises funds to support the work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Australia. Our purpose is to provide life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people who come under the care and protection of the UN Refugee Agency.

As well as providing emergency relief like shelter, food, water, and medical care, our generous supporters improve refugees' future opportunities, providing infrastructure, schools, and income generating projects. Our monthly donors also provide vital funding for UNHCR's Emergency Response Teams who are on the ground saving lives within 72 hours, whenever and wherever crisis strikes. Find out more about Australia for UNHCR.

About Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, cares for refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), asylum-seekers, returnees, and stateless people. There are currently over 65.3 million refugees and displaced people worldwide.

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homes by conflict or persecution. They are unwilling or unable to avail themselves of the protection of their own government, and must seek protection in another country. Read more about refugees.

What We Do

UNHCR, the world's leading humanitarian agency and charity for refugees, helps refugees and displaced people at every stage of their ordeal.

  • In emergencies, UNHCR provides emergency shelter, food, water and medical care.
  • In established refugee camps and communities, UNHCR strives to improve refugees' quality of life and future opportunities, providing infrastructure, schools and income generating projects.
  • When they are able to return, UNHCR gives refugees assistance with transport, documentation, and essential items to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Once they are home, UNHCR provides ongoing support and education to help refugees rebuild their communities and their livelihoods.

Read more about UNHCR.

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