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Geneva: Displaced athletes to make historic debut at Paralympic Games in Rio

30 August 2016

For the first time, a team of refugee athletes with disabilities will compete on the world stage.

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Geneva: UNHCR prepares for massive displacement from Iraq’s Mosul

26 August 2016

As the focus of military action turns toward retaking the Iraq’s second city, Mosul, the UN Refugee Agency is stepping up efforts to assist hundreds of thousands more people.

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Chad: Farming project empowers Sudanese refugees and locals

26 August 2016

Planting, weeding and harvesting together helps integrate Sudanese refugees into local villages, and boosts women’s independence.

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Q&A: Crisis in South Sudan

19 August 2016

We answer your questions on the growing refugee crisis on the borders of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

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World Humanitarian Day: UNHCR chief honours sacrifices by aid workers

19 August 2016

In an address to mark World Humanitarian Day, Filippo Grandi pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of colleagues risking all to help those in need worldwide.

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Europe: Right to reunion eludes refugee families

18 August 2016

The war in Syria tore 13-year-old Ensaf’s family apart. Bureaucracy in Europe keeps them from getting back together.

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Kenya: Making a life in Kakuma refugee camp

18 August 2016

Our National Director Naomi Steer visited Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya earlier this year to witness the livelihood programs that are giving refugees a chance to learn new skills

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Uganda: Funding lags as more flee South Sudan

15 August 2016

Relief operations in countries hosting South Sudanese refugees are overstretched, and critically underfunded, as refugee population edges toward 1 million.

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Syria: Fears grow for Aleppo residents amid latest violence

11 August 2016

Fresh fighting threatens hundreds of thousands of lives, driving shortages of food, medical supplies and mass displacements.

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Ireland: Rohingya refugees lead unlikely cricket revival

11 August 2016

In the refugee camps of Bangladesh, many young Rohingya developed a love of cricket. Now resettled to Ireland, they are thrilled to be back on the pitch.

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Geneva: UNHCR steps up shelter programme in eastern Ukraine

9 August 2016

For the first time in five months, UNHCR convoys have reached conflict-affected populations in the non-government controlled area of Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, delivering vitally needed construction materials for thousands of people who had their homes damaged or destroyed during the conflict.

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Rio, Brazil: Refugee Olympic Team makes history at Rio Games

8 August 2016

Track and field athlete Rose Lokonyen led the Refugee Olympic Team under the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Geneva: 60,000 flee South Sudan’s recent violence to nearby countries

3 August 2016

Since conflict flared three weeks ago, the number of people fleeing to Uganda has doubled to 52,000, with 8,000 more seeking refuge in Sudan and Kenya.

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Iraq: Families struggle in heat and dust of Iraqi desert camp

3 August 2016

Thousands displaced from Falluja seek ways to stay calm and cool amid harsh conditions.

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Uganda: South Sudanese families rebuild their lives at Ugandan refugee settlement

1 August 2016

UNHCR redeploys staff from other parts of Uganda while partner organisations set up new health clinics to cope with the influx of South Sudanese refugees.

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Rio, Brazil: Refugee athletes set out for Rio Olympics, and history

1 August 2016

Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, to take part in first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.

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South Sudan: Fighting drives surge of refugees to Uganda

27 July 2016

UNHCR has voiced extreme concern about the volatile security situation in South Sudan, where some 4,000 people are currently fleeing daily to neighbouring Uganda.

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Hungary: Hundreds suffer at the Serbian border

27 July 2016

Hundreds of people who fled persecution at home are now living in dire conditions at a makeshift camp near Röszke on the Hungary-Serbia border.

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Geneva: ‘Refugee’ or ‘migrant’ – Which is right?

25 July 2016

With more than 65 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean still regularly in the headlines, the terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ are frequently used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?

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Iran: Refugees transform walls into works of art

22 July 2016

Project piloted by UNHCR and the Government of Iran has cleaned up a neighbourhood in one of Iran’s poorest refugee communities.

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South Sudan: Thousands flee to Uganda after South Sudan flare-up

20 July 2016

Influx expected to continue as tension remains high across the border.

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Germany: Teen journalist who fled Afghanistan writes of courage and sorrow

19 July 2016

With gunmen on his tail, 17-year-old Omid Ahmadi, a young journalist, fled Kabul without saying goodbye to his family. Now safe, he shared his journey in his own words.

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Lebanon: Facebook group helps Syrian refugees navigate life in Lebanon

19 July 2016

Since its launch in 2014, the “I am a Syrian in Lebanon” group has gained 30,000 members seeking tips on enrolling in school, reporting abuse and more.

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Hungary: UNHCR concerned Hungary pushing asylum seekers back to Serbia

19 July 2016

Agency worried by reports of violence and worsening conditions at Hungarian-Serbian border.

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Kenya: Malala Celebrates 19th Birthday with Refugees in Dadaab

13 July 2016

On 12 June 2016 Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and an advocate for girls’ education, celebrated her 19th birthday in the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab in Kenya.

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Jordan: Candy man offers Syrian refugees a sweet taste of home

12 July 2016

At Za’atari camp in Jordan, a third-generation confectioner from Dara’a makes popular sweets by hand.

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Brazil: Congolese judokas prepare for Olympics

12 July 2016

Two Congolese judokas are joining the first ever refugee Olympic team bound for Rio in August. The host country is also Popole Masenga and Yolande Mabika's new home. The two sought refuge in Brazil after harsh treatment forced them to quit the DRC national judo team. Now they’ve been given a second chance.

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Australia: UNHCR supporters come to the aid of unaccompanied refugee children

12 July 2016

A record 98,400 children arrived at refugee transit centres and camps in 2015 without the protection of an adult guardian. See how our Australian supporters are helping UNHCR to shelter, care for and protect these vulnerable children from harm.

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UK: Hampton Court Palace flower show highlights the plight of refugees

11 July 2016

UNHCR’s ‘Border Control’ garden uses horticulture to draw attention to the risks that refugees face on dangerous journeys to safety from war and persecution.

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South Sudan: Muted independence celebrations with millions displaced

11 July 2016

Some are going home, but over 2.4 million South Sudanese will be far away for the fifth anniversary of independence, driven to flee by conflict, hunger and worry.

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South Sudan: Ongoing challenges facing the world’s youngest nation Q&A

11 July 2016

Five years after independence, South Sudan grapples with war, hunger and a worsening refugee crisis.

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Colombia: Solutions for displaced the key to peace, UNHCR chief

6 July 2016

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said finding solutions for seven million Colombians uprooted by 50 years of war is key to reconciliation and integration efforts.

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Media Release: Australia for UNHCR marks 16 years of Australian support

4 July 2016

Australia for UNHCR today marks 16 years of fundraising for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). Hundreds of thousands of individual Australian supporters have generously donated more than $165 million to support UNHCR’s emergency responses to humanitarian crises around the world.

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UNHCR: NGO consultations open in Geneva, focused on youth

16 June 2016

Annual talks with representatives of 300 nongovernmental organizations from 90 countries run from June 15-17, drawing on challenges faced by young people.

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Media Release: Global celebrities join campaign to stand #WithRefugees

16 June 2016

Australia for UNHCR today launched a major campaign with UNHCR that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. In a stunning video message more than 60 global celebrities join with refugees and aid workers to echo the message, "we stand with refugees, please stand with us."

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Germany: Young Syrian footballer aiming high in new life

14 June 2016

Seven-year-old Ahmad escaped war and chaos in Syria. Now safe, he hopes to become an international football star and is watching the European championships closely for new tips.

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UNHCR: reports 2017 need to resettle 1.19 million refugees

14 June 2016

UN Refugee Agency study finds the number of people in need of resettlement far surpasses the opportunities for placement in a third country.

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Kenya: UNHCR chief assured refugee return will not contravene international obligations

14 June 2016

Calls for massive investment in stable parts of Somalia to enable more refugees to return.

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Iraq: Two years after capture of Mosul, displaced Iraqis struggle

14 June 2016

Around half-a-million people fled when militants stormed Iraq’s second city in June 2014. Many were displaced multiple times, and most face economic hardship.

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Geneva: Young refugees gather to share ideas at UNHCR global summit

14 June 2016

Around 30 refugees from countries as diverse as Iraq, Haiti and South Sudan gather in Geneva to discuss safety, education and other issues that affect them.

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Europe: Slovenian centre provides warm welcome after escape ordeal

14 June 2016

EU relocation scheme is helping to share asylum-seekers around Europe and reduce pressure on Greece, Turkey and Italy.

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Central African Republic: Children fleeing South Sudan struggle in refugee villages

10 June 2016

Lone children who flee South Sudan in search of safety in the Central African Republic still face difficulties in communities without clean water, health clinics or schools.

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Europe: Asylum seekers fearing rejection in Hungary’s transit zones

8 June 2016

UNHCR expresses concern over Hungary’s restrictive approaches and the dire situation asylum-seekers face outside the transit zones.

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Middle East: Ramadan pulls despair of millions of Syrians into sharp focus

8 June 2016

Spiraling poverty and debt among refugees and food shortages inside Syria make it harder than ever to put food on the table during holy month.

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Niger: Thousands flee Boko Haram attack on Niger town

8 June 2016

Recent attacks by militants have driven some 50,000 people from their homes in Bosso, a town in the country’s troubled Diffa region.

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Geneva: UN refugee chief sends best wishes for Ramadan

8 June 2016

As the holy month begins, the High Commissioner shared a video touching on the plight of millions displaced by conflict.

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Rio, Brazil: These 10 refugees will compete at the 2016 Olympics

6 June 2016

Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, over 200 national teams have vied for glory at the Summer and Winter Games. Now, for the first time, a team of refugees will compete as well.

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South Sudan: Five years into southern Sudan conflict, refugees still flee

6 June 2016

After five years of war in southern Sudan, thousands of refugees are continuing to flee, placing further pressure on already strained resources in neighbouring South Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency said today.

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Liberia: refugees took frontline health role in Ebola outbreak

3 June 2016

When a deadly Ebola outbreak spread across Liberia killing thousands and sickening many more, Ivorian refugee health worker Jocelyn Konet did not hesitate: Donning gloves, rubber boots and other protective clothing, he set out to save lives.

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Europe: Mediterranean death toll soars in first 5 months of 2016

2 June 2016

At least 880 people are believed to have drowned last week in a spate of shipwrecks and boat capsizings on the Mediterranean, the UN Refugee Agency said today.

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Greece: UNHCR flags concerns over refugee sites

30 May 2016

The UN Refugee Agency said today it was “seriously concerned” over what it termed sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni.

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Iraq: UNHCR delivers aid to Iraqis fleeing Falluja

30 May 2016

The UN Refugee Agency has begun delivering emergency relief aid to families who recently escaped the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja, where Government forces are battling ISIL militants for control.

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Syria: Iraqis flee Mosul clashes for relative safety

30 May 2016

Some of the more than 4,000 Iraqi refugees who escaped ISIL-held Mosul and surrounding areas and reached Syria in the past month have described the perilous journeys they were forced to make in search of safety.

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Rome: More efforts needed to address the root causes of forced displacement

27 May 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, participated yesterday in the First Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference, organised in Rome by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in conjunction with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

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Niger: Brothers run again and again as Boko Haram terror spreads

27 May 2016

Diffa, Niger – Bala never imagined he would have to step over dead bodies to save his life. His brother Mahamadou never thought he would have to hide beneath them to save his.

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Niger: Security and humanitarian situations worsen as Boko Haram continues attacks in the region

27 May 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seeing increasing insecurity and worsening humanitarian conditions in the region of Diffa, south-eastern Niger. According to Government figures as of mid-May, the area was hosting over 241,000 Nigerian refugees, internally displaced people from Niger and returning Niger nationals who had been living in Nigeria. The security situation around the towns of Diffa and Bosso, to the east, has deteriorated in recent months, with a succession of criminal incidents including suicide attacks near villages and spontaneous sites where both Nigerian refugees and the internally displaced are being sheltered.

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Syria: Convoy with UNHCR aid reaches besieged farm town

23 May 2016

Multi-agency relief convoy delivers vital food, medicines and other aid to 10,000 residents cut off in East Harasta since early 2012.

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Ecuador: One month after the earthquake, humanitarian needs persist

23 May 2016

Aftershocks are disrupting efforts to rebuild following last month’s deadly earthquake, as tens of thousands remain displaced.

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Geneva: Urgent action needed to provide shelter for refugees

23 May 2016

UNHCR launches “Nobody Left Outside” funding drive to provide decent shelter for the refugees under its care.

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Italy: Coastguard rescues some 1,000 refugees and migrants

16 May 2016

Approximately 1,000 people of various nationalities, including refugee families and unaccompanied children, have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in operations coordinated by Frontex, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said today.

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Cameroon: Survey finds Nigerian refugees want to go home

16 May 2016

More than three quarters (76 per cent) of the tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon want to return home amid an improving security situation in areas of north-east Nigeria, according to a survey by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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Colombia: Armed clashes drive growing displacement in western Colombia

16 May 2016

Armed clashes between illegal groups fighting for territory in western Colombia are driving a growing number of mostly Afro-Caribbean and indigenous peoples from their homes in Chocó department, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned.

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Ecuador: Refugee baker joins earthquake relief effort

16 May 2016

Colombian refugee Carlos bakes for a living. So when an earthquake struck Ecuador last month leaving thousands without homes, he stepped up to help the best way he knew how.

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Kenya: UNHCR appeals to Kenya over decision to end refugee hosting

10 May 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is calling on the Government of Kenya to reconsider its recent announcement that it intends to end the hosting of refugees. The Ministry of Interior made the announcement on May 6 in a statement that cited economic, security and environmental burdens. It said the Government had disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs and was working on a mechanism for the closure of Kenya's refugee camps – a move that could affect as many as 600,000 lives.

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Syria: camp airstrikes show shocking disregard for civilians

9 May 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is deeply shocked and dismayed at reports yesterday that many people were killed and scores more injured in air strikes on settlements where displaced people had sought safety in Idleb governorate, northern Syria. Early reports show children were among the casualties.

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Nigeria: UNHCR urges dialogue to end herder and farmer clashes

9 May 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for urgent action to end growing tension and clashes between nomadic livestock herders and arable farmers that have left several hundred people dead and tens of thousands displaced this year in fertile regions of Nigeria.

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Myanmar: Displaced villagers return home in Rakhine state

5 May 2016

Being able to sit once more in a bright and airy room – and in her own home – makes a welcome change for Amina.*

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Brazil: Syrian refugee carries Olympic torch through Brasilia

5 May 2016

Flanked by cheering Brazilians, 12-year-old Syrian refugee Hanan Dacka held the Olympic flame aloft and trotted with it through Brasilia at the start of a relay across the host country in the run up to the Olympic Games in August.

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Slovakia: 37 Somalis received from camps in Eritrea

5 May 2016

A group of 37 Somali refugees arrived in Slovakia from Eritrea on April 14 on their way for eventual resettlement in the United States, with the help of UNHCR, the Office of Refugee Affairs (ORA) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM).

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Burkina Faso: Workshop teaches Tuareg artisans new skills in exile

5 May 2016

Taking a sheaf of palm fronds in her hand, Tuareg artisan Bintou starts to weave a decorative mat to be fixed on a newly designed desk lamp that may one day light up homes in Europe and elsewhere.

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UNHCR: Calls for Immediate Movement of Refugees and Asylum-Seekers to Humane Conditions

4 May 2016

UNHCR has released a statement calling for the immediate movement of refugees and asylum seekers to humane conditions, following the tragic death of the refugee who sustained fatal burns during the incident at the Nauru refugee settlement last week.

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Greece: Horrified shipwreck survivors watched as hundreds drowned

4 May 2016

All Yasin Osman Ibrahim and his three-year-old son Abdulrahman could do was watch in horror as more than 500 migrants and refugees drowned two weeks ago, in one of the Mediterranean's worst shipwrecks in modern history.

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Geneva: UNHCR appoints Cate Blanchett as Goodwill Ambassador

3 May 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of Academy Award winning actor Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

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Iraq: Despite booby traps, Iraqis risk all on return to Ramadi

2 May 2016

Iraqi father-of-two Khairallah Farhan fled his home in Ramadi when it was overrun by extremists in 2015. But despite the fact that it was retaken by Iraqi forces at the end of last year, he is in no rush to go home.

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Algeria: Sahrawi women to get behind the wheel at new driving school

28 April 2016

When Mana Mustafa suddenly went into labour, getting to the hospital with her elder sister Ghalia was not a problem – a neighbour drove them. But getting home over the Sahara Desert to pick up some much-needed baby items was.

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Greece: Retired couple offers a welcome haven to Syrian family

28 April 2016

The experience of one refugee mother from Syria, who fled war in her home country with her two young children, is typical of many Syrian families who have arrived in Greece to be greeted with warmth and hospitality by the Greek people.

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Greece: Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Athens

27 April 2016

Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein carried the Olympic flame through an Athens centre for refugees on Tuesday evening as part of the torch relay for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ecuador: earthquake aid distribution update

26 April 2016

The distribution of core relief items provided by the UN Refugee Agency is planned to begin today in order to assist the people affected by the earthquake that struck Ecuador last Saturday (16 April). This is subject to agreement with the authorities locally. The materials, including some 900 tents, 15,000 sleeping mats, 18,000 repellent-impregnated mosquito nets, plastic sheets and kitchen sets, left UNHCR's global logistics hub in Copenhagen and arrived in Quito on Wednesday night. They were loaded onto 16 trucks and transported over badly damaged roads to Santo Domingo, in the centre of the country, and will be taken today to three locations in Manabi Province: Manta, Pernales and Portoviejo.

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Ecuador: UNHCR delivers vital earthquake relief to worst-hit areas

26 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency has distributed tents and plastic sheeting to people made homeless by the worst earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades, which killed hundreds of people, flattened buildings and knocked out power.

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Nepal: A year after earthquake, villagers rebuild from the ruins

26 April 2016

In this rubble-strewn hamlet perched on the edge of a hill in northeast Nepal, a constant hammering on corrugated iron sheets breaks the calm as 40-year-old Jagat Lama fixes a roof over his newly built home.

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Mediterranean: Massive loss of life reported in latest tragedy

26 April 2016

A UN Refugee Agency team has interviewed survivors of an overcrowded boat that sank in the Mediterranean in what could be one of the worst tragedies involving refugees and migrants in the last 12 months.

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Burundi: refugees continuing to flee the country one year after crisis began

26 April 2016

One year after the Burundi crisis began, almost 260,000 people have fled to nearby countries and thousands more could join them over the rest of the year unless a political solution is found and a descent into civil war averted.

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South Sudan: refugee outflow grows as relief funds fall off

26 April 2016

A combination of new fighting in previously peaceful areas, food insecurity and severe humanitarian funding shortages continue to cause a sharp worsening of the situation in South Sudan for many civilians.

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Syria: Displaced by war, Syrian tailor starts over in a rented van

25 April 2016

Inside an orange van crammed with mounds of clothes, Syrian tailor Mazen sits at a sewing machine mending a shirt. The whirr of the motor mixes with music from the radio as he sips tea.

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Jordan: Work permit increase hope to Syrian refugees

25 April 2016

In the four years since they fled from Hama to Jordan, 22-year-old Syrian refugee Khaled has been the sole wage earner for his family of eight. With no valid work permit for his farm-laboring job, Khaled has lived with the ever-present fear that he would be caught and his family's financial lifeline severed.

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Ecuador: UNHCR emergency airlift to aid earthquake relief

19 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is readying preparations for a major aid airlift, expected in the next 48 hours, to help people displaced by the worst earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades. This follows a request for UN help received from the Ecuador Government.

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Greece: UNHCR chief lauds Pope's solidarity with refugees

18 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency welcomes the Pope's demonstration of solidarity with the world's refugees today on his visit to the Greek island of Lesvos and by offering a home to three Syrian families. Pope Francis travelled back to Rome from Lesvos on Saturday (April 16) with 12 Syrians, including three women, three men and six children aged from four to 14 years of age. Two families are from the capital, Damascus, and one from the city of Deir ez-Zor.

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Malawi: UNHCR begins relocating Mozambican asylum-seekers

18 April 2016

A major UNHCR-run relocation operation aimed at improving living conditions for nearly 10,000 Mozambican asylum-seekers began in southern Malawi on Friday, the UN Refugee Agency said.

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Cameroon: Nigerian boys tell of Boko Haram abduction

15 April 2016

Paul and his younger brother Adam resisted with all their strength when several armed men from the Boko Haram sect burst into their house in their village, located in Nigeria's Borno State, and dragged them outside.

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DRC: Fresh fighting drives displacement in eastern DR Congo

14 April 2016

Fighting between the Congolese army and rebel forces has forced tens of thousands of people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to move out of four sites for the internally displaced.

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UNHCR: Include Colombian refugees and displaced in peace talks

13 April 2016

Peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the rebel National Liberation Army, or ELN, that seek to end more than half a century of fighting are welcome. They should pay special attention to the rights of victims, especially internally displaced people and refugees, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has said.

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Egypt: War strands Yemenis separated from their families

13 April 2016

Thousands of Yemenis who were in Egypt when war broke out at home a year ago are still unable to return to their families, and are running out of ways to survive without help.

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Europe: UNHCR greatly worried about violence at Idomeni

12 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency said today it was greatly worried about violence on Sunday at Idomeni on the border of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, including the use of tear gas.

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Geneva: UNHCR seeks protection for those displaced by Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

12 April 2016

The recent fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region displaced several hundreds of people, mostly women, children and older people, and UNHCR is calling on all parties to ensure their rights are respected and protected.

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Stockholm: "We have opened a door that we cannot shut" – church and mosque unite

12 April 2016

The refugee crisis in Sweden has provoked an outpouring of generosity from Swedes who are giving skills, time and money. But it has also had the unexpected consequence of bringing two of Sweden's largest Muslim and Christian congregations closer together. Now they are going into business in a unique collaboration to provide accommodation for refugees – which, they hope, could set an example for interfaith cooperation across the world.

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Iraq: Economic slump hurts refugee schools in Kurdistan region

11 April 2016

The classroom is Spartan. Student numbers are high and teachers have not been paid for months, but deputy principal Mohammed Zekkhi refuses to give up hope. "These children are our future, we cannot let them down," says Zekkhi, of the primary school at Kawergosk refugee camp, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, or KR-I, which has 1,700 pupils.

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Yemen: Attack on care home brings new dangers for refugees

8 April 2016

Ethiopian refugee Nouria believed she would finally be able to live in peace when, at the age of 63, she moved into a care home run by the Missionaries of Charity in the Yemeni port of Aden earlier this year. She was wrong.

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Geneva: UNHCR reopens Nansen Refugee Award nominations for 2016

8 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is inviting further nominations for the Nansen Refugee Award 2016 for the three week period of 5 April to 25 April 2016.

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Greece: Three hours too late - detention for Syrian refugees

7 April 2016

It was in the early hours of a March morning when Monzir's rubber dinghy bumped against the shores of Lesvos, but it was already too late. At midnight that day (March 20), the status of arrivals like Monzir, who have fled war and spent their life savings to chance a boat trip to Europe, underwent a seismic shift.

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Geneva: UN Secretary General says more help needed for Syrian refugees

7 April 2016

Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on refugees from Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said more needs to be done to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight.

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Central America: UNHCR calls for urgent action as asylum claims soar

7 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency today called for urgent action to help hundreds of people fleeing violence in Central America that has surged to levels not seen since the region was wracked by armed conflicts in the 1980s.

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Geneva: 1 in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling, says UNHCR

7 April 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is hosting tomorrow (March 30) a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva focusing on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight.

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Sudan: Food insecurity drives more South Sudanese north

7 April 2016

Increased food insecurity in South Sudan – caused by the ongoing conflict and deteriorating economic conditions – is driving an increasing number of people to seek refuge in neighbouring Sudan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned.

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Europe: UNHCR calls for safeguards to be in place before returns begin

6 April 2016

Urging caution, the UN Refugee Agency today called on all parties to the recent agreement between the European Union and Turkey on refugees and migrants to ensure all "safeguards" are in place before any returns from Greece to Turkey begin

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Lebanon: Statement by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt on 5th anniversary of Syrian conflict

16 March 2016

Good morning, I am pleased to be back in Lebanon today. I want to thank the Lebanese people for helping to save the lives of over 1 million Syrians. It is not easy for a country to take in the equivalent of a quarter of its own population in refugees.

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UNHCR Statement: Syria conflict at five years

16 March 2016

As Syria's war reaches another grim milestone today, refugees fleeing the five-year conflict face greater hurdles to finding safety while international solidarity with its victims is failing to match and reflect the scale and seriousness of the humanitarian tragedy.

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Lebanon: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt calls for leadership to address Syria crisis

16 March 2016

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt on Tuesday called on world governments to show leadership in addressing the Syrian and wider global refugee crisis, during a visit to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the Syria conflict.

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Geneva: Joint United Nations statement on Syria

14 March 2016

After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.

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Iraq: UNHCR concerned at restrictions on displaced people in camps

14 March 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about a rising trend of newly-displaced Iraqis being forcibly transferred to camps where restrictions on their freedom of movement are imposed in a manner disproportionate to any legitimate concern, including those related to security.

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Europe: UNHCR's reaction to Statement of the EU Heads of State and Government of Turkey, 7 March

14 March 2016

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 8 March 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR has taken note of the Statement of the EU Heads of State and Government of Turkey last night and we are concerned with some aspects of the proposal.

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Syria: Doctors face uphill task to treat people's mental wounds

14 March 2016

Al-Sahira's world is falling apart. Two years ago, the 48-year-old lost three of her 14 children when their house in Aleppo was partially destroyed by shelling. The displaced family sought safety in Damascus, but then tragedy struck again last month when shrapnel took the life of her 13-year-old son Zakariya.

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Austria: Syrian actor's real-life drama has happy ending in Vienna

14 March 2016

Johnny Mhanna was only eight years old when his Aunt took him to the theatre in Damascus in 1999. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion for drama and acting. "I can't forget that day", he said. "The minute I entered the theatre I smelled perfume, the same perfume that I still smell in every theatre worldwide. For me, it is the smell of freedom."

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Yemen: conflict leaves 2.4 million forcibly displaced

13 March 2016

After almost one year of renewed conflict in Yemen, more than 2.4 million people are forcibly displaced by the fighting, some of them in hard-to-reach areas where they face deteriorating conditions in the absence of a political settlement, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned on Tuesday.

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India: Catering start-up by Afghan refugee women in Delhi

13 March 2016

On a cold Saturday afternoon at a packed cultural fair in New Delhi, hundreds of visitors check out stalls selling traditional arts and crafts, clothes, furniture and food. Moving from one stand to another, they are hit by a tempting aroma wafting from the far end of the fair.

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Iraq: Iraqi grandmother defies tradition to set up shop

13 March 2016

Forty-year-old Iraqi grandmother Lamia Abid never saw herself as an entrepreneur. She was a housewife back home and had never even thought of working. But after the death of her husband two years ago and the family's forced relocation to Baghdad to escape from extremist forces in her home town of Ramadi, Lamia used some creative thinking to adapt to her new situation and opened a store.

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Europe: UNHCR expresses concern over EU-Turkey plan

9 March 2016

The United Nations Refugee Agency today distanced itself from an outline joint EU-Turkey deal to solve Europe's refugee crisis, saying it was concerned with some aspects of the proposal although it was not yet privy to all the details.

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International Women's Day: UNHCR launches Advisory group on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection

8 March 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has established a 21-member Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection. This distinguished group ranges from the mayor of a Polish city to someone who spent his formative years in a camp for internally displaced people and mobilized his community for peace. It brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience in working alongside communities to address critical issues such as accountability, xenophobia, sexual violence in conflict, and the marginalization of women.

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Europe: UNHCR sets out detailed plan to solve refugee situation

7 March 2016

Warning Europe was running out of time to solve the current refugee situation, the UN refugee chief today outlined a detailed six-point plan ahead of a key meeting of European Union leaders and Turkey in Brussels next week.

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Greece: Hopes fade for new Syrian friends camped at border

7 March 2016

Members from seven Syrian refugee families, with shared hopes and fading dreams, sit around a fire, brewing mate, a traditional tea-like drink. For more than a week they have been huddled together near the Greek side of the border crossing with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Burundi: Number of refugees tops 250,000 since April

7 March 2016

With tension remaining high in Burundi, the number of people who have sought shelter in neighbouring states has now passed the 250,000 mark, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency notes, cautioning that people continue to flee and numbers could rise further.

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Norway: Call to prayer helps dentist's Muslim patients feel at home

7 March 2016

On a dark and snowy afternoon in central Oslo, a recording of the Islamic call to prayer plays in a small dental practice above a pizza restaurant to try to make the mainly Muslim patients feel at ease.

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Europe: UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece

3 March 2016

Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis, largely of its own making, following a rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned today.

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Syria: UNHCR aid reaches besieged town of Moadamiyeh

3 March 2016

A convoy of 51 trucks carrying urgently needed UNHCR and UNICEF supplies including blankets, tarpaulins and hygiene items last night entered the besieged town of Moadamiyeh – the first such convoy since a cessation of hostilities last week.

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Europe: UNHCR, UNICEF launch plan to protect refugee women and children

29 February 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF today launched a joint initiative to increase protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe.

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Greece: Grandi warns of critical refugee bottleneck in Greece

29 February 2016

Border closures in the Balkans may create an enormous and potentially critical refugee bottleneck in Greece, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has warned. Grandi spent most of Wednesday (February 24) in Athens. meeting the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and several of his ministers.

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Cameroon: UNHCR highlights right to safe return for refugees

29 February 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will work closely with the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to guarantee the right of refugees to voluntary return in safety and dignity, its top protection official said during a visit to Cameroon this week.

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Greece: Grandi concerned at reports of Balkan border closures

25 February 2016

Europe is backing into an even greater refugee crisis by tightening border restrictions on the hundreds of thousands who have fled war and conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.

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UNHCR Survey: Afghan and Syrian refugees arriving to Greece are fleeing conflict and violence

24 February 2016

A UNHCR survey found that some 94% of Syrians arriving in Greece in January made the perilous journey by sea to escape conflict and violence in Syria. Similarly, 71% of the Afghans surveyed cited conflict and violence as the main reason they left their country.

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Europe: UNHCR concerned by build up along borders and additional hardships for refugees and asylum seekers

24 February 2016

UNHCR is concerned by recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe, creating chaos at several border points, and putting particular pressure on Greece as it struggles to deal with larger numbers of people in need of accommodation and services.

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Nigeria: UNHCR calls on government to listen to wishes and needs of internally displaced

24 February 2016

UNHCR's top protection official, Volker Türk, has called on the Nigerian authorities to heed the concerns of internally displaced people (IDP) in the north-east of the country.

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Bangladesh: UNHCR calls for safer alternatives to deadly Bay of Bengal voyages

24 February 2016

A new UNHCR report has found that mixed maritime movements in South-East Asia were three times more deadly than in the Mediterranean last year – highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation among the affected States.

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Iraq: No holiday for Iraqis taking refuge in bombed out resort

23 February 2016

The six-storey lakeside resort was once the pride of Iraq's tourist industry, popular with holidaymakers seeking a leisurely break boating, fishing and swimming. Then it was caught up in the conflict. Long since abandoned by tourists, it is now home to hundreds of Iraqis fleeing violence in restive Anbar province and seeking safety in the once swank facility, now marked by empty swimming pools and without power or basic sanitation.

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Hungary: Home at last for young refugees in orphanage

23 February 2016

With its government calling for a "defensive line" against refugees, Hungary may seem heartless. But Haseebullah Sarwari-Said from Afghanistan and Hassan Shabna from Western Sahara have had a positive, if atypical experience here, having finally restarted their lives thanks to an orphanage near Budapest.

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Europe: Two children drown every day on average trying to reach safety in Europe

22 February 2016

Two children have drowned every day on average since September 2015 trying to cross the eastern Mediterranean to find safety with their families in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said today.

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South Sudan: Fresh fighting displaces up to 26,000 people

22 February 2016

Up to 26,000 people are believed to have been displaced by fighting that broke out between ethnic Dinka and Shilluk at a site for internally displaced people in Malakal, South Sudan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said.

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Germany: Grandi meets with Syrian refugees at Berlin centre

22 February 2016

The International Congress Centre (ICC) in Berlin – a stout and futuristic landmark building – was formally the venue for large trade fairs. It now serves as the temporary home of almost 600 asylum seekers mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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UNHCR stresses asylum right of Mozambicans fleeing to Malawi

22 February 2016

As the number of Mozambicans fleeing to Malawi continues to grow, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling on all parties to respect their right to seek asylum amid signs of pressure to return.

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Yemen: UNHCR delivers vital aid in embattled Taizz

18 February 2016

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has delivered blankets, mattresses, and other emergency relief aid to 1,000 families largely isolated by months of intense fighting in the embattled centre of Taizz city in southwest Yemen.

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Europe: Some 80,000 refugees arrive in first six weeks of 2016

18 February 2016

Despite rough seas and harsh winter weather, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, more than in the first four months of 2015, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR has announced.

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Ethiopia: Aiming for the skies, refugee girl must finish school

18 February 2016

Before the war came and she and her family fled, Nyahok Reath loved watching United Nations aid planes taking off from the airport near her home in South Sudan.

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Q&A: As Central African elections begin, UNHCR plays vital role in getting refugees to the ballot box

18 February 2016

Tens of thousands of refugees will be taking part in the second round of Central African Republic's (CAR) presidential election this weekend with a large slice of help from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Everyone hopes the election will mark a turning point for the Central African Republic on the road to a lasting and sustainable peace and the imposition of a stable government and the rule of law after years of inter-communal violence, lawlessness, human rights violations and the forced displacement of almost 1 million people, including more than 460,000 people who fled to neighbouring countries.

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Central African Republic: Thousands of refugees vote in second round of presidential election

18 February 2016

Thousands of refugees took part at the weekend in the second round of Central African Republic's landmark presidential election, which could usher in a new era of peace and reconciliation after years of violence, suffering and forced displacement, and lead to their return home.

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Europe: UNHCR concerned over increasing restrictive measures, urges effective comprehensive European response

18 February 2016

Over 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016 and over 400 have died trying to cross. Despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather, and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, over 2,000 people a day continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children attempting to reach Europe.

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Norway: Swimming lessons help refugees take the plunge into their new lives

18 February 2016

As a strong swimmer in a nation of mainly nomadic camel herders, Abdullahi Yusuf Jibril was always a little different. But today, as a Somali refugee in Norway, he is really making a splash.

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Lebanon: UNHCR Board Members call on business to provide more support for Syrian refugees

17 February 2016

Two members of Australia for UNHCR’s Board of Directors, John Denton (Chairman) and Michael Dwyer recently travelled to the frontline of the Syrian refugee crisis as part of an Australian business delegation. They describe what they saw in Turkey and Lebanon and ask if corporate Australia is doing enough to help.

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Turkey: UNHCR Statement on the Situation in Turkey

10 February 2016

UNHCR expresses its gratitude for the generosity shown by the Turkish authorities and people towards the Syrian refugees they have been hosting for the last five years. UNHCR appreciates that Turkey is continuing to give access to humanitarian and medical cases despite the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria.

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Iraq: Despite the war, more Syrian refugees continue to return home

9 February 2016

Under a cold winter sun, 65-year-old Nazo Osi Ali and her two daughters pull their bulging suitcases out of the back of a blue station wagon at this town in northwest Iraq across the Tigris River from Syria.

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France: UNHCR concerned about conditions in Calais and Dunkirk

8 February 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about some 4,000 refugees and migrants currently reported to be living in the Calais "jungle" and almost 2,500 in Grande-Synthe, on the edges of Dunkerque, often in dire circumstances, aggravated by the winter conditions.

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Yemen: Help is a phone call away for families forced to flee

8 February 2016

Fleeing airstrikes near his home in Haradh, near the border with Saudi Arabia, Yemeni father of 10 Ahmed* sought shelter in the capital Sana'a – where he found help was only a phone call away.

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London: Donors pledge more than US$6 billion for Syrians

5 February 2016

Donor and host countries raised today more than US$6 billion and pledged continued support, protection and opportunities for more than 22.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance both inside Syria and across the region in 2016. In addition, over US$5 billion has been pledged for humanitarian and development programmes until 2020.

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London Syria Conference: World leaders urged to help Syrians

4 February 2016

More than 70 heads of state, the UN Secretary General, heads of international organizations, NGOs and private sector representatives are gathering in London this week for a key conference to pledge their support for the growing aid needs of the Syrian people.

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El Salvador: As gang violence worsens, more Salvadorans flee

4 February 2016

Repeatedly shaken down by gang members for a weekly US$30 protection payment he could barely afford, Salvadoran bus driver Javier filed a complaint with the police.

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Syria: Vital aid reaches people in town cut off for three years

3 February 2016

Working in tandem with the Syrian Arab Red Cross (SARC), UNHCR has delivered crucial humanitarian aid to a rural town near Damascus that has been cut off by fighting for three years, stranding thousands of residents in dire conditions without clean water or fuel for warmth.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Fighting in eastern DRC forces thousands to flee

1 February 2016

More than three years after a major rebel offensive was defeated by UN and government forces in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province, the area remains extremely volatile and producing displacement.

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Europe: UNHCR alarmed at the plight of refugees and migrants at Bulgaria borders

29 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is extremely alarmed at reports of two dead bodies being found on the Bulgarian border with Serbia, last week. UNHCR is seeking further details after being alerted about the deaths by the Bulgarian Border Police. The two men, apparently, have died of cold while trying to cross into Serbia from Western Bulgaria.

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France: Increased refugee integration - good for economy, good for society, says UNHCR & OECD

29 January 2016

Two leading international organizations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today called on governments to step up efforts to help refugees integrate and contribute to the societies and economies of Europe.

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South Sudan: Congolese refugees flee new South Sudan fighting

29 January 2016

Congolese refugee Pierre fled violence several years ago, and hoped that he had found a place of safety in this border town in South Sudan – then security deteriorated rapidly and without warning.

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Mali: As security improves refugee families return to Timbuktu

29 January 2016

Through the long years he was exiled by war, the thing Jafar missed most about his home in this fabled desert city was the ritual of sitting chatting with friends sipping glasses of sweet green tea as the day finally cooled.

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Lebanon: Grandi calls for action to end war in Syria, misery for refugees

27 January 2016

The fate of millions of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people is in the hands of regional and world powers and they must now act, particularly after devastating images of starving children in Syria shocked the world.

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Central Africa: UNHCR seeks US$545 million for Nigeria and CAR crises

27 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency and its partners on Monday called on donor nations for more than half-a-billion US dollars this year to help hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR) and the host communities providing them with shelter and other basic services.

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Europe: UNHCR, IOM seek US$550 million to aid refugees and migrants

27 January 2016

As continuing conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere drives people to seek refuge in Europe, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and some 65 other organizations have appealed to donors for US$550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response.

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Middle East: As a big chill threatens refugees, UNHCR's 'Winter Cell' responds

27 January 2016

They call it the 'Winter Cell'. A small conference room in the bowels of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, headquarters in Geneva. It has no windows, but computers and walls draped in screens and maps with handwritten and ever-changing numbers.

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Australia: New smartphone app helps refugees settle in their new home

22 January 2016

Getting settled in a new country and making adjustments for language, culture and way of life is often a challenge – never more so than for refugees who have experienced trauma and psychological distress.

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Serbia: Harsh winter makes life even tougher for refugees

22 January 2016

Harsh winter temperatures and related weather conditions, including heavy snowfalls, are making life even tougher for refugees struggling to overcome obstacles across the southern and eastern Balkan Peninsula, Turkey, the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

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Syria: UNHCR Chief visits capital, urges humanitarian access

22 January 2016

In his first visit as UN High Commissioner for Refugees to Syria, Filippo Grandi today appealed to all parties to the conflict to allow regular, unimpeded and sustained access for humanitarian organizations to besieged and hard to reach areas.

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Europe: Refugee women on the move are at risk, says UN

21 January 2016

Refugee and migrant women and girls on the move in Europe face grave risks of sexual and gender-based violence, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) highlighted in a joint report issued today.

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Uganda: New militia violence drives more South Sudanese to flee

21 January 2016

Armed militias looting villages, torching homes, sexually assaulting women and forcibly recruiting young men into their ranks are factors driving a growing number of South Sudanese refugees to seek safety in neighbouring Uganda.

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Colombia: Home at last for families as settlement declared legal

21 January 2016

The applause echoes around the sports centre in Cúcuta, Colombia, as the news sinks in. Finally, after ten years, the Las Delicias settlement is to be legally recognized by the city administration, clearing the way for residents to receive vital services.

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Geneva: More than 100 organisations join in push to end Syria conflict

21 January 2016

More than 100 UN and other humanitarian organizations have together issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.

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Jordan: UN refugee chief urges focus on Syria crisis during visit

20 January 2016

The international community must make greater efforts to end the conflict in Syria or risk prolonging the world's biggest humanitarian crisis for many years to come, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Monday.

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Turkey: High Commissioner welcomes work permits for Syrian refugees

20 January 2016

In a major shift of policy, the Turkish Government has published new regulations which will allow many of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees in the country to apply for work permits.

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Niger: Thousands newly displaced by Boko Haram

20 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency and its partners are struggling to help an estimated 100,000 people driven from their homes in recent weeks in south-east Niger's Diffa region in attacks launched by Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency group.

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Turkey: Grandi heads to frontline on first visit with refugees as High Commissioner

18 January 2016

"A visit to the front line in the world's largest refugee crisis." Those were the words of Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as he toured one of Turkey's many refugee camps near the border with Syria.

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Malawi: Clashes drive Mozambicans to flee and seek safety

18 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency cautions that the number of people fleeing Mozambique and seeking asylum in Malawi has increased significantly over the last few weeks, following clashes between government forces and the opposition Mozambican National Resistance, or RENAMO.

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Greece: From refugee life vest to sleeping aid

15 January 2016

Vast piles of lifejackets clogging the idyllic beaches of the Greek island of Lesvos are testimony to an often harrowing journey made by thousands of refugees and migrants crossing to Europe.

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DR Congo: Residents of border town help Central African neighbours in need

15 January 2016

When Congolese mother Blandine Ngeki fled for her life across the Ubangi River in 1999, she was taken in by Josephine Servis and her family in the Central African Republic. Now it is Ngeki's time to return the hospitality.

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Latvia: Volunteers tackle prejudice against refugees

15 January 2016

It once hosted parties for the Baltic and Russian aristocracy. Now the Kanepes cultural centre, an elegant building in central Riga, echoes with the sound of excited children baking traditional ginger biscuits and making gingerbread houses.

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Syria: Driven by starvation, Syrians in Madaya forage for grass

13 January 2016

Starving civilians trapped in this besieged Syrian town foraged for grass and herbs in a horrifying humanitarian crisis only broken when an aid convoy arrived this week, the UN Refugee Agency said on Tuesday.

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Geneva: Joint press release from UNOCHA, UNHCR and UNDP on Syrian refugees

13 January 2016

With Syria's war heading towards a 6th year and with no end to the conflict in sight, UN humanitarian and development agencies today appealed to member states for US$7.73 billion in vital new funding for 2016 to help 22.5 million people in Syria and across the region.

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Syria: Vital aid reaches starving Syrians in besieged towns

12 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency today took part in a convoy of trucks that delivered life-saving aid of food and blankets to thousands of people trapped in dire conditions in besieged Syrian towns on Monday.

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Greece: How UNHCR helps to change young lives on Lesvos

12 January 2016

Whenever Huda Al-Shabsogh, a UNHCR field officer on the Greek island of Lesvos, entered the closed facility for unaccompanied minors at the Moria reception and registration centre for refugees, scores of children erupted in excitement. "Auntie! Auntie!" they shouted happily in Arabic. "How are you today?"

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Somaliland: Lone children seek safety from the war in Yemen

12 January 2016

Yemeni teen Khayria Abdel Wahab was making the beds in the home where she was a housekeeper when a shattering blast signalled a heavy bombardment.

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South Sudan: Growing insecurity triggers new displacement

11 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is increasingly concerned at recent growing insecurity in South Sudan's southern state of Western Equatoria and its serious impact on the civilian population there.

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Geneva: Solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis, says Grandi

8 January 2016

With record numbers of refugees and displaced people worldwide, the new head of the UN Refugee Agency Filippo Grandi has urged greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to conflicts and abuses driving people from their home.

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Geneva: Filippo Grandi takes helm as UN High Commissioner for Refugees

5 January 2016

Filippo Grandi, a UN official who has worked in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, began his five-year term as UN High Commissioner for Refugees on January 1, succeeding António Guterres whose more than 10 years in office ended last week.

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Europe: Over one million refugees reached Europe by sea in 2015

4 January 2016

Over one million refugees and migrants have fled to Europe by sea this year, many on board dangerously inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, according to figures just released by the UN Refugee Agency.

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New York: "End of Syria as we know it" if no peace deal, Guterres says

4 January 2016

If a swift end to the war in Syria is not found, the country may cease to exist, António Guterres, outgoing head of the UN Refugee Agency has warned.

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Geneva: UNHCR leads the way in LGBTI refugee, asylum seeker protection

4 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is leading the way in delivering protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement with the rolling out of a new training programme for UNHCR staff and other protection and humanitarian workers, the most comprehensive training package of its kind globally.

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Kenya: UNHCR battles cholera at world's largest refugee complex

4 January 2016

Health workers at the world's largest refugee complex in Kenya are gaining the upper hand in battling a cholera outbreak that has killed 10 people and sickened around 1,000 others since it broke out last month amid rains linked to El Niño.

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South Sudan: stuck between two conflicts, Sudanese refugees seek safety in troubled South Sudan

4 January 2016

Through the cracked windows of the bus, Amal Bakith's children watched the unfamiliar landscape roll by. Flat wetlands where cattle grazed and herons stalked swampfish; villages of domed homes with high thatch roofs; distant shady groves of acacia trees.

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UNHCR Report: 2015 likely to break records for forced displacement

22 December 2015

With almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean as refugees and migrants so far this year, and conflicts in Syria and elsewhere continuing to generate staggering levels of human suffering, 2015 is likely to exceed all previous records for global forced displacement, the UN Refugee Agency warned in a new report today.

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Uganda: country hosts record 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

22 December 2015

More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in Uganda.

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Cote D'Ivoire: UNHCR and Liberia resume repatriation of Ivorians after Ebola hiatus

22 December 2015

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 18 December 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This morning, UNHCR has resumed the voluntary repatriation of tens of thousands of Ivorian refugees from Liberia. The returns had been interrupted for more than a year by the deadly Ebola outbreak. Some 11,000 of the 38,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberian camps have said they wish to return immediately.

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Geneva: Donors promise highest ever amount for UNHCR operations in 2016

17 December 2015

Government donors pledged today an initial US$ 687.2 million for the work of the UN refugee agency to help almost 60 million forcibly displaced or stateless people worldwide next year.

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HC's Dialogue: Understanding and addressing displacement

17 December 2015

From the Middle East to Africa, wars and conflict are driving an unprecedented number of people from their homes. Meanwhile, in other places, most notably parts of Asia, floods, storms, cyclones and droughts are destroying more and more peoples' homes and livelihoods.

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Jordan: Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon snared in poverty - study

17 December 2015

Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon are facing dire levels of poverty, with the situation expected to worsen in the near future, a study published today by the World Bank Group and the UN Refugee Agency revealed.

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Bangladesh: As sea levels rise, Bangladeshis seek higher ground

16 December 2015

When a cyclone struck low-lying Kutubdia Island in 1991, the water surged across Nur Jahan's plot of farmland, swallowed up her home and swept away all six of her children. "The sea simply ate it," she said of the family's smallholding, where she grew coconuts and raised her children. The youngest was still an infant, the oldest just nine years old. "The water took them all… nobody survived."

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South Sudan: UNHCR and UNICEF highlight unrelenting Children's Crisis

16 December 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the children of South Sudan remain some of the most vulnerable in the world. Noting the second anniversary since violence erupted in South Sudan, the two UN agencies called for all parties to uphold their commitments to the Peace Agreement, so as to allow the almost 1.5 million South Sudanese children to return home and receive an education, and child soldiers to be released and reintegrated.

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Greece: Programme seeks 20,000 places for asylum seekers

15 December 2015

The UN Refugee Agency and the European Commission have launched a programme to provide 20,000 additional reception places for asylum seekers in Greece through subsidies for private sector housing.

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Jordan: Hope gone, Syrian refugees eye risky onward journey

15 December 2015

Escaping three years ago from the shelling that flattened much of his hometown in western Syria, Omar* fled to Jordan with his wife and settled in the capital Amman. He found a survival job working as a chef in a local restaurant, but later was reported for working illegally. Now jobless, the 31-year-old refugee is unable to cover the basic needs of his wife and their two-year-old son.

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Chad: Building a better future through education

15 December 2015

Anas, 10, and Zoera, eight, leap out from under their mosquito net into the cool morning air. It is only 6:45 when brother and sister rush through the sandy lanes of the labyrinthine Djabal refugee camp in eastern Chad.

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Chad: Renewed project gives 710,000 refugee children access to primary education

15 December 2015

Educate A Child (EAC), a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are launching a new three-year partnership that will provide access to education for 710,000 children affected by conflict and forced displacement in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Canada: UNHCR welcomes first Syrian refugee arrivals

15 December 2015

The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed news of the arrival in Canada last night of the first group of Syrian refugees under a recently announced humanitarian programme.

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Cameroon: New pipeline to bring precious water to Minawao refugee camp

15 December 2015

Every day, seven aid trucks trundle up to the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon's Far North Region with a precious but costly cargo – potable water.

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Geneva: Don't give terror groups propaganda says Guterres

11 December 2015

The head of the UN Refugee Agency António Guterres has warned that anti-Muslim rhetoric, including pressure for tighter border controls, could backfire and play into the hands of terror groups.

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Human Rights Day: Abuses rife in Central African Republic

11 December 2015

Three years after the start of the current wave of violence and persecution in Central African Republic, insecurity and human rights abuses remain rife, with minorities at particular risk.

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Europe: Refugees and migrants need protection and respect for their human rights

10 December 2015

Ahead of Human Rights Day, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the head of the 47-nation Council of Europe have urged European states to honour their international commitments to guarantee basic human rights for refugees and migrants. They also called on governments, civil society and media professionals to step up efforts to counter racism and xenophobia, which can undermine support for asylum and protection.

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Europe: UNHCR says most of Syrians arriving in Greece are students

9 December 2015

The Mediterranean crossing is treacherous, the risk of drowning is constant. But still they come, day after day, in a fleet of dinghies spilling them onto the shores of Greek Islands near Turkey, almost 800,000 so far in 2015 alone.

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Mexico: Stabbed 58 times, transgender woman flees El Salvador

9 December 2015

With red hair, carefully made up and dressed in feminine attire, Neila stood out in the gang-ravaged El Salvador neighbourhood where she was born a man. She put up with the taunts, jeers and insults over her gender identity for years, but it was a fourth savage knife attack that finally drove the 26-year-old beautician to flee for her life.

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Rwanda: Refugee and sexual violence survivor restores hope for others

9 December 2015

Jacqueline Umutesi had a traumatic childhood. But that hasn't stopped the 37-year-old refugee from helping to heal others as one of Rwanda's most outspoken community organisers fighting sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

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Syria: 12,000 people stranded at Syria-Jordan border in deteriorating conditions

9 December 2015

UNHCR recognizes the tremendous contribution of Jordan in hosting over 630,000 refugees, which has put a heavy strain on its infrastructure and economy. We also acknowledge the serious impact of the Syria conflict on Jordan's security. With worsening situation inside Syria, UNHCR is gravely concerned for some 12,000 people trying to flee Syria and stranded in remote areas at the north eastern Jordanian border, facing deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Thousands flee South Sudan fighting

7 December 2015

Recent fighting between local armed groups and the South Sudan army in the country's Western Equatoria region has forced over 4,000 people to flee into a remote corner of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Refugee Agency said.

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Europe: Thousands of refugees still at Greek-FYR Macedonia border

7 December 2015

Thousands of refugees and migrants were stuck at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Friday following tense protests which prevented anyone from crossing for more than 24 hours.

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Thailand: Bay of Bengal boat flow manageable with regional cooperation, says UNHCR

7 December 2015

As the resumption of dangerous sea journeys in the Bay of Bengal looms, countries in the region today affirmed that the only way to reduce loss of life at sea is by working together on comprehensive and sustainable approaches to manage mixed migration movements.

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Lebanon: Wounded Syrian refugee inspires others through outreach work

4 December 2015

Each morning, Ahmad sets off on his moped from his home near the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on his way to work as a UNHCR refugee outreach volunteer, offering support and assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees and Lebanese locals, many of whom have disabilities.

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Greece: UNHCR concerned by violence at Greek border, calls for improved security

4 December 2015

UNHCR is deeply concerned about the tension and violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and calls on the authorities of both countries to manage the border in a manner consistent with human rights and refugee-protection principles.

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Jordan: IKEA campaign offers brighter future for Syrian refugees

2 December 2015

A planned solar farm is set to transform the lives of thousands of displaced Syrians living in Jordan's barren northern desert, thanks to donations from IKEA's Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign.

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Thailand: Thousands of stateless people given nationality

2 December 2015

The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed an announcement by the Royal Thai Government that more than 18,000 stateless people have been granted nationality in Thailand in the last three years.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR urges combatants to use Pope's visit to seek peace

2 December 2015

The UN Refugee Agency has urged Central African Republic's warring groups to take the opportunity of Pope Francis's scheduled visit to Bangui this weekend to rebuild the national reconciliation process.

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Europe: UNHCR flags problems at crossings from Greece to the Balkans

27 November 2015

The UN refugee agency has warned that a fresh humanitarian situation is developing at border crossings from Greece into the Balkans, where new and uncoordinated restrictions have led scores of people to protest by going on hunger strike and several to sew their mouths shut.

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Europe: Fast Retailing (Uniqlo) and UNHCR Announce New Agreement

27 November 2015

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., which owns the UNIQLO clothing chain, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today jointly announce a new agreement to support refugees worldwide. The Tokyo-based company will provide US$10 million in funds and distribute winter wear for new arrivals in Europe, and expanding its internship program both in Japan and abroad.

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR recognizes importance of access to safe education

27 November 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday acknowledged the importance of providing access to safe education to enable children and young people to learn and develop critical skills, and to build their capacities and confidence.

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Kyrgyzstan: UNHCR water project increases safety for children

27 November 2015

For children in this Kyrgyzstan village which was once torn apart by ethnic strife, a daily trek to get buckets of drinking water posed an unexpected danger: traffic. "Whenever my sister and I fetched water, we were afraid to cross the busy road," said 12-year-old Abdulaziz. "We needed to ask adults to help us."

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Pakistan: Afghan refugee artist recounts experiences under the Taliban

27 November 2015

Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban. Each painting also reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to flee Kabul.

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Germany: Syrian refugees try cycling for the first time in Berlin

27 November 2015

At the age of 27, Shiraz, a Syrian asylum-seeker in Germany, was cycling for the first time. It was all thanks to the encouragement of Berlin-based volunteers, who had spent the last four Saturday mornings coaching her on how to get about on two wheels.

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Europe: Refugee families brace for winter

26 November 2015

Twenty one-year-old Fatima and her husband Mohamed will never forget that terrible night last winter when their family tent collapsed on them in the middle of a fierce snowstorm. The couple, their three small children and Fatima’s mother had only recently fled from Syria to Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. They were huddled inside their temporary shelter, trying to protect the children from the cold, when the roof gave way under the weight of heavy snow.

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Bangladesh: Health care for the world's 'most unwanted' people

26 November 2015

The Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. They live mostly in western Myanmar and in Bangladesh, moving from one country to the other. Officially stateless with no political rights, they are often confined to squalid settlements, without freedom of movement, the right to work or access to basic services like electricity, sanitation, health care and education.

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Europe: New Balkan border restrictions untenable

23 November 2015

A range of new restrictions against the movement of refugees and migrants from Greece through the Western Balkans and further northwards is increasingly untenable, the UN refugee agency, the International Organisation for Migration and the UN children's fund said on Friday.

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Geneva: Secretary-General welcomes election of his nominee, Filippo Grandi as UN High Commissioner for Refugees

23 November 2015

United Nations Secretary-General welcomes today's action by the General Assembly to elect Filippo Grandi of Italy as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Lebanon: Debt a growing burden for Syrian refugees

23 November 2015

Syrian father Mohamad believes his life can be summarized by a worn out piece of paper. Carefully folded and tucked under a floor mattress, it details a growing list of debts.

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Greece: Afghan refugee uses language skills to help doctors treat arrivals

23 November 2015

Amena Yusufi, a 21-year-old woman from Afghanistan, stepped out of a medical tent on Lesvos' busy Moria reception and registration centre and called for the next patient. A mother and her baby stepped forward.

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Nigeria: Q&A: The challenges to ending displacement

23 November 2015

Violent clashes between Government forces and Boko Haram rebels in the north of Nigeria have forced millions of civilians from their homes. Some 2.2 million people have been displaced internally, while over 175,000 more have sought safety in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Since taking office in May, the new Nigerian Government has stepped up the counter-insurgency effort, but the humanitarian crisis shows no sign of abating. UNHCR and partner agencies have redoubled their response to the Nigeria refugee crisis in the neighbouring countries. UNHCR has also taken measures to strengthen its collaboration in the protection of internally displaced people, or IDPs, inside Nigeria. Angèle Dikongué-Atangana is the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Based in Abuja, she spoke to UNHCR global web editor Tim Gaynor during a recent visit to Geneva.

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Nepal: Resettlement of Bhutanese refugees surpasses 100,000 mark

23 November 2015

The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday marked a major milestone: the resettlement of over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal to third countries since the launch of the programme in 2007.

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Geneva: After Paris attacks, refugees should not be turned into scapegoats

18 November 2015

The UN refugee agency has expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people, and cautioned against the scapegoating of refugees.

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Europe: UNHCR chief says it is "absolute nonsense" to blame refugees for terror

18 November 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said today it was "absolute nonsense" to try to blame refugees for terror attacks, stressing that they were its "first victims" and could not be held responsible for what happened in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere.

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Greece: Some 3,300 people a day still arriving on Lesvos

17 November 2015

With winter closing in, more than 3,000 people a day are still arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos despite dangerous sea conditions and overstretched and inadequate reception facilities, the UN refugee agency said today.

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Greece: A childhood regained on Kos

17 November 2015

Although he is only 14 years old, Samir's face shows a maturity and a seriousness well beyond his age. He has experienced far too much for a child.

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Geneva: UNHCR Chief welcomes nomination of successor

17 November 2015

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Thursday welcomed the announcement in New York of the nomination of Italian diplomat Filippo Grandi as his successor.

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Niger: Number of Malian refugees reaches new high

17 November 2015

The number of Malian refugees in Niger has reached its highest level since conflict erupted there in 2012, with thousands fleeing eastern Mali in recent weeks despite the signing of a recent peace accord, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR condemns attacks on camps

17 November 2015

The UN refugee agency has condemned spreading violence around the volatile Central African Republic in recent days, including attacks on two camps for Internally Displaced People (IDP) that killed eight people and the fatal shooting of a UN peacekeeper from Cameroon.

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Yemen: As fighting intensifies, more flee to Djibouti

17 November 2015

Yemeni fisherman Seif Zeid Abdulah was riding home on his motorbike when an airstrike pounded his native Bab El Mandab region. A sudden, concussive blast sent the 27-year-old flying. His left leg shattered by shrapnel, he found he was bleeding heavily from a wound that would require months of rehabilitation and treatment.

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Colombia: UNHCR welcomes definitive bilateral ceasefire

17 November 2015

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to establish a bilateral and definitive cease-fire in the coming weeks.

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Ukraine: UNHCR delivers vital winter aid for displaced families

10 November 2015

For the first time since the suspension of its activities, the UN refugee agency has delivered vital winter aid including plastic sheeting, timber and thousands of blankets for distribution to up to 12,000 highly vulnerable people in an area of eastern Ukraine that is beyond government control.

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Greece: UNHCR aids refugees on the Greek Islands

9 November 2015

UN refugee agency staff have worked throughout the week to provide emergency shelter and support to thousands of refugees, migrants and the local host communities on the Greek Islands.

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Yemen: UNHCR provides emergency relief those displaced by cyclone

9 November 2015

The UN refugee agency has provided emergency relief including tents, bedding and cooking utensils to more than 1,600 families displaced by Cyclone Chapala, which struck the Arabian Sea coast of Yemen in recent days sweeping away houses, boats and livestock.

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Europe: UNHCR launches appeal to aid refugees as winter hits

6 November 2015

With thousands of refugees and migrants continuing to arrive in Europe via the Mediterranean each day as winter approaches, the UN refugee agency is appealing to donors for US$96.15 million in additional support for Greece and affected countries in the Balkans.

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Europe: First asylum-seekers relocate from Greece to Luxembourg

5 November 2015

It was the crack of dawn when 30 asylum-seekers from Syria and Iraq gathered around the departure gate at Athens International Airport on Wednesday, bound for a new life in a new land.

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I Belong: Urgent action needed to address child statelessness

4 November 2015

Thirteen-year-old Joe Hullman dreams of playing baseball in his native Dominican Republic. But because he has no birth certificate or identity papers, he scavenges instead for scrap metal at the San Pedro de Macoris municipal dump.

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Algeria: UNHCR airlifts emergency relief to flood victims

2 November 2015

The UN refugee agency has airlifted emergency aid including tents, blankets and plastic sheeting to distribute to as many as 11,000 refugee families at five camps in southwestern Algeria devastated by heavy rains and flooding.

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Iraq: UNHCR statement on today's attack on vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, including Camp Liberty

2 November 2015

UNHCR strongly condemns today's rocket attacks in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, which have also hit adjacent Camp Hurriyet (Camp Liberty), reportedly causing injuries to dozens of people of concern and some 20 deaths.

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Europe: Worsening weather brings more tragedy to eastern Aegean

30 October 2015

At least 15 people died, several of them children, and some 38 others are missing in five incidents involving smuggler boats carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants across a wind-whipped channel between Turkey and the Greek islands, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.

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Germany: Shaken by war, Syrian children start over at school

30 October 2015

Leen flings open the school doors after her German language class and runs out, clearly delighting in her new surroundings despite a cold rush of autumn air.

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Myanmar: Ongoing conflict traps villagers in crossfire

29 October 2015

Htoi Pan vividly recalls the moment when the fighter jets streaked across the sky over her village in northern Myanmar, piercing the calm of that late June morning.

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The Americas: UNHCR warns of looming refugee crisis

29 October 2015

In late 2014, four members of a brutal street gang abducted Norma and took her to a cemetery nearby her home in El Salvador. Three of the four then raped her. She believes she was targeted because she was married to a police officer.

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Yemen: Refugees continue to reach Yemen by sea despite conflict

28 October 2015

Almost 70,000 refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants – primarily from Ethiopia and Somalia – have reached Yemen by sea so far this year, despite on-going conflict and a deepening humanitarian crisis there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

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Iraq: Learning a new trade gives new hope for Afghan refugee women

28 October 2015

In the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, a group of Afghan women are connecting wires, soldering motherboards and making cars safer. One of them is a 20 year-old who has lived with her disabled mother since her father died. Another is an 18 year-old living with an elderly father and a disabled brother. Their fortunes began to change when they met Noor Mohammad.

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Mexico: Salvadoran tailors start anew

28 October 2015

Alfonso*, his wife and their three children live in just one sweltering room in southern Mexico, the large sewing machine in the middle of the floor a reminder of the livelihood they left behind when they fled gang violence in El Salvador.

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Geneva: UNHCR flags winter relief operations for refugees

27 October 2015

The UN refugee agency said today it had begun distributing raincoats, blankets and other relief items to tens of thousands of refugees buffeted by the first winter storms that have already struck many parts of Central and South Eastern Europe, along with freezing temperatures.

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Serbia: Refugees face long cold and wet night at crowded Balkan border crossings

27 October 2015

It is 6 pm, and night is falling fast. Amr and his family huddle under a makeshift shelter, partially lit by a nearby fire, on a small hill near the Serbian-Croatian border.

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Europe: UNHCR concerned at reports of sexual violence against refugee women and children

27 October 2015

The UN refugee agency said today it was concerned by "credible testimonies" it has received of sexual violence and abuse against refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe and called on authorities to take steps to ensure their protection.

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Europe: Fearing rough seas, refugees chance Bulgaria land route

27 October 2015

When he set out from war-ravaged Syria for Europe, Aleppo truck driver Faisal, his wife Frida and their four daughters considered piling into a boat to cross the Mediterranean but rejected it: None of them could swim.

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Ethiopia: Iraqi family flees for second time as bombs rain on Yemen

27 October 2015

When Husam and his wife Nemah decided to leave their home in Shar Khawlan Nuqum, Yemen last June, they did not hesitate for one moment. The country was a war zone. Bombs were falling from the air like rains of fire. They knew if they wanted their three beautiful daughters to live, they had to flee.

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Iraqis: UNHCR provides shelter to Iraqis uprooted by conflict in Anbar

21 October 2015

The UN refugee agency has opened a new camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ameriyat al-Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province.

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Greece: Number of sea arrivals hits half million mark

21 October 2015

Sea arrivals so far this year to Greece have now passed the half-million mark with the arrival yesterday on the Aegean Islands of nearly 8,000 people, the UN refugee agency said today.

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Germany: Confronting challenges for refugees at end of the road

21 October 2015

Selwa sighed heavily sitting on a mattress with Renham, her energetic seven-year old daughter. The farmer abandoned her treasured land, livestock, fruit trees and two elder children, to make the dangerous journey from the Ghouta suburbs outside the Syrian capital Damascus, to Germany.

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South Africa: Attacks on foreigners expose refugee women to new dangers

21 October 2015

When Congolese refugee Faiza Lugi saw the mob toting machetes and heavy knobkerrie sticks surge down the main street in this port city chanting anti-foreigner slogans, she knew that it was time to run again.

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Greece: Seven people die off Lesvos as tensions flare at crowded reception facility

19 October 2015

Authorities in Greece have reported up to seven people were killed – four of them children – in a collision between a smuggling boat and a Greek Coast Guard vessel off the coast of Lesvos, the UN refugee agency said today.

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Europe: an Afghan baby's trip to safety

15 October 2015

Surrounded by children's toys and loving smiles, five-week-old Mahdia lies comfortably on a white embroidered cloth with a lace trim. However, her peaceful, satisfied eyes are in sharp contrast to the reality of her harsh, new environment.

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Geneva: UNHCR backs increased protection for people fleeing disasters and climate change

15 October 2015

The UN refugee agency has joined 110 nations in pledging to strengthen steps to protect people displaced across borders by disasters and climate change and launched an overview highlighting its work in the area.

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Colombia: Syrian refugee serves up a taste of home

15 October 2015

Before fleeing the civil war in Syria, Almotaz was a student living with his family in Damascus. Now as he builds a new life in Colombia, he is serving up a taste of home to passers-by on the streets of a neighbourhood near Bogota, the capital.

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Chad: UNHCR condemns attack on displaced, pledges more help

14 October 2015

The UN refugee agency today strongly condemned two suicide attacks last weekend in western Chad in which a total of 47 people, including many people uprooted as a result of violence in northern Nigeria, were killed and dozens more injured.

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Austria: Refugees themselves, Iraqis volunteer to help others reach safety

13 October 2015

Childhood friends Hussein and Jaffa fled war ravaged Iraq together, crossing seven borders and the Aegean Sea to seek refuge in Europe. As they seek asylum in Austria, they decided to help those following in their tracks.

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Europe: UNHCR head Guterres urges massive EU response to help Greece attend to refugees

12 October 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed to the European Union to provide "massive support" to Greece to meet the needs of up to 6,000 refugees arriving each day as winter looms across Europe.

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Europe: UNHCR's Türk warns against growing politicization of refugee and asylum matters

12 October 2015

UNHCR's top International Protection expert warned today of growing risks to people fleeing war and persecution, and said a renewed spirit of commitment from governments worldwide to the core human rights and rule of law principles on which the international refugee system is based is becoming urgently needed.

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Europe: UNHCR head thanks Greece, frontline islands, for improved response to continuing arrivals

12 October 2015

In a weekend mission to the main EU entry point for nearly 450,000 refugees and migrants so far this year, UNHCR chief António Guterres witnessed the improved humanitarian response mounted by Greek local authorities and civil society while lamenting the continued lack of a large-scale and effective European response.

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Burkina Faso: Malian refugees restore their lives building on their traditional skills

12 October 2015

By 55, Alouda had hoped he would be safe and happy, living in his own home. Instead, he is in exile having fled violence and human rights abuses in Mali four years ago.

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Tanzania: new camps open for Burundian refugees to ease conditions in Nyarugusu Camp

8 October 2015

Today, UNHCR started the relocation of 50,000 Burundian refugees to two camps in North West Tanzania, which the government has reopened to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of people in the crowded Nyarugusu camp.

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Geneva: Brazil and UNHCR strengthen partnership to help refugees fleeing the Syria conflict

8 October 2015

Brazil's Secretary of Justice Mr Beto Vasconcelos and Ambassador Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Office in Geneva have signed an agreement with UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk to enhance and formalize cooperation on Brazil's special visa programme for people affected by the Syria conflict.

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Geneva: UN High Commissioner calls for renewed international focus on Afghanistan

7 October 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed to the international community to refocus its attention on Afghanistan, warning that it would be dangerous to ignore the country, and praised Iran and Pakistan for hosting so many Afghan refugees.

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Geneva: Guterres says UNHCR and partners struggle to meet humanitarian needs

6 October 2015

The global refugee crisis is so great that the UN refugee agency and other agencies are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

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Greece: Refugee sea arrivals this year approach 400,000

6 October 2015

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon, despite adverse weather conditions. Greece remains by far the largest single entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy with 131,000 arrivals so far in 2015.

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Lebanon: 200,000 Syrian refugee children to get free schooling

6 October 2015

Tasnim, a 12-year-old refugee girl from Aleppo, Syria, is excitedly preparing to return to school. "I want to become a dentist. I have always been intrigued by the tools and materials dentists use in their neat clinics. Every time I visited my dentist in Syria, I learned something new," she said.

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Geneva: UNHCR presents Nansen Refugee Award to Afghan refugee teacher

6 October 2015

The courageous work of an Afghan refugee teacher took centre stage Monday night as Aqeela Asifi was presented with the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres.

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Pakistan: Making a difference in refugees' lives through education

6 October 2015

Life tests student Abdul Khalil, a 30-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, to the limits. Each day, he works between 18 to 19 hours.

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Iraq: Schools open but lack equipment

1 October 2015

While many Iraqi students were enjoying the last weeks of summer before school resumed, the classrooms of al-Asil elementary school in Baghdad's Mansour neighbourhood were full.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR seeking urgent access to thousands fleeing violence in Bangui

30 September 2015

Fighting between rival militias in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui since Saturday has left at least 36 people dead, forced thousands to flee their homes and moved the reconciliation process a step backwards, the UN refugee agency announced today.

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Thailand: refugees return home in Scout jamboree

30 September 2015

They live by the motto, Be Prepared, as members of the Utah Boy Scouts of America Troop. But nothing could have prepared them for the rush of emotions that greeted them in Mae La refugee camp.

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Europe: Losing hope and fearful for their families, skilled Syrians join refugee exodus

29 September 2015

It's the picture-perfect image of a Greek island holiday. A solitary man enjoys his morning coffee on the sun-drenched terrace of a hillside hotel overlooking the blue Aegean. The Turkish coast shimmers in the distance. A herd of goats, bells tinkling, grazes nearby. But this man is no tourist. He's a middle-aged Syrian doctor from Damascus who has just safely led his wife and three young children on a journey through hell.

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Austria: Salzburg, taken aback by number of refugees, scrambles to set up reception facilities

29 September 2015

Nobody in Salzburg ever expected the refugee crisis to hit this close to home. So when Michael Haybäck, the city's director of public order, received a call at 8.30pm one night in early September, he had to think fast.

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Syria: Loss of hope and deepening poverty driving Syrians to seek refuge in Europe

28 September 2015

The UN refugee agency today identified loss of hope and appalling living conditions as major factors behind the recent spike in the number of Syrian refugees from the region seeking asylum in Europe.

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Europe: Thousands continue to flee wars and cross borders in search for a new life in safety

28 September 2015

They continue to come in their thousands, Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis and others, in an ever-shifting pattern across the Serbia-Croatia border, most fleeing conflict and persecution hoping their onward journey will deliver them to a place where they can pick up the pieces of their lives.

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Europe: Women and children arrive exhausted into Austrian town to warm welcome

28 September 2015

They stride, sometimes even stumble, over the Austrian border and into the picture postcard town of Nickelsdorf. Among them are women and children, many of whom have been travelling for days, weeks, even months. They fled their war-torn homelands, trekking across Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans.

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Iraq: UN refugee agency opens two new camps for displaced Iraqis in Baghdad

28 September 2015

The UN refugee agency, its partners and local authorities have opened two new camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baghdad province, providing shelter to close to 3,500 Iraqis who have had to flee Anbar province due to recent fighting.

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I Belong: Stateless in Liberia

28 September 2015

This weekend the world meets to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. For 10 million stateless people worldwide this will continue to be a dream as long as they are denied the nationality of any country.

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Europe: UNHCR welcomes more EU support to refugees, urges fast implementation

25 September 2015

The UN refugee agency today welcomed a decision by European Union leaders to boost resources for humanitarian assistance to countries neighbouring war-torn Syria.

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Europe: Over 1,000 people wait for buses at Bapska border crossing between Croatia and Serbia

25 September 2015

More than a thousand refugees and migrants waited under the searing sun all Wednesday at the newly blocked Serbia-Croatia border crossing near Bapska -- hot, distressed and increasingly worried that their trek to safety had been halted in its tracks.

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Nigeria: new violence, new displacement at Lake Chad

25 September 2015

The encroaching Sahara desert has turned most of it into a mass of low-lying islands as far as the eye can see, encircled by creeks and swamps.

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Syria: Refugee crisis spreads across the sea

24 September 2015

“If there was hope the war would be over in two years, I would be patient and stay. I would go back to Syria, even if I had nothing. But nobody is being left alone to live. Everything in the country is being destroyed.”

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Europe: Syrian refugee crisis spreads across the sea

23 September 2015

So far this year, more than 440,000 people have made the perilous sea crossing by boat - with often tragic results. More than 3,000 men, women and children have been drowned or lost at sea and, every week, boats continue to capsize and sink. Meanwhile, thousands of displaced people are pouring down the roads and railway tracks of Europe, hungry and exhausted, sleeping in the open and walking for days with small children in tow.

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Croatia: Thousands of refugees fleeing war triggering sad memories of own recent past

23 September 2015

In their thousands they streamed across a disused, now re-opened Croatian border post at Bapcek: Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis fleeing war in the Middle East into a country where the memories of its own conflict in the early-90s are still raw and vivid.

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Europe: UNHCR outlines proposals to manage refugee and migration crisis ahead of EU Summit

23 September 2015

With EU leaders meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow, UNHCR has urged them to unite behind emergency proposals to manage what it says is an "increasingly chaotic and unpredictable" refugee and migration crisis.

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Myanmar: More than one month after Cyclone Komen, some impacted people remain homeless

22 September 2015

More than one month on from the collapse of their home in Myanmar's western Rakhine State, Ma Nge and her 10-year-old son remain homeless. The strong winds created by Cyclone Komen had felled a nearby palm tree, causing it to fall directly onto the frail, thatched structure.

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Europe: Time running out to resolve refugee emergency

21 September 2015

Following yesterday's mayhem on the Serbian border with Croatia, which has closed some entry points, the UN refugee agency today issued a stark warning that time was running out for Europe to resolve the current refugee crisis.

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Mediterranean: Another weekend of tragedy with at least 40 refugees dead or missing

21 September 2015

UNHCR staff on Sunday were caring for survivors of two separate weekend incidents involving boats carrying refugees and migrants between Turkey and Greece that left some 40 people dead or missing.

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Europe: Robust, coherent response to refugee crisis still urgently needed

18 September 2015

Reiterating its call for a robust and coherent European response to the current refugee crisis, the UN refugee agency today expressed deep disappointment that European Union member states failed to reach agreement over a wider relocation plan of up to 120,000 people.

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Europe: UNHCR urges Europe to change course on refugee crisis

18 September 2015

UNHCR reiterates its deep conviction that only a united European emergency response can address the present refugee and migration crisis. Individual measures by individual countries will not solve the problem but will make an already chaotic situation worse, further the suffering of people and increase tension amongst states at a time when Europe needs more solidarity and trust.

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Mediterranean: another weekend of tragedy

18 September 2015

Tragedy marked the Mediterranean again last weekend as two more boats capsized in Greek waters, killing 39 people, including 15 children and four babies.

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Geneva: UNHCR names Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi its 2015 Nansen Refugee Award Winner

15 September 2015

Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has won the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

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Europe: UNHCR statement ahead of EU Council of Interior Ministers Meeting

14 September 2015

The recent successive announcements of different border control measures by a number of European countries impacted by the refugee and migration crisis only underlines the urgency of establishing a comprehensive European response.

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Europe: UNHCR urges full and swift implementation of European Commission proposals on refugee crisis

14 September 2015

The UN refugee agency today welcomed the European Commission's proposals unveiled on Wednesday to address the current refugee crisis in Europe. "Given the urgency of the situation, these proposals need to be implemented fully and swiftly," UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told a press briefing in Geneva.

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Yemen: One war forced a family to flee Somali, and now another has forced them to return

14 September 2015

Civil war was raging in Somalia when Fatima Mohamed, then just 12 years old, and her older sister fled Mogadishu and travelled north to safety in Yemen. The two young girls ventured out on the dangerous journey in the year 2000, leaving behind their mother and other siblings.

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Serbia-Hungary: Frustrated refugees and migrants at border seek to escape poor reception conditions

10 September 2015

It was a rallying cry and a cry of frustration: "Budapest, Budapest!" At 5 p.m., on a back road crossing disused train tracks a kilometre from the border with Serbia, a crowd of refugees and migrants pushed up against two dozen Hungarian policemen.

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Europe: Statement by Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis

10 September 2015

We have met the authorities here in Budapest and have offered UNHCR's assistance to deal with the increasing number of refugees and migrants arriving in Hungary.

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Europe: At Serbian border, flow of refugees continued unabated into Hungary

10 September 2015

Train tracks connect the two countries, and a razor wire fence separates them. But the razor wire opens for the tracks, and groups – sometimes even crowds – of refugees simply walk through.

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Syria: Worsening conditions in the region fuel despair, driving thousands towards Europe

9 September 2015

Deteriorating conditions in Syria and neighbouring countries are driving thousands of Syrians to risk everything on perilous journeys to Europe, the UN refugee agency cautioned on Tuesday. As the crisis digs deeper into its fifth year with no sign of a political solution in sight, despair is on the rise and hope is in short supply.

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Italy: Syrian Refugees Struggle to Reach Family in Malta

8 September 2015

For Ali and Mohammad, both 23, the hardest part of their journey should have been over once they'd escaped hardship, cruelty and violence in the ancient and embattled Syrian city of Palmyra.

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Europe: UNHCR applauds Austria and Germany as refugees march across Hungary

7 September 2015

It was a remarkable and unexpected display of refugee power – the power of the powerless. It began at noon on September 4 with a spontaneous march out of Budapest down the highway towards the Austrian border by more than 1,000 frustrated refugees. They were marching in protest at the Hungarian government's blanket refusal to let them take trains to Austria and Germany.

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Europe: UNHCR chief issues key guidelines for dealing with refugee crisis

7 September 2015

The head of the UN refugee agency António Guterres, emphasizing the European Union faced a "defining moment", has laid out a set of key guidelines which he says should underpin all efforts to resolve the current refugee and migration crisis facing Europe.

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Europe: Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres on refugee crisis in Europe

7 September 2015

The European Union is preparing key emergency meetings to take decisions in its response to the present refugee and migration crisis. The situation requires a massive common effort that is not possible with the current fragmented approach.

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Somalia: Student returns with dream of becoming a doctor

4 September 2015

Six years ago when Rahma, first arrived in Kenya as a refugee, she was illiterate. Now, 19, she has returned with plans to be a doctor.

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Ukraine: aid delivered to area not controlled by government for first time in weeks

2 September 2015

Over the last weekend, the UN refugee agency managed to deliver humanitarian aid to Horlivka and other nearby areas north of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine not-controlled by the government for the first time in several weeks.

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Liberia: Togolese refugee finds a new beginning

2 September 2015

Paul is a refugee who lost his entire family back in Togo. "Togo is a beautiful country," he sighs. "And I was living good, working in my brother's construction company. I could sit down, design and create."

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Libya: Survivors tell harrowing tales of fight for air on "boat of death"

31 August 2015

Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air. Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

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Hungary: Bodies found dead in a truck near border, while asylum seekers flow in the country

31 August 2015

We are deeply shocked and saddened at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of up to 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Austrian police say that they believe the truck came from Hungary and entered Austria on Wednesday night or early on Thursday morning, and that the victims might have been dead for one or two 2 days. Their identity is still unknown but it is presumed that they were being transported by smugglers.

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Europe: Crossings of Mediterranean Sea exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece

31 August 2015

More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.

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South Sudan: UNHCR welcomes signing of peace deal

31 August 2015

The UN refugee agency has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement this week which comes as refugee and IDP figures have passed the 2.6 million mark, a marked increase on the number reported at the time of the fourth anniversary of the country's independence.

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Bangladesh: UNHCR urges States to help avert Bay of Bengal boat crisis in coming weeks

31 August 2015

UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.

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UNHCR viewpoint: 'Refugee' or 'migrant' - Which is right?

28 August 2015

With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean in the headlines almost daily, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms 'refugee' and 'migrant' being used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?

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Afghanistan: UNHCR facilitates the return of 51,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan

28 August 2015

Ghulam Sakhi, 45, had mixed feelings about going back to Afghanistan after 25 long years living as a refugee in Pakistan. However, like most refugees who choose to return to Afghanistan, Sakhi is optimistic about the future of his country. His hopes of a brighter future for his homeland outweigh any lingering doubts.

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Geneva: Greater support in countries of first asylum needed to stem refugee outflows

27 August 2015

To help prevent more people from Syria fleeing into Europe, the UN refugee agency has repeated calls to increase and improve essential support in the countries of first asylum, such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey which are now home to more than four million refugees.

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Geneva: UNHCR chief Guterres stresses need to fight human trafficking, protect victims

27 August 2015

The UN refugee agency head António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated the need to protect refugees fleeing to Europe by ensuring they are protected from human traffickers and that a properly functioning system is created to allow them to apply for asylum legally.

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Europe: UNHCR urges humane treatment for refugees, urges collective action on issue

26 August 2015

The UN refugee agency stressed on Tuesday that it was working closely with the Serb authorities to help meet the needs of more than 10,000 refugees and others who have arrived in Serbia in recent days following dramatic scenes at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Europe: UNHCR assists refugees at Greece-FYR Macedonia border, where calm is returning

26 August 2015

The UN refugee agency has been helping refugees and migrants amid chaotic scenes in the past few days at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as thousands of people tried to cross into FYR Macedonia.

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Libya: UNHCR delivers aid to thousands as conflict rages

26 August 2015

Amid heaving fighting in Libya, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it had managed to distribute aid to tens of thousands of displaced people in and around Tripoli and in the south-west of the conflict-ridden country over the past month, but still needed to reach thousands more.

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France: UNHCR welcomes the joint Franco-British declaration to address the situation in Calais

24 August 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, welcomes the joint Franco-British declaration on the situation in Calais and the associated action plan announced today.

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Europe: UNHCR concerned about developments at border of Greece and FYR Macedonia

24 August 2015

The UN refugee agency expressed concern today over the increasingly precarious situation at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), where force was used earlier to prevent people trying to cross.

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Belize: UNHCR welcomes country's efforts to reduce statelessness

24 August 2015

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed Belize's landmark decision to join the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, the second accession by a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state and a strong example for the region.

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DRC: The courage of one Congolese woman

19 August 2015

Taking precious time out from her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sister Angélique Namaika is currently in Australia as the guest of Australia for UNHCR.

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Syria: Baby born a displaced person finds shelter thanks to UNHCR

18 August 2015

The first thing little Rahma saw when she opened her eyes was a public park. Like thousands of others, escalating violence has forced her parents to flee Ghweran neighbourhood. This park in the centre of Hassekeh city, northern Syria, was now home.

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Moldova: how this small nation ran one of Europe's largest statelessness campaigns

18 August 2015

Maria Gandrabura, 74, was desperate. Suddenly she could not withdraw her meagre pension of 1000 Moldovan Lei (50 USD).

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Nigeria: UNHCR concern about return of refugees and shrinking humanitarian space

17 August 2015

The UN refugee agency is concerned about the escalating violence in and around Nigeria and its impact on the situation of Nigerian refugees in surrounding host countries, including a shrinking humanitarian space in which they can seek asylum.

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Nigeria: "Even the Hills Couldn't Save Us" - refugees tell their stories

17 August 2015

The UN refugee agency is working with the authorities in countries neighbouring Nigeria to maintain a shrinking humanitarian space as Nigerian insurgents have extended attacks in recent months to Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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South Sudan: UNHCR delivers relief to 25,000 displaced people

17 August 2015

The UN refugee agency has completed distribution of emergency relief items to an estimated 25,000 internally displaced people (IDP), many of whom lost almost everything they had in recent violence, in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state.

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Cameroon: CAR refugees find new employment to support families

16 August 2015

Philomène Issa, 50, has begun her day. "I'm off to the fields to plant seedlings," she explained in French dotted with Sango, her native tongue. Like many others who fled bloodshed in the Central African Republic (CAR), the former nursery school principal has had to reinvent herself since fleeing to Cameroon one year ago. She lives on the edge of Meiganga, a city of 70,000 people in eastern Cameroon, but knows few people and has managed mostly on her own.

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Colombia: UNHCR assisting displaced families on the pacific coast

16 August 2015

The UN refugee agency is working with Save the Children to assist to 256 families on the Pacific coast of Colombia, who were displaced during the first week of June after violent attacks by guerillas following the collapse of a ceasefire with the government.

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Armenia: Nansen legacy lives on for Syrian refugees

16 August 2015

For Hovig Ashjian and his family, life in Aleppo, Syria, was happy before the war. He worked as a jeweller at the workshop he owned, while his wife Tamara was a chef. His 16-year-old daughter Rita went to school.

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Libya: Almost 400 refugees saved after crammed fishing boat sank

7 August 2015

Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the UN refugee agency says.

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Somalia: More than 100 refugees arrive home in Mogadishu from Kenya

7 August 2015

More than 100 Somali refugees from Kenya flew into the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the voluntary return process.

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Paris: Exhibition showcasing refugees opens on the banks of the Seine

7 August 2015

A gigantic photo exhibition now covers the walls along the banks of the Seine in Paris. The 370-metre long panorama includes photos representing humanity and diversity as well as seven key words translated into languages from all around the world: respect, peace, solidarity, friendship, dignity, hospitality and hope.

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Myanmar: UNHCR assists flood victims in Rakhine and Kachin states

5 August 2015

Cyclone Komen which swept across western Myanmar last week has caused extensive damage, including to areas where thousands of displaced people are living, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

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Yemen: Almost 100,000 flee country in the four months since fighting started

5 August 2015

Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March, but the UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday that its regional response to help receiving countries cope with the outflow was seriously hampered by under-funding.

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DR Congo: Six years on, Congolese refugees who fled LRA return home

4 August 2015

More than 600 Congolese refugees who fled into Central African Republic (CAR) six years ago to escape attacks from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) returned to their country on Monday (August 3) in an airlift organized by the UN refugee agency.

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Myanmar: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt visits displaced people in Kachin State

3 August 2015

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State on Thursday, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.

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Iraq: heatwaves making life for refugees even tougher

3 August 2015

Sozan and her family have lived in a plastic tent for the past two years. In the winter, the tent's roof and walls protect her and her four children from the elements, but come summer it turns into an oven.

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FYR Macedonia: the 'Angel of Refugees' for those travelling the Balkan route

31 July 2015

Exhausted refugees walking with nothing but a backpack along railway tracks, some with confused small children clinging onto their chests; pregnant women making their way through scorching temperatures, fighting fatigue, blisters, and above all sorrow. This was the view from Lenche Zdrakin's window.

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Turkey: the Syrian refugee mother transforming women's lives

31 July 2015

For a woman who fled war and arrived in Turkey wearing flip-flops, Najlaa Sheekh has come a long way. Today, as the driving force behind the only known Syrian-run women's community centre in southeast Turkey, she is proving just how far.

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Italy: authorities confirm the deaths of 14 people on board boat carrying hundreds of refugees

31 July 2015

Italian authorities have confirmed the deaths of 14 people on board a boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean on Tuesday, July 28th.

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Jordan: Za'atari refugee camp turns three, challenge remains for thousands living there

29 July 2015

As Jordan's Za'atari camp – the largest refugee camp in the Middle East – prepared to mark its third anniversary, the UN refugee agency revealed on Tuesday (July 28) an increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the rest of the country.

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Jordan: Syrian student achieves top marks at university despite trials of being a refugee

29 July 2015

Three years after the opening of Za'atari refugee camp, months of late night studying by the light of a lantern have paid off for one Syrian student after she achieved the highest grade in her faculty at the local Jordanian university she attends.

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Afghanistan: wind power project helps refugees start again

29 July 2015

Bathed by constant winds from the majestic Hindukush mountains, the remote village of Aqrabat in Bamyan district, central Afghanistan, was for many years known as "Ergha-baad" (gentle wind) by locals.

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Ethiopia: Talented Somali refugee artist honours father who died for his art

28 July 2015

It has been said that if you suffer for your art, you will never die. For 16-year-old Abdirahim Abdulkadir Osman, a talented Somali refugee artist, it is the memory of his father's brutal murder that keeps his dreams of a better life in America alive.

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Iraq: Families flee militant-held Fallujah after months of violence

24 July 2015

Rasmiyya, 65, said she knew she finally had to escape Fallujah after the operation to amputate her right leg. Months of Iraqi government bombings aimed at targeting militants had made the once 15 minute journey to a doctor's office a life threatening trip. Without the routine appointments to regulate her diabetes, the disease ate away at the blood vessels in Rasmiyya's leg and the limb had to be surgically removed above the knee.

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Malawi: UNHCR helps flood victims to rebuild shattered lives

23 July 2015

The floods, when they came, came without warning. They were Malawi's worst in 20 years, sweeping through 15 districts in January 2015 and forcing 174,000 people to flee their homes. Sixty-two people were killed and thousands more risked disease.

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Cameroon: Nigerian refugees move from volatile border zone

22 July 2015

Violence and insecurity have continued to affect population movements in northern Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday (July 21).

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Lebanon: Syrian refugee described why she is heading to Turkey and risking flight to Europe

22 July 2015

In the hall of her bare apartment, five packed suitcases lay neatly on the floor. After four crushing years of living in Lebanon as a refugee, Hanan* had made up her mind. She was going to leave, no matter the cost.

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Mauritania: more refugees arrive to escape insecurity in northern Mali

21 July 2015

Almost 400 people fleeing a renewed outbreak of fighting in northern Mali have sought refuge in Mauritania over the last few months.

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Syria: 4 millionth refugee crosses the border

21 July 2015

On a sweltering day in early July, UNHCR staff at a dusty crossing point on the Turkish border registered the four millionth refugee of the Syrian war. The tragic milestone confirms Syria as the single biggest refugee crisis in a generation, one that has left thousands of families living in desperate poverty with no end to the war in sight.

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Myanmar: UNHCR's protection chief completes visit with call for more support to Rakhine state

20 July 2015

A top official of the UN refugee agency responsible for protection has called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people in Myanmar and those with undetermined citizenship.

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India: Afghan refugee fulfils dream acting in film as lookalike for Bollywood star

20 July 2015

Najeem Khan vividly remembers the first time his friends called him Salman Khan due to his striking resemblance to the Bollywood star who is one of Bollywood's biggest box office draws.

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Iraq: How Eid has been celebrated by refugee families

20 July 2015

Yazi looks down on the small open fire outside her tent. She is overseeing the preparation of the day's iftar – the traditional meal for the breaking of the Ramadan fast. It is about an hour until sunset and Baharka Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, where midday heat tops 40 degrees Celsius, is at last beginning to cool off.

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Yemen: 10,000 new arrivals by sea since start of conflict in March

16 July 2015

Thousands of people have been tricked into going to the country since the start of the current conflict in March, according to the latest figures made available by the UN refugee agency on Tuesday (July 14).

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CAR: government urged to allow refugees to vote in landmark poll

16 July 2015

UN refugee agency said on Tuesday (July 14) it was alarmed by a decision of the interim parliament of the Central African Republic (CAR) to exclude refugees who fled to neighbouring states and elsewhere to escape fighting in the country from taking part in elections expected in October.

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Syria: Malala spends 18th birthday advocating for education for refugees

14 July 2015

The international community must urgently increase education funding for Syrian refugees to avoid a lost generation resulting from the country's civil war, education activist Malala Yousafzai said on Monday (July 13). The Nobel Peace Prize winner was on the second day of a visit to meet Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan that coincided with her 18th birthday.

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Greece: An average of 1,000 refugees now arriving on Greek islands every day

13 July 2015

On average 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency reported on Friday (July 10).

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Kenya: Australian soccer star returns to Kakuma to launch powerful initiative

13 July 2015

Awer Mabil, now a star player at Australian top league soccer club Adelaide United, was born and grew up in the sprawling Kakuma Refugee camp in northwestern Kenya where he honed his skills on one of the toughest playing surfaces in the world.

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Italy: Rescue teams give dignified burial to refugee shipwreck victims

13 July 2015

Six victims of a shipwreck in which an estimated 800 fleeing people drowned in the Mediterranean were buried in Italy on Thursday (July 9), nearly three months after their deaths. The bodies were recovered by the Italian navy from the wreck around 380 metres below sea level.

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Africa: IKEA Foundation support boosts ability of refugees to support themselves

10 July 2015

Last month, Ethiopia was home to over 700,000 refugees, reinforcing its position as the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa and the fifth largest worldwide. At the same time a dire situation prevails in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, which currently hosts the vast majority – 94 per cent – of the 33,692 Malian refugees who have fled violence in that country. IKEA Foundation has helped UNHCR in finding innovative solutions, providing technical expertise and financial support. IKEA's most recent donation of 38 million Euro is to be used to support self-reliance efforts of both refugees and the local people hosting them who also need support.

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Syria: Syrian Refugees Reach 4 Million

9 July 2015

The number of refugees registered fleeing the conflict in Syria was today confirmed as 4 million, and the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis.

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South Sudan: More than 2.25 million now displaced in South Sudan and across its borders

8 July 2015

As South Sudan prepares to mark its fourth anniversary of independence, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that continued conflict was pushing the numbers of refugee and internally displaced people ever higher.

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Yemen: rocket attack kills 12 refugees sheltering in Aden kindergarten

8 July 2015

The UN refugee agency renewed a call on Tuesday (July 7) for parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect civilian life following a weekend rocket attack on a kindergarten in Aden which killed 12 refugees.

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Zimbabwe: Refugee student's hard work pays off with scholarship to study in USA

8 July 2015

After fleeing his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and seeking safety in Zimbabwe, the last thing 20-year-old Joel Tshite ever expected was the chance to study in America.

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Geneva: Kelly T. Clements becomes UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

7 July 2015

Kelly T. Clements, previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) in the United States, on Monday assumed the duties of Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR.

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Europe: Mediterranean crisis sees former Vietnamese boat person break long silence on her experiences

7 July 2015

Harrowing images of the Mediterranean boat crisis has brought back "bitter sweet" memories for Anh Lê, one of Denmark's most famous Vietnamese restaurateurs, who crossed oceans herself to arrive where she is today.

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Turkey: Scorching hot camp now home to some 25,000 mainly Kurdish refugees from Syria

6 July 2015

The sun offers relentless heat and pitiless light which bounces off soil bleached almost white. This is the plain of Suruç, home of Turkey's biggest refugee camp. Almost 25,000 people live in UNHCR-AFAD* tents here, and almost all of them are Kurdish and most fled Kobane in Syria when the fighting engulfed the area in September 2014.

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Yemen: UNHCR delivers relief to 56,000 people in May and June

6 July 2015

The UN refugee agency said on Friday (July 3) that it had managed to continue to deliver humanitarian aid to displaced people in Yemen in May and June despite severe restrictions on access.

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South-East Asia: UNHCR welcomes ASEAN proposals to respond to boat crisis

6 July 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.

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Hungary: UNHCR urges government not to amend asylum system in haste

6 July 2015

The UN refugee agency says it is "deeply concerned" about a set of proposals to amend Hungary's asylum act that have been put forward this week to the Hungarian parliament for debate.

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Geneva: UNHCR head tells humanitarian NGOs "moment of truth" has arrived

2 July 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday outlined major challenges facing his agency and the entire humanitarian community warning that the "moment of truth had arrived" given the scale of current global challenges.

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Thailand: UNHCR's new system helps verify 110,000 Myanmar refugees

1 July 2015

The UN refugee agency has completed its roll-out of a cutting-edge system to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand's nine border camps.

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Libya: Number of internally displaced people doubles since September

1 July 2015

Increased fighting in Libya since the start of the year had led to almost a doubling in the number of displaced people in the country to more than 434,000 from an estimated 230,000 last September, the UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday.

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Burundi: Thousands of refugees continue to flee

1 July 2015

Nearly 10,000 Burundian refugees fled into neighbouring countries over the weekend before the Central African country closed its borders on Sunday ahead of parliamentary elections the following day, the UN refugee agency said.

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Burundi: More refugees flee ahead of elections

30 June 2015

More than 6,000 refugees fleeing Burundi have crossed over into Tanzania in the last three days, taking to over 66,000 the total number of refugees who have arrived from its central African neighbour since May 1, according to the UN refugee agency.

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Iraq: Displaced people leave overcrowded Arbat for another home in Kurdistan region

30 June 2015

At 7 a.m., teams of workers began dismantling tents on the edge of Arbat Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp outside Sulaymaniyah in Iraq's Kurdistan Region. Within an hour families had bundled up their possessions for the short drive to a new camp location just five km away.

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Tanzania: More than 100,000 refugees vaccinated against cholera

29 June 2015

More than 100,000 refugees have been vaccinated against cholera in a major initiative to prevent a repeat outbreak of the epidemic which killed 31 people last month in northwestern Tanzania.

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Burundi: More people flee ahead of next week's elections

29 June 2015

Increasing numbers of people are fleeing Burundi ahead of parliamentary elections next Monday which have already triggered weeks of violence and seen thousands seeking refuge across the central African state's borders, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

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Europe: UNHCR calls for more focus on causes of mass displacement

29 June 2015

The UN refugee agency has followed the agreement of European Union leaders to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection and to resettle 20,000 refugees with a call for much more to be done to end the global crisis forcing record numbers of people to flee their homes.

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Syria: Funding shortage leaves refugees in danger of missing vital support

29 June 2015

Humanitarian and development assistance efforts for 3.9 million Syrian refugees and more than 20 million people living in hosting communities in neighbouring countries are in serious danger as a result of a severe funding crisis, the UN refugee agency has warned.

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Armenia: Ukrainian family find safety, but facing major challenges

29 June 2015

When conflict erupted in Ukraine in November 2014, Artyem and Ella Nakhoyans prayed the fighting would end before it could disrupt their happy lives and home. Instead, war slowly crept closer to their home in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Afghanistan: UNHCR calls for international push to end refugee situation

29 June 2015

The head of the UN refugee agency has called on the international community to redouble its engagement with Afghanistan to help bring an end to the world's largest protracted refugee situation.

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Dominican Republic: Government urged not to deport stateless Dominicans

23 June 2015

The UN refugee agency has appealed to the government of the Dominican Republic not to deport tens of thousands of people whose citizenship was thrown into question by a 2013 ruling of the country's Constitutional Court.

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Geneva: Statement by António Guterres on World Refugee Day 2015

20 June 2015

Fifteen years into a millennium that many of us hoped would see an end to war, a spreading global violence has come to threaten the very foundations of our international system. More people fled last year than at any other time in our records. Around the world, almost 60 million have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Nearly 20 million of them are refugees, and more than half are children. Their numbers are growing and accelerating, every single day, on every continent. In 2014, an average of 42,500 people became refugees, asylum-seekers or internally displaced persons, every single day – that is four times more than just 4 years ago. These people rely on us for their survival and hope. They will remember what we do.

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World Refugee Day: High profile supporters combined to spread awareness of World Refugee Day

20 June 2015

More than 40 high profile UNHCR supporters rallied over the past week to spread awareness around the globe about World Refugee Day and the plight of the forcibly displaced.

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Geneva: World Refugee Day takes place against backdrop of worsening global crisis

20 June 2015

Stark warnings over the inability of the international community to cope with record numbers of people forced to flee spiralling wars and persecution provided the grim backdrop to events marking World Refugee Day on Saturday.

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Syria: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt calls for action on World Refugee Day

20 June 2015

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt has been commemorating World Refugee Day with Syrian refugees in Turkey, which has overtaken Pakistan to become the world's largest refugee-hosting nation with more than 1.77 million in urban areas and government-run camps.

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Global Report: almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014

18 June 2015

A UNHCR report, released today, shows that worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest levels we have recorded, and accelerating fast.

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Greece: UNHCR calls for urgent European support for country dealing with refugee influx

18 June 2015

Refugees arriving in Greece's North Aegean and Dodecanese islands face worsening reception conditions, despite considerable efforts by local authorities and civil society, and the number of arrivals is expected to increase still further, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

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Turkey: Some 23,000 refugees flee latest Syria fighting

18 June 2015

The UN refugee agency says new fighting in northern Syria has sent a further 23,135 refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey's Sanliurfa province.

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Nepal: Earthquake Aid Delivery Situation Report

17 June 2015

UNHCR's role following the devastating Nepal Earthquake on April 25 was to provide immediate materials for shelter, and offer legal and psychosocial support to the 100,000s displaced from their homes. We are so grateful to our Australian supporters for coming on board so quickly. With your help, UNHCR was able to reach more people, faster, with vital supplies.

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Syria: Kuwait gives US$121 million to help fund crisis response

16 June 2015

Kuwait has given US$121 million to the UN refugee agency to assist its efforts in dealing with the dire humanitarian situation resulting from the long crisis in Syria.

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Europe: Migrants and refugees on Western Balkans route at increasing risk

16 June 2015

Increasing numbers of refugees and migrants using the less well known "Western Balkans route" to reach Europe are facing growing risks, including abuse, violence, and accidents while walking along remote train tracks.

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Colombia: UN High Commissioner for Refugees expresses concern over fresh fighting triggering displacement

12 June 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has expressed concern that renewed armed clashes in Colombia could derail the peace process under way and increase risks for the civilian population.

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Nepal: Refugees from Bhutan help earthquake victims rebuild

12 June 2015

Along with 14 fellow refugees from Bhutan who live in camps in eastern Nepal, Subba travelled to this remote mountainous village in central Nepal to help Nepalese families rebuild their lives following the devastating earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 that killed more than 8,700 people, injured some 22,000 more and destroyed at least 500,000 homes.

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Greece: Mediterranean crossings in 2015 already top 100,000

10 June 2015

Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean so far in 2015 have moved above 100,000, with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands.

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South-East Asia: UNHCR launches U$13 million appeal for boat crisis response

9 June 2015

The UN refugee agency has launched an appeal for US$13 million to help with the needs of new boat arrivals in South-east Asia, where thousands of refugees and migrants have been risking their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

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Greece: UNHCR boosts presence to cope with soaring refugee arrivals

9 June 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was stepping up its field presence in the eastern Aegean islands of Greece where sea arrivals in recent weeks from Turkey have been averaging some 600 people a day, straining local reception capacities.

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Syria: sisters repay a mother's selfless care and love

9 June 2015

42-year-old single mother Amal* arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus a year ago after a long and dangerous journey over the past four years from their home area of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in southern Damascus. Amal last saw her husband three years ago and has for the past year been living with their eight children, aged 12 to 21 years, in the Khan Danoon shelter.

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Uganda: UNIQLO distributes 10 millionth item of clothing to refugees with UNHCR

5 June 2015

The UN refugee agency's relationship with UNIQLO passed a major milestone at a recent distribution in Uganda, where staff handed out the 10 millionth piece of clothing donated by the Japanese retail giant to refugees worldwide.

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Iraq: UN seeks almost $US500 million to avert humanitarian disaster

5 June 2015

The United Nations and its partners on Thursday in Brussels launched a major humanitarian response plan for Iraq aimed at helping more than 5.6 million vulnerable Iraqis displaced within their own country.

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South Sudan: More than 100,000 people flee homes to escape fighting and food shortages

3 June 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that heavy fighting over the last two months in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states has displaced more than 100,000 people and blocked humanitarian aid deliveries for some 650,000 people.

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Statelessness: Ending statelessness in Europe by 2024

3 June 2015

In Europe, we take many things for granted such as access to education, health care, employment and travel, but some 600,000 people across the continent still do not enjoy these basic rights. They are stateless. Last year, UNHCR launched a major campaign, #IBelong, to end the suffering of an estimated 10 million stateless people across the world by the year 2024, including those in Europe.

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Iraq: UNHCR concerned at obstacles facing thousands fleeing Ramadi

1 June 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was deeply concerned about the desperate situation for thousands of people fleeing fighting in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi who continue to face challenges reaching safe areas.

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Mali: Renewed fighting forces 57,000 to flee their homes

1 June 2015

The UN refugee agency, citing government figures, on Friday said renewed fighting between armed groups in the Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu areas of northern Mali in the past four weeks has led to some 57,000 people fleeing their homes.

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Myanmar: Kachins speak about the challenges of displacement

1 June 2015

With an estimated audience of 8.9 million, the weekly programme on the BBC's Burmese service, has enormous reach in a country where many people rely on radio for information. It explores youth issues, spreads awareness and information, sparks debate and provides young people with a national voice.

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Tanzania: Cholera containment measures stall death rate in refugee camp

27 May 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that containment measures to tackle a cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika area appear to be working. The epidemic had this month claimed 30 lives among refugees and the local community, but UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said that no new deaths had been reported since last Thursday.

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South Africa: UNHCR considers solutions for refugees affected by xenophobia

27 May 2015

Approximately 1,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who sought new lives in South Africa are turning to the UN refugee agency for help, after xenophobic violence forced them to flee their homes last month.

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Nigeria: violence continues to escalate, UNHCR responds to crisis

27 May 2015

The world was shocked last year when hundreds of Nigerian school girls were snatched from their dormitories by ruthless militia. Since then, the violence in Nigeria has continued to escalate with the same militant group wreaking havoc on communities in the country’s north-east.

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From the field: Nigeria Crisis

27 May 2015

Helène Caux is UNHCR’s Senior Information Officer for West Africa based in Dakar. She was recently in the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon to report on the plight of refugees fleeing extremist violence in northern Nigeria. She spoke to Australia for UNHCR in April.

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Burundi: UNHCR and partners appeal for US$207 million for Burundi Emergency

25 May 2015

Today the UN Refugee Agency and 17 partners launched the Regional Refugee Response Plan to protect and assist up to 200,000 Burundian refugees in the neighbouring countries.

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Syria: Thousands flee Palmyra, UNHCR steps up aid

25 May 2015

The UN refugee agency and its partners are preparing aid for some 11,000 people who fled the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra and surrounding villages when they were overrun by militant forces this week.

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Tanzania: Cholera epidemic claims 31 lives, including 29 Burundian refugees

25 May 2015

The UN refugee on Friday reported that a cholera epidemic this week in Tanzania's lakeside Kagunga area has killed two local people and 29 Burundian refugees, adding to the serious challenges created by the forced population displacement from Burundi.

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SE Asia: UNHCR Statement on Southeast Asia Sea Movements

22 May 2015

UNHCR welcomes the commitment announced today by the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to resolve the issue of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Southeast Asia. This is an important initial step in the search for solutions to this issue, and vital for the purpose of saving lives.

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South East Asia: UNHCR says time running out for stranded boat people; urges governments to act

20 May 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that time was running out for thousands of people in distress at sea and urged governments in the South-east Asia region to urgently rescue and disembark these vulnerable people.

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SE Asia: Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration on the situation in Bay of Bengal

20 May 2015

Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration and Development: Search and rescue at sea, disembarkation, and protection of the human rights of refugees and migrants now imperative to save lives in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea

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Yemen: UNHCR assessments find desperate situation for displaced civilians

20 May 2015

The UN refugee agency was able to fly in six planeloads of aid to Sana'a and deliver aid stocks by road to Aden during a just-ended five-day truce in Yemen, but rapid assessment teams found enormous difficulties for thousands of civilians displaced by weeks of conflict.

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Indonesia: After long ordeal at sea, Rohingya find humanity

19 May 2015

As governments in the region deliberate over what to do with boatloads of vulnerable people stranded at sea, the people of Indonesia have spoken.

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Burundi: UNHCR says more than 105,000 refugees have fled violence

18 May 2015

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that more than 105,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape political violence in Burundi, with many now trapped in dire conditions in a border village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

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Yemen: UNHCR's aid airlift arrives safely

18 May 2015

The first of six UNHCR airplanes bringing urgently needed aid supplies landed safely in Yemen today boosting relief stocks in the war-ravaged country, on the third day of the temporary humanitarian pause.

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Ethiopia: South Sudanese refugees moved to new camps due to flood risk

18 May 2015

The Ethiopian government, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration relocated some 2,200 South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone Nip Nip to Jewi Camp in western Ethiopia's Gambella region. In the new camp, the refugees are assured of better humanitarian services and access to education for their children. The camp also has a much lower flood risk.

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Afghanistan: UNHCR Chief Guterres "extremely enthusiastic" after meeting with political leaders

18 May 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres praised the new Afghan government's commitment to solving the problems of internal displacement and re-integrating returning refugees, terming it crucial for the entire region.

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European Union: UNHCR hails EU proposed Agenda on Migration as breakthrough, urges speedy adoption

15 May 2015

UNHCR applauds the European Commission's proposals, announced earlier today, for dealing with the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean. The proposals include strengthened measures to save lives at sea, and improved mechanisms for allowing legal entry into the EU for people fleeing war, and providing for a fair redistribution of refugees

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Iraq: The pain of a family separated in flight from Ramadi

15 May 2015

After months of uncertainty, Imad, Nithal and three of their children fled the central Iraqi city of Ramadi in mid-April when clashes between government forces and militants spilled into their neighborhood. A decision they had to make so quickly, they weren't able to bring their eldest daughter with them.

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Somalia: UNHCR chief Guterres meets refugee returnees

13 May 2015

Twenty-two-year-old Ali Abdi Madar was born and raised in Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee camp. But when the opportunity arose to go to Somalia, his home country, he decided to take it.

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Yemen: UNHCR delivers aid by sea, prepares further assistance ahead of expected ceasefire

13 May 2015

A UN refugee agency shipment of aid has arrived by sea in the Yemen port of Hodeida carrying blankets, sleeping mats and kitchen utensils for 60,000 people while preparing to significantly step up its assistance if a proposed ceasefire comes into effect today.

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South Asia: UNHCR urges governments to continue high seas live-saving operations

13 May 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday called on governments in South-east Asia to step up search-and-rescue efforts and keep their borders open, amid continuing reports that thousands of people are stranded on smugglers' boats between the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca.

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Jordan: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini moved by the tragedy of Syria's youth

12 May 2015

UN Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, visiting refugee camps and cities in Jordan, said he felt strongly for the young people whose lives have been affected by war in Syria.

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Estonia: A huge burden lifted as Iraqi refugee restaurant owner gains citizenship

12 May 2015

Karwan first passed through Estonia in 2003 when he was on the run from Iraq's Kurdistan region during the rule of Saddam Hussein and heading for Finland, where he had close relatives. Denied entry to Finland, immigration officers sent him back to Estonia.

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Burundi: More than 50,000 flee to escape spiralling violence

11 May 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday warned that pre-election violence in Burundi threatens to undo some of the most promising developments in recent refugee history in Africa, with more than 50,000 Burundians fleeing to neighbouring countries since mid-April.

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Boat crossings: Some 25,000 risk crossing Bay of Bengal in 2015

11 May 2015

A UNHCR report released on Friday said that despite the risks, an estimated 25,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis boarded smugglers' boats on the Bay of Bengal between January and March this year – almost double the number over the same period in 2014.

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Ethiopia: Former IOC chief Rogge pledges more sport opportunities for refugees

11 May 2015

Jacques Rogge, former president of the International Olympic Committee, has this week visited young South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia and pledged to help them play more sport.

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Statelessness: Young Georgian mother breaks a cycle of suffering

11 May 2015

Olga Khutsishvili has bad memories of her childhood in Georgia, growing up in poverty and lacking access to a full education and other rights. "I didn´t know how to read and write, and everybody was laughing about me. I can´t recall those years without tears," the 19-year-old told UNHCR recently in the village of Dzegvi, where she lives with her mother and baby son.

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Statelessness: UNHCR helps indigenous people in Central America

8 May 2015

Elida Andrade has lived in the green hills around the small southern Costa Rican town of Sabalito for her whole life, but until recently the 18-year-old mother never really belonged anywhere.

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Italy: reception centres under strain as thousands rescued at sea

8 May 2015

As Italy struggled to cope with huge numbers of people rescued at sea, an ancient monastery was converted into emergency accommodation for 75 refugees and asylum-seekers. So far this year, some 60,000 men, women and children have braved the open sea, many in a desperate bid to find safety in Europe. More than 1,800 have perished in the attempt.

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Nepal: UNHCR flies in shelter materials for those displaced by earthquake

7 May 2015

The UN refugee agency has flown in shelter materials for some 34,000 earthquake survivors in Nepal, with more supplies on their way as the number of displaced people approaches 3 million.

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Ethiopia: Number of South Sudanese refugees passes 200,000 mark

5 May 2015

The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark and more are expected amid fresh conflict across the border.

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Jordan: Refugee businesses promise brighter future for Azraq camp

5 May 2015

Syrian residents at Jordan's Azraq refugee camp were given a taste of things to come on Thursday. Dozens of aspiring Syrian business owners showcased their wares and services at the bustling souk, and expressed the hope that the week-long market would soon become a permanent feature of camp life.

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Central African Republic: the conflict at risk of becoming the world's largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

29 April 2015

With nearly 900,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) forcibly displaced since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, the CAR crisis is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time. There are more than 460,000 CAR refugees in neighbouring countries and some 436,000 people are internally displaced. In the Central African Republic, a total of 2.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.

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Libya: UNHCR and partners help sea crossing survivors in detention centres

29 April 2015

As Europe responds to the problem of dangerous mixed migration flows across the Mediterranean, the UN refugee agency and its partners have been assisting hundreds of people in Libya rescued at sea or intercepted by the coastguard.

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Rwanda: Almost 21,000 Burundians flee in April to escape electoral violence

29 April 2015

Almost 21,000 Burundian civilians have fled to neighbouring Rwanda this month to escape electoral violence, including a surge of more than 5,000 who crossed the border over the weekend. Most of the refugees are women and children, who say they have experienced intimidation and threats of violence linked to the June 26 presidential election.

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Nepal: UNHCR rushes supplies to earthquake survivors

28 April 2015

The UN refugee agency joins the government and people of Nepal in mourning the victims of the devastating earthquake on 25 April. UNHCR is ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult times.

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Geneva: UNHCR Chief Guterres and Jolie Pitt address UN Security Council on Syria

28 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday warned that the international community must do everything possible to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in the Middle East before it becomes irreversible. UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie added her voice to the concern.

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Mediterranean: UNHCR pledges to help EU tackle enormous and intensifying tragedy

28 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday said the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants on the Mediterranean this year and the sea crossing of almost 40,000 people since January were symptoms of an "enormous and intensifying tragedy" that is playing out on Europe's southern frontiers.

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Europe: Joint statement on Mediterranean crossings

24 April 2015

Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development Peter Sutherland, and Director-General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing

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Europe: EU leaders strongly urged to put human life, rights and dignity first in Mediterranean decision

24 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Thursday joined other organizations in a call on European leaders to put human life, rights and dignity first today when agreeing upon a common response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.

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Europe: UNHCR gives qualified welcome to EU Mediterranean plans

22 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed European plans to tackle the challenges of irregular migration in the Mediterranean, but said saving human lives at sea should remain the priority after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives.

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Iraq: UNHCR concerned about the challenges facing thousands of Iraqis fleeing Ramadi

22 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that Iraqi civilians fleeing violence in Ramadi face numerous challenges, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.

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From the field: UNHCR’s Aoife McDonnell on the Syrian crisis

22 April 2015

Aoife McDonnell is a public information officer with UNHCR, based in Amman, Jordan. It’s her job to ensure the world knows the impact of the Syrian crisis, and of UNHCR’s ongoing work to ensure protection of Syrian refugees, by sharing their stories.

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Iraq: Shelter in a Storm

22 April 2015

The murderous advance of Islamic State forces in Iraq displaced nearly 2 million people in a matter of months. As cities fell in quick succession—Mosul, Kirkuk, Sinjar—thousands of terrified families sought safety in the Kurdish Government Region in northern Iraq.

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Yemen: UNHCR braces for refugees fleeing by boat

21 April 2015

The UN refugee agency said it is preparing to receive as many as 130,000 refugees who could flee by boat to Africa to escape the conflict in Yemen, even as it works to help hundreds of thousands of other refugees and Yemenis under threat inside the country.

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Europe: UNHCR calls for urgent action as hundreds feared lost in Mediterranean boat sinking

21 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean Sea, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

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Italy: Burns victims receive treatment in Sicilian hospital

21 April 2015

A crucifix hangs above one-year-old Dina as she lies, wrapped in bandages, on a bed at Palermo's central hospital. Although she sleeps, her body writhes in pain, and, on her face, a burn is beginning to peel. Her mother, Rahel, says the child still has bad dreams of the explosion that injured her before they left Libya on a boat.

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Mali: Birth certificates open doors for Mauritanian refugee children

21 April 2015

A quarter century after his grandfather fled from Mauritania to escape bitter inter-communal violence, 13-year-old Oumar stood with other young Mauritanian refugees to receive birth certificates in Mali – a step that opens the door to basic rights enjoyed by Malians.

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Italy: Burns victims rushed for treatment in Lampedusa after high seas ordeal

20 April 2015

A baby as young as six months, with severe burns across half of her face, was among traumatized survivors of the latest sea rescue off the coast of southern Italy's Lampedusa Island.

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South Africa: UNHCR concern at xenophobic violence

20 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday welcomed government efforts to contain a wave of xenophobia in South Africa but said it was "extremely concerned" about the attacks in the past three weeks that have killed six people and displaced more than 5,000 foreigners. Those uprooted include refugees and asylum-seekers.

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Rwanda: More than 8,000 Burundians flee the country to escape pre-election violence

20 April 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that pre-election violence and intimidation in Burundi has triggered a recent rise in the number of people seeking asylum in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UNHCR: New Mediterranean boat tragedy may be biggest ever, urgent action is needed now

20 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

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UK: Syrian refugees transform used tents into vibrant works of art

17 April 2015

Ever since she was in kindergarten in the western Syria city of Homs, Ibtihaj has dreamed of becoming an artist. She aspired to one day open her own gallery and showcase her work to the world. Now aged 12 years, Ibtihaj lives in Jordan, one of the more than 3.9 million Syrians who have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter overseas as a result of the conflict that erupted in March 2011.

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Lebanon: UNHCR chief meets struggling Syrian refugees

16 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres this week visited Syrian refugees living in harsh conditions in informal settlements in south Lebanon and called on the international community to do more to ease their plight.

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Italy: Latest deaths on Mediterranean highlight urgent need for increased rescue capacity

16 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday expressed shock at news from the Mediterranean that hundreds of people were missing after their boat sank and called anew for urgent action to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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Kenya: UNHCR urges Kenyan government rethink on Dadaab camp closure announcement

15 April 2015

The UN refugee agency, responding to Kenya's announcement that the Dadaab refugee camps should be closed within three months and 350,000 Somali refugees returned home, on Tuesday urged the government to reconsider.

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Italy: Coastguard rescues thousands of migrants and refugees in Mediterranean

15 April 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday renewed its call for stepped up rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the Italian Coastguard saved some 8,500 migrants and refugees trying to cross the high seas by irregular routes to Europe from North Africa.

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Brighter Lives for Refugees: IKEA campaign raises €10.8 million

13 April 2015

A campaign by the IKEA Foundation in the global retailer's stores this year raised €10.8 million that will improve the lives of refugees by providing educational opportunities and distributing renewable energy devices such as solar lights.

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Horn of Africa: UNHCR braces for refugees fleeing Yemen by boat

13 April 2015

The UN refugee agency said on Friday it is preparing to receive as many as 130,000 refugees who could flee by boat to Africa to escape the conflict in Yemen, even as it works to help hundreds of thousands of other refugees and Yemenis under threat inside the country.

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Hungary: Bangladeshi family cooks up success with new restaurant

13 April 2015

Family conversation in the miniscule kitchen above the Bangladeshi restaurant in downtown Budapest sounds more like a UN debate than an exchange among close relatives.

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Ecuador: Helping provide a stable life for Colombian refugees

9 April 2015

Her grandparents share Paula's* dream that someday she will be a veterinarian, but success is unlikely without stable employment. A new programme involving UNHCR is giving 200 refugee families like them new hope.

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Lebanon: A UNHCR centre eases tensions between Syrian refugees and their hosts

8 April 2015

In the town of Wadi Jamous in North Lebanon, a two-story concrete structure buzzes with the energy of mingling boys and girls, women and men from Lebanon and Syria. Six short months after its establishment, this UNHCR community centre has turned into a daily meeting point for refugees from Syria and their Lebanese hosts who were longing for a space where hope can grow.

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Brussels: Former Olympics chief Rogge puts focus on sport for young refugees

8 April 2015

When Belgian orthopaedic surgeon Jacques Rogge stepped down in 2013 as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he imagined that he would have time to catch up on his reading and other personal interests that he had put aside for years. But when the former Olympic yachtsman was then asked to help spread awareness about the importance of sport for refugee children, he could not resist the challenge.

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Philippines: returnees to Mindanao get business support from UNHCR

7 April 2015

For most of his life, Faizal Pasaki's existence has been closely tied to the seas. He begins his day at dawn, trailing his boat through the calm water into a field of empty plastic bottles bobbing on the surface, holding up ropes to harvest seaweed.

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South Sudan: UNHCR convoys stockpile supplies before rain blocks roads

2 April 2015

Trucks from the UN Refugee Agency have been moving steadily along the difficult roads of South Sudan in an operation to stockpile relief supplies for 238,000 refugees before the onset of the rainy season in May makes the route impassable for the next six months.

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Turkey: UNHCR concerned by border practices after deaths of two Iraqis at Bulgaria-Turkey border

1 April 2015

UN refugee agency on Tuesday expressed increasing concern that people needing international protection were being blocked from entering the European Union, citing the deaths of two Iraqi men who were in a group of 12 Yazidi people allegedly beaten by Bulgarian border guards.

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Syria: UNHCR chief says humanitarian needs now outstripping funds available

1 April 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees told an international conference of donors on Tuesday the Syrian war had reached a dangerous tipping point, with increasing desperation among refugees and in host communities and a widening gap between humanitarian needs and available funding.

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Sudan: ID cards bring life-saving benefits for South Sudanese refugees

31 March 2015

Teresa Majouk*, a 35-year-old South Sudanese refugee, did not fully understand the importance of the ID card she had received from the Sudanese authorities until she went into a difficult labour last month.

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Hungary: Iranian asylum-seeker uses sport to heal body and soul

31 March 2015

Najib,* a tall, muscular man, sits in the small gym where he exercises, telling a horrifying tale of arbitary punishment against his wife in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Only his passion for sports, he says, allows him to conquer the pain and be strong in exile for his wife and six-year-old son.

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DRC: UNHCR condemns kidnapping of Congolese refugees by LRA rebels

30 March 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday called for the immediate release of Congolese refugees kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has intensified attacks in the area bordering the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year.

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Kenya: Student excels at Angelina Jolie Pitt-funded girls school in refugee camp

30 March 2015

Naomi Chol studied at a school funded and supported by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, but the 16-year-old from South Sudan has become a celebrity herself in a Kenyan refugee camp.

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Cameroon: UNHCR Chief appeals for more aid to cope with Nigerian refugee influx

27 March 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has called for greatly increased humanitarian and development assistance to Cameroon after touring a camp that is hosting tens of thousands of refugees who escaped violence in neighbouring Nigeria.

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Asylum trends 2014 report: applications for asylum in industrialized world soar to almost 900,000

27 March 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that the wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year.

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South Korea: Syrian car mechanic struggles to find business in the safe haven of Seoul

25 March 2015

When he fled from his home in Aleppo, Syria two years ago, Ajar Ahmad* had only one thought on his mind: Run. Run as far as possible from the danger.

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Jordan: Iris scan system provides cash lifeline to Syrian refugees

24 March 2015

Despite having a job, Syrian refugees Abu Ahmad says the family couldn't survive without the monthly cash assistance of 100 dinars (US$140) he receives from UNHCR. The extra money enables him to buy formula milk and nappies for his one-year-old son, pay the electricity, water and heating bills, and cover the cost of his own medication.

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Gender Equality: Celebrating the Courage of Women

24 March 2015

As the world marked International Women’s Day in March, UNHCR celebrated the courage and strength of women in conflict zones. Many refugee women struggle alone to support and care for their families in exile. Others become targets for violence and exploitation. From Syria to Democratic Republic of the Congo, women tell their stories of survival.

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Entrepreneurship: Tailor, Baker, Pizza Maker - Meet the Refugees Starting Businesses

24 March 2015

As the sun rises over Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, the air fills with the comforting smell of baking pizza dough. The Pizzeria of Peace is just one of the many enterprises to spring up along Za’atri’s bustling main street over the past four years. It is a prime example of the entrepreneurial spirit of refugees who apply their skills to meet the needs of their new communities.

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Philippines: Fighting in Mindanao island displaces more than 120,000

23 March 2015

Fighting between government forces and armed groups in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao has forced more than 120,000 people to flee their homes since late January, when the conflict flared.

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Syria: Surge in fighting causes more to flee to Jordan

20 March 2015

Large numbers of Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan in recent days, including a growing number from the southern governorate of Dara'a driven out by a surge in fighting which they say left them with no option other than to flee.

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DRC: Helping women inside the 'Triangle of Death'

19 March 2015

50-year-old Dominique* was living in a camp for displaced people in Katanga’s Triangle of Death when she spoke to UNHCR’s Céline Schmidt: “I was in the fields...then a man came and dragged me away. He took me to the bush. There were three men there and they all slept with me. Then they took me to a place where they were keeping other women. I also became their wife.”

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Uganda: Innovative new stove saves energy and time for refugees

19 March 2015

To hear Sarah Barasebwa talk about her family's favorite possession, it sounds almost miraculous: it adds hours to her day, keeps her safe, saves firewood, has increased her crops and enables her son to go to school. What could accomplish all that? Her Save80 energy-saving stove and its aptly-named accompanying Wonderbox.

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Ethiopia: UNHCR relocates 50,000 South Sudan refugees ahead of rainy season

18 March 2015

The UN refugee agency this week began relocating more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas of western Ethiopia ahead of the start of the rainy season in late April.

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Iraq: Q&A - positive outlook for the country but improvement will take months to show

18 March 2015

Following last year's turmoil in northern and central Iraq, the political and security progress in Iraq remains positive, but UNHCR Representative in Iraq Neill Wright believes it will take many more months before this is reflected in an improvement in the daily lives of most Iraqi citizens.

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Syria: UNHCR delivers aid in eastern Aleppo for first time in 2015

17 March 2015

The UN refugee agency and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been able to deliver urgently needed aid to thousands of people in eastern Aleppo for the first time since last October, thanks to a temporary ceasefire. The six-hour truce between government and anti-government forces last Sunday enabled the aid workers to deliver medicine, medical supplies and winter clothing as we'll as food supplies from the World Food Programme to more than 7,000 people in the hard-to-access areas of Aleppo.

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Iran: Refugee fund paves way towards self-reliance for Afghan refugees

17 March 2015

Ali Jan Jafari, a 41 year old Afghan refugee says the traditional view in his homeland is that women should stay at home and look after the children. Ali has opened a small garment business in Esfahan, central Islamic Republic of Iran with a loan granted through a revolving fund set up by UNHCR and Iran's Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants' Affairs (BAFIA) in 2013 to help increase employment opportunities and encourage self-sufficiency, particularly for vulnerable female refugees.

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Chad: Separated while fleeing Nigeria, young refugee couple celebrate their reunion

17 March 2015

It was early morning in Baga, in Nigeria, when 22-year-old pregnant mother Zulaika heard the gunshots. She had just enough time to grab her two-year-old and run into the bush, before militants overran the town, massacring hundreds.

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Syria: UNHCR warns of bleaker future for refugees as Syrian conflict enters 5th year

16 March 2015

As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, the UN refugee agency warned on Thursday that millions of refugees in neighbouring countries and those displaced within the country are caught in deteriorating conditions, facing an even bleaker future without more international support.

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Syrian conflict: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt statement as the conflict entered its fifth year

16 March 2015

As the conflict in Syria entered its fifth year, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt said: "It is deeply alarming that the international response so clearly falls short of what is needed to end the conflict in Syria."

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Statelessness: UNHCR calls for global commitment on women's nationality rights

11 March 2015

As part of its #IBelong campaign to end statelessness, the UN refugee agency on Tuesday called for a global commitment to ensure all women can pass on their nationality to their children.

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Ukraine: UNHCR delivers aid amid worsening conditions

11 March 2015

The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it is "extremely concerned" about the worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, particularly in the areas controlled by anti-government forces.

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Kenya: Sudanese Lost Boy to promote refugee cause as UNHCR High Profile Supporter

10 March 2015

Hollywood actor and model Ger Duany, one of the thousands of orphaned or separated Lost Boys forced to flee Sudan during the 1983-2005 civil war, on Monday was named as a high profile supporter of the UN refugee agency at a film screening in Nairobi.

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International Women's Day: Entrepreneurial Congolese refugee starts restaurant for refugees and aid workers

9 March 2015

Masika Basemé-Jeanne is a Congoleser refugee living in Sherkole refugee camp in Western Ethiopia. The former taxi driver was uprooted from a happy life in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012. Her husband was killed in 2013, perceived to be a human rights activist. Masika now lives in Sherkole with her mother and five children, rebuilding her life by starting a restaurant.

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Hungary: Desperate Iraqis arrive after detouring through war-torn Ukraine

6 March 2015

When Yusuf* and Omar* met in a smuggler's van on the outskirts of Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv, in October, they thought they were heading for Slovakia, en route to a new life in Western Europe.

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Cameroon: Some 16,000 refugees seek shelter following clashes in north-east Nigeria

4 March 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that some 16,000 Nigerian refugees fled to Cameroon's Far North region over the weekend to escape clashes in north-east Nigeria between regional military forces and insurgents.

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Chad: Whirlwind romance for Nigerian refugees, met and married in camp

4 March 2015

Moussa got married this morning. "I'm on my honeymoon today," says the Nigerian national, who only met his wife Zara a few weeks ago in a refugee camp in western Chad.

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Sudan: Government issues ID cards to tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees

4 March 2015

The Sudan government has begun to register South Sudanese living in the country and issuing them with ID cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services.

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Jordan: Syrian refugee starts pizza delivery service in Za'atari camp

3 March 2015

A Syrian entrepreneur has brought a slice of normal life to refugees and aid workers in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp by starting the camp's first pizza delivery service.

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Central African Republic: UN rapporteur looks at how to restore stability and peaceful coexistence

3 March 2015

The violence and suffering in the Central African Republic has faded from world attention, but although the general security situation is not as dire as a year ago, the country remains fragile. People continue to flee their homes every day. An upsurge in violence has forced the displacement of almost 50,000 people since the start of the year.

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Central African Republic: Fresh violence displaces almost 50,000 people

27 February 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that an upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has forced the displacement of almost 50,000 people since the start of the year.

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Lebanon: Syrian refugees' hope and thoughts of home

27 February 2015

Ali* and his family are living through their third winter in Lebanon, but thoughts of their Syrian home in the city of Idlib are never far away. "If we could go home, we would. But as long as the troubles last we can't," said the 30-year old, recalling the conflict in Syria. "We are thankful for the Lebanese."

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Cote D'Ivoire: West African leaders pledge to work together to reduce statelessness

27 February 2015

West African nations pledged this week at a high-level meeting in Côte d'Ivoire to step up efforts aimed at resolving the situation of hundreds of thousands of stateless people in the region.

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United Nations Security Council: Open Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

27 February 2015

United Nations Security Council. Open Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria. Remarks by António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 26 February 2015.

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Egypt: Portrait at exhibition links young Syrian burns victim to medical help

24 February 2015

A picture at an exhibition has helped to change the life of Judy El Khatib, a nine-year-old Syrian girl who had been unable to move her right arm since suffering bad burn injuries four years ago.

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Central African Republic: Displaced boy goes on hunger strike, dies before family reunion possible

18 February 2015

The pain of separation and suffering proved too much for one young boy from Central African Republic, who died last week after going on hunger strike, desperate to escape his situation, effectively trapped by soldiers in a CAR town. Youssoufa died one week before his parents were reunited with his siblings.

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West Africa: Abidjan meeting brings hope for stateless people

18 February 2015

Next week, Côte d'Ivoire will host a high-level regional meeting on the situation and future of hundreds of thousands of people who struggle to get by without a nationality in West Africa. The UN refugee agency, which will be represented by High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, estimates that some 750,000 of the world's 10 million stateless people live in West Africa, mostly in Côte d'Ivoire.

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Australia: Stepping Out for Refugees

18 February 2015

Tilly Leunig has tremendous spirit. Last July, she embarked on a journey across Australia, Africa and Europe with her husband Geoff, counting her steps and raising funds for Australia for UNHCR.

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Turkey: Kobani refugees encouraged to move into newest and largest camp

17 February 2015

Aysha, her husband Wazam and their six children, are among the first residents of Turkey's newest and largest refugee camp, which opened in late January to accommodate tens of thousands of Syrian refugees from the town of Kobani, just across the nearby border.

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DRC: Australians to Extend Support to the Women of Katanga

17 February 2015

When Australia for UNHCR’s Deputy Director, Debra O’Neill, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year, she found a society torn apart by conflict. It is a poor country struggling with massive population displacement and appalling rates of sexual violence.

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Nigeria: As violence spreads UNHCR calls for urgent access to help the displaced

16 February 2015

The UN refugee agency, concerned about the spread of violence from north-east Nigeria into neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, on Friday called for urgent humanitarian access to refugees and internally displaced people in these countries.

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Europe: UNHCR calls for more robust search-and-rescue operation on Mediterranean

13 February 2015

After 300 people have been confirmed missing in the Mediterranean, the UN refugee agency called on the European Union (EU) to urgently change its approach to dealing with irregular crossings of the Mediterranean Sea and make saving lives the topmost priority.

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Turkey: country proves a saviour for Syrian pensioner recovering from a stroke

13 February 2015

After spending his working life in the northern Syrian town of Kobani, Muhammed Ibrahim Shanun thought the hard times were over. "I was finally retired and hoped that my life would now be easier," he told UNHCR recently in the Turkish town of Suruc, some 10 kilometres from the border.

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Tunisia: UNHCR delivers medical aid to hospital in Benghazi

13 February 2015

The UN refugee agency has delivered urgently needed medicine and medical supplies to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, where fighting since last May has displaced up to 100,000 people.

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Europe: 300 migrants and refugees confirmed missing, feared dead, in the Mediterranean

12 February 2015

The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said it was "shocked" at evidence that some 300 migrants and refugees may have died after setting off from the coast of Libya in four dinghies at the weekend.

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Ukraine: Generosity of locals helps those forced from home face winter cold

12 February 2015

"I do not have any warm clothes, nothing for the winter at all," he says as his wife, Antonina, helps him try on a coat. "Even this thin jacket I am wearing now was lent to me by our friends who generously took us into their apartment here in Kharkiv," he explains.

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Italy: at least 29 refugees die off Italian coast, UNHCR urges increased search and rescue

11 February 2015

At least 29 people lost their lives Monday in the latest Mediterranean tragedy off Italy's Lampedusa Island. The UN refugee agency on Tuesday mourned the first major maritime loss of life this year off the coast of Italy, and called on the European Union to beef up search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Ukraine: internal displacement nears 1 million as fighting escalates in Donetsk region

9 February 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region is creating new displacement and pushing the number of registered internally displaced people (IDP) close to the 1 million mark.

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Nigeria: refugee children lose family in the desperate dash for safety

9 February 2015

Since militants attacked the Nigerian town of Baga a month ago, more than 14,000 people have found safety in Chad, including hundreds of children who are still suffering.

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UNHCR Legal Position: Despite court ruling on Sri Lankans detained at sea, Australia bound by international obligations

5 February 2015

UNHCR has followed with deep concern Australia's recent policies and practices of interception at sea, detention and removal of individuals who may be seeking Australia's protection.

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Kenya: Innovative new school opens up a new world for Somali refugees

5 February 2015

Thirty pairs of fascinated eyes watch the big white screen; fingers glide across new tablet computers. A class of students at the Nasib Secondary School in north-east Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp complex, is enjoying a history lesson about the Portuguese in Africa.

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Lebanon: More tragedy for widowed Syrian as triplet son dies

4 February 2015

Two years after Saleh fled the war in Syria with his wife and three young children, tragedy still haunts his family in neighbouring Lebanon, where they sought shelter.

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Greece: Syrians desperate, face danger trying to reach safety

3 February 2015

Eight Syrian and Palestinian men sit in an Athens basement and swap stories about their escape from the war in Syria and attempts to reach safety in Europe. Each refugee has a different tale to tell, but all share the common thread of desperation and danger faced in crossing to Greece.

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UNHCR: IKEA rekindles Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign for second year

3 February 2015

Following the success of last year's campaign, the IKEA Foundation on Monday launched a two-month fund-raising drive in stores worldwide to provide renewable energy and education projects in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan.

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Sudan: Fresh fighting forces 3,000 to flee Nuba Mountains

2 February 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that fresh fighting in Sudan's Nuba Mountains has led to an increase in the number of people fleeing to South Sudan in the past month.

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Greece: UNHCR welcomes asylum process reforms, but more needs to be done

2 February 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday commended Greece for reforming its asylum process during tough economic and political times for the southern European nation, but noted that more needed to be done.

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Honduras: Deported children face deadly new dangers on return

30 January 2015

The gunman was waiting as Marco Antonio Cortés boarded a bus in the north-west Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. One pull of the trigger and the 18-year-old was dead, adding to the alarming toll of young Honduran males who are attacked, killed or simply disappear after being deported from the United States or Mexico.

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Cote D'Ivoire: African Union and UNHCR push for refugees' right to nationality in Africa

30 January 2015

A report published by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights has called for reform of nationality laws and documentation procedures in Africa, to ensure that every person is entitled to a nationality. Without a nationality, a person does not enjoy certain legal rights, including the right to vote, and are often deprived access to public services including education and healthcare.

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Chad: Thousands of Nigerians flee across Lake Chad with harrowing tales

29 January 2015

Thousands of Nigerian refugees have been arriving in western Chad by canoe this month with harrowing tales of the situation in north-east Nigeria, and UNHCR is preparing for a further influx of people amid the continuing violence.

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Iraq: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie calls for international leadership to end suffering

27 January 2015

The UN refugee agency's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR and partners seek US$331 million to help refugees

27 January 2015

The UN refugee agency and its partners on Friday appealed for US$331 million to help almost half-a-million Central African Republic refugees struggling to survive in neighbouring countries.

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Ukraine conflict: UNHCR calls for unimpeded access in eastern Ukraine

27 January 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed concern that new Ukrainian government regulations are undermining humanitarian agencies' ability to help people in need, creating the conditions for a major humanitarian crisis.

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Ukraine: UNHCR assists victims of shelling in Mariupol

27 January 2015

The UN refugee agency has reacted swiftly to help people forced to flee their homes when the southern Ukrainian town of Mariupol came under rocket fire at the weekend, providing plastic sheeting for shelter construction.

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Iran: UNHCR helps bring water to locals and Afghan refugees

22 January 2015

Kobra is Iranian and lives in a village near Sarvestan Refugee Settlement, which provides shelter to about 10,000 Afghanis and lies about an hour's drive away from Shiraz in the Islamic Republic of Iran's Fars province. She lives a hard life, but now has something to smile about. "Over the past months, we have been receiving clean water from the taps at home for 24 hours a day.

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Afghanistan: ECHO-funded UNHCR shelter project helps rebuild lives

21 January 2015

Fathiyah* has almost nothing, but says that she still feels rich. The mother of three lost her home and many of her possessions last year, when armed militants forced her family out of their village in northern Afghanistan's Faryab province.

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From the field: Four things I learnt about the Middle East

20 January 2015

Regular readers of Australia for UNHCR’s E-Newsletter may recall our field mission to Jordan with the ABC in October – November 2014 to speak with Syrian refugees and to see how Australian donations are helping those in need. Here Greg reflects on the experience and to share what he learnt with Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp.

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Central Africa: Refugees hungry for hope

20 January 2015

In December 34-year-old Nyachot, a mother of four, began to fear for her children’s future. After UNHCR and its partners were forced to cut rations for refugees from South Sudan and the Central African Republic by 60%, she and her family endured great hardship.

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Libya: Fresh fighting triggers displacement

19 January 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that stepped up fighting in Benghazi and other towns and cities in eastern Libya since the start of the year has sparked fresh displacement.

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Niger: UNHCR urges suspension of returns to Nigeria

19 January 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed concern about the return to Nigeria of hundreds of refugees from Niger this week as the number of people fleeing militant attacks in northern Nigeria continued to grow. UNHCR urged the authorities in both countries to halt the repatriation.

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Iraq: Measuring out a new camp for refugees

16 January 2015

UNHCR's technical advisor, Chris Nixon takes measured, large strides across the swathe of desert that has been flattened and pushed into something resembling a sandy football pitch. "We should be able to accommodate at least 500 tent plots on this site." Each tent will become home to six people, the average size of a family in the region.

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Jordan: Two thirds of Syrian refugees living below the poverty line - UNHCR report

15 January 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres says large numbers of Syrian refugees are sliding into abject poverty, and at an alarming rate, due to the magnitude of the crisis and insufficient support from the international community. This statement is supported by the UNHCR report, "Living in the Shadows".

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Geneva: UNHCR chief urges action to tackle rising poverty of Syrian refugees

15 January 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres appealed on Wednesday for a huge increase in financial support to Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them, as a new report revealed large numbers slipping deeper into poverty.

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Romania: A safe stop on the road to resettlement for Somali refugees

14 January 2015

Ahmed, a 24-year-old Somali, sat in a bus and fidgeted anxiously as it took him and a group of fellow refugees from Timisoara's Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) on a trip outside the city in western Romania. The journey was a simple excursion – part of the ETC's programme to prepare particularly vulnerable refugees for resettlement in a new country. But for Ahmed, who had spent years either in flight or in camps, it was a journey into the free world – one he has had little experience with.

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Lebanon: Young Syrian refugees learn to sow for their supper

13 January 2015

Syrian refugee Abdallah learnt to garden from his grandfather when he was a child. Today, Abdullah is passing on his knowledge to other young Syrians at a community centre in the highlands of neighbouring Lebanon, where they found shelter with their families after fleeing the fighting that has torn their homeland apart. Abdallah's students also include teenagers from the local host community.

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Hungry for help: refugees in Kenya feel the effects of recent food cuts

12 January 2015

Nyachot squints up at the midday sun above Kakuma Camp as she stirs the daily meal for her family. Before last November, the 34-year-old South Sudanese refugee could cook twice a day. But when the World Food Programme cut rations by 50 per cent that month, she feared for her children's future.

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Jordan: Winter storms bring more hardship to refugees in Za'atari camp

12 January 2015

Extreme weather has wreaked havoc for Syrian refugees living in Jordan's Za'atari camp over the past few days, flooding homes, collapsing tents and forcing hundreds to wait out the storms in emergency shelters or with neighbours and relatives.

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More than 7,000 flee to western Chad to escape attacks on key town in Nigeria

12 January 2015

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that some 7,300 Nigerian refugees have arrived in western Chad in the past 10 days, fleeing attacks by insurgents on Baga town and surrounding villages in north-east Nigeria.

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Central African Republic: As one year ends, refugees make a wish for 2015

12 January 2015

As people around the world ushered in the New Year last week, refugees at a camp in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo joined in the celebrations, uncertain of what 2015 will bring them.

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Bulgaria: Bureaucracy threatens the dream of enterprising refugees

12 January 2015

Located beside a busy farmers market in the Krasno Selo quarter of Sofia, the "Persia" beauty salon is a cozy and inviting place where customers can be primped, pampered and groomed with Middle Eastern hospitality.

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Refugee population grows: War stokes growth in forced displacement in first half 2014

9 January 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that war in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere had uprooted an estimated 5.5 million people during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the number of people forcibly displaced.

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Winter crisis: Refugees caught in heavy snow as storms lash Lebanon and Jordan

8 January 2015

Thousands of refugees across Lebanon and Jordan have been struggling to keep warm and protect their shelters this week as severe winter storms bring plummeting temperatures, heavy snow, strong winds and lashing rain to the region.

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Italy: Syrians face uncertain future after terrifying ordeal in a cargo ship

7 January 2015

When the livestock freighter Ezadeen was towed into the southern port of Corigliano Calabro earlier this month, 21-year-old Bashar thought his ordeal was finally over. For almost two weeks, he and his 13-year-old sister Maya had huddled together in pens made for livestock, with more than 350 other Syrian refugees.

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Ukraine: Families displaced by war rely on the kindness of strangers to get by

7 January 2015

Displaced by Ukraine's 10-month-old war, Vladimir's family of four now lives in the cramped former offices of a shipyard in the south-eastern city of Mariupol along with 147 other people. "It's better than being shelled," he says cheerfully. Mariupol has about twice as many people living in collective centres as other cities in Ukraine – 12 per cent compared to a national average of six percent. But either of these figures is low for an emergency, says Oldrich Andrysek, UNHCR's regional representative.

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Geneva: UNHCR report shows continuing growth in forced displacement in first half 2014

7 January 2015

The UN Refugee Agency has reported that with war raging across large swathes of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, an estimated 5.5 million people became newly uprooted during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the total number of people forcibly displaced.

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Hungary: Once a child refugee, young Afghan man tells his story

6 January 2015

"Now I will tell you my story, but after that, I don't want to look back anymore," he says. "I want to focus on my future." Dariush was a child refugee from Afghanistan, who came unaccompanied into Hungary when he was just 15 years old.

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Iraq: Displaced seek safety and aid in camps as winter falls

31 December 2014

More than 3,000 internally displaced Iraqis are living in Arbat camp three months after it opened to shelter to some of the 2 million people uprooted by conflict in northern and central Iraq in 2014.

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Myanmar: Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust

30 December 2014

For 18 months they lived side by side but did not see or talk to each other. Following the 2012 inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, Muslim and Buddhist neighbours in this mixed village in northern Rakhine state were divided by fear and mistrust even though they were not directly affected by the unrest.

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Mozambique: Burundian refugee awarded top university prize

29 December 2014

When the Chancellor of Lurio University announced that the best overall student in the graduating class of 2014 would be receiving their diploma directly from the then President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, 28 year old Burundian refugee Olivet Nyankuru never expected to hear his name called out.

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Tunisia: Refugees and asylum seekers facing an uncertain future

29 December 2014

With the fighting in Libya intensifying, humanitarian workers believe there could be a fresh, large scale influx of migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a new exodus of Libyans, who are allowed by Tunisia to stay visa free for several months and enjoy many of the same rights as Tunisian citizens. There are estimated to be more than one million Libyans already staying in the country.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR seeks rescue of ethnic group trapped in Yaloke

24 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed growing concern for hundreds of members of the ethnic Peuhl minority trapped for several months in the town of Yaloke. Adults and children among the 474 Muslim Peuhl in Yaloke have become severely malnourished. More than 30 per cent are suffering from malaria. And there are six known cases of tuberculosis. Since their arrival in Yaloke last April, 42 people among the group have died, while others are becoming weaker by the day.

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Syria: Higher education programme helps refugees continue studies

23 December 2014

With the help of a UNHCR higher education programme, Iraqi refugee Fatima has found her way to study medicine at the University of Damascus. She hopes that one day she can use her skills to help her fellow Iraqis live a better life. "If it wasn't for UNHCR's scholarship, I would never have been able to make it to college," she says.

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Lebanon: Italian football great Franco Baresi opens sports centre for UNHCR

22 December 2014

AC Milan legend Franco Baresi has opened a renovated sports centre in the Lebanon city of Tripoli under a UNHCR project aimed at helping young Syrian refugees overcome trauma and make friends with Lebanese children.

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Eastern Congo: Beni region rocked by killings, rights abuses and fear

22 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday called for humanitarian access to the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo amid a deteriorating security and human rights situation for the civilian population.

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Ukraine: Déjà vu for grandfather displaced by war

19 December 2014

As a boy during World War Two, Victor Dmitriyevich Marchenko hid from German soldiers in the cornfields of central Ukraine. He never imagined he'd have to take to the fields again at the age of 77 to save his life as shells rained around him.

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Afghan refugees: Hungarian border last hurdle to safety from war zone

19 December 2014

Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria. "We must be happy," he says. "If I'm sad I can't continue."

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Syria crisis: UN and partners seek US$8.4 billion for programme in 2015

19 December 2014

As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than US$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.

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LGBTI rights: UNHCR helps gay Congolese man to find a new home

17 December 2014

When Junior Mayema's mother found out that he was gay, she arranged for him to be killed. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) community is very common in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the help of UNHCR, Junior is starting a new life in the United States.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: rivals set an example for peace in Katanga village

16 December 2014

Rivalry between groups in the DRC is incredibly common, however in the Mukondo site for internally displaced people, members of the rival communities live together peacefully – a unique example to their battling brethren in Democratic Republic of the Congo's troubled Katanga province.

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Hungary: Syrians give back to the country that gave them refuge and hope

15 December 2014

Yasser is a Syrian refugee who became a hairdresser after resettling in Hungary. Yasser hopes one day to run his own beauty salon, working alongside his wife, who is a beautician. But for now, Yasser is using his new vocation to give back to Hungary, by offering free haircuts to the poor. "That's the least I can do," Yasser said. "Hungary embraced us and I'm very grateful for that. It's a poor country, but they nevertheless help refugees."

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Deaths at sea: UNHCR urges focus on saving lives as numbers of people seeking asylum by boat near 350,000

11 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.

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UNHCR: Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

11 December 2014

"The time-honored tradition of rescue at sea enshrined in international law is in jeopardy. Important conventions establish the obligation of a ship's captain to render assistance to people in distress at sea and of States to coordinate and cooperate to deliver those rescued at sea to a place of safety within a reasonable time. These obligations apply regardless of the migration status of the persons in distress at sea."

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR backs Colombian women in response to sexual violence

11 December 2014

Sixteen-year-old Susana* had a short and unhappy life, beaten to death by a jealous and controlling husband. The man was a bully who used to tell Susana how to do her hair and decided whether or not she could paint her fingernails.

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Germany: Resettlement offers hope to ailing Syrian refugees in need of treatment

11 December 2014

Young Abdu was born deaf and needed a cochlear implant that could drastically improve his hearing and his life; 17-year-old Abdullah suffered from a blood disorder and was in danger of dying without an urgent transfusion. UNHCR and its partners have helped Abdu and Abdullah and many patients in need of live-saving care but they also face fund-raising restrictions.

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Geneva: Governments agree to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees

10 December 2014

Governments meeting in Geneva today pledged to increase the number of Syrian refugees they are accepting through resettlement and other humanitarian mechanisms.

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Geneva: Donors pledge US$500 million for UNHCR operations, down on 2014

10 December 2014

Donor nations on Tuesday promised an initial US$500.8 million for the work of the UN refugee agency in 2015, some US$170 million less than the amount granted in 2014. The funds will be used to help almost 43 million forcibly displaced or stateless people worldwide next year, yet more is needed to meet demand.

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16 Days of Activism: Colombia's Butterflies take wing to spread message

10 December 2014

A network of women's rights group in Colombia, winner of this year's Nansen Refugee Award, has been exchanging views and experiences with similar groups in South America with UNHCR help.

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SOMALIA: First Somali refugees in Kenya decide to return home

9 December 2014

Somali refugees are crossing the border from Kenya to return home as part of a six month project forged of an agreement between the Government of Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR. Refugees to be provided with support by UNHCR to safely return to Somalia and reestablish their lives in the areas they originated from. The agreement governs voluntary repatriations to Somalia and ensures that returnees are treated with safety and dignity.

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Pakistan: Teacher brings education to hundreds in refugee village

9 December 2014

When Aqeela started her teaching career 22 years ago in northern Pakistan, the toughest and most important lesson she learned was that she had to first educate the parents about the importance of letting their children, especially the daughters, go to school.

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Asia-Pacific: More people risk Indian Ocean voyages despite abuse, deterrence

8 December 2014

A new UNHCR report released on Friday has found that more people are risking their lives on smugglers' boats in South-East Asia despite the prospect of violence en route. The refugee agency estimates that 54,000 people have undertaken irregular maritime journeys in the region so far this year.

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Pakistan: Afghan girl embraces new beginning after escaping forced marriage

8 December 2014

When her abusive, drug addict father told Zakia* that she must marry a man twice her age, the then 15-year-old Afghan refugee protested. She was barred from leaving the family home in the northern Pakistan city of Peshawar, threatened and severely beaten by her brothers, leaving her with scars as a permanent reminder. She had two options: marry the older stranger or run away. She chose the second, much riskier option.

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Central African Republic - More than 850,000 people remain displaced

6 December 2014

One year after a mainly Christian militia group ousted a rebel umbrella alliance from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, more than 850,000 people, or nearly a fifth of the country's population, remain displaced.

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Latin America and the Caribbean: Region aim to end statelessness within the next decade

5 December 2014

Latin America and Caribbean countries today agreed to work together to uphold the highest international and regional protection standards, find innovative solutions to protect refugees, displaced people and end the plight of the region's stateless. These commitments, embodied in the Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action, are the outcome of a ministerial meeting in Brasilia, which rounds off the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees.

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Ukraine: The approach of winter threatens thousands

5 December 2014

Dozens of shivering and anxious men, women and children cluster in front of a special building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. "I heard they are distributing winter clothes," said one of them, Aleksandr, who fled his community just outside Donetsk when shells began to fall on his neighbourhood earlier this year. "So I came."

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Ukraine: Conflict uproots hundreds of thousands of people

5 December 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that fighting in eastern Ukraine this year has forced more than half-a-million people to flee their homes and find shelter elsewhere in the country, while hundreds of thousands have fled to Russia and other neighbouring states.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Housing programme to help Bosnians rebuild two decades after the war

3 December 2014

The Regional Housing Programme – funded by the European Union and supported by UNHCR and other international organizations and donors – plans to funnel millions of euros into the Balkans to provide housing for tens of thousands of people who were displaced during the conflicts of the 1990s. Many, like the Gutas, lost their homes.

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JORDAN: Australia for UNHCR and Triple J at the Syrian Border

3 December 2014

It is now a year since we joined with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to raise funds for UNHCR’s extensive refugee relief operations on the Syrian border. To mark this, Australia for UNHCR staff member Greg Mills and Triple J journalist Tom Tilley visited refugee camps to report back to the Australian public on how their donations are assisting Syrian refugees and their families.

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CENTRAL AFRICA: Thousands of children in Africa could die of starvation by Christmas

3 December 2014

Please give generously to Australia for UNHCR’s Christmas Appeal and help to protect these most vulnerable mothers and babies from the ravages of malnutrition.

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World Disability Day: South Sudanese woman overcomes blindness to reach safety

3 December 2014

The sound of gunfire filling her ears, Nyantay Gatkuoth, 40-something and blind, could only catch snippets of conversation from people running past her about what was happening.

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World AIDS Day: We need to close the gap in HIV treatment

2 December 2014

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday marked World AIDS Day by stressing the importance of closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and those who are being left behind.

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SYRIAN REFUGEES: WFP food cuts threaten tens of thousands

2 December 2014

The UN refugee agency today called for urgent international support to the World Food Programme (WFP), which has been forced to suspend food assistance for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. "This couldn't come at a worse time," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. I urgently appeal to the international community – support WFP now, don't let refugees go hungry."

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ASIA-PACIFIC: Ministers agree on civil registration for all by 2024

1 December 2014

An Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all by 2024. This also applies to refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people. The week-long Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, held in Bangkok, declared a desire to have all people (including refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people) included in all civil registers within 10 years. Civil registration ensures that people enjoy a legal identity and all relevant legal, health and political protections of the state.

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NIGER: Deadly Boko Haram attack forces more than 3,000 to flee to Niger

1 December 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that a Boko Haram attack this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to the Diffa region in neighbouring Niger.

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"Easy to ignore": people with no nationality slip through the cracks

28 November 2014

When asked about his past, Ousmane* hesitates, clearly reluctant to talk about it. He has suffered a great deal in his life, and it pains him to recount bad memories.

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Survival and Loss: A young Syrian woman's deadly voyage to Europe

27 November 2014

Nineteen-year-old Doaa al Zamel fled her home in Syria in the hope of finding safety and a better future; she ended up desperately fighting for her life in the Mediterranean Sea and losing her fiancé.

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR vows to work for the end of child marriage

26 November 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday condemned child marriage and said his organization must do its utmost to help stop the practice, which affects an estimated 15 million girls every year. His remarks came in a short ceremony in Geneva to mark the annual 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, where he said it was UNHCR's duty to counter child marriage.

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SYRIA: An Iraqi refugee's mission to educate her children

26 November 2014

Mother of five Aisha has not stopped life as a refugee from ensuring her children get an education. The family fled from Iraq in 2011 amidst mounting sectarian violence. When Aisha could no longer send the kids to school on her own income, UNHCR stepped in to provide financial support for an education.

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BULGARIA: Bulgarians urged to "see refugees through new eyes" in media campaign

25 November 2014

A new anti-xenophobia campaign has been launched by the UN refugee agency in Bulgaria, encouraging Bulgarians to "see refugees through new eyes". New Moment New Ideas donated the creative for the ads to UNHCR. "The idea for this campaign, the most ambitious we have ever launched here, is to encourage people to see refugees for who they are – regular people who have fled horrific violence and persecution," says Roland-François Weil, UNHCR's representative in Bulgaria.

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KENYA: UNHCR seeks to reassure refugees facing food shortages

24 November 2014

The World Food Programme on Friday said it was halving bimonthly food rations from now until the end of January for refugees in Kakuma (mainly South Sudanese) and Dadaab (mainly Somalis). The UN agency said this was because it needed an extra US$38 million to ensure regular rations for the refugees over the next six months.

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UN Refugee Agency calls on States to end the immigration detention of children

21 November 2014

It's 25 years since the international community adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a major treaty setting out the rights of all children. With its 194 accessions, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty of all time. Among its provisions, Article 22 requires States to provide special protection for refugee children. Yet thousands of children are being detained by immigration authorities worldwide, with damaging effects on their health and wellbeing. UNHCR calls for an end to this harmful practice and for an ethic of care, not enforcement, to guide all interactions with asylum-seeking and refugee children.

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AFGHANISTAN: Children born in exile return home

21 November 2014

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia. The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

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CAR: Sudanese refugees struggle to get by as new dangers arise in CAR conflict

20 November 2014

Sudanese refugees living in the Central African Republic (CAR) are facing unrest as fighting within the CAR has created more than 830,000 displaced people. In recent months, armed men have set up barricades on the roads around the refugee camp, and begun demanding money from the refugees, depriving them of what little they have.

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DRC: Hundreds of thousands flee violence in Katanga province's triangle of death

19 November 2014

Violence in Congo's Katanga province has forced some 400,000 people to flee their homes since the end of 2012, bringing the total number of internally displaced people in the province to nearly 600,000. The UN refugee agency has described the humanitarian situation in the DRC as "catastrophic".

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR starts relocation of 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

19 November 2014

The UN refugee agency has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for a few months at a way station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded.

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ERITREA: Number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe soars over figures for last year

17 November 2014

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported that during the first 10 months of 2014, a total of 36,678 Eritreans sought refuge in 38 European countries in 2014, compared to 12,960 during the same period last year. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighbouring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply.

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LIBYA: More than 100,000 Libyans flee fighting over past month

17 November 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that intense fighting among rival armed groups in western, eastern and south-eastern Libya has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in the past month.

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DRC: Child's play with a serious message for teenagers in eastern Congo

14 November 2014

Search for Common Ground, a conflict prevention and resolution NGO, is running participatory theatre classes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province to educate about the prevention of HIV/AIDS and to change attitudes towards sexual violence and the exploitation of children. As part of the same programme, UNHCR and its NGO partner Belenfance help child survivors of abuses or exploitation who were unable to attend or continue school. Children of commercial sex workers have also been helped.

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CENTRAL AMERICA: Q&A - What forces Central American children to flee?

13 November 2014

The UN refuge agency on Tuesday released an important report An unprecedented number of unaccompanied children who are on the run in Mexico after fleeing insecurity in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, according to a UNHCR report released earlier this week. Head of the UNHCR protection unit in Mexico, José Francisco Sieber discusses this disturbing development.

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IRAQ & SYRIA: UNHCR warns of winter crisis for almost 1 million displaced people

12 November 2014

UNHCR warns of winter crisis for almost 1 million displaced people from Syria and Iraq, as a US$58 million funding shortfall could leave refugees and internally displaced people without proper food or shelter.

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary - Three generations under one roof in tent city

10 November 2014

Merlyn Aguilar may live with 12 family members in a tent among hundreds of others in UNHCR's tent city in the central Philippines town of Tanauan, but she has every reason to feel proud. Since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the central Philippines a year ago tomorrow, her family has pulled together with the help of the UN refugee agency and its corporate partner, United Parcel Services (UPS).

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary - From ship to shore, a story of survival

7 November 2014

The big dredger looks menacing as it towers over the houses next to it. Children run around the ship, playing and seemingly unaware of the tragedy that placed it there. Somebody has nonetheless scribbled a message on the ship's hull, which tells a different story: Stupid Yolanda.

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ETHIOPIA: Irish president urges stepped up aid for South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia

6 November 2014

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.

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JORDAN: Australia for UNCHR and Triple J in Jordan

6 November 2014

Australia for UNHCR’s Greg Mills and ABC Triple J journalist Tom Tilley are on the ground together in Jordan, reporting on the refugee situation in the region 12 months on from the Australia for UNHCR and ABC Syrian Crisis Appeal.

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JORDAN: Born in exile, Syrian children face threat of statelessness

5 November 2014

Amid the tragedy of Syrian children born into exile, another, largely hidden catastrophe is unfolding. Undocumented and with no proof of their nationality, many Syrian refugee children face a dangerous and uncertain future due to the risk of statelessness.

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UNHCR launches 10-year global campaign to end statelessness

5 November 2014

The UN refugee agency, with endorsement from high-profile supporters, on Tuesday launched a global campaign aimed at ending the devastating legal limbo of statelessness, which affects millions of people around the world.

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UGANDA: South Sudanese seek a chance to get on with life without fear

4 November 2014

Peter sat in the shade of a large tree in northern Uganda's Adjumani district, still terrified that the violence he and his family left behind will catch up with them once again. "Sometimes my mind thinks maybe someone will come and kill me at night and I wake up and want to run," the 26-year-old South Sudan refugee said. "I calm myself down but sometimes it comes back."

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GENEVA: Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

3 November 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was very concerned about growing insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing insurgent attacks have sought refuge in the past weeks.

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RUSSIA: A warm welcome for displaced Ukrainians in Russia's Rostov region

2 November 2014

Lidia resents the presence of camera crews outside her house, saying she only did what anyone else would have done in her position, and the figures bear her out.

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KENYA: UN chief Ban Ki-moon lauds Somali refugees in Dadaab camp

31 October 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering.

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MYANMAR: Stitch by stitch towards greater protection in northern Myanmar

31 October 2014

With colourful fabrics spread around tables and the rhythmic sound of sewing machines, interrupted by laughter and conversation, there is great camaraderie among a group of women in one of Laiza's camps for internally displaced people (IDP). But these resilient students have all lost their homes and belongings.

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JORDAN: Ex-Olympics chief Rogge visits young Syrian refugees in Jordan with message of hope

30 October 2014

Former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge on Wednesday welcomed plans to build a youth sports complex in Jordan's Azraq Refugee Camp and said it would help Syrian children overcome the trauma of war and displacement.

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IRAQ: On the Road - One family's exhausting journey from Kobani to northern Iraq

30 October 2014

Tarifa shepherds her hungry and tired family after they arrive by minibus at this refugee camp in northern Iraq more than two weeks after fleeing their home in the Syrian city of Kobani.

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SPAIN: UNHCR concerned over Spain's bid to legalize push-backs from enclaves

29 October 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was concerned about a proposal by Spain to legalize automatic returns of people trying to cross border fences into its North Africa enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

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HUNGARY: Afghan trainee chef has the recipe to make it in Hungary

28 October 2014

Six years ago, Zia Karimi was a teenager in Pakistan, his life in turmoil after fleeing persecution and violence in Afghanistan. Now he is a trainee chef in a top Budapest hotel with his own family and a career plan.

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UKRAINE: Winter looms as fighting continues to displace people in Ukraine

27 October 2014

With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help some of the most vulnerable displaced people cope with expected harsh winter conditions.

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LIBERIA: Ebola awareness and prevention activities under way for refugees in Liberia

24 October 2014

Once every week or two, a group of almost 20 volunteers parades through eastern Liberia's Bahn Refugee Camp, singing songs and carrying banners. They may look like a song and dance troupe, but they carry a simple message that could save lives.

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UN Secretary General's Humanitarian Envoy and UN High Commissioner for Refugees praise Sudan for generously welcoming South Sudanese refugees

24 October 2014

United Nations Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy Abdullah al Matouq and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres returned yesterday from a visit to Sudan's White Nile State, where more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees currently reside in 4 sites.

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KENYA: Fishing for a living in the desert wastes of northern Kenya

22 October 2014

Noah Ilambona has been a fisherman all his life, so the refugee from Burundi felt completely lost when he ended up in the arid reaches of north-west Kenya after fleeing home in 2010 with his wife and first child.

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ROMANIA: From Ironman to doctor? Romanian hospitality may make it possible

21 October 2014

Kamal Saadik's day starts at five in the morning with a brief workout, an apple for breakfast and an invigorating bicycle ride to his job toiling over an ironing board eight hours a day at a clothing factory in northern Romania.

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Life Through a Lens: Photography workshop helps young refugees see their world with fresh eyes

21 October 2014

At Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, a UNHCR workshop entitled “Do You See What I See” has been giving young refugees the chance to explore their world through photography and share it with others. Equipped with digital cameras and the boundless energy of youth, they have been producing images that reveal the fears and hopes, loss and longing of their lives in exile.

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The uprooted dreams of refugees: Melissa Fleming live at TED Global 2014

21 October 2014

Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson and Head of the Communications and Public Information Service, spoke at the TED Global 2014 Conference earlier this month.

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SOUTH SUDAN: South Sudan food crisis - A race to prevent 50,000 child deaths

21 October 2014

Nearly 800,000 South Sudanese refugees have had their food rations cut by up to 60 per cent, due to a lack of global funding. This compounds existing climate issues across East Africa, which have seen crops and agricultural projects destroyed by floods, making something as basic as finding enough to eat to become enormously challenging for many families.

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Ebola: A crisis for refugees

21 October 2014

The Ebola vius has become a source of concern for many people, none more so than refugees in Africa.

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GENEVA: 2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

20 October 2014

The UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined.

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GENEVA: Tanzania grants citizenship to 162,000 Burundian refugees in historic decision

19 October 2014

The UN refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania's decision to grant citizenship to 162,156 former Burundian refugees, marking the largest group in UNHCR's history to which naturalisation has been offered by a country of first asylum as a solution to decades in exile.

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LEBANON: LEGO bricks help build confidence for Syrian children in Lebanon

17 October 2014

Thirteen-year-old Mohammad* and Ramadan,* aged 12, face each other in a Beirut youth centre and take turns adding a brightly coloured LEGO brick to the growing tower in front of them.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Sharjah Meet - UNHCR urges urgent protection action for refugee children

16 October 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called Wednesday at a landmark conference in Sharjah for urgent action to strengthen protection for millions of refugee children.

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IRAQ: Fresh displacement crisis in Iraq as 180,000 flee town of Hit

15 October 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that an estimated 180,000 people have fled from the central Iraq town of Hit following its capture by ISIS and affiliated armed groups at the weekend.

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IRAQ: Carried to safety, Kobane refugee joins thousands heading to Iraq

14 October 2014

When residents of the Syrian town of Kobane fled their homes, many had only minutes to decide what to take with them. Some brought jewellery, family photos or a child's favourite toy, but 55-year-old Mohammed Ali took an oxygen tank.

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TUNISIA: Stepped up fighting displaces tens of thousands more Libyans

12 October 2014

Fighting between rival armed groups in Libya has left almost 290,000 people forcibly displaced across the country, including 100,000 in the past three weeks alone, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

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SYRIA: Growing number of Syrian refugees from Kobane seek safety in northern Iraq, eastern Syria

11 October 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that many of the more than 170,000 people who have fled to Turkey from the besieged Syrian town of Kobane are seeking shelter in other parts of Syria or in Iraq's Kurdistani region.

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KENYA: Innovation - UNHCR and Vodafone bring tablet-based learning to 18,000 Somali refugees

10 October 2014

The UN refugee agency and the Vodafone Foundation have this month opened centres equipped with mobile technology that will allow thousands of young Somalis to complement, supplement and further their studies in Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee complex.

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TURKEY: Whirlwind of violence surprises some residents in northern Syria

8 October 2014

Faysal thought that the conflict plaguing Syria since March 2011 had bypassed his home in the north, so he was stunned when the whirlwind of violence came recently to Kobane (Ayn al-Arab).

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UKRAINE: Ukrainian summer camp provides respite from trauma of displacement

7 October 2014

Deep in the thick forests of eastern Ukraine, next to a meandering river, is a summer camp. Prometei is a throwback to another era, that of the Soviet Union. It was also, this summer this year, a refuge.

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DRC: Cash grants transform life in Congo camp for Central African Republic refugees

4 October 2014

The market in Mole refugee camp was buzzing on a recent Saturday morning, with stalls selling everything from fish, goat meat, cassava and vegetables to clothes, cosmetics, household items and electronic equipment.

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ITALY: Mediterranean crossings more deadly a year after Lampedusa tragedy

3 October 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of the year show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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TANZANIA: UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in Tanzania

2 October 2014

Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. Earlier this year, thanks to UNHCR staff she was finally reunited with her girls, unaware that they had been living in the same camp for five years.

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ITALY: Eritrean survivor of Lampedusa tragedy returns to honour the dead, meet Pope Francis

2 October 2014

A year ago, Letebrhane from Eritrea boarded a boat in Libya to find safety. The boat however sank within sight of Lampedusa Island, Italy, leaving 368 people dead with 155 survivors. Leterbrhane will attend a commemoration in Lampedusa with other survivors. The group had a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Wednesday.

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ROME: Mediterranean crossings more deadly a year after Lampedusa tragedy

2 October 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of the year show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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GENEVA: UN chief urges more action to tackle displacement; recalls youth as a refugee

1 October 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on countries around the world to do more to prevent forced displacement, address its root causes and support solutions for those affected by it at a time of multiple crises.

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GENEVA: UNHCR's governing ExCom renews commitment to Africa's refugees

30 September 2014

The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom), made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday, to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent.

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GENEVA: With displacement at a record high, UNHCR urges rethink of global humanitarian financing

30 September 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere and that growth in global humanitarian funding is not keeping pace with accelerating needs.

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GENEVA: UN Refugee Chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa

29 September 2014

The head of the UN refugee agency warned the international community on Monday about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement.

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GENEVA: UNHCR presents Nansen Refugee Award to courageous Colombian women

29 September 2014

"The Butterflies", a courageous Colombian women's rights network received UNHCR's prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, (Switzerland), for its outstanding work to help victims of forced displacement and sexual abuse.

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GENEVA: Asylum claims from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones rise in first half 2014

28 September 2014

A UNHCR report released on Friday shows that the number of people seeking refugee status in industrialized countries continued to climb in the first half of 2014, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as conflict and instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea.

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GENEVA: UNHCR warns Australia-Cambodia agreement on refugee relocation could set worrying precedent

28 September 2014

The UN refugee agency has voiced deep concern about an agreement signed on Friday under which Australia will relocate refugees currently being held on the Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia, saying the plan sets a disturbing precedent.

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FRANCE: UNHCR appeals for urgent action to address deteriorating humanitarian situation in Calais

27 September 2014

The UN refugee agency has expressed serious concern about the worsening humanitarian situation and vulnerability of women and children among the migrants and asylum seekers in the French port city of Calais.

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TURKEY: UNHCR airlifts urgent aid into Turkey to help refugees fleeing ISIS

26 September 2014

A UNHCR airlift has begun, as part of a huge operation to bring aid for the surge of refugees fleeing from northern Syria into Turkey, with the first plane landing in the southern Turkish city of Adana on Thursday, carrying relief supplies.

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DRC: Congolese refugee music-lover charts his way to success

26 September 2014

Jeremiah Mbaha's life is a musician and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who fled with his wife and six children. Jeremiah is now using his music to build a community and raise funds to help other refugees.

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IRAQ: Creating a home away from home in Erbil

25 September 2014

Refugees are pouring into Erbil, in northern Iraq. UNHCR has set up 300 tents to house the refugees and electricity lines, latrines and showers are also being buitl. Some 26 camps are now open or being built across Iraq – they will house close to 225,000 people.

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FRANCE: Franco-German project brings directors, artists, photographers and writers to refugee camps

25 September 2014

"Let my people go" is an ambitious multimedia project begun by Oscar winning French film director Regis Wargnier. Following the lives of refugees in eastern Nepal was an eye-opening experience for Wargnier, who says he was struck by their open-mindedness, generosity, kindness and warm welcome.

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GENEVA: Number of Syrian Kurds fleeing to Turkey nears 140,000; humanitarian needs mount

24 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said more than 138,000 refugees, mainly ethnic Kurds fleeing militant threats to towns and villages in northern Syria, have crossed into southern Turkey since Friday.

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GENEVA: UNHCR reports sharp increase in number of Iraqis fleeing to Jordan and Turkey

24 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that it has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their country in recent weeks, with 60 per cent of those arriving in Jordan citing fears of ISIS militants as the reason for their flight.

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SYDNEY: UNHCR launches biggest aid push in a decade

23 September 2014

Between late August and early September, UNHCR delivered over 400 tonnes of emergency relief supplies delivered by air, road and sea. This marked the launch of a massive UN Refugee Agency aid operation for hundreds of thousands of people caught in Iraq's worsening humanitarian crisis.

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SYDNEY: Displaced at home in Ukraine

23 September 2014

In August this year, both the Russian office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS) confirmed that half a million Ukrainian refugees fled eastern Ukraine and crossed the border into Russia. However not everyone can afford to escape the areas where fighting still occurs.

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SYRIA: Million dreams

23 September 2014

More than three million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the civil war. Over the last three years, it’s Syria's children who have been the most vulnerable of all victims of the conflict, seeing their families and loved ones killed, their schools destroyed and their hopes eroded.

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TURKEY: UNHCR steps up response as 130,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

22 September 2014

The UN refugee agency is stepping up its response to help the Turkish government provide assistance to an estimated 130,000 Syrians who have crossed into Turkey since Friday.

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DRC: Capoeira brings leisure and peace-building for refugees in northern DR Congo

19 September 2014

Central African Republic (CAR) refugees at the Mole refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are learning caopoeria. The Brazilian martial art is a way to keep occupied and fit as well as easing tensions between different groups of the CAR refugees.

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UKRAINE: The humanitarian suffering continues in Ukraine, despite a ceasefire

19 September 2014

Kharkiv train station in eastern Ukraine has become a hub for internally displaced people in the Ukraine to fine shelter and help. At a long table, volunteers, aided by UNHCR workers, are ready with advice and food.

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UKRAINE: The internally displaced struggle to get by

18 September 2014

Tamara is an internally displaced person (IDP) in eastern Ukraine. The fighting that has raged across the region since the spring has forced at least 310,000 people to flee their homes and register as IDPs. UNHCR officials believe the real number could be much higher. Many simply move in with relatives or friends and don't tell anyone.

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IRAQ: Iraqi businessman draws on experience of displacement to help others

17 September 2014

Farhad Sinjari fled his home in Iraq in 1974 with his family when fighting forced them out. Now a successful businessman, he is giving back to Iraqi refugees fleeing current conflict.

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NIGERIA: UNHCR and partners seek US$34 million for Nigeria refugees

16 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday issued a joint call on donors for US$34 million to fund urgent operations to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

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SOMALIA: Insecurity, drought and lack of livelihoods force 130,000 to flee homes in Somalia

16 September 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihoods have prompted more than 130,000 Somalis to flee their homes so far this year, and displacement within Somalia and across its borders shows no signs of easing.

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LEBANON: Top UN humanitarian officials visit Syrian refugees, call for support for Lebanon

16 September 2014

The Lebanese hill town of Deir El Ahmar houses some 5,000 refugees from Syria - most of which are unable to go home. Across Lebanon, tensions between host communities and Syrian refugees are growing. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, arrived in Deir El Ahmar on Tuesday to show their support for the refugees and to pledge their backing for Lebanon, which has taken the largest share of refugees from the three-year civil war.

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GENEVA: UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

16 September 2014

The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief Guterres and Angelina Jolie warn of mounting crisis in the Mediterranean

15 September 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie have called for increased efforts by European nations to contribute to the rescue of irregular migrants in peril on the high seas and warned about the scale of the crisis in the Mediterranean.

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PHILIPPINES: Stateless in the Philippines - Indonesian descendants feel torn between two lands

15 September 2014

More than 6,000 people of Indonesian descent currently living in southern Philippines are of undetermined nationality. These people experience daily challenges such as poor access to employment, livelihoods, education and clean water.

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COLOMBIA: Nansen Refugee Award - Butterflies take wing to help others

12 September 2014

When fighting erupted between rival armed groups in her village in western Colombia's Valle de Cauca province, Benedicia Benancia and her seven young children fled by boat. "We had to escape the gunfire around us. It was immediate. We ran for our lives," she recalled.

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COLOMBIA: Colombian Butterflies receive prestigious Nansen Refugee Award

12 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday named a group of courageous Colombian women as winners of the prestigious annual Nansen Refugee Award for their work in helping survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse in the violence-ridden and run-down Pacific port of Buenaventura.

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GREECE: From the horror of the Sinjar region to uncertainty in Athens

11 September 2014

Athens is one of the great cities of Europe, but to Faraydun and his family it is just a small crowded ground-floor apartment where he feels safe but not happy. There are 20 people in the two-room flat, ethnic Yazidis from Iraq, and they all want to join family elsewhere in Europe.

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KENYA: UNHCR responds after annual rains claim another victim in Kakuma

10 September 2014

Leonie Ndayishimiye stares blankly at the ground, oblivious to the cries of the infant daughter cradled in her arms. The 27-year-old Burundian is mourning the loss of her husband, who drowned days earlier when a flash flood swept through north-west Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp, destroying 50 shelters and leaving hundreds of people displaced, belongings washed away.

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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan - Rebuilding identities in the central Philippines

9 September 2014

Almost a year after Typhoon Haiyan cut a swath of destruction through the central Philippines, rebuilding has turned the region into one big construction site. Major infrastructure, buildings and roads are being rehabilitated. But in the interior village of Mas-in, nestled among sugarcane and pineapple plantations, one woman can only think of building what she has been longing for since birth – her identity.

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GENEVA: Shelter needs acute in northern Iraq as UNHCR steps up aid operation

8 September 2014

As the UN refugee agency continues a major aid operation for almost half a million displaced people in northern Iraq, pressure on accommodation remains acute. "Many schools are still being used to house the displaced. In addition, there is urgent need to reinforce tents and other housing in preparation for the coming winter," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.

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UGANDA: Home Alone - South Sudan teenager leads her young siblings to safety in Uganda

5 September 2014

When 13-year-old Yayo Tangko turned up at the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda earlier this year with her four younger siblings, she feared the worst for her missing parents. "They are dead, because otherwise they would have come looking for us," the South Sudanese teenager told aid workers.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR and partners distribute urgently needed aid to flooded camps in Ethiopia

3 September 2014

The UN refugee agency and its partners have begun distributing urgently needed food to thousands of South Sudanese in flooded camps in western Ethiopia's Gambella region.

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CAR: HIV/AIDS - Conflict in Central African Republic disrupts treatment

3 September 2014

Conflict forced Nayo to flee her native South Sudan and seek shelter in neighbouring Central African Republic, but it has not prevented the 58-year-old refugee from receiving the medical treatment that keeps her alive.

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IRAQ: Displaced at two weeks old, Rahav finds safety in Iraq's newest camp

3 September 2014

One-month-old Rahav has spent most of her short life on the move. A fortnight after she was born, her parents joined thousands of other families from the Yazidi ethnic minority fleeing their homes after armed groups captured the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar in early August.

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BELGIUM: Statelessness - Hoping to acquire a nationality and put down roots

2 September 2014

Three years ago, Railya Abulkhanova told a UNHCR film crew that she felt like a tumbleweed. "It rolls . . . with the breeze it rolls away. That is what it is. That is statelessness," she said in the story-telling series interview. "And me; I want to put down roots," Railya added.

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CAMEROON: More than 10,000 people flee fresh attacks in Nigeria, seek shelter in Cameroon and Niger

2 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that more than 10,000 people have fled fresh attacks by insurgent groups in north-east Nigeria and sought refuge in Niger and Cameroon, with some sleeping in schools and churches and children suffering from poor health.

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GENEVA: Number of displaced inside Ukraine more than doubles since early August to 260,000

2 September 2014

Vincent Cochetel, director of UNHCR's Europe Bureau, told journalists in Geneva that the number of people displaced inside Ukraine had more than doubled in the past four weeks. UNHCR estimates that 260,000 people were displaced as of Monday, compared to 117,000 in the first week of August.

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DRC: Angola Repatriation - Antonio returns home after 40 years in DR Congo

29 August 2014

Antonio is one of 30,000 former refugees across the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have opted for return to Angola. Earlier this month, he was among a first group of more than 400 Angolans to return, kicking off an operation to finally end one of Africa's most protracted refugee situations. Others will be returning from Katanga province while 18,000 wish to remain and are in the process of local integration.

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SYDNEY: Refugee total hits 3 million as Syrians flee growing insecurity and worsening conditions

29 August 2014

Syria’s intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people, amid reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country - cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are being targeted or indiscriminately killed.

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BURUNDI: Hounded from home, raped Congolese woman seeks refugee in Burundi

28 August 2014

Four months ago, Mama Monique* was dragged out of her home in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and raped by four armed men, who had just murdered her husband.

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GENEVA: High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

27 August 2014

More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June.

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CANADA: Sisters with a Message - Our music will go where our feet can't reach

26 August 2014

As refugees in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the four Bahati sisters released a debut single entitled "Don't Give Up." It's a message they have long embraced and which has helped them survive the tough times and make a go of things since being resettled in Canada two years ago.

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GENEVA: More than 20,000 people risk all on Indian Ocean to reach safety - UNHCR report

23 August 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in Southeast Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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RUSSIA: Russia speeds up asylum procedures as Ukrainian influx continues

22 August 2014

Before Ukraine's secession crisis erupted in February, the Federal Migration Service office in St. Petersburg handled 120 asylum applications a year, mainly from Asians and Africans. Today, Ukrainians are arriving in the Russian city at a rate of 300 a day.

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GENEVA: UNHCR on target to deliver 2,410 tons of aid for Iraqi displaced

22 August 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday said a massive aid push for some 500,000 displaced Iraqis was going to plan, with a second airlift of aid to Erbil and more flights due today and tomorrow.

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ETHIOPIA: Ministerial meeting reaffirms commitment to solving Somalia crisis

21 August 2014

Participants at a ministerial meeting co-chaired by UNHCR in Addis Ababa on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to find solutions for hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees and called on the international community to help the Somali government in its efforts to restore peace and progress.

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IRAQ: UNHCR launches major aid push for Iraq with 100-ton airlift to Erbil

20 August 2014

A cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Wednesday afternoon, launching a massive UN refugee agency aid operation for hundreds of thousands of people caught in Iraq's worsening humanitarian crisis.

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IRAQ: The difficult route to safety across Iraq's sun-baked Sinjar mountains

20 August 2014

Khilid sits cross-legged on a thin piece of carpet, fingering a string of amber prayer beads, a red and white keffiyeh atop his head and dusty gauze covering a blistered big toe. A bowl of bread and stewed tomatoes is on the concrete floor in front of him as guests arrive.

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IRAQ: Syrian woman gives birth to quintuplets weeks after fleeing Iraq

20 August 2014

A 27-year-old Syrian woman has given birth to quintuplets in northern Syria weeks after fleeing her home in neighbouring Iraq on foot.

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ARMENIA: Cookies and cakes prove a winner for Syrian bakers in Armenia

19 August 2014

Cupcakes and social media have helped a former travel agent in the Syrian city of Aleppo to start a new career in Armenia and pick up a prestigious award that has helped boost her baking business.

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IRAQ: UNHCR in major air, land and sea humanitarian aid push into northern Iraq

19 August 2014

As it prepares to ramp up its response to the population displacement in northern Iraq, the UN refugee agency is working closely with the authorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region to meet the immense challenges of helping the tens of thousands who have sought shelter there.

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ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

19 August 2014

The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering 629,718 refugees as of the end of July. Kenya, in comparison, is host to 575,334 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.

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GENEVA: World Humanitarian Day- UNHCR pays tribute to courage and sacrifice of aid workers

19 August 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday paid tribute to the enormous contribution made every year by humanitarian workers while noting that their work was becoming more and more dangerous.

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DRC: Angolans head homewards by train from Democratic Republic of Congo

19 August 2014

A group of 500 Angolans headed homewards by train on Tuesday as the UN refugee agency launched a repatriation programme to end one of Africa's most protracted refugee situations.

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SYDNEY: It only takes an hour to be a humanitarian

18 August 2014

Can you spare one hour to become a humanitarian? That’s what comedian Jane Turner and former cricketer Ian Chappell are asking for World Humanitarian Day, in support of Australia for UNHCR’s Action Hour for Refugees campaign to be held today from 1-2pm.

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TUNISIA: Cross-border aid reaches 12,000 displaced civilians in western Libya

18 August 2014

The UN refugee agency has for the first time begun sending aid into western Libya from Tunisia to help some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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SYDNEY: UN Refugee Agency launches appeal for displaced Iraqis fleeing conflict

14 August 2014

As Iraq’s displacement crisis deepens, Australia for UNHCR today issued an urgent plea for assistance from the Australian community.

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SYRIA: UNHCR steps up aid as Yazidis stream into Syria from Iraq's Mount Sinjar

14 August 2014

As members of Iraq's threatened Yazidi community continue to flow into Syria from northern Iraq, UNHCR has begun providing aid and transporting new arrivals from the mountainous border area to the Newroz camp some 60 kilometres to the west.

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NIGER: In Niger, gas project to support refugees and save trees

13 August 2014

A UN refugee agency project in Niger is empowering refugees and protecting the local environment by improving access to domestic energy, thanks to a key partnership with one local business. As a result, households in the area who had previously struggled to secure firewood, can now look forward to four months of gas.

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CAMEROON: Solidarity between different generations of Central African refugees in Cameroon

12 August 2014

Motivated by a sense of solidarity, Bouba Mairama has been a mother figure to many of the thousands of refugees who fled Central African Republic earlier this year and crossed the border to the small town of Gbiti.

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IRAQ: Thousands find shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan after escaping Mount Sinjar

12 August 2014

Thousands of people have managed to reach northern Iraq's Kurdistan region via Syria over the past three days after escaping from Mount Sinjar, where they faced starvation, lack of water, and threats to their safety.

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UKRAINE: Ukrainians in Russia worry about their future

11 August 2014

Sergey* has made up his mind: he wants to move with his wife and baby son to a new job and life in Siberia rather than return to their home in eastern Ukraine when the conflict ends.

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LEBANON: UNHCR distributes aid to hundreds of Lebanese, Syrians fleeing fighting in Arsal

8 August 2014

The UN refugee agency, working with the government and other partners in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, is distributing vital aid to Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees who have fled fighting between the military and armed groups in the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

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IRAQ: Separated Iraqi families fear for relatives after fleeing Sinjar

7 August 2014

According to officials in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, at least 45,000 Iraqis, including Arabs, Christians and minority Yezidis, Shabak, Shia Turkmen and others, have fled into the region since Sunday to escape armed groups that took over Sinjar and two other communities. Iraqi Kurdistan is already home to more than 300,000 Iraqis displaced since June, and a further 220,000 Syrian refugees, and is feeling the pressure on its already limited resources.

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LIBYA: UNHCR fears for the safety of thousands of refugees in embattled Libya

6 August 2014

The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya as violence escalates in the troubled North African nation. Almost 37,000 people are registered with UNHCR in Tripoli and Benghazi, with many living in areas heavily damaged by fighting and unable to leave to safer areas.

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IRAQ: UNHCR distributes aid to thousands of Iraqis fleeing attacks in Ninewa

6 August 2014

The UN refugee agency has started distributing emergency aid to thousands of people displaced by the latest outbreak of violence in northern Iraq's Ninewa governorate.

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UKRAINE: UNHCR urges Ukraine to establish central registration system as internal displacement tops 117,000

6 August 2014

Amid a worsening situation in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency on Tuesday estimated that more than 117,000 people are now displaced inside Ukraine. "In the past seven days more than 6,200 people have been forced from their homes," UNHCR's Vincent Cochetel told journalists in Geneva. As of August 1, an estimated 168,000 people have crossed into Russia so far this year.

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DRC: UNHCR completes challenging repatriation of almost 120,000 Congolese refugees

6 August 2014

The UN refugee agency has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Republic of Congo.

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TURKEY: Helping a blind boy to focus on his dreams in Turkey

5 August 2014

Ashraf says everyone wrenched from their home and forced to become a refugee, finds life a struggle: "When you come to a new country, it's as if everyone is blind." In his case, blind is not just a metaphor: Ashraf and his brother are visually impaired.

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FRANCE: UNHCR welcomes Council of Europe convention on combatting violence against women

1 August 2014

The UN refugee agency on Thursday warmly welcomed the entry into force of a Council of Europe convention aimed at preventing and countering violence against women and domestic violence.

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IRAQ: IKEA Foundation helps restore sense of home for Syrian refugees in Iraq

31 July 2014

Halima's family and 3,000 other Syrian refugees in this camp were some of 35,000 who came from Syria last August. Of the almost 3 million Syrians who have become refugees in the past three years, more than 250,000 have sought safety in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

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ACTION HOUR: It only takes an hour to be a Humanitarian

31 July 2014

Can you spare one hour to become a humanitarian? That’s what Australia for UNHCR is asking for this World Humanitarian Day, in its new Action Hour for Refugees campaign to be held from 1-2pm on 19 August.

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AFGHANISTAN: Displaced Pakistani families find warm welcome in neighbouring Afghanistan

29 July 2014

She walked for three days and three nights. Her daughters-in-law have boils and calluses on their feet from the long trek and are relieved to be treated in the camp clinic. Gul lifts her salwar – loose pleated trousers –to show a scar forming on her heel and says, "at least I am alive. My children and grandchildren are alive and we are safe."

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ETHIOPIA: Young refugee sisters survive on wild grass as they trek alone to safety

28 July 2014

Twelve-year-old Nyawech Chuol can barely stop sobbing long enough to tell the story of the night South Sudan's civil war came to her home. She and her eight-year-old sister, Nyalouk, traumatized into silence, lost their family after a gun battle – and now they are completely alone n a foreign land.

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GENEVA: UN Special Envoy stresses need for lasting sports programmes for refugees

28 July 2014

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport, Jacques Rogge, has told UNHCR staff he believes sustained sports programmes can help build a better world for refugee youth.

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GENEVA: UNHCR calls for urgent European action to end refugee and migrant deaths at sea

25 July 2014

The UN refugee agency called Thursday for urgent European action to stop rising refugee and migrant deaths at sea, after more than 260 people have died or been reported missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe in the last 10 days alone.

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MONTENEGRO: Step by step, Kosovo refugee rebuilds life in Montenegro

24 July 2014

Tefik Berisa is a difficult man to reach. Calls to his home are often answered by a polite childish voice: "My father is not available, he is at work."

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ABIDJAN: Hendricks commends efforts to end statelessness in Côte d'Ivoire

23 July 2014

The UN refugee agency's Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks recently met with stateless people in Côte d'Ivoire, where she saw first-hand how government efforts are helping to resolve a problem affecting hundreds of thousands of people countrywide.

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GENEVA: UNHCR seeks $210m in revised appeal for refugees from Central African Republic

23 July 2014

On Tuesday UNHCR together with 16 other humanitarian agencies revised the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the CAR situation, seeking US$210 million to assist the growing refugee numbers in four asylum countries –Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of Congo – until the end of the year.

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GENEVA: Africa’s struggling refugees facing extreme hunger

22 July 2014

Driven by fear, hunger and thirst, 24-year-old Habiba and her four children crossed the border to safety in southern Chad late one afternoon in May, ending a harrowing three-month trek through the Central African bush. At last, they had found refuge and soon would get help.

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SYDNEY: Australian supporters give $1 million to protect women from sexual violence

22 July 2014

For many years the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been a complex humanitarian crisis embroiled in civil war, widespread displacement and staggering levels of sexual violence. According to Thompson Reuters, more than 400,000 women are raped in the country each year prompting the United Nations to label eastern DRC the rape capital of the world.

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IRAQ: UNHCR head calls for urgent political solution to Iraq's deepening crisis

21 July 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned on Friday that Iraq risks "full-fledged sectarian war and complete fragmentation" as Iraqis continue to flee their homes and minority groups are targeted.

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LONDON: Grant clears path to university in Jordan and Lebanon for Syrian refugees

21 July 2014

One hundred Syrian refugee students will begin four-year university courses in Jordan and Lebanon this autumn thanks to a grant of more than US$1.8 million by the Said Foundation to UNHCR's DAFI programme.

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SERBIA: Stateless in Serbia - how to survive without existing

18 July 2014

Raman* is not asking for much. "I just want to be a regular citizen," says the 27-year-old Roma, whose life has been in a legal limbo for years because he is not fully recognized as a citizen by any country.

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ETHIOPIA: UN envoy Princess Haya meets South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia

17 July 2014

UN envoy Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of the ruler of Dubai, said she was "unprepared" for the suffering she found when visiting refugees in western Ethiopia, which now hosts 170,000 South Sudanese who have fled fighting in their homeland since December

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AFGHANISTAN: Refugees bring world-class cricket to Afghanistan

17 July 2014

Against a backdrop of the mountains surrounding Kabul, young men gather in a circle at the cricket stadium to hear tips from their batting coach after another training session on a hot summer day. Seven among the team of enthusiastic players, including captain Mohammad Nabi Eisakhel, 29, are former refugees from Pakistan. "We brought cricket back with us to Afghanistan," he says.

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KENYA: Curbing time-consuming, dangerous searches for firewood

16 July 2014

18-year-old Abudullahi Abdi spends his afternoons after school pushing a wheelbarrow across the land in search of firewood. Despite the danger – he also was attacked one evening – Abudallahi is among the few males to take on what is traditionally a woman's task.

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IRAQ: Iraqi IDP family - An uncertain life in an unfinished building

15 July 2014

Over the past two weeks an extended family of 80 from the central Iraq city of Fallujah have made unfinished houses their temporary homes.

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ETHIOPIA: U.S. official wants more aid for refugees flowing into Ethiopia

15 July 2014

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard expressed shock at the number of South Sudanese refugees flowing into Ethiopia and said she had to persuade the U.S. public to increase their assistance.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR seeks massive boost in funding for South Sudan refugees

14 July 2014

The UN refugee agency and its partners appealed on Friday for US$658 million to respond to South Sudan's growing regional refugee crisis, with as many as 715,000 refugees expected by the end of the year.

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SYRIA: UNHCR urges Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees

14 July 2014

GENEVA, 11 July (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe.

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SYRIA: UNHCR airlift delivering relief for 50,000 IDPs in northeast Syria

10 July 2014

UNHCR airlift delivering relief for 50,000 IDPs in northeast Syria

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JORDAN: UNHCR works through the night to register Syrians reaching Jordan

10 July 2014

UNHCR works through the night to register Syrians reaching Jordan

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GENEVA: Latest tragedy off Libya adds to death toll in Mediterranean

9 July 2014

UNHCR says governments must do better, as more than 500 people have died this year trying to reach Europe in often dangerous boats.

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SWEDEN: "Hello Sweden – to feel home in a new country"

9 July 2014

Sweden gives a warm welcome to UNHCR refugee awareness project

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IRAQ: Syrian refugees in Iraq move to a new camp in Kurdistan

9 July 2014

Syrian refugees move to a new camp in Kurdistan

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PAKISTAN: Minority families in Pakistan displaced by war but optimistic about peace

8 July 2014

Christian and Hindu families among the hundreds of thousands who have fled as the Pakistan army battles Pakistan Taliban in North Waziristan.

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JORDAN: 145,000 Syrian refugee women fight for survival as they head families alone

8 July 2014

One quarter of Syrian refugee women caught in a spiral of poverty, isolation and fear.

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LONDON: Baggies striker from Burundi keeps on course for England call up

4 July 2014

Some 10 years after fleeing Burundi and finding shelter in England, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has a few more goals in his sights.

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AFGHANISTAN: Fresh fighting in Pakistan's North Waziristan displaces more than 75,000

3 July 2014

UNHCR and partners are working to coordinate relief efforts and deliver assistance, providing tents and other basic relief items to the most vulnerable.

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GENEVA: As food shortages hit 800,000 African refugees, UNHCR and WFP issue urgent appeal

2 July 2014

The two agencies seek US$186 million to allow WFP to restore full rations and prevent further cuts. UNHCR needs US$39 million for its nutrition support.

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Thousands flee fresh violence in Central African Republic town of Bambari

1 July 2014

The violence began early on Monday when armed elements attacked a camp just south of Bambari housing Muslims from the Peul ethnic group.

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ERBIL: Some 10,000 people flee from Christian communities in northern Iraq

1 July 2014

Residents fled Qaraqosh, an historic town of 50,000 people, by bus, car and taxi into northern Iraq's Kurdistan region. Many are women and children.

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GENEVA: Sharp rise in Ukrainian displacement, with more than 50,000 internally displaced

1 July 2014

Increases are also being seen in the numbers of Ukrainians in Russia and other countries, although so far only a relatively small number have applied for refugee status.

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ERBIL: Ebb and flow of forced displacement in Iraq

1 July 2014

There are families that fled fighting in central Iraq almost a decade ago, who settled elsewhere, and are now finding they have to flee to safety yet again.

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IRAQ: A new camp for the displaced springs up in Iraq's Kurdistan region

27 June 2014

A week ago, there were 50 Iraqi families at the Garmawa camp. Now it is home to more than 1,000 uprooted civilians and more are arriving every day.

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RWANDA: Move to a new camp transforms life for resilient amputee

26 June 2014

Even on crutches, a Congolese mother managed to lead her three children to safety. Now she's been rewarded with a safer home in a new refugee camp.

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ISLAMABAD: Fighting in Pakistan's North Waziristan region uproots more than 400,000

25 June 2014

The newly displaced are being registered in Saidgai, as well as Kurram and Alizai in Kurram Agency to the north-east of North Waziristan.

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GENEVA: Stars bring UNHCR's World Refugee Day message reach to over 150 million

24 June 2014

More than 40 high profile UNHCR supporters rallied over the past week to spread awareness about World Refugee Day and the plight of the forcibly displaced.

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IRAQ: A productive day in the field for UNHCR protection duo

24 June 2014

Wael and Jwan are UNHCR protection staff. At the Khazair checkpoint they monitor arrivals fleeing from other areas of northern Iraq, gauging both numbers and needs.

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SYDNEY: Australia for UNHCR to create national record of refugee experiences

20 June 2014

Australia for UNHCR is creating an important national archive of the stories of refugees who have resettled in Australia and is calling on the community to add their stories via stories.unhcr.org.

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DAMASCUS: UNHCR stocks new office in south Syria with aid for thousands

20 June 2014

The opening of the office and warehouse in Sweida is part of a policy aimed at expanding UNHCR's humanitarian operation to help the rising numbers of IDPs.

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SYDNEY: Australia’s legends of sport unite to support World Refugee Day

20 June 2014

Australia for UNHCR has celebrated its annual World Refugee Day Breakfast in Sydney this morning, with the support of sports legends Ian Chappell, Phil Kearns and Sydney Swans footballer Aliir Aliir.

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SYDNEY: Former refugees share their stories – and you can too!

20 June 2014

Australia for UNHCR is calling for former refugees and the community to share their experiences on the new Refugee Stories website, which will celebrate the lives of refugees in Australia and around the world.

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GENEVA: Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time since World War II

20 June 2014

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report was released today, revealing that the number of people now forcibly displaced from their homes has reached 51.2 million – the highest since World War II.

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SYDNEY: Angelina Jolie calls for action on sexual violence in conflict

20 June 2014

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has urged the global community to take action to end sexual violence in conflict, stating that “sorrow and compassion are not enough.”

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RWANDA: Lonely Congolese refugee finds new purpose serving travellers

19 June 2014

A Congolese orphan who grew up in Gihembe Refugee Camp becomes the first refugee front desk manager at a hotel in northern Rwanda.

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ERBIL: UNHCR rushes aid to thousands of displaced Iraqis in remote region

18 June 2014

UNHCR and its partners dispatch aid convoys to reach newly displaced civilians in northern Iraq and gear up aid to hundreds of thousands in the Kurdistan region.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief calls for empowerment of women in a world in crisis

18 June 2014

António Guterres tells NGO workers that empowering women is vital to resolve a multitude of global problems, including multiple conflicts and human rights abuses.

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LIBERIA: Getting connected in Liberia's largest refugee camp

18 June 2014

It was party time when a mobile phone tower was recently erected in Liberia's largest refugee camp enabling people to use their phones to ring friends and family.

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ISLAMABAD: Orphaned and terrorized, Afghan siblings fly to a new start in Australia

17 June 2014

Hazara refugee Mustafa escaped from the terrible things in his life, by painting, fixing things and making things out of waste. Resettlement offers his family a new life.

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IRAQ: Finding refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan region

17 June 2014

Iraqis fleeing the latest violence in Mosul find a safe haven in northern Iraq but need help to survive.

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TEHRAN: Education opens doors for Afghan refugees in Iran

17 June 2014

Afghan refugee Nasibah is an obstetrics surgeon in Iran, an achievement she and her family never felt possible. She faced major obstacles in pursuing her dream.

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KENYA: The power of radio helps ease the hardship of Somali refugee granny

16 June 2014

A radio reporter in northern Kenya uses his time on air to highlight the plight of refugees in Dadaab, including a granny who has touched hearts with her story.

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LONDON: UNHCR urges attention on three key gaps in struggle against sexual violence

16 June 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres joins call at London summit for countries to do more to end sexual violence in conflict.

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ERBIL: Fleeing Iraqis desperately need shelter

16 June 2014

Many people arriving in Erbil and Duhok governorates have no money, and nowhere to go. While some stay with relatives, others are temporarily in hotels.

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ERBIL: UNHCR responds to massive displacement of Iraqis from Mosul

12 June 2014

UNHCR protection teams have been on the ground to monitor the outflow and assist those in need, and urgent additional funding is being sought.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Food shortages trigger truancy in South Sudan camps

12 June 2014

Though community leaders have been approached by UNHCR about regular school attendance, the response has been muted.

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GENEVA: As thousands continue to flee Myanmar, UNHCR concerned about growing reports of abuse

11 June 2014

Across the region, UNHCR advocates for temporary stay arrangements for the Rohingya until the situation stabilizes enough in Rakhine state for them to return.

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GENEVA: Red Sea tragedy leaves 62 people dead in deadliest crossing of the year

10 June 2014

UNHCR has documented the arrival of 16,500 refugees and migrants on the Yemeni coast in the first four months of 2014, significantly less than the 35,000 in the same period last year.

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CAMEROON: Rapid treatment saves seven-year-old CAR refugee chopped and left for dead

10 June 2014

UNHCR and its partners closely monitor the thousands of people crossing at Gbiti, Cameroon, keeping an eye out for those in need of medical assistance.

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GENEVA: Fighting this year in Iraq's Anbar province displaces almost 500,000

10 June 2014

With a deteriorating security situation, it is also becoming harder for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need of aid.

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SYDNEY: Want to support refugees? Here's how you can help!

10 June 2014

Australia for UNHCR is calling on the community to join Team UNHCR and raise money for refugees in the lead up to World Refugee Day, which is held each year on 20 June.

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VIENNA: Austria provides a home and a heart operation to young Syrian refugee

6 June 2014

Austria has pledged to offer shelter to 1,500 Syrian refugees. For infant Zaid this has enabled him to received life-saving surgery and medical care.

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ETHIOPIA: Vulnerable South Sudanese refugees relocated by air in Ethiopia

29 May 2014

UNHCR is using a helicopter to take vulnerable refugees, including the sick, elderly, injured and pregnant women, from remote entry points to refugee camps.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Almost 70,000 South Sudanese flee homes despite early May truce

28 May 2014

Since the signing of the May 9 ceasefire agreement, 46,000 people have fled to safer areas inside South Sudan and 20,000 have left the country.

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LONDON: UNHCR calls for more to be done for Syrian refugees with cancer

27 May 2014

UNHCR's top medical expert, in an article for The Lancet, says the number of refugees with cancer is overwhelming health systems in Jordan and Syria.

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CAMEROON: Brothers reunite with mother after ordeal in Central African Republic

27 May 2014

Moussa and Ibrahim were recently reunited with their mother and siblings in a Cameroon refugee camp after months in the bush, eating little and sleeping rough.

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JORDAN: Syrian teenager's cancer treatment makes him one of the lucky few

27 May 2014

Sameh was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age three. Now 14, and a refugee in Jordan, he received UNHCR funding for surgery. He's one of the lucky ones.

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GENEVA: UNHCR issues fresh appeal for CAR refugees in Cameroon

25 May 2014

UNHCR has set up three new bases in east Cameroon to help refugees. Staff include specialists in areas such as protection, registration, health and nutrition.

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CAMEROON: Growing numbers of young CAR refugees arrive in Cameroon with malnutrition

24 May 2014

UNHCR and its partners are working day and night to help the growing numbers of Central African children arriving with malnutrition, but the needs are huge.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Food shortage forces hundreds of refugees back into Sudan

22 May 2014

The present food crisis is a product of the insecurity that has been hampering humanitarian operations in many parts of the country.

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GENEVA: UNHCR says internal displacement affects some 10,000 people in Ukraine

22 May 2014

UNHCR is working closely with local authorities, other UN agencies and NGO partners to help those who are most affected.

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LEBANON: Chinese star Yao Chen turns cameras onto Syrian refugees in Lebanon

22 May 2014

At home she is a screen star, but in her visit to Lebanon, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Yao Chen hopes to put the spotlight on the suffering of Syrian refugees.

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SYDNEY: Building a desert city

22 May 2014

Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Pennells speaks to Andrew and his family, and follows his life-changing work in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

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SYDNEY: Wave of violence in Nigeria fuels further displacement

22 May 2014

UNHCR is deeply concerned by the recent wave of attacks in north-east Nigeria that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in fear.

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SYDNEY: Annual Mother’s Day Lunch raises $110,000

22 May 2014

This month, 300 Australia for UNHCR supporters turned out for our annual Mother’s Day Lunch which raised more than $110,000 to fund programs that will help protect women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from sexual and gender-based violence.

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CAR: Thousands displaced by stepped-up fighting in central-northern CAR

19 May 2014

The displaced urgently need physical protection, food, non-food items, water and sanitation, and other help. People are fast consuming their own food reserves.

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INDONESIA: Tricked by smugglers, it's sink or swim for Afghan youth

19 May 2014

A failed attempt to sail to Australia has left Ahmed and Yama desperate and depressed in Indonesian detention. UNHCR is processing their asylum claims and seeking their release.

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LEBANON: Syrian wedding a time to set aside sorrow and embrace life

16 May 2014

Yousra, aged 16, is marrying 21-year-old Ahmed. Both are Syrian refugees whose families fled the conflict more than 18 months ago.

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AFGHANISTAN: Afghan weaving widow turns a corner with help of UNHCR

16 May 2014

A UNHCR shelter programme and aid, including a solar-powered lamp, helps Mama Gul become self-sufficient and move on from years of tragedy.

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GENEVA: Annual report shows a record 33.3 million were internally displaced in 2013

15 May 2014

The IMDC's Global Overview 2014 reports that 63 per cent of all IDPs at the end of 2013 were from Syria, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Sudan.

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A record 33.3 million now displaced by war worldwide, as one family flees inside Syria every 60 seconds

15 May 2014

33.3 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict and violence says a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). This equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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ECUADOR: The dilemma that faces some female Colombian refugees

15 May 2014

Alba, a mother of two, was desperate to find work after fleeing to Ecuador. To survive, she became a commercial sex worker, but longs to get out.

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GENEVA: UNHCR launches global safe energy strategy to benefit millions

14 May 2014

UNHCR will to start by focusing on refugee camps in 10 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda.

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GENEVA: UNHCR saddened at high seas accidents as Mediterranean claims more victims

14 May 2014

Yesterday's tragedy follows several shipwrecks off the Libyan coast over the past fortnight in which 121 people are believed to have died in three separate boat accidents.

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SYRIA: UN Refugee Agency delivers 80 metric tons of core relief items to internally displaced

14 May 2014

The UN Refugee Agency delivered today urgently needed Core Relief Items (CRI) to internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Nubul and Zahra within Aleppo Governorate.

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CHAD: Central African students pursue their studies in Chad exile

13 May 2014

Law student Moussa is granted one of 67 scholarships offered to Central African refugees by Chad's Polytechnic Institute for Engineering, Commerce and Administration.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Malnutrition a serious threat as food shortages impact Maban refugee camps

13 May 2014

Some 1,200 children in South Sudan's Doro refugee camp are diagnosed as malnourished. The current food crisis does not augur well for these children.

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GENEVA: UNHCR condemns brutality in Nigeria, fears new displacement

12 May 2014

The past two months have seen multiple kidnappings and deaths, creating population displacement inside Nigeria and into neighbouring countries.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Food shortages in South Sudan refugee camps stoke mounting anger

8 May 2014

The transportation of aid to Yusuf Batil and other refugee camps in Maban County has been hindered by insecurity and fighting along supply routes.

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ETHIOPIA: More than 11,000 South Sudanese flee to Ethiopia after fall of rebel-held town

7 May 2014

The refugees arriving in Ethiopia say more people are on their way, with many amassed on the South Sudanese side waiting to cross the Baro River.

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SYDNEY: Support a refugee mum on Mother’s Day

7 May 2014

In Australia it is hard to imagine mothers dying during childbirth. It’s almost unheard of. But this is a very real threat in sub-Saharan Africa where UNHCR operates many of its refugee camps.

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JORDAN: UNHCR and host countries seek more help to cope with Syria refugee crisis

6 May 2014

UNHCR chief Guterres says that due to the protracted character of the crisis, international support needs to massively increase in the months to come.

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MALAYSIA: Rohingya arrivals hope to end cycle of abuse, exploitation by smugglers

6 May 2014

Many are turning up with severe health problems and trauma after prolonged suffering on boats and in smugglers' camps.

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JORDAN: UNHCR chief Guterres meets refugees at Azraq camp

5 May 2014

Three days after its official opening, the High Commissioner met with Syrians at what may soon become one of the world's largest refugee camps.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Sister UN agencies seek safe access to vulnerable people and refugees

5 May 2014

There is still time to deliver food by road, otherwise costly air operations will become the only recourse for providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

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KENYA: UNHCR support helps end sleepless nights for struggling students in Dadaab

5 May 2014

After settling in a new dormitory built by UNHCR, needy refugees and Kenyans studying at a Dadaab secondary school can now focus entirely on their studies.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR and WFP warn fighting is preventing aid delivery in South Sudan

4 May 2014

UNHCR and the WFP are calling on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to provide safe access to enable humanitarian assistance to reach vulnerable people including 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban County, Upper Nile State.

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ETHIOPIA: South Sudanese refugees take the lead in educating their own

2 May 2014

Refugee teachers step in to teach highly motivated South Sudanese children, even in the first months of an emergency.

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CAR: UNHCR staff member killed in the CAR

2 May 2014

A national staff member of the UN Refugee Agency in the Central African Republic was killed on 1 May 2014 in Bangui.

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JORDAN: Jordan opens a new desert camp for Syrian refugees at Azraq

1 May 2014

A first group of 230 Syrian refugees arrive at the newly opened Azraq camp, which will be run by the Jordanian authorities with help from UNHCR.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR races to provide for displaced South Sudanese ahead of the rains

30 April 2014

The UN refugee agency is due to airlift relief supplies to South Sudan today for 100,000 displaced people, mainly in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

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CAR: UNHCR renews call for protection of displaced people after attack on CAR convoy

30 April 2014

Suspected militia group attacks humanitarian convoy with grenade, killing two people and injuring six in Central Africa Republic town of Dissikou.

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FRANCE: A learning experience for UNHCR as Syrian refugees arrive in the outskirts of Paris

30 April 2014

A group of Syrians escaping the conflict in their country has arrived in the outskirts of Paris, looking for protection. UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations are trying to help them.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR continues to deliver aid in South Sudan despite the challenges

30 April 2014

One of the greatest challenges that UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies are facing is the difficulty in gaining access to those who have been forced from their homes.

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SYDNEY: Leading ladies of comedy and television join forces to help refugee women

30 April 2014

One of Australia's most loved entertainers – comedienne, author and radio personality Wendy Harmer will this year host Australia for UNHCR’s annual Mother’s Day Lunch and will feature special guest speaker Marta Dusseldorp, star of ABC’s Janet King and the Seven Network’s A Place to Call Home.

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MALAYSIA: Rohingya in Malaysia open doors to newcomers

29 April 2014

Host families are finding it hard to cope as more relatives and acquaintances flee from Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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JORDAN: Syrians get round education crunch by running their own school

28 April 2014

To help Syrian children in his informal camp in Jordan continue with their education, a refugee and former teacher sets up his own school with UNHCR support.

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LONDON: IKEA campaign raises €7.7 million to brighten the lives of refugees

24 April 2014

The funds will enable UNHCR to bring sustainable lighting and energy to more than 350,000 refugees in camps in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia and Jordan.

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NEW YORK, GENEVA, ROME: Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

24 April 2014

One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough!

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BURUNDI: Refugee and citizens share danger and generosity in Burundi

23 April 2014

An 80-year-old Congolese woman refugee and her family were taken in by a Burundian neighbour after her house was destroyed by floods in the capital.

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WESTERN SAHARA: Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara

23 April 2014

Following many months of suspension, family visit flights under the UNHCR's Confidence Building Measures programme resumed yesterday.

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INDONESIA: Jakarta workshop seeks to strengthen protection at sea in Asia-Pacific

23 April 2014

Some 60,000 people in the region are believed to have moved irregularly by sea in 2013. Above 1,300 people died or were reported missing at sea in 2012 and 2013.

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LEBANON: Even with shifts, only some Syrians in Lebanon get into school

22 April 2014

With Lebanon swamped by refugees, less than a quarter of the 400,000 Syrian refugee children are in formal education despite extra shifts in the schools.

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GENEVA: A Syrian boy who risked his life to cross the sea

18 April 2014

Mahmoud was so desperate to make friends and attend school that he risked his life at sea. Captured and sent back to Egypt, the young refugee from Syria is now making a fresh start in Sweden.

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GENEVA: UNHCR and partners seeking $US274 million to meet acute needs of those fleeing the Central African Republic

17 April 2014

As instability and violence continue to plague the Central African Republic, UNHCR and 14 other humanitarian agencies are asking donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing from CAR since December last year.

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UGANDA: South Sudanese, who are again refugees in Uganda, see no reason to ever go home

17 April 2014

After returning home in 2005 and expecting peace, the latest fighting has caused a fresh exodus from South Sudan to the safety of Uganda.

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SUDAN: Eritrean seeking safe-passage to Sudan was led into a nightmare

17 April 2014

Semret* sought sanctuary in Sudan through the help of a smuggler, but what was supposed to be a safe passage turned into seven months of beatings and rape.

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SUDAN: Bright Eritrean refugee in Sudan selected to study in the Netherlands

17 April 2014

When Mohammed Humed fled from Eritrea to the famous Sudanese tourist destination of Kassala, he was not going on holidays. He was looking for a better life, one providing safety and peace.

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GENEVA: UNHCR increases aid as South Sudanese refugees stream into Ethiopia

16 April 2014

With the rainy season approaching, UNHCR is airlifting tents and building new camps as the number of refugees passes 95,000.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees in Lebanon lose everything in a fire but just rebuild

16 April 2014

Forced to choose between a safer location or work, the refugees felt they had to stay in the place where they could support themselves.

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ETHIOPIA: After surviving a dash for freedom, South Sudanese just happy to have home

15 April 2014

Most of her family didn't make it, but one strong young refugee woman fed her children leaves and wild fruit just to lead them to safety in Ethiopia.

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GENEVA: CAR refugees attacked as they flee to Cameroon

14 April 2014

Refugees leave the blocked roads and walk through the bush for months to reach safety, arriving in a terrible condition.

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CHAD: CAR refugees have little in their pockets, but bring skills and enterprise

14 April 2014

Many of the 8,000 who have fled into southern Chad since January 2013 have skills that will help them and fellow refugees regain their independence.

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GENEVA: Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

14 April 2014

Some 18,000 people have made the dangerous boat journey to Italy this year, many of them fleeing war and persecution.

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RWANDA: Raising chickens proves best therapy for Congolese widows

11 April 2014

A poultry project intended to provide income for widows helps heal the wounds of one of the worst massacres in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide.

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SYRIA: Ceasefire allows first aid into Aleppo neighbourhood in nearly a year

10 April 2014

No assistance had reached the besieged Boustan al Qaser neighbourhood of the Syrian city since last June.

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UGANDA: South Sudanese man loses everything, but finds peace most important

9 April 2014

One South Sudanese refugee was ahead of his time – displaced well ahead of the conflict that has driven more than a million of his compatriots from their homes.

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LEBANON: School is a dream for Syrian refugee family struggling in Lebanon

8 April 2014

Three generations of the family live in an underground garage and scour the Beirut streets each day for rubbish they can sell to survive.

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CAR: Victim says CAR needs justice before there can be reconciliation

7 April 2014

The lack of a functioning legal system has exacerbated a conflict that has been fought with a level of brutality that is tearing the society apart.

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JORDAN: UNHCR dismayed at violent demonstration at Za'atri Refugee Camp

7 April 2014

UNHCR is dismayed at the violent nature of yesterday's demonstration at the Za'atri Refugee Camp in Jordan that resulted in the death of one refugee and scores of injured among the Jordanian police and refugee population.

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GREECE: Syrians desperate for a new life drown trying to reach Greece

7 April 2014

One man who battled the frigid water kept thinking that he had to survive to bring his son and wife still in Syria to the safety of Europe.

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TANZANIA: Congolese refugee triumphs over bizarre persecution to inspire refugee women

4 April 2014

Fleeing death threats from her own family, one Congolese refugee forged a new life in Tanzania to become a refugee leader and inspire others girls and women.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees surpass 1 million

3 April 2014

Lebanon is the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide, struggling to keep pace with a crisis that shows no signs of slowing.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR and WFP alarmed at scale of needs in South Sudan

2 April 2014

The two agencies warn that the crisis could endanger millions of lives in the coming months if urgent action is not taken to put an end to the conflict and support civilians.

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CAR: Violence in Bangui triggers fresh displacement in Central African Republic

2 April 2014

The violence in the capital included stepped up attacks on Muslim populations and the African Union troops protecting them.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR, WFP leaders witness shocking state of South Sudanese refugees during Ethiopia visit

2 April 2014

As tens of thousands of South Sudanese continue to flee their conflict-torn homeland, the heads of UNHCR and the WFP travelled to Ethiopia's border region of Gambella from neighboring South Sudan to meet refugees who recently fled the conflict.

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PHILIPPINES: Chainsaw donation helps coconut farmers to branch out after Typhoon Haiyan

1 April 2014

A Swedish firm has donated 500 chainsaws for typhoon survivors to salvage felled coconut trees, using the lumber to rebuild homes and clearing the land to grow other crops.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Heads of WFP and UNHCR visit South Sudan and Ethiopia amid alarming spread of hunger and displacement

1 April 2014

Alarmed at the impact of ongoing violence in South Sudan, the heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) arrived in Juba today on a joint trip to meet conflict-affected people and to review the on-going response and needs amid a spiralling humanitarian crisis.

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Risking all to journey to Europe on a smuggler's boat

31 March 2014

Thousands have perished attempting the Mediterranean Sea crossing in recent years – Syrian refugee Mohammed and his family were fortunate.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Restoring peace between refugees and villagers in Maban County

31 March 2014

The first thing needed is to restore the confidence of refugee camp residents like Fatna, who fears a repeat of recent violence that forced thousands to flee the camp.

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IRAQ: Khaled Hosseini visits Syrian refugees in Iraq, urges more global support

28 March 2014

In the Iraqi Kurdistan region, the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador met Syrian refugee families living inside and outside camps, many of whom lost everything.

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GENEVA: UNHCR and WFP seeks US$371 million for inter-agency operations to help South Sudan refugees

26 March 2014

South Sudanese have been fleeing into neighbouring countries at a rate of nearly 2,000 per day, mostly to Ethiopia and Uganda. Many arrive exhausted and in poor health.

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LIBERIA: Refugee camp closed in Liberia as return to Côte d'Ivoire gathers momentum

26 March 2014

UNHCR is well on course to meet its repatriation target of 16,000 Ivorian refugees for this year, with 7,834 returns as of Friday and more convoys planned this month.

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UGANDA: UNHCR shocked and saddened at drowning of scores of Congolese refugees in Lake Albert

25 March 2014

Based on information UNHCR has received so far from the authorities and refugees, 41 people were rescued and 98 bodies recovered. As many as 250 people may have been aboard the boat.

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GENEVA: Food shortages in South Sudan force more people into exile, cause friction

24 March 2014

Local residents in Maban County demand that 60,000 refugees in Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps leave within two months. Hostilities spread to Doro and Kaya camps.

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA: On a high seas rescue mission with the Italian Navy

24 March 2014

A flotilla of five navy vessels has saved more than 10,000 people from overcrowded boats on the Mediterranean under an operation launched last year.

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GENEVA: UNHCR report shows leap in asylum applications for industrialised countries

21 March 2014

The "Asylum Trends 2013" report says 612,700 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest total for any year since 2001.

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MALAWI: Congolese orphan starts a new life in US after surviving beatings and gangrene

20 March 2014

Faustin flew recently from Malawi to a new life in the United States after being accepted for resettlement under the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Programme.

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JORDAN: Syrian families struggle to cope outside the protective umbrella of camps in Jordan

19 March 2014

A new report co-written by UNHCR finds that half of refugee dwellings in urban areas are inadequate, while hundreds of thousands of Syrians struggle to pay the rent.

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KAZAKHSTAN: UNHCR helps aspiring refugee pilot reach for the skies

18 March 2014

Afghan refugee Hasib regards Kazakhstan as his motherland and he wants to contribute to its growth by becoming an airline pilot. But it's been a bumpy ride.

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GREECE: Elderly Syrian survives sea voyage in quest to reunite with family in Germany

18 March 2014

With the help of UNHCR, Greece's Asylum Service and the German immigration authorities, Sabria's dream is at hand and she will soon see long lost loved ones.

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GENEVA: Syria tops world list for forcibly displaced after three years of conflict

17 March 2014

More than 2.56 million Syrians have registered or are waiting to register as refugees in neighbouring countries as the number of displaced inside Syria passes 6.5 million.

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CAMEROON: UNHCR addresses alarming health situation of refugees in Cameroon

17 March 2014

Most of the new arrivals have spent weeks living in the bush without access to water and food and have walked great distances to reach safety in the eastern Cameroon.

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KENYA: Former Somali refugees raise funds in Canada to build pre-school in Dadaab

14 March 2014

More than 400 children applied to enrol in the new school in Dagahaley camp, but there is currently only room for 140. The students include refugees and local Kenyan children.

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Three Years Syria Conflict: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie's appeal to world leaders

14 March 2014

On the 3rd anniversary of the Syrian conflict, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has appealed to world leaders.

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GENEVA: Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children

14 March 2014

Risk of a lost generation, say leading aid agencies

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WASHINGTON: UNHCR calls on the Americas to keep children on the run safe from violence

13 March 2014

UNHCR's "Children on the Run" report also urges governments to take action to keep children safe from rights abuses, violence and crime, and to ensure their access to asylum.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR and partners distribute aid to conflict-affected in South Sudan's Pariang County

13 March 2014

UNHCR estimates the number of forcibly displaced people in the seven districts of Pariang County at about 20,000. So far, the refugee agency has given aid to almost 11,500.

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SYRIA: Protecting refugee children from polio

13 March 2014

There had been no cases of polio in Syria for 14 years when it suddenly re-emerged last year in the country's war-ravaged north. Since then, hundreds of children have been infected with the virus which can cause crippling paralysis, lifelong deformity and death.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees rush to Arsal

13 March 2014

The bombardment of the Syrian city of Yabroud has driven thousands of refugees across the mountains into the Lebanese town of Arsal.

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SYRIA: After three years of conflict, we can’t forget Syria

13 March 2014

Five years ago, Syria was the world’s second largest refugee-hosting country, but after three years of conflict, Syrians are now about to replace Afghans as the biggest refugee population worldwide.

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NIGER: UNHCR concerned as hundreds flee attacks in Nigeria's Lake Chad region

12 March 2014

The latest attacks are reported to have begun in mid-February and were continuing five days ago. Some 2,000 people have crossed into Niger's Diffa region in the past month.

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GENEVA: More than 40 missing and feared drowned in latest Gulf of Aden boat tragedy

12 March 2014

The boat was reportedly carrying 77 men, women and children from Somalia and Ethiopia when it sank. Thirty-three people were rescued.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned about getting food deliveries to refugees in South Sudan

10 March 2014

During the past week the number of displaced people in the town of Heet and surrounding areas has increased by some 25,000-30,000 people.

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GENEVA: Continuing conflict in Iraq's province displaces thousands, some for second time

10 March 2014

During the past week the number of displaced people in the town of Heet and surrounding areas has increased by some 25,000-30,000 people.

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RWANDA: New site a pilot for refugee camp planning and design

10 March 2014

UNHCR is moving 9,000 refugees from a crowded transit centre to the new Mugombwa camp, Rwanda's fifth, built on government-allocated land.

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International Women's Day: UNHCR pledges to advance gender equality programme

8 March 2014

António Guterres pledges progress on gender equality and female empowerment while noting that forced displacement exacerbates the risks that women and girls face.

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International Women's Day: Raped girl's education dreams go up in smoke

7 March 2014

UNHCR puts a priority on spreading awareness about sexual and gender-based violence and at preventing a scourge that affects millions around the world.

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CHAD: Skilled Central African workers, students and professionals find shelter in Chad

6 March 2014

Since December, Chad has evacuated 16,000 people to N'Djamena from Bangui, including more than 1,000 from the Central African Republic and some other countries.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges stepped up help for CAR and South Sudan refugees

5 March 2014

The crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic have together caused one of the biggest forced displacement situations Africa has seen in recent years.

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SERBIA: Dream home comes closer for Serbian family years after fleeing Croatia

28 February 2014

Former refugee Ranko has applied for one of 70 sturdy bungalows to be built in Serbia under a program aimed at ending the region's long displacement chapter.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Fresh water brings life back to traumatised South Sudan village

27 February 2014

UNHCR makes it possible for hundreds of villagers to go home by drilling two boreholes to replace a stream contaminated in recent fighting.

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CAR: UNHCR seeks stepped up security for 15,000 at risk in Central African Republic

26 February 2014

The refugee agency is particularly worried about people in areas such as the PK12 neighbourhood in Bangui and the towns of Boda, Bouar and Bossangoa.

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LEBANON: Second shift schools offer hope to young Syrians

25 February 2014

The Syrian refugee population in Lebanon includes some 270,000 children. A new UNHCR-supported programme is finding a solution for nearly 30,000 of them.

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GENEVA: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Lebanon, urges aid for Syria's children

25 February 2014

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is visiting Lebanon to highlight the plight of Syrian children, and to thank the Lebanese people for assisting refugees as the conflict enters its fourth year.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges countries to offer admission to 100,000 Syrians from next year

24 February 2014

States urged to offer resettlement or other solutions such as programmes for family reunification, scholarships for Syrian students and medical evacuation for refugees with serious health issues.

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GENEVA: Almost 20,000 CAR refugees flood into eastern Cameroon this month

24 February 2014

The latest influx brings to 35,142 the total number of Central African Republic refugees who have fled to Cameroon since March last year.

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NEW YORK: Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to pre vent a lost generation in Syria

23 February 2014

Children cannot afford another year of bloodshed, suffering and missed education, warn aid agencies.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon

20 February 2014

As the war nears its third anniversary, survivors of the latest offensive arrive in a country already brimming with refugees.

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JORDAN: Malala Yousafzai meets with Syrian refugees

20 February 2014

Teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai visits the Jordanian border crossing at Hadalat where hundreds of Syrian refugees cross each day.

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CAR: UNHCR chief declares Central African Republic a “humanitarian catastrophe”

20 February 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has made a visit to the Central African Republic, describing what he saw as "a humanitarian catastrophe of unspeakable proportions."

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CHAD: Thousands flee violence in Central African Republic, seek shelter in southern Chad

18 February 2014

Thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic have fled into southern Chad in recent months as fighting intensifies in CAR.

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LEBANON: Appalling hardship revealed in Old City of Homs

17 February 2014

UN agencies and local partners deliver more aid to the Old City of Homs while the UN humanitarian coordinator insists on access to other besieged communities.

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LEBANON: UNHCR issues cards against the cold for Syrian refugees

14 February 2014

UNHCR distributes cash via ATM cards to allow Syrian refugee families to buy vital winter supplies and heaters to keep them warm in freezing regions of Lebanon.

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CAR: UNHCR chief decries "humanitarian catastrophe" in CAR, including massive ethno-religious cleansing

13 February 2014

António Guterres says CAR must not be allowed by the international community to fall through the cracks and says massive ethno-religious cleansing is under way.

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CAR: A town in danger of losing its soul

13 February 2014

Violence in the town of Bossangoa has caused hundreds of Muslims to flee. But some are hanging on in their beloved home, surrounded by danger.

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA: 3D exhibition in Seoul sheds light on "invisible" refugees

13 February 2014

UNHCR joins hands with an advertising firm and art museum to help the public see and better understand the needs of refugees in South Korea and Niger.

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LEBANON: UN and partners deliver desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian city of Homs

12 February 2014

A ''humanitarian pause" in Homs allows the evacuation of hundreds of civilians and some aid deliveries, but convoys and aid workers come under sustained fire.

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GENEVA: More than 20,000 Syrians flee to Turkey this year, biggest influx in months

12 February 2014

Over recent days more than 500 people have been arriving daily across official crossing points, sometimes as many as 1,000-2,000 daily.

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LIBERIA: Ivorian refugees call for disarmament, reconciliation and increased grant before return

12 February 2014

Although UNHCR is facilitating the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees, more than 52,000 remain in four camps and various communities in Liberia.

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SYRIA: UNHCR starts airlift operation to deliver core relief items to 50,000 displaced in northeast

10 February 2014

UNHCR has started the 1st out of up to 13 airlifts planned to deliver winterised core relief items (CRI), medicine, and other supplies to 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern Syria.

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GENEVA: Almost 9,000 people flee from CAR to Cameroon to escape fresh tension and violence

10 February 2014

Thousands have been fleeing to the town of Kentzou in eastern Cameroon. Most are Central Africans, but arrivals include people from Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Mali.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR and partners start aid distribution for 10,000 in Malakal

10 February 2014

This is the first aid to reach the displaced people living outside the UN base in Malakal, which was the scene some of the fiercest fighting last month.

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ANGOLA: Music keeps hope alive for a trio of urban refugees in Luanda

7 February 2014

Music helps Freeboy Gbaryeel cope with the drudgery of his daily life and the uncertainty of his future. A gift of guitars could help him become self-sufficient.

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CAR: Chadian refugees leave their home of decades

4 February 2014

Under a programme launched by UNHCR and the IOM, a group of 201 Chadian refugees are repatriated. Some 400 Congolese will also go home this week.

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DRC: The importance of being educated

3 February 2014

The worst thing about being a refugee for many of the young people in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo is missing out on their education.

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LEBANON: Syrian women refugees use cooking to restore morale and earn for their families

3 February 2014

An innovative project in Lebanon gives depressed refugee women business and culinary skills that protect their traditions and improve their standard of living.

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SYDNEY: IKEA brings sustainable lighting to families in UNHCR refugee camps

3 February 2014

A new campaign ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ will run in IKEA stores across Australia and also globally from 3 February to 29 March 2014.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Refugee turns host and protector for displaced South Sudanese

31 January 2014

In a reversal of fortune, an Ethiopian who sought refuge in South Sudan now becomes the host of a large family displaced in their own country.

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ALGERIA: Restoring self-reliance among Sahrawi refugees

31 January 2014

UNHCR wants to help the community combat frustration and aid-dependency among young refugees who find few opportunities to use their skills and education.

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THAILAND: US wraps up group resettlement for Myanmar refugees

30 January 2014

More than 70,000 Myanmar refugees have been resettled from Thailand's camps to the United States as one of the world's largest resettlement programmes comes to an end.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges continued international protection for asylum-seekers from Somalia

29 January 2014

UNHCR stresses the need for governments to assess applications for protection on the basis of reliable, up-to-date information about the situation in Somalia.

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GENEVA: A Somali mother longs for an Alpine reunion with her children

29 January 2014

Nimo struggles to talk about the four of her children who are having to fend for themselves in an Ethiopian refugee camp. But good news is on the way.

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GENEVA: UNHCR working to contain spread of measles among South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

29 January 2014

UNHCR is starting a mass immunization campaign in northern Uganda to prevent the spread of measles among South Sudanese refugees.

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CAR: Emergency evacuation from a crucible of violence

28 January 2014

UNHCR helps evacuate 58 people from a transit centre in the Central African Republic town of Bossambele, where they were surrounded by armed men.

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GENEVA: Continuing fighting in central Iraq leaves 140,000 forcibly displaced

28 January 2014

The number of internally displaced in Anbar province includes more than 65,000 people who fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi over the last week.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Ethiopian refugee misunderstands curfew, nearly loses life

28 January 2014

A mistake in the hours of government curfew proves dangerous for an Ethiopian refugee in South Sudan – but he draws a surprise lesson from his trauma.

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NIGER: Diffa district provides shelter for Nigerians fleeing violence

28 January 2014

As fresh violence in Nigeria forces thousands to flee to Niger and Cameroon, one refugee recounts her own flight to safety nine months ago.

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LONDON: LEGO Foundation donates US$3 million to build a future for refugee children

28 January 2014

The donation will fund UNHCR education programmes in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen.

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UGANDA: Born on the run - South Sudanese mothers name babies to reflect ordeal

24 January 2014

Thousands of South Sudanese refugee babies will forever be identified by the way they came into the world – as their mothers fled conflict in their homeland.

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MALAWI: UNHCR pilots new biometrics system in Malawi refugee camp

23 January 2014

UNHCR experts are reviewing the results of the pilot exercise in the development of a biometrics system that will be fast, intuitive, secure, durable and easy to use.

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan - Seeking Salvacion with a little help from family and friends

22 January 2014

UNHCR continues to help typhoon survivors in remote locations like Salvacion island, giving them relief supplies and hope to rebuild their lives.

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MYANMAR: Olympic spirit alive and kicking in Myanmar's southeast

22 January 2014

Over 13,000 students in displacement-affected areas have received sports kits donated by the IOC through UNHCR.

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UGANDA: South Sudan conflict leaves women and children to cope as refugees

21 January 2014

UN Refugee Agency rallies to provide the special needs of refugees in northern Uganda, where men are the minority of those fleeing fighting in South Sudan.

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GENEVA: UNHCR to build new camps, expand others to shelter South Sudanese refugees

20 January 2014

Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit centre in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees.

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TURKEY: UNHCR joins call in Turkey for solidarity with countries hosting Syrian refugees

20 January 2014

The appeal came in a joint statement released in Turkey's Harran-Kökenli refugee camp, which currently provides shelter to 14,000 Syrian refugees.

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CAR: Born into a Crisis in the Central African Republic

20 January 2014

Feitouana and Christelle are among the millions in need of urgent relief in the Central African Republic, but they have both faced the additional challenge of having to flee while pregnant.

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KENYA: From refugee to leader - an Ethiopian woman shows the way in Kenya

17 January 2014

An Ethiopian refugee in Nairobi inspires girls and women to speak out and achieve their dreams.

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KUWAIT: Donor nations pledge US$2.4 billion at Kuwait meet for Syrians in need

16 January 2014

A total 39 countries pledge to help alleviate the suffering of some 9.3 million women, children and men in need in Syria and 2.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries.

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GEORGIA: UNHCR brings aid and joy to displaced Georgians in highland wilderness

16 January 2014

Ema's world collapsed in 1992, when she was blinded during the Abkhazia conflict and fled to Georgia's remote Racha region. UNHCR recently brought some light back into her life.

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IRAQ: UNHCR aid reaches displaced from Fallujah and Ramadi

15 January 2014

Aid has been reaching some of the affected communities since January 8, and yesterday 12 trucks of UNHCR non-food relief reached neighbourhoods around Fallujah.

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GENEVA: Almost 80,000 South Sudanese flee to neighbouring countries as fighting generates more displacement

15 January 2014

More than half have headed for Uganda's West Nile region straddling South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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LEBANON: After hours classes let Syrian refugee children continue studies

14 January 2014

A dedicated Syrian mother is determined that come what may her children will get the education that is vital to their future – even if it is in exile.

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GENEVA: UNHCR appeals for US$99 million for operations in South Sudan and CAR

13 January 2014

The UN Refugee Agency on Friday called on donors for US$99 million to help the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the worsening humanitarian crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

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DRC: Friendship triumphs over prejudice amid violence in Central African Republic

13 January 2014

Edgar and his family are exhausted after fleeing the sectarian violence in Central African Republic. They say they escaped thanks to their Muslim neighbours.

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CAR: UNHCR resumes aid distribution for 100,000 at Bangui airport

10 January 2014

The UN Refugee Agency has resumed distribution of relief items to the estimated 100,000 people who have fled to Bangui International Airport to escape sectarian violence in the capital city of the Central African Republic.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR rescues refugee trapped by civil unrest

10 January 2014

Already a refugee from Darfur, one young man unexpectedly gets ensnared in South Sudan's violence – and is rescued by UN teamwork.

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SYDNEY: Australia for UNHCR launches appeals for double refugee emergencies in Africa

9 January 2014

Australia for UNHCR has launched two appeals for emergencies in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, as recent conflict in the neighbouring countries has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes in search of safety.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Refugees help skeleton UNHCR staff keep camps going in South Sudan

9 January 2014

Some 120,000 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan's largest camps get uninterrupted service as refugees take on leadership roles alongside staff.

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GENEVA: UNHCR resumes relief distribution for people displaced at Bangui Airport

9 January 2014

The UN Refugee Agency on Tuesday resumed distribution of relief items to an estimated 100,000 internally displaced people who sought safety at the Bangui International Airport in the Central African Republic.

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UGANDA: Thousands cross into Uganda to escape fighting in South Sudan

8 January 2014

More than 23,500 people have fled South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda, while others have sought shelter in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan to escape the violence.

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GENEVA: Urgent call for massive investment to prevent lost generation of Syrian children

8 January 2014

UNHCR and partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support a "No Lost Generation" strategy to protect a generation of Syrian children from a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures.

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JORDAN: Life imitates art - Syrian refugees stage Greek tragedy in Jordan

7 January 2014

Syrian director Omar Abu Saada has turned to a Greek tragedy written almost 2,430 years ago by Euripides to tell of the female suffering in his blighted homeland.

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CAR: Insecurity pushes number of displaced in Central African Republic past 935,000

6 January 2014

Continuing violence and insecurity in Central African Republic has pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDP) past 935,000 and is hampering humanitarian aid efforts.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Reggae musician born in exile becomes displaced back home

6 January 2014

One young man, born as a refugee, gets trapped in South Sudan's violence and ends up displaced almost in sight of his own home.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Man becomes "refugee" on his own doorstep

3 January 2014

Nursing a bullet wound from recent fighting in the South Sudan capital, Juba, a family patriarch tells how painful it is to be displaced within his own city.

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BURKINA FASO: Broom-wielding refugee sweeps away the cobwebs in Burkina Faso camp

2 January 2014

Roky inspires refugees in Goudboubo camp to improve the environment they live in, cleaning inside and outside their homes and helping to make life better for all.

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SYRIA: UNHCR distributes winter aid airlifted to north-east Syria

31 December 2013

Chartered flights carried items such as thermal blankets, plastic tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and hygiene supplies for more than 50,000 people.

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GENEVA: UNHCR calls for greater security in South Sudan as it aids people displaced by fighting

31 December 2013

UNHCR is extremely concerned about the tens of thousands of people caught up in or uprooted by the fighting in South Sudan.

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JORDAN: Massive aid effort accompanied 2013's Syria refugee exodus

31 December 2013

Over 2013 the number of registered Syrian refugees grew to more than 2.3 million people, fracturing families and necessitating a massive international relief effort particularly targeting some 1.2 million refugee children to ensure they do not become a lost generation.

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GREECE: Syrians, risking everything to flee war, find chilly reception in Europe

30 December 2013

With more Syrians taking to boats to reach Europe, one family finds cold comfort once they reach European shores.

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AFGHANISTAN: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie's school changes lives in Afghanistan

30 December 2013

Some 400 village girls in Afghanistan are daring to dream big thanks to something rare in their country - an education.

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CAR: UNHCR steps up aid to displaced in Central African Republic

27 December 2013

UNHCR mobilises staff and aid for the internally displaced amid concerns over security, living and health conditions.

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JORDAN: UK toys bring smiles to Syrian refugee children

27 December 2013

Toys made and donated by children from Oxford schools travelled more than 2,300 miles to Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp, offering a small but important comfort to traumatised children

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan - Helping survivors to jump ship and land on their feet

27 December 2013

Rosita Pica was among some 200 people living on a beached ship until UNHCR staff gave them an alternative – tents close to home.

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KENYA: Stitch by stitch, refugee women in Kenya craft new lives for themselves

27 December 2013

Traumatised teenagers who came to Kenya alone find healing, self-confidence and cash in their own scarf-making business.

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IVORY COAST: From stateless to state official, Ivorian helps others gain nationality

24 December 2013

How a living ghost became a citizen and elected official in his native Côte d'Ivoire, which recently acceded to the two international conventions on statelessness.

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CONGO: Thousands of Central Africans flee to Republic of Congo to escape violence

23 December 2013

The sectarian violence ravaging Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic has spread south to the Lobaye prefecture, forcing thousands to flee to Republic of the Congo.

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JORDAN: Lacking a nationality, some refugees from Syria face acute risks

23 December 2013

A 2013 survey in northern Iraq found that some 10 per cent of Syrian Kurdish refugees are stateless, as many fled Syria before they could apply for nationality.

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GENEVA: UNHCR report warns of unusually large numbers of forcibly displaced this year

23 December 2013

The UN Refugee Agency has warned in a report that 2013 was on track for some of the highest levels of forced displacement ever seen by the agency, due to unusually large numbers of new refugees and internally displaced people.

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LEBANON: A bad business idea could help fill a critical need for Syria's refugees

20 December 2013

Finding shelter for the massive number of Syrian refugees fleeing the country is challenging. Solutions are turning up in unexpected places.

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BELGIUM: European Union donates €63 million to UNHCR for Syria operations

19 December 2013

The European Union on Wednesday donated €63 million to the UN Refugee Agency for its operations for Syrians displaced by the war. It was the largest single contribution that UNHCR has received from the EU.

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CAR: Fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, displaces some 210,000 people

18 December 2013

UN Refugee Agency staff in the Central African Republic believe that some 210,000 people have been forcibly displaced by violence in the last two weeks in the embattled capital, Bangui.

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SYRIA: UNHCR starts airlift into northeast Syria

18 December 2013

UNHCR today started an airlift of relief items from Iraq into northeast Syria to help more than 50,000 extremely vulnerable and displaced Syrians cope with the sudden arrival of winter.

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DRC: Desperation drives Central African civilians to risk river route to safety

18 December 2013

Significant numbers of people are continuing to risk their lives to cross the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Bangui, Central African Republic, where violence and killing continues to spread fear.

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GENEVA: UN appeals for a record US$6.5 billion for Syria operations in 2014

17 December 2013

Faced with the prospect of a worsening situation inside Syria and growing numbers of refugees in 2014, UN agencies have appealed for US$6.5 billion in funds – the biggest amount so far requested for a single humanitarian emergency.

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SYRIA: UN airlifts humanitarian aid to Northeast Syria as displaced families face harsh winter

17 December 2013

UNHCR, alongside WFP and UNICEF, has started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as winter storm "Alexa" dumped large amounts of snow and brought cold temperatures to the region.

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LEBANON: UNHCR and partners step up measures to help Syrian refugees amid massive winter storm

16 December 2013

The UN refugee agency is stepping up measures to protect the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as they face the onslaught of a massive winter storm in the region.

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CAR: UNHCR calls for humanitarian access as situation worsens in Central African Republic

16 December 2013

The UN Refugee Agency has said the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate with tens of thousands seeking shelter from the violence.

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan - UNHCR solar lamps ease life after dark

13 December 2013

Solar-powered lanterns provided by the UN Refugee Agency have made life easier for survivors a month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines.

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GENEVA: Decline in education for Syrian children "worst and fastest in region's history"

13 December 2013

The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.

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GENEVA: With record numbers of internally displaced people, UNHCR's Guterres appeals for greater efforts to help

12 December 2013

At the opening of the 2013 High Commissioner's Dialogue, Guterres urges governments, NGOs and academics to strengthen partnerships to tackle the growing problem.

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PHILIPPINES: One month on, Typhoon Haiyan survivors start to return home

12 December 2013

A month after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Visayas region of the Philippines, tens of thousands of displaced people are returning to their home areas.

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LEBANON: UNHCR and partners in operation to help refugees amid winter storm

12 December 2013

Across Lebanon, more than 838,000 refugees including 120,000 living in flimsy tents are suddenly facing the onslaught of cold weather, rains and snowfall.

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GENEVA: UNHCR to boost Syria aid supply through airlifts from Iraq

11 December 2013

As the harsh winter sets in, up to 12 cargo flights are planned to bring food and relief supplies to vulnerable people in inaccessible areas in north-eastern Syria.

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GENEVA: Newly displaced face appalling living conditions in CAR capital

11 December 2013

Fear and fresh fighting have driven more than 100,000 people out of their homes in the last five days. Many are sleeping rough in the rain.

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DRC: 16 Days of Activism: Countering sexual and gender-based violence across the Congo

11 December 2013

UNHCR offices and some 10,000 people across the country spread awareness about the scourge in a series of events marking the annual 16 Days campaign.

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KENYA: Love of family, country draw first refugees back to Somalia from Kenya

10 December 2013

Next January, UNHCR will begin assisting Somali refugees who want to return from Kenya on their own. One young mother tells what's pulling her home.

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GENEVA: UNHCR mourns the death of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela

9 December 2013

High Commissioner Guterres says the death of such an outstanding champion of peace is a profound loss and should give people pause for thought.

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CAR: UNHCR fears for civilians in Central African Republic as hundreds flee to DR Congo

9 December 2013

UNHCR staff in Bangui report the situation as very tense on Friday morning. Gunfire could be heard in the city's 8th District, preventing residents from leaving their homes.

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ROME: UNHCR chief meets Pope Francis to discuss refugee issues

9 December 2013

António Guterres expressed his deep appreciation for the Pope's work in bringing public attention to refugees and internally displaced people.

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LONDON: UNHCR's protection chief sees key role in future for Syrian refugee women

5 December 2013

More than 80 per cent of the more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees were women and children – a particularly vulnerable population facing serious protection risks.

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LEBANON: UNHCR chief Guterres highlights the plight of Syrian children

3 December 2013

On a visit to the Lebanon-Syria border, António Guterres calls for massive assistance to prevent a generation from being lost.

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan casts fishing community adrift

3 December 2013

The Saballa family have lost 12 family members and are now in limbo amid reports that rebuilding may be banned along some coastal areas.

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GENEVA: Call for UNHCR staff to join goal of ending HIV/AIDS-related discrimination

3 December 2013

High Commissioner António Guterres says stigma and discrimination continue to be a major barrier for people trying to access HIV prevention and treatment.

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WASHINGTON: UNHCR expresses concern over deaths at sea in the Caribbean

29 November 2013

UNHCR has expressed concern at the recent deaths at sea following a boat capsize earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third maritime tragedy in the northern Caribbean since October.

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GENEVA: Child recruitment, child labour, discrimination and loneliness – the crisis of Syria’s refugee children

29 November 2013

A UNHCR survey of Syrian refugee children has found widespread psychological distress, many children living alone or separated from their parents, most receiving no education, and extensive involvement of children in illegal labour.

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LIBERIA: UNHCR exceeds 2013 repatriation target for Ivorian refugees in Liberia

28 November 2013

UNHCR has exceeded its 2013 target of voluntary repatriations of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, with several more return convoys still planned before the end of the year.

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GENEVA: UNHCR stresses that repatriation of Somalis from Kenya must be voluntary

27 November 2013

The understanding was reaffirmed when Kenyan and Somali refugee commissioners visited Dadaab refugee camp-complex to discuss the repatriation process.

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GENEVA: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie wins award for humanitarian work

26 November 2013

The acclaimed actress was recently presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work helping the needy.

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CROATIA: Housing programme tackles the lingering problem of displacement

26 November 2013

UNHCR will be working with the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in the implementation of the Regional Housing Programme, in order to address lingering displacement in the western Balkans.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR reaches out to more communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan

25 November 2013

Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines, affected communities are asking for shelter materials to start rebuilding their homes.

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BULGARIA: UNHCR chief urges Europe to help Bulgaria cope with Syrian refugee influx

25 November 2013

António Guterres also announces that UNHCR will launch a programme to help Bulgaria meet the needs of the several thousand refugees.

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LEBANON: Syrians fleeing fighting in Qalamoun stream into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

25 November 2013

An estimated 18,000 Syrians have crossed into Lebanon via the border town of Arsal since November 15 – the latest exodus of Syria's civil war.

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CHINA: Chinese schools offer primary education for urban refugees

25 November 2013

In an important breakthrough, five provinces in China have offered refugee children the chance to attend primary school.

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GENEVA: 16 Days Against Violence - UNHCR deeply disturbed by scale of violence against women

25 November 2013

In 2012, some 12,000 incidents of sexual and gender-based violence were reported to UNHCR around the world, but many more cases never come forward.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR delivers tents to keep typhoon-affected families together

22 November 2013

UNHCR is delivering family-sized tents to local authorities in the Philippines to provide temporary shelter for uprooted families like Elena Catindoy's.

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UGANDA: Q&A - Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell visits Congolese refugees

22 November 2013

The author of the popular Wallander books has long been interested in refugees, particularly in Africa. He recently joined UNHCR on a field mission in Uganda.

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BULGARIA: Bulgaria struggles to cope with Syrian influx at dilapidated camp

22 November 2013

The country on the edge of south-east Europe is ill-prepared or equipped to deal with the growing influx of Syrian refugees and, like other host nations, needs help.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR rushes aid from tarmac to town for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

21 November 2013

Relief supplies arriving at the Tacloban City airport in the central Philippines are being delivered immediately to communities badly affected by the typhoon.

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PHILIPPINES: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan leave home areas in search of family and aid

20 November 2013

UNHCR and its partners will set up a designated area at Tacloban airport to collect data on displaced people, their destinations and vulnerabilities.

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LEBANON: Thousands brave freezing conditions to escape fighting in Syria and reach Lebanon

20 November 2013

Mohammed has been forced on the run in Syria for the seventh time, but it's the first time he has fled to Lebanon, adding to the more than 800,000 who have escaped to the neighbouring country.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR tarps provide coverage for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

19 November 2013

Thousands of typhoon survivors in the coastal community of San Roque in Leyte province have received plastic sheets and other relief supplies trucked in by UNHCR.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR gears up typhoon emergency response, flies in aid

18 November 2013

UNHCR completes two airlifts of aid to Cebu; a further aid flight is due soon. Distribution of relief items in badly damaged Tacloban City has been under way since mid-week.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries

18 November 2013

The UN Refugee Agency said it was calling, globally as well as in the European Union, for a shift away from border protection to protection of people.

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PHILIPPINES: When Typhoon Haiyan hit, Jane Ilagan fled with her family to higher ground

18 November 2013

When Typhoon Haiyan hit her municipality in the central Philippines, Jane Ilagan fled with her family to higher ground. They survived a seven-hour ordeal; many in the area died.

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JORDAN: UNHCR works to avert winter discontent for Syrian refugees

15 November 2013

With Syria well into its third year of conflict, UNHCR and its partners are working against the clock to deliver the needed supplies for another winter.

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YEMEN: Yemen meet agrees on regional cooperation to tackle asylum and irregular migration

14 November 2013

The irregular migration flows across the sea to Yemen, and the maritime disasters that often ensue, drive home the urgent need for increased international action to avert such incidents.

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PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan - one of the worst storms in history

14 November 2013

On Friday 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines at 4.30am local time whilst people slept in their homes. Entire communities have been wiped out by this typhoon which is one of the strongest the world has ever known.

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ITALY: Bitter-sweet family reunion in Sicily for Mediterranean capsize survivors

14 November 2013

On a recent evening, members of four families were reunited in an isolated Sicilian commune far from their troubled homeland. They were linked by tragedy.

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PHILIPPINES: Reports of growing tension and trauma among typhoon survivors

13 November 2013

The survivors need food, clean water, medicines, clothing and plastic sheets. But damaged roads, bridges and debris are hampering humanitarian access.

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THAILAND: UNHCR, civil society warn of growing detention problem in Asia-Pacific

12 November 2013

The UN refugee agency joined the region's NGOs, national human rights institutions and other partners, in consultations to explore alternatives to detention.

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PHILIPPINES: UNHCR to send aid packs and tents for Typhoon Haiyan victims

12 November 2013

An air cargo plane carrying 2,500 UNHCR tents will fly to Cebu en route to survivors. To start with, UNHCR is sending 1,400 protection kits and hygiene kits by road.

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GENEVA: More than 62,000 people, mostly Ethiopians, risk lives to cross Gulf of Aden this year

11 November 2013

In total, since 2006 when UNHCR began collecting data, more than half a million asylum seekers, refugees and migrants have travelled by sea to Yemen.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Long, dangerous journey ends in reunion for refugee family separated in flight

11 November 2013

For Sudanese refugee Majdi Bedewe, doing the best by his son meant risking the chance that he might not see him again.

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TURKEY: The kindness of a stranger in a southern Turkey border town

8 November 2013

Mahmut left his tourism business in Istanbul to come and help Syrian refugees in the town of Akcakale. He is now hosting three grateful families in his large family house.

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UGANDA: Rebellion's end in Democratic Republic of Congo comes too late for one family

6 November 2013

Uwimana lost her parents and two siblings when artillery fire hit her home. She fled to Uganda, where she watched a brother die in hospital. She never wants to return.

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UGANDA: Fresh fighting triggers new Congolese refugee inflow to Uganda

5 November 2013

Around 10,000 people are estimated by Ugandan authorities to have fled into Uganda - running along the roads in fear and panic, with some bringing possessions and livestock.

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MYANMAR: UNHCR fears dozens dead after boat capsizes off Myanmar, urges action

5 November 2013

Eight survivors have been reported so far, but dozens of passengers, including women and children, are still missing and feared dead since the weekend tragedy.

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BOTSWANA: UNHCR wraps up return programme for Angolan refugees in Botswana

4 November 2013

This week's final convoy of 194 people convoy brings to 461 the number of Angolans repatriated from Botswana since June of last year.

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UGANDA: UNHCR monitors returns to North Kivu from Uganda, prepares to help returnees

4 November 2013

Once full military control and civilian authority is established, the repatriation of tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people could become a reality.

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MYANMAR: UNHCR fears sea tragedies as sailing season starts in Bay of Bengal

4 November 2013

More than 1,500 people reportedly boarded boats in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state and headed into the Bay of Bengal over the course of four days last week.

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SYRIA: Needs great, conditions dire in Homs and other Syrian cities

31 October 2013

UNHCR plans to distribute 44 containers of newly arrived aid to people in towns and cities difficult to reach, including Homs, Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

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UGANDA: More than 10,000 Congolese civilians flee to Uganda to escape fighting in North Kivu

31 October 2013

In a separate development in north-eastern DRC, some 4,000 to 6,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda's north-west region from Orientale province.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges against forced returns to Nigeria amid rising violence in the north

30 October 2013

Some 10,000 Nigerians have crossed into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months. More than 80 per cent have sought refuge in Cameroon.

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UGANDA: Mobile courts offer hope for Somali refugee in her fight for justice

30 October 2013

Despite challenges and prejudices, UNHCR staff and refugees in Nakivale settlement notice some positive changes as a result of the mobile courts.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Simple messages deliver dramatic results in tackling epidemic among refugees

29 October 2013

Encouraging behavior change among refugees was central to containing an outbreak of the liver ailment hepatitis E.

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CAR: UNHCR tackles dire conditions for thousands of displaced in Central African Republic church

28 October 2013

UNHCR reinforces its team in Bossangoa to try and improve living conditions for 37,000 people on top of each other in the grounds of a Roman Catholic church.

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SYRIA: UNHCR continues to reach toughest areas of Syria, races to provide winter aid

24 October 2013

So far this year, about 35 per cent of UNHCR's core relief supplies have gone to people in hard-to-reach areas such as Aleppo, Azzaz and Karameh.

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TURKEY: Syrian long jump champion aims far after hard landing in Turkey

24 October 2013

Since arriving in Urfa, Abdul Rahman has learnt Turkish and is looking for work. But when he tells people he is Syrian, they say there is no job.

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TURKEY: Syrian refugee women battle boredom and bad memories by making carpets

24 October 2013

A group of about 40 women in Adiyaman camp find a way to occupy their time, making carpets under a project set up and sponsored by the camp management.

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INDONESIA: Rohingya family seeks home after 16 years on the move

24 October 2013

Despite moving across five countries, surviving a near-death experience and years of exploitation, Karim has still not found a home for his young family.

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GENEVA: UNHCR highlights dangers facing Syrians in transit, urges countries to keep borders open

21 October 2013

Given the dramatic needs of Syrian refugees, reinforcement of capacity to receive them in North African countries is increasingly urgent.

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JORDAN: UNHCR in massive sorting effort to return ID papers to Syrian refugees

18 October 2013

Working around the clock, UNHCR staff in Jordan have sorted and scanned some 180,000 documents taken from Syrian refugees so they can return the originals.

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IRAQ: Registration helps Syrian boy with cerebral palsy access vital heath care in Iraq

17 October 2013

About 100 Syrian families are registered each day in Sulimaniya, adding to the population of just under 200,000 refugees spread across northern Iraq.

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SOUTH SUDAN: From supermarkets to refugee camps, barcodes speed up the process of distributing food

16 October 2013

A technology common to many shoppers is helping UNHCR in South Sudan to reduce the time refugees must wait for their monthly rations.

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DRC: Refugee from Republic of Congo finds "promised land" in UNHCR-run camp

9 October 2013

In Boyabo refugee camp, Jean seems quite relaxed and even happy, but he is still hurting – mentally over his mother's murder and physically from a beating.

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IRAQ: UNHCR begins moving thousands of Syrian refugees to new camp in Iraq

8 October 2013

Darashakran camp in Iraq's Erbil governorate has a capacity to host some 10,000 people. This could be doubled in the future if necessary.

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ITALY: Rescue efforts focus on survivors of Lampedusa boat tragedy as search suspended

8 October 2013

Reports from Lampedusa Island say there are 155 survivors, all but one of whom is Eritrean. A total 110 bodies were recovered before the search was suspended.

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JORDAN: UNHCR slashes waiting time, clears backlog of Syrian registrations in Jordan

4 October 2013

UN refugee agency added staff and facilities, while introducing iris scanning technology that prevents double registration but maintains confidentiality

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GENEVA: UNHCR shocked as boat tragedy leaves scores dead off Italian coast

4 October 2013

UNHCR chief shocked at the news of a boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is reported to have claimed at least 82 lives.

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GENEVA: UNHCR calls for strengthening protection of refugees, IDPs, stateless

4 October 2013

Human rights must be protected – goals include ending detention of child asylum-seekers, cutting numbers of refugees in limbo and eliminating all stateless by 2022.

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SUDAN: UNHCR signs agreement to grant work permits for 30,000 refugees in east Sudan

3 October 2013

It is the latest in a series of steps to improve the livelihoods of refugees in Sudan and make them more self-sufficient under the Transitional Solutions Initiative.

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis meets and blesses Nansen Refugee Award winner in Rome

3 October 2013

Congolese nun Angélique Namaika says meeting the pope was a great honour. He also blessed her and the displaced and abused women she has helped.

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GENEVA: UNHCR says it is "stretched to the limit" by the rising number of refugees

2 October 2013

High Commissioner António Guterres says UNHCR has improved its ability to protect refugees, but this year more than 1.5 million refugees have left Syria alone.

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GENEVA: Geneva crisis meet agrees to boost international support for countries hosting Syrian refugees

2 October 2013

A high-level UNHCR meeting on the Syrian humanitarian crisis calls for international action in five areas to mitigate the economic and social impact on host countries of refugee influx.

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GENEVA: UNHCR head says international community must share burden of Syrian refugees

1 October 2013

António Guterres warns that the strain of hosting millions of Syrian refugees is threatening the basic fabric of neighbouring countries.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief presents Nansen Refugee Award to inspiring Congolese nun

1 October 2013

Nansen winner Sister Angélique Namaika says the prize is also for all the women, girls and children abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.

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GENEVA: Nansen Refugee Award Winner Angélique Namaika: a Profile

1 October 2013

Sister Angélique nearly died of illness as a child. She lived with suffering – now she helps others who have been through terrible ordeals.

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JORDAN: Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp takes off

30 September 2013

The world's second largest refugee camp is now more than a collection of people. It's a Syrian community.

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CAR: Thousands displaced by fighting need urgent help in Central African Republic

27 September 2013

A humanitarian team, including UNHCR, discovers devastation, horrific stories and thousands of displaced people in urgent need of help after fresh fighting.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned as sectarian violence in Iraq threatens new internal displacement

25 September 2013

Bombings and rising sectarian tensions have displaced some 5,000 Iraqis since the beginning of the year.

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UGANDA: A refugee family's search for peace leads to Uganda's Kyangwali settlement

25 September 2013

As a convoy arrives at the Kyangwali refugee settlement, the patriarch of one family on board the buses recalls their flight to Uganda and determination to go together.

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GENEVA: UNHCR seeks additional $21.4 million to help Congolese refugees in Uganda

23 September 2013

The extra funding is needed largely to help people who have flooded into Uganda's Bundibugyo district to escape conflict in North Kivu province since July.

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CAR: Fresh fighting sees more displacement in northern Central African Republic

23 September 2013

UNHCR team visits affected area with partners to assess the extent of the displacement and gauge needs. Locals speak of multiple abuses, including murder, rape and torture.

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DRC: From Lord's Resistance Army captive to tailor, teen gets a second chance

20 September 2013

Rose is married and expecting her second child. But she was in a bad place until she met this year's Nansen Refugee Award winner and started rebuilding her life and learning a skill.

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BULGARIA: Bulgaria's asylum centres bursting at the seams as Syrian refugees enter Europe

18 September 2013

Bulgaria received about 2,000 Syrians since the start of Syria's conflict in March 2011. Across the EU, some 41,000 Syrians sought asylum in the same period.

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GENEVA: Inspirational Congolese Nun Wins UN Refugee Agency top Honour

17 September 2013

UNHCR announces this year’s winner of the Nansen Refugee Award.

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DRC: The shared bond between Nansen winner and those she helps

17 September 2013

Inspirational Roman Catholic nun, Sister Angélique Namaika, regards the girls she has assisted as her daughters, whose broken lives she has helped to rebuild.

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GENEVA: Growing numbers of Syrians arriving in southern Italy

16 September 2013

UNHCR estimates more than 4,600 Syrians have arrived in Italy by sea this year, including 3,300 in the past 40 days. They include many unaccompanied children.

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GENEVA: Q&A - Campaign against statelessness gains ground

13 September 2013

UNHCR's Mark Manly discusses the agency's campaign to end statelessness and hails recent moves by Lithuania, Nicaragua and Côte d'Ivoire to tackle the issue.

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GERMANY: First group of Syrian refugees flies to Germany for temporary relocation

12 September 2013

A first group of 107 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees arrive by plane in the northern German city of Hanover from Lebanon under a German humanitarian programme.

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DRC: Once Congolese refugees in CAR, now they shelter former hosts fleeing CAR

11 September 2013

Congolese civilians in northern provinces have repeatedly fled to Central African Republic over the years, but now 40,000 refugees from CAR have flooded into DRC.

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BANGLADESH: UNHCR helps first refugee family to return to Myanmar

10 September 2013

An ethnic Rakhine refugee family has returned to Myanmar with UNHCR support – the first family to seek such help in Bangladesh.

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CAR: UNHCR fears for safety of civilians in Central African Republic amid continuing lawlessness

9 September 2013

Refugee agency calls anew on authorities in Central African Republic and all armed groups to protect civilians and make sure aid agencies can reach people in need.

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GENEVA: UNHCR and host countries to push for greater international help on Syrian refugees

5 September 2013

Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq in ministerial meet with UNHCR to push for expanded international support for countries hosting Syrian refugees.

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JORDAN: The journey to safety gets more dangerous by the day, but refugees keep coming

4 September 2013

Syrian refugee Hamid sleeps well for the first time in two years after reaching Jordan and safety with his family at the weekend. There are now 2 million Syrian refugees.

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DRC: UNHCR helps more than 100,000 refugees return to northern Democratic Republic of Congo

4 September 2013

Anuarite Malanga, aged 31, was identified as the 100,000th person to return home from Republic of Congo with UNHCR help under a programme launched last year.

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GENEVA: Two Million Syrians are Refugees

3 September 2013

The number of Syrian refugees has passed the threshold of two million, and with no sign of this tragic outflow ending.

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IRAQ: UNHCR and WFP chiefs praise open border policy for Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region

2 September 2013

The heads of the UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme praised the regional government for giving refuge to almost 200,000 Syrians, including some 47,000 who arrived in the last two weeks.

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JORDAN: New registration site in Jordan clears Syrian refugee backlog

2 September 2013

The time it takes refugees to register has been slashed, easing their lives and encouraging more to participate.

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MYANMAR: UNHCR supports flood relief in Myanmar's south-east

2 September 2013

UNHCR has distributed blankets, sleeping mats and other relief supplies to more than 16,000 people affected by floods in Kayin state.

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GENEVA: UNHCR seeks protection of civilians in Central African Republic

30 August 2013

UN refugee agency urges authorities to act after thousands flee 10 days of violence in areas of the capital.

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KENYA: Enthusiastic turnout for elections at world's largest refugee site

29 August 2013

At the sprawling Dadaab complex in Kenya, tens of thousands of refugees are taking part in a four-day exercise to elect a new leadership.

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PAKISTAN: UNHCR teams work to protect vulnerable displaced women in Pakistan

28 August 2013

The UN refugee agency tries to ensure multiple channels are available in camps so vulnerable IDPs can be located and assisted.

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GENEVA: A million children are now refugees from Syria crisis

23 August 2013

UNHCR and UNICEF says more must be done in what is already the largest humanitarian operation in history.

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SYDNEY: One million refugee children marks shocking milestone in Syria crisis

23 August 2013

Today marks the arrival of the one-millionth child to cross Syria’s border seeking refugee from more than two and a half years of bloody conflict.

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SYDNEY: Australia for UNHCR recognised for contribution to the African community

22 August 2013

Australia for UNHCR has won the Award for Outstanding Services to the African Communities at the annual African Australian National Awards, held at Parliament House in Canberra on 27 July 2013.

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GENEVA: Some 30,000 Syrians flee to Iraq's Kurdistan region, more expected

21 August 2013

UNHCR is quickly expanding facilities in Kurdistan to shelter the exodus from Syria and is sending more than 90 trucks of humanitarian aid.

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GENEVA: UNHCR pays tribute to staff killed in the line of duty, marking World Humanitarian Day 2013

20 August 2013

10 years on from the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, the risks for humanitarian and other civilian workers in conflict environments are still rising.

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GENEVA: Sudden, massive influx of Syrians into Iraq's Kurdistan region

19 August 2013

Thousands stream across a bridge over the Tigris River on Thursday at a point where movement is normally tightly controlled by both countries.

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JORDAN: UNHCR's largest shipment of supplies for Syrian IDPs leaves Dubai

16 August 2013

33 trucks are crossing the Arabian peninsula to bring aid to at least 100,000 people displaced inside Syria by the war.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR protects vulnerable as South Sudan airlift helps thousands of displaced

16 August 2013

More than 100,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by fighting in Jonglei, the largest of South Sudan's 10 states.

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GENEVA: UNHCR appeals for dialogue following IDP violence in Myanmar

14 August 2013

One IDP is dead and about 10 injured in the latest clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces.

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GENEVA: Forced displacement from CAR continuing amid lawlessness

14 August 2013

UNHCR says it is extremely concerned by reports of insecurity in CAR that have forced thousands to flee in recent weeks.

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KENYA: Congolese refugee in Kenya determined to show he is not helpless

13 August 2013

Driven from DRC by violence, Amani Kishonge Ruhimbana refuses to let life in a refugee camp and repeated setbacks halt his entrepreneurial drive.

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SENEGAL: Malian Refugees Vote in Second Round of Presidential Elections

13 August 2013

The number of refugees participating rose sharply over the first round, hoping the election will lead to peace and a return home.

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UGANDA: Innovation - Briquette-making project helps protect women in Ugandan camp

12 August 2013

More than 200 households in Uganda's Nakivale refugee camp are taking part in a pilot project aimed at introducing simpler, cheaper and cleaner cooking.

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LEBANON: The Show Must Go On - Syrian Ramadan soaps film in Lebanon

8 August 2013

TV soap operas are a staple of Ramadan across the Arab world and Syrians fleeing the bitter war in their homeland see no reason to stop the tradition.

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GENEVA: More than 46,000 people cross Gulf of Aden in first six months of the year

7 August 2013

UNHCR concerned by growing number of people risking their lives to reach Yemen by boat after high number of sea crossings from Africa.

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BRAZIL: Hands Across the Water - Brazil's large Syrian community absorbs refugees

7 August 2013

Brazil has granted asylum to over 200 Syrian refugees since early 2011. Many are staying with family or friends among the 3 million-strong Syrian community.

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IRAN: Once an Afghan refugee in Iran, now a high-flier in his own country

6 August 2013

Access to education in Iran has allowed many Afghan refugees to earn university degrees they can use to rebuild their homeland.

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THAILAND: Six months on, Rohingya in Thailand struggle to keep hope afloat

5 August 2013

Six months after they arrived by boat, many Rohingya in Thailand's shelters and immigration detention centres feel their future is still uncertain

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UGANDA: Computer centre gives refugees a world of opportunities

5 August 2013

The first time 17-year-old Fahad used a computer was in Spring 2012 when he took a course in computer skills at the Community Technology Access (CTA) centre in Nakivale – the largest refugee settlement in Uganda.

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UGANDA: Disability is not inability – refugee turns entrepreneur hours after fleeing

1 August 2013

All it takes is a shady tree and a charcoal-heated soldering iron, and a Congolese refugee repairman already is making money in Uganda.

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DRC: UNHCR statistics show alarming rise in rape and violence against women in North Kivu

31 July 2013

The UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday that recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape.

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JORDAN: One Year On - Jordan's Za'atri Refugee Camp mushrooms into major urban centre

30 July 2013

It was originally seen as a temporary stop. Today, Za'atri is home to 120,000 people, mostly women and children, making it the world's second largest refugee camp.

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BURKINA FASO: Malian refugees take part in presidential election

30 July 2013

Hundreds of Malian refugees voted in exile at the weekend in the presidential election in their home country, way down on the numbers eligible to cast a ballot.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned at arbitrary detention of Syrian refugees in Egypt

29 July 2013

The UN refugee agency said on Friday it was concerned that Egyptian military and security personnel have been arbitrarily detaining an increasing number of Syrians amid growing anti-Syrian sentiment.

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SPAIN: For a refugee family in Spain, a new life presents new challenges

26 July 2013

After a year in a reception centre, a refugee family from Sudan moves cautiously towards independent living.

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GENEVA: UNHCR launches initiative to recruit top young professionals

25 July 2013

The UN refugee agency on Wednesday launched a new programme aimed at attracting some of the world's top young professionals to work for UNHCR in the field from next year.

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SENEGAL: UNHCR helps prepare for refugees to vote in Mali elections, voices concerns over voter registration

24 July 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, July 23 (UNHCR) – With the first round of Mali's presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, UNHCR is continuing preparations with the Malian authorities and neighbouring states for out-of-country voting for refugees. Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger host some 173,000 Malian refugees who fled their country when conflict erupted in January 2012.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned about civilians amid continued instability in North Kivu

24 July 2013

After nearly two weeks of fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it was concerned about the situation of civilians in the area of conflict.

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UNITED STATES: A photographer's encounter with innocence in a South Sudan refugee camp

23 July 2013

Acclaimed British photographer and cameraman Sebastian Rich has worked in current affairs for more than 30 years. After joining Independent Television News (ITN) in 1980, he covered some of the world's biggest breaking stories. He later pursued a freelance career. Over the years he has also spent time focusing on humanitarian issues, and this year he began collaborating with the UN refugee agency in Africa and the United States. He reflects here on his craft, after a moving visit to the field.

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UGANDA: UNHCR struggles to keep up with arriving Congolese refugees

22 July 2013

A week after Congolese civilians began fleeing into western Uganda, the UN refugee agency is trying to reach the thousands of people still spread across hills along the border, and simultaneously to manage the situation at an increasingly crowded transit facility further into Uganda.

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UGANDA: Born in Exile - Uganda's newest refugee transit centre delivers its first baby

22 July 2013

Hidden away among the rows of identical tents lives Bubukwanga transit centre's youngest inhabitant – three-day-old Andrea Bandora.

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LITHUANIA: UN's High Commissioner for Refugees urges Europe to do more for Syrian asylum-seekers

19 July 2013

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed concern about serious gaps in the protection of Syrians arriving in Europe and urged a more generous and consistent approach to Syrians seeking shelter and asylum in Europe.

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UGANDA: 14,000 Congolese refugees move to Ugandan transit centre as tensions rise with locals

19 July 2013

More than 14,000 Congolese refugees have moved voluntarily to a transit centre in western Uganda's Bundibugyo district but tension is rising between locals and thousands of people still camped in a school closer to the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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UGANDA: UNHCR helps traumatized children who fled DR Congo alone

18 July 2013

The tens of thousands of Congolese who fled to Uganda in the past week include one very vulnerable group – unaccompanied children like Jean, an orphan.

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JORDAN: The Will to Smile - international experts help children through surgery

18 July 2013

Sixty medical experts from Jordan and other parts of the world help bring smiles and confidence to young Syrian refugees born with facial deformities.

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UGANDA: UNHCR fears for welfare of Congolese refugees in Uganda hills; worried about fighting near Goma

17 July 2013

With a new emergency under way in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNHCR and its partners have been rushing to help the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the violence into western Uganda's Bundibugyo district. The refugees, who began arriving last Thursday, are spread out along the hilly border area, where conditions are tough and getting help to them is difficult.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief urges neighbours to maintain open access for fleeing Syrians

17 July 2013

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday urged countries against restricting cross-border access for Syrian refugees while warning that immediate measures must be taken to mitigate the enormous risks of spill-over and to stabilize Syria's neighbours.

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GENEVA: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres' remarks to the UN Security Council

17 July 2013

On Tuesday, in a briefing to the UN Security Council in New York, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that the rate of people being made refugees by the ongoing conflict in Syria was comparable with the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

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UGANDA: UNHCR rushes aid as 66,000 Congolese refugees stream into western Uganda

16 July 2013

The UN refugee agency is providing emergency shelter, blankets and other essential relief items to some 66,000 Congolese refugees who have fled fighting for the safety of western Uganda in the last five days.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR chief praises Ethiopia for open borders, refugee protection

15 July 2013

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday praised Ethiopia for providing shelter to more than 400,000 refugees while supporting the country's efforts to help neighbouring Somalia emerge from war and rebuild.

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AUSTRALIA: Problems persist at Manus Island processing centre: UNHCR Australia report

15 July 2013

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that problems persist at an island processing centre in Papua New Guinea that the Australian government uses to review claims by asylum-seekers.

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PRESS RELEASE: UNHCR expresses concern over new restrictions for Syrian refugees in Egypt

15 July 2013

UNHCR is concerned about reports we have received this week of a number of flights carrying Syrians being turned back from airports in Egypt. Syrian nationals were returned to where their flight originated, including Damascus and Latakia in Syria.

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LEBANON: Syrian visionary turns crumbling coach house into an artist's atelier

12 July 2013

Raghad Mardini has created a space above Beirut where refugee Syrian artists can resume their work, exchange ideas, make friendships and build bridges.

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SOUTH AFRICA: A Congolese mother and her sons regain hope in Cape Town

11 July 2013

Under UNHCR's Protection Needs Assessment (PNA) programme, Mzuji and her sons were identified late February in Cape Town as vulnerable. They were interviewed for resettlement and will be moved to a safer location. It is a long process, but just being considered has given them – and other refugees – hope.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR chief visits Mogadishu, expresses solidarity with Somali people on eve of Ramadan

10 July 2013

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antόnio Guterres visited the Somali capital today to support continued progress toward peace in a country torn by more than two decades of conflict. His visit was timed to coincide with the eve of Ramadan to express his solidarity with a population that, he said, "has suffered on a scale that is beyond measurement."

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ITALY: Pope Francis prays for migrants, refugees during landmark visit to Italy's Lampedusa Island

9 July 2013

Pope Francis, during a highly symbolic visit to Italy's Lampedusa Island on Monday, called for understanding and solidarity for the thousands of people who risk their lives every year on the high seas to reach Europe and prayed for those who lost their lives in the attempt.

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ITALY: Some 8,400 migrants, asylum-seekers reach Europe by sea in first half of 2013

8 July 2013

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year. The majority arrived in Italy (7,800), while Malta received around 600 migrants and asylum-seekers.

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VENEZUELA: Hitting the right notes of hope and integration for refugees in Venezuela

8 July 2013

UNHCR and the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation promote peace and respect for the rights of refugees through a music programme for children in Venezuela.

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SYRIA: UNHCR distributes aid to Syrians on Mediterranean island

5 July 2013

Aid provided by the UN refugee agency has been distributed to some of the neediest local and forcibly displaced families among the 10,000 people living on Arwad, Syria's only inhabited Mediterranean island.

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CHAD: Liquid treasure - The challenge of providing drinking water in a new refugee camp

5 July 2013

The recommended minimum in an emergency situation is 15 litres per person per day, but in Ab Gadam, UNHCR and its partners are struggling to reach 10 litres per person a day.

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PRESS RELEASE: Agreement reached on increased family visits for long-separated Sahrawi families

4 July 2013

A meeting in Geneva between Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, Mauritania and UNHCR ended today with agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Western Saharan refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the Western Sahara Territory.

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TUNISIA: UNHCR closes camp in south Tunisia, moves services to urban areas

3 July 2013

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, July 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed the transfer of its services and activities for people of concern out of the Choucha transit camp in southern Tunisia to nearby urban areas.

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ERITREA: Becoming a refugee opens up the world of education to young Somali woman

2 July 2013

Nothing has deterred Somali refugee Hali Shukri Ibrahim from her passion to get an education. Not an early forced marriage, nor war, nor separation from her parents, husband and baby son, nor exile.

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SENEGAL: UNHCR reinforces assistance to refugee hosting countries, ahead of Mali elections

28 June 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, June 28 (UNHCR) – With a month to go before the July 28 presidential election in Mali, the UN refugee agency is strengthening its role in helping neighbouring countries deal with out-of-country voting for Malian refugees.

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SOUTH SUDAN: In a refugee camp in South Sudan, a new arrival and new hopes

27 June 2013

AJOUNG THOK, South Sudan, June 27 (UNHCR) – Marioma Anur has still not decided on a name for her week-old daughter, but she already has a clear aspiration for the infant: she wants her to be get an education.

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EGYPT: Depression grips forgotten refugees stranded at Egyptian-Libyan border

26 June 2013

SALLUM, Egypt, June 26 (UNHCR) – Around 9 a.m. Maha* went to the clinic in Sallum refugee camp just inside Egypt's border with Libya and doused herself with gasoline; only quick intervention by clinic volunteers stopped the Sudanese refugee before she could strike a match.

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USA: Together At Last: Abdi's nine-year journey to find his family

25 June 2013

CONCORD, United States of America, June 25 (UNHCR) – When Batulo and Salad went to the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire one evening last month to fetch their 13-year old son Abdifatah, it was no ordinary airport pick-up.

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GENEVA: High-profile support for World Refugee Day reaches more than 100 million

24 June 2013

GENEVA, June 21 (UNHCR) – A host of celebrities from around the world came together this week for World Refugee Day to support UNHCR and show solidarity for refugee families. Spearheaded by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who met Syrian refugees in Jordan, celebrities added their voices to the agency's 1Family Campaign through film, photography and social media, driving home the message that one family torn apart by war is too many.

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COLOMBIA: Syrian refugee flees all the way to Colombia to escape the violence at home

24 June 2013

BOGOTA, Colombia, June 24 (UNHCR) – Millions of Syrians have been displaced internally by their civil war or fled abroad, but few have gone as far as Ahmed to escape the violence. Now he is a refugee in Bogota, learning Spanish so he can support himself in Colombia.

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JORDAN: UNHCR chief visits Syrian border, calls for international support

21 June 2013

SYRIAN-JORDAN BORDER, June 20 (UNHCR) – In the hours before dusk, people wait along the windswept border between Jordan and Syria, desperate for the opportunity for safe passage. Arguments break out. They shout across a berm at Jordanian soldiers who calmly guard the border. They want to know if now is the time to cross.

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TURKEY: Syrian refugees support each other even as numbers rise

21 June 2013

KILIS CITY, Turkey, 20 June (UNHCR) – In Turkey's Kilis province, Syrian refugees now form a third of the population, with thousands camping in a park in the provincial centre. And the number keeps rising.

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JORDAN: Angelina Jolie and UN Refugee Chief Visit Syrian Refugees

21 June 2013

ZA'ATRI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, 20 June (UNHCR) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Jordan's rapidly expanding Za'atri refugee camp today to mark World Refugee Day, which each year is commemorated on 20 June. They toured the camp and met with individual Syrians who had fled the conflict, including a 14-year-old girl recently wounded in the hip by flying shrapnel and a small boy too traumatized to speak.

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JORDAN: Angelina Jolie visits Syrian border

20 June 2013

Jaber border crossing, Jordan--Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan's border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before.

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World Refugee Day: A time to rally round family and friends

20 June 2013

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – As forced displacement reaches dramatic proportions globally, the UN refugee agency is encouraging and inviting family and friends around the world today to mark a somber World Refugee Day (WRD).

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SYDNEY: Governor-General calls on Australians to support refugee crisis in Syria

20 June 2013

The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, as Patron of Australia for UNHCR, has called on Australians to support the urgent needs of refugees and displaced people around the world during a speech marking World Refugee Day in Sydney.

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GENEVA: New UNHCR report says global forced displacement at 18-year high

19 June 2013

GENEVA, 19 June (UNHCR) – More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Olympics runner without a country returns home for family reunion

17 June 2013

PAN DE THON VILLAGE, South Sudan, June 14 (UNHCR) – Guor Marial* has finally come home. Almost a year after touching the world's heart at the London Olympics and 20 years after leaving his village, the South Sudanese marathon runner returned late last month to an emotional welcome.

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GENEVA: UNHCR aid for 5,000 reaches cut-off region of northern Syria

16 June 2013

GENEVA, June 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has this week delivered vital aid to the northern Syria area of Al Raqqa, where the humanitarian situation is reported to be dire after being inaccessible for the past three months.

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CHAD: UNHCR completes relocation of thousands of Darfur refugees to Chad camp

15 June 2013

TISSI, Chad, June 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed the relocation of thousands of Darfur refugees from the volatile border area of Tissi in south-east Chad to a newly opened camp, Ab Gadam, deeper inside the country.

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IRAQ: A wish comes true for Syrian girl who left behind the most important thing

12 June 2013

DOMIZ REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, June 12 (UNHCR) – The pretty young girl looked confused when the aid worker came to her tent and held out a cardboard box. It contained a doll and a card, and when she realized it was for her, nine-year-old May's face melted into a smile of delight. The thing she had missed most after fleeing her home in Damascus was her doll, Nancy, and now someone on the other side of the world had sent her a replacement. The gesture gave her hope in humanity.

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JORDAN: Syria Crisis: Tears falling on a foreign land

12 June 2013

TEL SHIHAB, Jordan, June 12 (UNHC) – The tears are falling before Hala has even crossed the border. At the moment she enters Jordan, dragging a large black bag with all of her possessions, she lets out a heart-wrenching sob.

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SENEGAL: More than 6,000 people flee to Niger from north-east Nigeria

11 June 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, June 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria has forced more than 6,000 mainly women, children and older people to seek safety in neighbouring Niger.

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KENYA: Fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei state displaces tens of thousands

11 June 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it was alarmed by fighting between government forces and armed troops in South Sudan's Jonglei state, which has displaced tens of thousands of people since erupting in March.

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EGYPT: UNHCR reaches out to Syrian refugees in Egypt

10 June 2013

SIXTH OF OCTOBER CITY, Egypt, June 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is reaching out to the thousands of Syrian refugees in Egypt who are unaware of the benefits of registration, like unemployed former chef Fadl, who has two teenage sons living with mental disability.

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LEBANON: Shahad once lived "the best life," now the four-year-old Syrian girl needs help

9 June 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 7 (UNHCR) – Four-year-old Shahad, whose name means "the sweetest part of the honey," was born in a village near the city of Hama in western Syria. Her father, Yehia, is a farmer who raised wheat and barley. Before the war, the family had, he recalls, "the best life."

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GENEVA: UN humanitarian agencies announce major new funding push for Syria crisis

8 June 2013

GENEVA, June 7 (UNHCR) – UN humanitarian agencies on Friday called on donor nations to provide billions of dollars in additional funding to help millions of desperate Syrians inside and outside their country.

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New plan to help Syrians: Largest humanitarian appeal in history

8 June 2013

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has overnight co-led the largest ever humanitarian appeal, calling on governments, businesses and individuals to support Syrians in their hour of need.

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GENEVA: UNHCR welcomes European Union's €400 million donation for Syria crisis

7 June 2013

GENEVA, June 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today welcomed the European Union's announcement of a major new contribution of up to €400 million for the Syria situation until the end of the year.

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LEBANON: A Refugee's Journey: Ahmed is happy to be alive and starting a family

6 June 2013

TRIPOLI, LEBANON, June 5 (UNHCR) – There is a part of Ahmed that doesn't miss the prosperity and possessions that he left behind, including his library of law books and the volumes of poetry that he read during evenings of leisure. He does not regret folding up a lucrative criminal law practice in the western Syrian city of Hama before escaping the hell of Syria's conflict.

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GENEVA: Refugees from embattled Syrian town report harsh conditions, difficulties in reaching safety

5 June 2013

GENEVA, June 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it has been seeing small numbers of refugees arriving in eastern Lebanon after escaping from the embattled Syrian town of Al Qusayr, where heavy fighting flared up three weeks ago.

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SYRIA: UNHCR assesses needs and dire situation of displaced in western Syrian town

1 June 2013

GENEVA, May 31 (UNHCR) – As growing numbers of Syrians leave their country, the UN refugee agency continues to deliver aid to desperate Syrians inside the country amid difficult operational and security challenges

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JORDAN: Syrian refugees warily navigate the urban jungle of Amman

31 May 2013

AMMAN, Jordan, May 31 (UNHCR) – Abdul, a 37-year-old refugee from the northern Syria city of Aleppo, navigates the hardscrabble streets of Amman's Al Ashrafyeh district with watchful suspicion.

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GENEVA: UNHCR reaches Sudanese refugees in remote region of Central African Republic

31 May 2013

GENEVA, May 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has established contact with some 3,500 Sudanese refugees who made their way to north-east Central African Republic after fleeing inter-tribal conflict in Sudan's Darfur region two months ago.

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SYDNEY: Australia for UNHCR delivers braille machines to school for the blind in Mogadishu

30 May 2013

Australia for UNHCR has donated three Perkins Braillers – also known as braille typewriters – to a boarding school for the blind in Mogadishu, Somalia. The braille machines will have a significant impact on the students as it provides a valuable lifeline to education that otherwise would not be possible for children with special needs living in a war-torn country.

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SYRIA: UNHCR delivers aid for thousands of Syrian civilians in an embattled suburb of Homs

28 May 2013

HOMS, Syria, May 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has in the past few days delivered aid for thousands of people in an embattled suburb of Homs, Syria's third largest city. The operation focused on people affected by the recent fighting in the Al Wa'er suburb.

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LEBANON: UNHCR ramps up registration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

27 May 2013

ZAHLE, Lebanon, May 27 (UNHCR) – It's 11 a.m. at UNHCR's Zahle Registration Centre and the hall is packed. Thirty-year-old Dana, who arrived in January with her four children after spending months on the run in Syria, is here to be registered as a refugee. This will ensure that they get the aid and protection they need.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned about Syrians stuck at border, reiterates call for international support

25 May 2013

GENEVA, May 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called on countries around Syria to keep their borders open for refugees while stressing that "urgent and robust" international support for host countries and aid organizations was vital.

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LEBANON: A learning curve for young Syrian refugees at model school in Lebanon

24 May 2013

ARSAL, Lebanon, May 23 (UNHCR) – It's test day at the Arsal Public Second Shift Middle School and the students in the 8th Grade maths class are engrossed in their exam. They factor numbers, write a series of equations in the form of a single power – all in French, a language they have come to learn only since starting school here in north-east Lebanon two months ago.

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DRC: UNHCR urges protection for civilians amid fresh fighting in DR Congo

23 May 2013

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Wednesday it was concerned about the latest outbreak of heavy fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all parties to ensure the safety of civilians.

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LEBANON: Sharjah's Sheikha Jawaher highlights plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

22 May 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 (UNHCR) – Sharjah's Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi has called on the Arab world and the international community to do more to help Syrian refugees after visiting families living in Beirut and other parts of Lebanon.

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GENEVA: Number of Syrian refugees tops 1.5 million mark with many more expected

20 May 2013

GENEVA, May 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Friday that the number of Syrian civilians who have fled their country to escape conflict has passed the 1.5 million mark. "The Syrian conflict continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of those who are forced to flee," added UNHCR spokesman Dan McNorton in Geneva.

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GREECE: A Syrian in Greece: remembering better days, hoping to return one day

20 May 2013

ATHENS, Greece, May 17 (UNHCR) – Leilah can't hold back the tears when she leafs through the family photo album. It's the only thing she managed to bring with her from Syria – a potent reminder of better days with her husband and six children in their home country.

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MYANMAR: Myanmar relocates thousands of displaced people ahead of Cyclone Mahasen

16 May 2013

YANGON, Myanmar, May 16 (UNHCR) – As Cyclone Mahasen approaches the coasts of Myanmar and Bangladesh, more than 35,000 internally displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been moved to safer locations under a government evacuation plan. Many more have moved spontaneously into local communities to avoid the brunt of the storm, which is expected to hit land on Thursday night.

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JORDAN: UN Goodwill Ambassador Jesús Vázquez visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

15 May 2013

ZA'ATRI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, May 15 (UNHCR)- Popular Spanish TV presenter Jesús Vázquez visited Jordan this week to highlight the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, particularly the children, and to help raise urgently-needed funds for UNHCR's Syria crisis operation.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Sudanese teen takes mother's advice to embrace education rather than fear it

13 May 2013

GENDRASSA, South Sudan, May 13 (UNHCR) – Takwa Baderdin is a shy 16-year-old girl who avoids making eye contact with people she does not know, but at the mention of her recent academic success her downcast eyes light up with pride.

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ROMANIA: In Romania, Congolese refugee does as the Romanians do

11 May 2013

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 10 (UNHCR) – Jean-Louis Kialoungou's love affair with Romania began before he even arrived here in the mid-1990s, and over the years the Congolese refugee has become more Romanian than most Romanians.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Determined young Sudanese refugee puts her education ahead of marriage

8 May 2013

YUSUF BATIL REFUGEE CAMP, South Sudan, May 8 (UNHCR) – Just over a year ago, Aida Budjut's determination to continue with her education ran into stiff opposition from her grandmother, who believed that the 16-year-old should get married and bear children.

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KUWAIT: UNHCR chief thanks Kuwaiti Emir for US$110 million donation

7 May 2013

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, May 5 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has visited Kuwait and personally thanked the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, for an unprecedented donation of US$110 million for UNHCR's emergency operation for Syrian refugees.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR starts relocation of Sudanese refugees from flood-prone camp

7 May 2013

MABAN, South Sudan, May 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has this week begun the relocation of almost 20,000 Sudanese refugees from the flood-prone Jamam transit site in South Sudan's Upper Nile state to a new camp on higher ground.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges governments against forcible returns to Central African Republic

30 April 2013

GENEVA, April 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has advised governments worldwide against forcibly returning people to the Central African Republic (CAR). This is in light of the current fluid and dangerous situation in the country, including the wide prevalence of human rights violations and the grave and deteriorating humanitarian situation.

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MALI: UNHCR gives Malian soldiers primer on humanitarian law

29 April 2013

KOULIKORO, Mali (UNHCR) – The UNHCR instructor surveyed his class of 150 Malian soldiers in the cavernous hall. "If the enemy enters a mosque, is it honourable for you to follow him inside and fight?" he asked. "No," the soldiers shouted back in unison, shaking their heads and waving their fingers.

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GENEVA: UNHCR report says Syrian influx strains host country health services

27 April 2013

GENEVA, April 26 (UNHCR) – A UN refugee agency report released on Friday warns that the Syria refugee crisis is increasingly straining health services in surrounding countries, while refugees are facing increasing difficulties in accessing the quality treatment they need – particularly those with chronic and other costly health conditions.

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TURKEY: Paris museum organizes toy collection for Syrian refugee children

25 April 2013

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 25 (UNHCR) – Refugee children from Syria have few reasons to smile. The two-year-long conflict in their homeland has brought great suffering to them and their parents. But on Wednesday in Turkey, one group of Syrian refugee children received something to bring a small bit of sunshine into their lives – a consignment of 60 boxes of toys sent to them by children in France.

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NIGER: Blacksmith forges a new life in Niger camp

24 April 2013

AGANDO, Niger, April 23 (UNHCR) – When Ali Mahmoud fled his home in eastern Mali last year, he took along a skill that has helped him survive, thrive and even find a wife in exile in western Niger.

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CHAD: UNHCR starts moving displaced families from Darfur to safer areas of Chad

23 April 2013

TISSI, Chad, April 23 (UNHCR) – Every tree in this remote border town provides shelter to a family from nearby Darfur, but despite the harsh conditions the displaced civilians arriving in south-east Chad are happy to have escaped from the tribal conflict in recent weeks across the border.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Far from her parents, a young refugee girl in South Sudan is again forced to flee

22 April 2013

YIDA, South Sudan, April 22 (UNHCR) – For four days, 16-year-old Hiba Ishmail Al Haji and her sister walked through the bush to escape the aerial bombings in Sudan's South Kordofan state that had already separated the girls from their parents. Along the way they begged for food and water from sympathetic locals, navigated military checkpoints and struggled with illness.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urgently needs funding to continue assisting displaced Malians

21 April 2013

GENEVA, April 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday renewed an appeal for millions of dollars to help meet the needs of tens of thousands of Malian refugees and almost 300,000 internally displaced people.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief warns Security Council of "terrifying" situation for Syria

19 April 2013

GENEVA, April 18 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, warned the United Nations Security Council today that without an end to the fighting soon, almost half of Syria's 20.8 million people could be in need of humanitarian help by the end of this year.

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SOUTH SUDAN: In a move to a new camp, refugees in South Sudan respond cautiously

18 April 2013

YIDA, South Sudan, April 17 (UNHCR) – During the past three weeks, Hassam Neel Salom has been among a small, but growing number of refugees who have moved from a crowded and insecure settlement near a contested section of the border between South Sudan and Sudan to a new camp.

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GENEVA: Kuwait gives UNHCR US$110 million for Syria operations

18 April 2013

GENEVA, April 18 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Thursday warmly thanked and praised Kuwait after receiving an unprecedented US$110 million cheque from the emirate for its Syria crisis operations.

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GENEVA: UNHCR launches updated version of key protection tool, Refworld

17 April 2013

GENEVA, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday launched a new and improved version of Refworld, a widely used online protection and research tool that helps those who have to decide on refugee and statelessness status.

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DRC: Hundreds more flee Central African Republic to escape fresh violence

16 April 2013

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday called for an end to violence in Central African Republic (CAR) after fresh fighting in the capital, Bangui, forced hundreds more people to flee the country.

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UGANDA: "Beauty" brings confidence and hope to Congolese refugee woman

15 April 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda, April 15 (UNHCR) – Few customers come to the simply named Beauty Salon in Kampala's Kisenyi slum, but for refugee owner Rosette Wabenga, it is still a dream come true.

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DRC: UNHCR chief urges international support for Central African Republic and DR Congo

12 April 2013

WOROBE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 12 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday called on the international community to increase its support for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), which have both been facing major humanitarian crises for more than a decade.

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GENEVA: UNHCR fears for safety of growing number of returning Syrian refugees

12 April 2013

GENEVA, April 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that an increasing number of Syrian refugees have been opting to return home from Jordan since the start of April despite continuing conflict.

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CHAD: More than 74,000 flee to Chad to escape fresh tribal clashes in Darfur

12 April 2013

N'DJAMENA, Chad, April 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported Friday that fresh inter-tribal fighting in Sudan's Darfur region has caused more than 74,000 civilians to flee to south-east Chad over the past two months, including some 50,000 in the past week. A UNHCR spokesperson said it was the largest influx of refugees from Sudan into Chad since 2005.

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SYRIA CRISIS: Funding gap threatens refugee response in Lebanon

11 April 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and its UN and NGO partner organizations have warned that basic programmes and humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being cut because of a lack of funding.

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UGANDA: A web of love and solidarity keeps Eritrean refugees afloat in Kampala

11 April 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda, April 11 (UNHCR) – The way their heads touch when they speak, their silent camaraderie, the ease with which the little boy passes from one pair of arms to the other, Liya and Yordanos look and act like mother and daughter. In fact, they only met five weeks ago.

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MAURITANIA: A sinking feeling of deja vu for twice displaced Mali refugee

10 April 2013

MBERA CAMP, Mauritania, April 10 (UNHCR) – Ahmadou sometimes feels as though Mbera Refugee Camp has become a second home, but he's not happy about it. He spent five years here in the 1990s and now he's back, forced from his home by the conflict in neighbouring Mali and wondering how long he will be in Mbera this time.

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ETHIOPIA: Refugees in Ethiopia choose their own housing and create jobs

9 April 2013

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, April 8 (UNHCR) – Life in a tent in this refugee camp used to spell sleepless nights and fraught days for 33-year-old Mako and her six children. "I could not sleep at night," the Somali refugee recalls.

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NIGER: Some 5,600 new Malian refugees arrive in northern Niger

6 April 2013

NIAMEY, Niger, April 5 (UNHCR) – Some 5,600 Malian refugees crossed into Niger last week saying they fled because of continuing conflict in the north or for fear of possible reprisals by the Malian army. The fresh arrivals also said that more people were on their way to Niger.

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JORDAN: Q&A: UNHCR teams reach out to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Jordan

3 April 2013

AMMAN, Jordan, April 3 (UNHCR) – Most of the global media's coverage of Syrian refugees in Jordan has focused on Za'atri, a camp carved out of the harsh desert landscape in northern Jordan. The many images of Za'atri show row upon row of tents in what is now a small city. But some three-quarters of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside the camps, in villages, towns and cities across the country.

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IRAQ: UNHCR concerned for Syrian refugees in Iraq as number of arrivals arises

2 April 2013

GENEVA, April 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that with the Syria crisis now into its third year, and refugees continuing to cross borders to neighbouring countries in large numbers, pressure to accommodate refugees is growing.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Picking up the pieces: UNHCR helps victims of South Sudan camp clash

27 March 2013

YIDA CAMP, South Sudan, March 27 (UNHCR) – When armed clashes broke out in Yida refugee settlement earlier this month, Toma Ibrahim Kuku was terrified. With no time to grab anything as gunfire snapped around her, Toma fled into the bush with 11 members of her extended family, including her six children.

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SYRIA CRISIS: UNHCR calls afresh on Syria's warring parties to allow aid delivery

26 March 2013

GENEVA, March 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday called again on all parties to ensure safe passage for convoys delivering humanitarian aid to civilians inside Syria. "In the current security environment, several convoys have had to be cancelled or delayed. This is depriving many Syrians of vitally needed help," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.

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World Water Day: Water brings life to refugee village in Uganda, and income to one family

22 March 2013

NAKIVALE, Uganda, March 22 (UNHCR) – Iraguha Nkuriza Ferecian casts carefully measures chemicals into three large metal vats of scummy water from Lake Nakivale, then climbs down a rickety ladder, secure in the knowledge that in just three hours he’ll be well on his way to supplying clean water to thousands of fellow Congolese refugees in this settlement in Uganda.

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PRESS RELEASE: Syria conflict contributing to rising asylum claims in industrialized countries

21 March 2013

GENEVA, March 21 (UNHCR) – New and old conflicts last year, including those in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia contributed to an eight per cent increase in asylum applications in industrialized countries during 2012, with the sharpest rise seen in asylum requests from Syrians.

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USA: UNHCR warns that underfunding threatens international response to Syria crisis

20 March 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States, March 19 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday told United States senators that Syria's worsening humanitarian crisis risks overwhelming the international community's capacity to respond.

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DRC: Newly displaced in eastern Congo need urgent assistance

20 March 2013

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 20 (UNHCR) – Thousands of internally displaced people in the Masisi territory are in urgent need of basic humanitarian assistance following the latest fighting in the troubled region.

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SYDNEY: Australian launch of international campaign to help give refugee kids access to an education

20 March 2013

Australians will be able to play a key part in an international campaign to give refugee children across the globe better access to improved education, with a new appeal by the UN Refugee Agency launched in Australia today.

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BURKINA FASO: A mother waits in exile to return to her village in Mali

19 March 2013

MENTAO CAMP, Burkina Faso, March 19 (UNHCR) – Aicha is suffering: she is far from her home in the central Malian district of Mopti and she has caught a pulmonary infection, which is compounded by the harmattan, the dusty trade wind that sweeps from the Sahara to the Atlantic coast from November to March.

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LEBANON: UNHCR's helping hand for pregnant refugees and others in need of care

18 March 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 18 (UNHCR) – Amid the sadness of war there is good news for 16-year-old Syrian refugee, Iman.* Her baby lives.

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LEBANON: UNHCR renews call for urgent funding to help Syrian refugees

17 March 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 15 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today reiterated his call for governments to create special funds to support Syrian refugees and the countries that host them.

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JORDAN: Escaping Syria in the dead of night: UNHCR chief visits Jordan border

14 March 2013

SYRIA-JORDAN BORDER, March 14 (UNHCR) – The line of refugees shuffles through the starry night. They carry bags on their heads and drag luggage while trying to hold onto their children. The moonlight guides them as they walk among the sand and rocks. Their silhouettes are barely visible on the horizon. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, a witness to the night crossing, trudges up a hill in the dark to greet the group. It is 10:00p.m. and this party of about 100 has just made the dangerous crossing from Syria to Jordan.

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UGANDA: Papyrus and scrap paper: a monthly blessing for refugee women in Uganda

14 March 2013

KAWEMPE, Uganda, March 14 (UNHCR) – Rosette Akaliybo, a 37-year-old Congolese refugee, sits quietly at a wooden table with three men, each young enough to be her son, doing what many would consider a most unusual job. Rosette is one of 150 employees of the MakaPad factory here in Kawempe, a few kilometres south of the Ugandan capital. She is also one of four refugees – and the first woman refugee – selected to participate in a new pilot project that trains and employs urban refugees.

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SYDNEY: Join Australia for UNHCR and climb Mt Kilimanjaro for refugees

14 March 2013

Australia for UNHCR is on the hunt for 20 special participants to take part in a once in a lifetime fundraising adventure – the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb for Refugees – which will take place from Sunday 24 November – Thursday 5 December 2013.

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JORDAN: UNHCR takes Prince Charles round Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

13 March 2013

AMMAN, Jordan, March 13 (UNHCR) – Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, on Wednesday hailed the work of UNHCR and its partners in helping tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan during a landmark visit to a camp near the border with Syria.

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JORDAN: UNHCR appeals for extraordinary funds for Syria victims

13 March 2013

AMMAN, Jordan, March 13 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday urged donor nations to approve extraordinary funds to help Syrian refugees and host countries, warning of dire consequences if funding levels do not rise.

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JORDAN: Syrians in Jordan: A community of refugees flowers in the desert

13 March 2013

ZA'ATRI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, March 13 (UNHCR) – In one of the world's fastest growing refugee camps, Syrian trader Noordin Ibrahim sells the essence of romance. His makeshift stall, made from scraps of material, tin and wood, contains more than 300 perfumes, dozens of bottles of nail varnish and other items meant to make his customers a little more alluring. There are the items like "CK One" and "Kiss over the Moon." And then there are other home-made fragrances meant for tenderness and enticement contained in little glass bottles.

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TURKEY: UNHCR welcomes Turkey's registration of Syrians in urban areas

12 March 2013

ANKARA, Turkey, March 11 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday hailed Turkey for its assistance and policy towards tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, including the launch of a government operation to register refugees in urban areas.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Education and outreach key to combatting hepatitis outbreak in South Sudan

11 March 2013

YUSUF BATIL CAMP, South Sudan, March 11 (UNHCR) – A month after she began treatment for hepatitis E, the yellow, jaundiced eyes of Hawa Hamid Ramadan are evidence of her battle with the debilitating disease, though she insists she is feeling better.

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GENEVA: Future remains bleak for Democratic Republic of the Congo

9 March 2013

GENEVA, March 8 (UNHCR) – UNHCR's operation in the sprawling Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest and most diverse that it runs in the world. A staff of around 400 people, headed by Regional Representative Stefano Severe, provide protection and aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including refugees, internally displaced Congolese and returnees in rural and urban areas.

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JORDAN: Syrians in Jordan: preventing the most vulnerable from falling through the cracks

8 March 2013

AMMAN, Jordan, March 7 (UNHCR) – It's morning and a 70-year-old Syrian man stands outside the UNHCR building in Amman among hundreds of other asylum-seekers. His trousers are dirty. His black shoes, covered in dust, are falling apart. His hands shake uncontrollably, bouncing off his frayed coffee-coloured sweater. His 60-year-old wife helps to keep him standing. A hijab (veil) covers her head.

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GENEVA: International Womens Day: UNHCR welcomes progress in gender equality and empowerment of refugeee women

8 March 2013

GENEVA, March 8 (UNHCR) – UNHCR chief António Guterres on Friday welcomed advances made by the refugee agency and its staff in pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women but stressed that more needed to be done.

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SYDNEY: International Womens Day: Meet Bushra, the one millionth Syrian refugee

8 March 2013

On International Women’s Day (8 March 2013), thousands of women will cross the borders of Syria to join Bushra, who this week became the millionth Syrian refugee. More than 472,000 women and girls have now fled Syria to neighbouring countries.

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SYRIA CRISIS: Number of Syrian refugees reaches 1 million mark

7 March 2013

GENEVA, March 6 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, citing data received from UNHCR's offices in the Syria region, on Wednesday announced that the number of Syrians either registered as refugees or being assisted as such has today reached the 1 million mark.

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IRAQ: Q&A: A Syrian doctor on the run finds his niche

5 March 2013

DOMIZ REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, March 5 (UNHCR) – Hassan is a husband, a father, a doctor and a refugee. He fled the conflict in Syria last May, accompanied by his wife and two children – the youngest just three weeks old. Doctor Hassan, who asked that only his first name be used, now works at Domiz Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, treating ill and injured Syrians at a clinic run by one of UNHCR's partners, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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GENEVA: UNHCR seeks US$70 million to help displaced Congolese in Great Lakes area

5 March 2013

GENEVA, March 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday launched an appeal for an extra US$69.6 million to help hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Congolese civilians in the volatile Great Lakes region this year.

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SENEGAL: UNHCR urges reconciliation efforts in Mali to avoid long-term displacement

4 March 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, March 1 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that almost two months after the launch of the French military intervention in Mali, UNHCR is still seeing large numbers of internally displaced people (IDP), while in surrounding countries the numbers of refugees are still high and in some cases increasing.

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LEBANON: Lebanese quietly welcome tens of thousands of Syrians into their homes

4 March 2013

SAOUIRI, Lebanon, March 4 (UNHCR) – As more and more Syrians flood into Lebanon, thousands of families have been quietly welcoming the uninvited guests into their homes, swelling the populations of many villages in Lebanon's Bekaa Governorate.

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SYRIA CRISIS: UNHCR leader warns of moment of truth for Syria, risk of unmanageable crisis

28 February 2013

NEW YORK, United States, February 27 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday warned that a "moment of truth" was approaching in Syria and that the international community must not allow the situation to deteriorate further.

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SYRIA CRISIS: UNHCR warns of humanitarian cost of Syrian conflict, especially on the displaced

27 February 2013

GENEVA, February 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency's top protection official has warned of the enormous humanitarian impact of the Syria crisis, particularly on civilians who have been displaced and face threats such as gender-based violence.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Ethiopian women giggle and strain in a yoga class like no other

25 February 2013

GOROM, South Sudan, February 25 (UNHCR) – The women giggle and strain as they try to follow their teacher, Naomi Swain, who is sitting in the lotus position on the red cement floor of a spartan classroom in South Sudan.

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GENEVA: Network of crisis management organizations step up cooperation with UNHCR

22 February 2013

GENEVA, February 22 (UNHCR) – Over the past two years, UNHCR has had to respond to emergency after emergency, from Libya to Liberia, South Sudan to Syria. The practical help of an informal group of government partners specializing in emergencies has been vital in ensuring success and a more effective response.

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SYRIA: As conflict affects Syria's health sector, many sick and injured seek treatment outside

22 February 2013

ZA'ATRI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, February 21 (UNHCR) – Mustapha* sits on a foam mattress inside a green hospital tent trying to contain his pain. Burns have shrunk the skin on his legs, leaving them bent at a 45-degree angle. Moroccan doctors at a field hospital in Jordan's Za'atri camp have kept his body clear of infection. Soon he will be transferred to another facility to undergo plastic surgery and the hope is that he will walk again.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Sudanese Lost Boy returns home bearing gifts

19 February 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, United States, February 18 (UNHCR) – Jacob Atem is back in South Sudan and bearing the gift of health some two decades after war forced him to flee his home and embark on a long and tough journey that brought him to the United States a dozen years ago.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Hepatitis E affects thousands, kills 111 in South Sudan refugee camps

18 February 2013

JUBA, South Sudan, February 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said that an outbreak of hepatitis E has affected more than 6,000 people in South Sudan refugee camps since July and added that 111 of them had died.

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GENEVA: Second UNHCR aid convoy reaches northern Syria

14 February 2013

GENEVA, February 13 (UNHCR) - UNHCR today completed its second aid delivery into north-west Syria, where thousands of internally displaced people are in acute need of humanitarian help. The operation was carried out in collaboration with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the local community.

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MALI: For Mali's displaced, on-going insecurity an obstacle to return

12 February 2013

MOPTI, Mali, February 12 (UNHCR) - Following the recent recapture of Timbuktu by French and Malian forces, Traore left his family behind in the capital Bamako last week and travelled to Mopti where he bought a second class ticket on a boat that would take him on a two-day journey back to his home.

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UGANDA: On the run, alone and young: Congolese children flee to Uganda

7 February 2013

NYAKABANDE TRANSIT CENTRE, Uganda, February 7 (UNHCR) – UNHCR staff have become used to seeing children arriving on their own at the Nyakabande Transit Centre in recent months.

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LEBANON: UNHCR to help 30,000 Syrian refugees through ATM cash programme

6 February 2013

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, February 6 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency plans to expand a cash assistance programme utilizing ATM cards to 30,000 Syrian refugees by March after the recent completion of a pilot programme for 200 families in northern Lebanon.

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ROMANIA: Romania's "Oprah Winfrey" uses TV to shine a spotlight on refugees

5 February 2013

BUCHAREST, Romania, February 5 (UNHCR) – In the bustling television studio moments before a live talk show about stress in Romanian society, host Mbela Nzuzi exudes her usual air of professionalism and warmth, and shows not a trace of nerves.

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GENEVA: Q&A: A royal message from Sharjah – together we can do a lot to help

4 February 2013

GENEVA, February 4 (UNHCR) – Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah, has been helping Palestinian refugees for several years. More recently, she has become a valued supporter of UNHCR, which has a mandate to provide protection and assistance to more than 10 million refugees around the world.

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MALI: Civilians continue to flee military offensive in Mali; internal return prospects mixed

1 February 2013

BAMAKO, Mali, February 1 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that the fast-evolving military situation in the north of Mali has raised hopes that many displaced people will be able to go back to their homes soon, but considerable challenges remain.

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SYRIA: UNHCR humanitarian aid convoy reaches displaced people in northern Syria

1 February 2013

GENEVA, February 1 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has this week completed a first delivery of winter emergency relief to the Azzas area of northern Syria where thousands of internally displaced people are living in makeshift camps.

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KUWAIT: UNHCR welcomes US$1.5 billion pledged in Kuwait for Syria's forcibly displaced

31 January 2013

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, January 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday praised donor countries for pledging more than US$1.5 billion to help Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and those displaced within the embattled country.

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MALI: UN refugee agency prepares to assist possible returnees in Mali

30 January 2013

BAMAKO, Mali, January 29 (UNHCR) – With the fast-evolving military situation in Mali, the UN refugee agency is readying itself to assist in the possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in the north of the country.

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MALI: UNHCR calls anew on international community to help Mali as war expands

26 January 2013

BAMAKO, Mali, January 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday renewed its call for increased international aid for hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Malian civilians, warning that stepped up aid was vital to prevent a worsening of the humanitarian situation across the Sahel region.

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JORDAN: Record numbers of Syrians cross to Jordan as UNHCR helps ready new camp

26 January 2013

ZA'ATRI CAMP, Jordan, January 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that Jordan has experienced a record number of refugee arrivals, with more than 30,000 arriving at Za' atri camp since the beginning of the year.

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MALI: More than 7,500 flee new Mali offensive; refugees report food shortages

22 January 2013

BAMAKO, Mali, January 22 (UNHCR) – Almost 7,500 refugees have fled into neighbouring countries since French and Malian forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic militants almost two weeks ago and the exodus is continuing.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urgently needs funds as it scales up Syria refugee operations

22 January 2013

GENEVA, January 22 (UNHCR) -The UN refugee agency is dramatically expanding registration and assistance for Syrian refugees, working hard to keep pace with the unrelenting numbers crossing into neighbouring countries each day.

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SENEGAL: UN refugee agency urgently reinforcing staff and resources for Mali

19 January 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, January 18 (UNHCR) – As military operations continue in northern Mali, the UN refugee agency is reinforcing its teams across the region to help up to 710,000 internally displaced people and refugees.

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GENEVA: UNHCR mourns death of seven Syrian refugees killed in Jordan fire

17 January 2013

GENEVA, January 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency today expressed its sadness at the death of seven Syrian refugees in a fire at a transit centre in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha. Six of the dead were children.

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NIGER: UNHCR ready for possible influx of Malian refugees in neighbouring countries

16 January 2013

NIAMEY, Niger, January 16 (UNHCR) – Upriver from Niamey, in Mali, heavy combat is triggering a fresh displacement of civilians. But despite funding shortages, the UN refugee agency is ready to respond to any deepening of the humanitarian crisis, including an outflow to neighbouring Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso

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SENEGAL: UNHCR says stepped up fighting in Mali triggers fresh displacement

15 January 2013

DAKAR, Senegal, January 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that clashes over the weekend between the French-backed Malian army and Al Qaeda-linked Islamist groups in northern and central Mali have resulted in new population displacement – both within Mali and into neighbouring countries.

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SYRIA: Winter conditions bring new hardship for more than 600,000 Syrian refugees

14 January 2013

GENEVA, January 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that severe winter conditions across Syria and the surrounding region this past week have brought new difficulties for hundreds of thousands of refugees and other forcibly displaced people.

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BURKINA FASO: Helping refugees by respecting and assisting their hosts in Burkina Faso

8 January 2013

SAG-NIONIOGO, Burkina Faso, January 8 (UNHCR) – Local chieftain Maurice has his work cut out at the best of times looking after the interests of the 10,000 residents of Sag-nioniogo. Since last October, he's also had to deal with the unexpected arrival of hundreds of refugees from neighbouring Mali.

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IRAQ: Syrian's tailoring skill suits the needs of refugees in Iraq camp

3 January 2013

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, January 3 (UNHCR) – Often fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their back, refugees are usually dependent on help from others, including host communities, UNHCR and its many partners.

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TURKEY: Syrian refugees get chance to attend Turkish universities

28 December 2012

ADIYAMAN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey, Dec 27 (UNHCR) – Syrian refugee sisters Tamara and Eilada may have lost their home and most of their possessions, but not their hope for an education and a productive future.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Modern technology helps meet the needs of refugees in South Sudan

28 December 2012

YIDA, South Sudan, Dec 27 (UNHCR) – Technology is changing all spheres of life, including humanitarian interventions. In South Sudan, UNHCR is using satellite imagery, interactive mapping, digital fingerprinting and text messaging to strengthen refugee protection, help the most vulnerable and reach out to refugees in urban areas.

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BURUNDI: How can it be my home when I've never even seen my homeland?

26 December 2012

GITARA TRANSIT CENTRE, Burundi, Dec. 26 (UNHCR) – At 16, Claudine* has just arrived in the country that's supposed to be her homeland, but which she had never seen until 24 hours ago.

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UGANDA: Young Congolese men fear forced recruitment, flee to Uganda

25 December 2012

NYAKABANDE TRANSIT CENTRE, Uganda, December 24 (UNHCR) – Marc,* Philippe* and Georges* are all young, fit and male – ideal material for forced military recruitment. That's why the 20-year-olds fled their homes, like thousands of other young men living in fear of being forced to fight in eastern Democratic of the Congo's (DRC) endless conflict.

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BURKINA FASO: UNHCR moves Malian refugees to safer areas of Burkina Faso

24 December 2012

GOUDEBOU, Burkina Faso, December 21 (UNHCR) – Mother of two, Mariam, is quite well travelled in the Sahel region, but not from choice. Over the past two decades, insecurity and conflict has forced the 49-year-old to flee her native Mali and seek shelter in Algeria in 1994, Mauritania in 2006 and Burkina Faso last February.

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IRAQ: Tough choices for Syrian refugees in need of life-saving assistance

20 December 2012

ERBIL, Iraq, December 20 (UNHCR) – Most refugees flee their homeland to escape violence and persecution. For Ahmed,* leaving Syria was literally a matter of life or death. Ahmed, 43, had been fighting stomach cancer for six months before he fled last August to Erbil, the main city in northern Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

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SYRIA: UNHCR and partners seek US$1 billion as Syrian refugee exodus grows

19 December 2012

GENEVA, December 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and its partners today appealed to international donors for US$1 billion to support refugees fleeing Syria to Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.

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DRC: UNHCR still concerned about security situation in camps near Goma

18 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said the security situation at the Mugunga III camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be a serious concern. Soldiers and unidentified armed men continue to be present in and around the camp in North Kivu province, fuelling worries among the thousands of IDPs living there.

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Syria Crisis: UNHCR welcomes planned humanitarian operations centre in Jordan

17 December 2012

AMMAN, Jordan, December 17 (UNHCR) – Warning of difficult months ahead, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has announced the creation of a joint Jordanian-United Nations operations centre further strengthen coordination of the humanitarian response to a growing crisis that could see more than 1 million Syrian refugees in surrounding countries by mid-2013. Jordan alone estimates it already has 250,000 Syrians who have fled during the 20-month conflict.

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GENEVA: Religious leaders gather in Geneva to discuss faith and refugee protection

12 December 2012

GENEVA, December 12 (UNHCR) – Around 400 people, including religious leaders and faith experts, gathered in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss how the values of different world religions underpin refugee protection and humanitarian action for millions of forcibly displaced and stateless people.

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MALI: IDPs struggle to survive after escaping fighting in northern Mali

12 December 2012

BAMAKO, Mali, December 12 (UNHCR) – Hidjaba is struggling to take care of her family – like nearly 200,000 other Malians who have fled the north of their country to escape the fighting that erupted between various armed groups and government forces last January.

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GENEVA: Donors pledge US$550 million for UNHCR's global operations next year

11 December 2012

GENEVA, December 11 (UNHCR) – Faced with expanding humanitarian crises in the Middle East and parts of Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, donor nations today pledged US$550 million towards the work of the UN refugee agency in 2013 in helping millions of people worldwide. An additional US$169 million was pledged for 2014 and beyond.

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SYRIA: Number of Syrian refugees registered in region tops 500,000 mark

11 December 2012

GENEVA, December 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that more than half-a-million Syrian refugees have been registered or are awaiting registration in the four neighbouring countries and North Africa, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 per day.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Returnees build their own village back in South Sudan

11 December 2012

KUDA, South Sudan, December 11 (UNHCR) – After two decades in exile, 1,600 particularly vulnerable people returning to independent South Sudan no longer had a place they could call home. The solution has been to help them build their own village.

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DRC: Grave human rights abuses as thousands continue to flee in South Kivu

10 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 7 (UNHCR) – Attention has been focused in recent weeks on the power struggle between government troops and M23 rebel forces in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province and the massive population displacement and suffering that followed. But terrible things have also been happening in neighbouring South Kivu province and the protection needs there are great.

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16 Days of Activism: Mama Hawa's fight against sexual violence

10 December 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 10 (UNHCR) – When a mother is raped in the night in Mogadishu, her children still need her to prepare breakfast in the morning. This was the stark message from Amina Hagi Elmi, executive director of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), at a recent tribute in Nairobi to this year's Nansen Refugee Award winner, Hawa Aden Mohamed. The gathering also marked the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

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16 Days of Activism: a multiple rape victim faces uncertain future

10 December 2012

KIGEME, Rwanda, December 10 (UNHCR) – Amid all the statistics of massive population displacement in eastern Congo, the suffering of individuals – especially women like multiple rape victim Mathilde – tends to get glossed over. The current 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25-December 10) focuses our minds at UNHCR on the human rights abuses against forcibly displaced women in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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JORDAN: Angelina Jolie travels to Syria-Jordan border as refugee influx continues

7 December 2012

AMMAN, Jordan, December 6 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has travelled to the Jordan-Syria border overnight on Wednesday-Thursday to meet frightened and exhausted Syrian refugees who had just completed the perilous crossing to safety in Jordan.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Helping young refugees in South Sudan find physical and emotional security

5 December 2012

In recent weeks, nearly 3,500 Sudanese children have arrived in Yida. As aerial bombardments become increasingly frequent just across the border in Sudan's South Kordofan state, UNHCR protection staff have monitored hundreds of unaccompanied children who, like Karim, have fled violence and arrived in Yida alone. "Because of very heavy fighting at home, my mother sent me ahead to Yida," Karim tells UNHCR. Child psychologist Myriam Oteiza recently arrived in Yida to explore the mental health and psychosocial needs of refugees. She is particularly concerned about the most vulnerable, including unaccompanied children, older people, refugees living with disability and single mothers.

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DRC: Refugees return to northern Congo, but concerns remain

5 December 2012

Martine and her two children had fled the other way across the Oubangui and sought refuge in Republic of the Congo, along with tens of thousands of other civilians, when inter-ethnic clashes erupted in DRC's Equateur province in 2009. The violence between the Munzaya and Enyele tribes centred on traditional fishing and farming rights and forced more than 140,000 people to flee to Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. A further 100,000 people were displaced within Equateur but most have returned home as conditions improved. UNHCR has been involved in conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts in Equateur, including funding a new community radio station in Dongo last year. The refugee agency also supports efforts to ease the reintegration of returnees.

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SYDNEY: Sydney raises funds and rooves for refugees this Christmas

5 December 2012

The cheapest house offered in Sydney will be auctioned off at a special event to raise funds for refugees in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. With a reserve price of $800, Sydneysiders at Australia for UNHCR's Raise the Roof for Refugees event tonight will be given the opportunity to 'buy' a bamboo and mud hut.

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DRC: UNHCR concern for IDPs after camp attack in eastern Congo

4 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it was worried about the security of displaced people and aid workers in camps in eastern Congo after a weekend attack on the Mugunga III camp outside Goma.

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JORDAN: Top UNHCR official calls for safe passage for uprooted Syrians

4 December 2012

ZA'ATRI CAMP, Jordan, December 4 (UNHCR) – Top UNHCR protection official Erika Feller has visited refugees in Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp and noted that innocent civilians were the prime victims of the conflict in Syria.

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ETHIOPIA: IKEA Foundation-funded education project helps Somali refugees become self-sufficient

3 December 2012

KOBE CAMP, Ethiopia, December 3 (UNHCR) – Bonkay may seem a bit old to be going to school but, like her classmates, the 23-year-old mother and refugee missed out on a proper education in her village in central Somalia's Bay region. Now, they are catching up on their schooling in an Ethiopian refugee camp thanks to the Youth Education Pack, or YEP, a UNHCR-backed programme implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council and funded by the IKEA Foundation. It targets Somali refugees and local Ethiopians aged between 15 and 24 who have little or no formal education and initially focuses on literacy and numeracy training followed by vocational and life skills classes. The aim is to teach people new skills and help them become self-sufficient.

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DRC: Rising malaria health threat for Congolese refugees in Uganda

3 December 2012

RWAMWANJA, Uganda, December 3 (UNHCR) – After surviving the trauma of forced displacement and insecurity, thousands of Congolese refugees are facing a new and potentially fatal danger in Uganda – malaria.

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DRC: Inter-agency mission assesses return conditions in North Kivu region

1 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has led a joint mission to assess security conditions in an area of eastern Congo that thousands of recently displaced people have started returning to and found the situation generally "calm."

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SYRIA: UNHCR assessment team finds dire living conditions in Homs

1 December 2012

GENEVA, November 30 (UNHCR) – Staff from the UN refugee agency have visited Homs this week and said thousands of displaced people are living in dire conditions in the conflict-battered Syrian city.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR helps mediate South Sudan cattle grazing dispute

30 November 2012

MABAN COUNTY, South Sudan, November 29 (UNHCR) – John Gay is tired and angry after spending yet another sleepless night chasing grazing cattle from his sorghum field in South Sudan's Maban County.

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SYRIA: Special help for special needs Syrian refugees

29 November 2012

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, November 28 (UNHCR) – For Syrians fleeing their homeland, it is always a difficult journey to cross borders, and especially so for people with special needs. Both Azad,* 44, and his 30-year-old wife, Maha, were stricken with polio as children.

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DRC: UNHCR and partners step up Congo aid efforts amid uncertainty

28 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 28 (UNHCR) – Amid continuing political uncertainty in the eastern Congo, UNHCR and its partners have been stepping up efforts to assist tens of thousands of displaced people.

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SYDNEY: Canberra residents get the chance to see how their donations have made a difference to refugees in the Horn of Africa

28 November 2012

Many thousands of miles separate Australia’s capital city Canberra and the Horn of Africa but last year almost a thousand ACT residents reached out to refugees suffering in one of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies by donating over $200,000 towards Australia for UNHCR’s $5 million Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal.

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DRC: More than 6,000 forcibly displaced Congolese receive food aid

27 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency helped the World Food Programme (WFP) distribute food rations to thousands of forcibly displaced people in eastern Congo's North Kivu province at the weekend.

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DRC: UNHCR concerned about situation of displaced in North Kivu

26 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 23 (UNHCR) – With continuing fighting in North Kivu on Friday, UNHCR said it was extremely concerned about the situation of displaced Congolese civilians in the province, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

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GENEVA: UNHCR marks 16 Days of Activism against Sexual Violence

26 November 2012

GENEVA, November 26 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has reiterated his agency's commitment to countering sexual and gender-based violence and said UNHCR had this year intensified its efforts to improve access to justice for survivors.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR chief visits South Sudan to spotlight “forgotten refugee crisis”

23 November 2012

YIDA, South Sudan, November 23 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday wrapped up a three-day visit to South Sudan aimed at bringing attention and support for tens of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Sudan. Guterres, who met refugees at the Yida settlement close to the border, described the situation in South Sudan as "a forgotten refugee crisis."

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DRC: Some Congolese start returning home amid fluid situation in east Congo

22 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 22 (UNHCR) – Two days after rebel fighters seized a provincial capital from government forces, hundreds of civilians have been leaving a camp for the internally displaced and returning to their homes in a former battle zone in eastern Congo.

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AUSTRALIA: A hard road to walking the beat

22 November 2012

Ayiik, now 36, was once one of South Sudan's 25,000 lost boys. Forced to flee their homes when government troops systematically attacked the villages of the Dinka and Nuer tribes in the country's south, the lost boys of Sudan trekked thousands of kilometres by foot - starving and stumbling with exhaustion - to refugee camps in Ethiopia and then in Kenya.

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DRC: UNHCR urges all sides in eastern Congo conflict to protect the displaced

21 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday urged warring rivals in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the safety of tens of thousands of people displaced by days of fighting and the rebel capture of the key city of Goma.

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DRC: As fighting reaches Goma, UNHCR asking states not to return refugees

20 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 20 (UNHCR) – As thousands of Congolese flee a rebel advance, the UN refugee agency is calling on governments not to forcibly return people to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo's North and South Kivu provinces, pending improvement in the security and human rights situations.

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SYRIA: Syrian refugee jumps for joy after finding asylum in Moldova

19 November 2012

CHIŞINĂU, Moldova, November 19 (UNHCR) – Syrian-born Raghid Jened is a success story for the integration of refugees: a doctor, a certified Arabic-Russian translator and a passionate skydiver, he doesn't see himself living anywhere else than Moldova.

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GENEVA: Q&A: Economist seeks to boost refugees' productivity through labour mobility

15 November 2012

GENEVA, November 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently organized a workshop in Geneva on labour mobility for refugees.

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DRC: Congolese child starts life as an orphan and refugee

15 November 2012

KISORO, Uganda, 15 November (UNHCR) – Emmanuel has had a terrible start in life: aged just three days old, he is already an orphan and a refugee in an area that lacks any sign of a lasting peace.

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SYRIA: UNHCR makes progress in assisting up to 500,000 people by year's end

13 November 2012

GENEVA, November 13 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is making progress in a major effort to provide aid to up to 500,000 people by the end of this year, despite recent disruptions to operations due to insecurity.

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DRC: Congolese refugee children attend catch-up classes in Rwanda

12 November 2012

KIGEME, Rwanda, November 12 (UNHCR) – Hundreds of young Congolese refugees have been catching up on their education before joining the Rwandan school system in January. For some, it's proving to be a cathartic experience and helping them to cope with the trauma of displacement.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Stretched UNHCR faces difficulties containing hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan

9 November 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, November 9 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday warned that its capacity to contain an outbreak of hepatitis E among the refugee population in South Sudan was increasingly stretched at a time when funding for its emergency operation was depleted. "The risks will grow if, as currently anticipated, we see fresh inflows of refugees from South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in neighbouring Sudan," spokesman Adrian Edwards added.

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SYRIA: Record numbers of Syrian refugees flee as UN warns of critically low funding

9 November 2012

GENEVA, November 9 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that the number of Syrian refugees crossing into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan on Thursday and Friday had set a record for a 24-hour period.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR prepares for refugee influx into South Sudan's Upper Nile state

8 November 2012

MABAN COUNTY, South Sudan, November 8 (UNHCR) – Aneim has just reached South Sudan's newest refugee camp, Gendrassa, after fleeing a devastating mid-October air attack on his village across the border in Sudan's Blue Nile state.

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DRC: Nostalgic nonagenarian from North Kivu faces twilight years alone

7 November 2012

MUGUNGA III, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 7 (UNHCR) – Paul Mirurumu has led a happy, long and relatively successful life in the heart of Africa, but in his twilight years he has experienced only devastating personal loss and suffering. Today, the 92-year-old Congolese is alone, friendless and marooned in a camp for the internally displaced, convinced that he will never again see his home village in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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SYDNEY: Urgent call for Australians to help Syrian refugees brave bleak winter ahead

6 November 2012

While temperatures continue to climb as summer approaches, Australia for UNHCR is urging Australians to spare a thought for Syrian refugees facing a bleak winter with temperatures plunging to an average of two degrees Celsius.

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SOUTH SUDAN: A teacher and survivor happy to help her community in South Sudan

5 November 2012

GENDRASSA REFUGEE CAMP, South Sudan, November 5 (UNHCR) – Sanna, a big smile on her face, stepped off the bus after it pulled up at the reception centre in South Sudan's Gendrassa refugee camp. After six tough months on the run, she was relieved to have made it here.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR takes preparatory steps to relocate refugees from South Sudan's Yida settlement

2 November 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, November 2 (UNHCR) – Concerned about the safety of almost 63,000 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan's Yida settlement, UNHCR wants to relocate these vulnerable civilians and has started assessing alternative sites.

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GENEVA: New data shows 85,000 more IDPs in Mali than previously known

2 November 2012

GENEVA, November 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said new data from Mali is showing that there are some 85,000 more people displaced within the country's borders than previously estimated.

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NIGER: Surviving in Niamey: Malian refugees struggle to get by in the big city

1 November 2012

NIAMEY, Niger, November 1 (UNHCR) – At the beginning of this year, Omar was studying to become a French teacher in Timbuktu. Today, he is a refugee in neighbouring Niger and working as a tailor to earn enough money to keep his family alive in the city.

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ETHIOPIA: UN education investment scores high marks for Somali refugee students

1 November 2012

SHEDDER REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 1 (UNHCR) – Seventeen-year-old Hodan's eyes sparkle with joy as she clutches her new English-Somali dictionary – a congratulatory gift from UNHCR on passing a national high school exam.

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GENEVA: Soprano Barbara Hendricks marks 25 years of service to UNHCR

31 October 2012

GENEVA, October 31 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday paid tribute to acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks for her quarter-of-a-century of service to UNHCR and the cause of refugees worldwide.

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MALI: Q&A: UNHCR coordinator for Mali crisis hopes for best, prepares for worst

29 October 2012

Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR's coordinator for the Mali refugee situation, has spent most of the year overseeing efforts to ensure their safety and protection. He is in charge of a massive relief operation that spans a vast portion of the Sahel, including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Mauritania.

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BURKINA FASO: Tuareg gives up good private sector job to help Malian refugees

25 October 2012

MENTAO, Burkina Faso, October 25 (UNHCR) – When thousands of Malian families started streaming through his village in northern Burkina Faso earlier this year, Ahmid Ag Rali was struck by the number of children among the refugees. Moved and keen to help, the 35-year-old from Oudalan province quit his job with a foreign mining company and applied to join UNHCR.

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SYDNEY: Former refugee and author shares his story for a good cause

25 October 2012

Former Iranian refugee and author of I Confess: Revelations in Exile, Dr. Kooshyar Karimi, will share his story of adversity, persecution and exile with more than 120 guests at a special charity fundraising event to support Australia for UNHCR.

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BURUNDI: Struggling to cope with Congolese influx

24 October 2012

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, October 24 (UNHCR) – While tens of thousands of Congolese refugees have fled to Uganda and Rwanda since April, a smaller but significant number of frightened civilians have been fleeing from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and seeking shelter in Burundi.

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SOUTH SUDAN: A family on the run finds safety in refugee camp

24 October 2012

YUSUF BATIL, South Sudan, October 24 (UNHCR) – Oumi is a widow, a refugee and the mother of four young children. Earlier this month, she met UNHCR's Cécile Pouilly in South Sudan's Yusuf Batil refugee camp and shared the story of her family's tragic flight into exile from Dera in Sudan's Blue Nile state.

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LEBANON: Number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon passes 100,000 mark

23 October 2012

GENEVA, October 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that Lebanon has become the third country in the region to see its population of registered Syrian refugees and people waiting for registration exceeding the 100,000 mark.

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SENEGAL: UNHCR distributes biometric ID cards to refugees

22 October 2012

RICHARD TOLL, Senegal, October 22 (UNHCR) – Eighty-year-old Mauritanian refugee Fatou has seen a lot in her long life, but she still got excited when she went to pick up her new biometric identity card from the UN refugee agency.

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IRAQ: Thousands of Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq, many with special needs

22 October 2012

DOHUK, Iraq, September 30 (UNHCR) – She's only four years old, but Syrian refugee Magi can't shake off the sounds and images of war that forced her family to flee the embattled northern city of Aleppo and seek shelter in northern Iraq.

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ETHIOPIA: Number of Somali refugees in eastern Ethiopia swells to 170,000

19 October 2012

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, October 19 (UNHCR) – The number of Somali refugees in a series of camps in an arid, harsh area of south-eastern Ethiopia has passed the 170,000 mark, making Dollo Ado the world's second largest refugee complex.

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Q&A: Swedish diplomat reflects on visit to refugee camp in Niger

19 October 2012

Jan Knutsson, who just completed his term as chairman of UNHCR's governing body, discusses his recent trip to meet Malian refugees in Niger.

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GENEVA: Syria Crisis - UNHCR urges European Union states to honour their asylum system principles

16 October 2012

GENEVA, October 16 (UNHCR) – With a small but growing number of Syrian asylum-seekers arriving in Europe, the UN refugee agency on Tuesday reiterated how important it was for European Union (EU) countries to adhere to the principles of their Common European Asylum System.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Sudanese refugees embrace Global Handwashing Day for disease control

15 October 2012

YUSUF BATIL REFUGEE CAMP, South Sudan, October 15 (UNHCR) – UNHCR staff and health workers in camps across Africa, including Sudanese nurse Dafala Baruk, will today be stressing the vital importance of cleanliness for refugees in harsh environments.

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SYRIA: UNHCR steps up winter preparations for tens of thousands of Syrians

12 October 2012

GENEVA, October 12 (UNHCR) – With Syrian refugee numbers still rising in neighbouring states, UNHCR and its partners are stepping up efforts to prepare for the onset of winter weather. "We are budgeting more than US$64 million for winter preparations throughout the region, including for displaced Syrians in their own country," Melissa Fleming, the refugee agency's chief spokesperson, told journalists in Geneva on Friday.

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CHAD: UNHCR starts moving Central African Republic refugees from flooded camps in Chad

12 October 2012

N'DJAMENA, Chad, October 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday it has started transferring thousands of Central African Republic refugees from flooded camps in southern Chad to a new site situated on higher ground.

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JORDAN: Syrian risks all to get his pregnant wife to safety in Jordan

11 October 2012

IRBID, Jordan, October 11 (UNHCR) – It was a devastating piece of news. Last year, not long after the start of the Syrian conflict, Shadi,* a taxi driver living in Homs, learned that his wife had miscarried. The shelling and intensifying gunbattles in the Syrian city had been too much for her, he said. The news was particularly painful because the couple had been waiting for 17 years – all their married life – for a child.

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KENYA: Top Kenyan university opens campus next to world's largest refugee camp

10 October 2012

DADAAB, Kenya, October 10 (UNHCR) – Nairobi's Kenyatta University has opened a campus in the north-east town of Dadaab and courses will be open to Kenyan citizens and refugees living in the nearby refugee complex, the world's biggest with almost half-a-million people.

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WASHINGTON: Q&A: Refugee poet helps the resettled in US, but still worries about Congo

10 October 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States, October 10 (UNHCR) – Former Congolese refugee Fidel Nshombo fled from South Kivu province in Democratic Republic of the Congo when the civil war came to his hometown of Bukavu in 1999. Separated from his family and only in his teens, Nshombo spent the next seven years wandering around Africa, spending time in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa before being resettled with UNHCR help in 2006 to Boise, Idaho, in the United States.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Sudanese villagers face tough choices before fleeing to relative safety in Yida

9 October 2012

YIDA, South Sudan, October 9 (UNHCR) – It was a terrible dilemma for the mother of four – which children to take and who to leave behind as the fighting approached her village. Amuna realized that it was only a matter of time before the Antonovs started bombing Timodongo in Sudan's South Kordofan state and she would have to flee – or risk death by staying.

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DRC: 60,000 Congolese in North Kivu spontaneous IDP site wait for better tomorrows

8 October 2012

KANYARUCHINYA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, October 8 (UNHCR) – Congolese widow Josephine still finds it difficult to believe that she and her seven children managed to survive fighting in North Kivu province that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes since April.

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GENEVA: UNHCR issues guidelines on protection of male rape victims

8 October 2012

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 8 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has for the first time issued guidelines for UNHCR staff and other aid workers on how to identify and support male victims of rape and other sexual violence in conflict and displacement situations.

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GENEVA: Amid competing emergencies, UNHCR calls for open borders and more international solidarity

5 October 2012

GENEVA, October, October 1 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday wrapped up the annual meeting of his organization's governing body with a fresh call for international solidarity and support as UNHCR responds to a proliferation of new emergencies.

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NIGER: Mali refugee students set up “government” in UNHCR-backed school in Niger

5 October 2012

TABAREYBAREY, Niger, October 2 (UNHCR) – When fighting in northern Mali forced Chouaïbou and his family to flee from their village last May to nearby Niger, the 15-year-old feared he had not only lost a home but also his education.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees find safety in Lebanon, but shelter proves scarce

4 October 2012

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, September 25 (UNHCR) – After an overnight trek through the mountains, Om Ali arrived exhausted earlier this month in a small town near Lebanon's border with Syria. The mother of four from the city of Homs thought that her family, and those travelling with her, had finally found a place to rest: a half-built house with no water, but a decent roof, and no shellfire to keep the children awake at night.

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GENEVA: Senior UNHCR official criticizes not-on-my-doorstep attitudes towards refugees, displaced

3 October 2012

GENEVA, October 3 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller appealed today for strengthened political will to help the world's more than 42 million refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, amid a recent rise in new humanitarian emergencies in Africa and the Middle East.

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SYRIA: Number of registered Syrian refugees triples to more than 300,000 in three months

2 October 2012

GENEVA, October 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced Tuesday that the number of Syrians registered or awaiting registration as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq has passed 300,000, triple the level of just three months ago.

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DRC: More than 25,000 refugees return home from Republic of Congo since May

2 October 2012

DONGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, October 1 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has helped more than 25,000 Congolese return to their homes in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from neighbouring Republic of Congo under a voluntary repatriation programme launched in May this year.

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GENEVA: Nansen Refugee Award presented to Somali winner "Mama" Hawa

1 October 2012

GENEVA, October 1 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday night presented the Nansen Refugee Award to Somali humanitarian, educator and women's rights advocate Hawa Aden Mohamed. She was unable to attend in person for health reasons.

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GENEVA: UNHCR's Guterres says global humanitarian crises at levels unmatched in recent history

1 October 2012

GENEVA, October, October 1 (UNHCR) – The head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, warned today that UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are under increasing strain from a combination of simultaneous major new conflicts and unresolved old ones.

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KENYA: UNHCR responds strongly to jaundice, hepatitis outbreaks in Dadaab

28 September 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is taking strong measures to respond to an outbreak of acute jaundice in the world's largest refugee settlement, Dadaab in north-east Kenya.

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UGANDA: More than 3,000 Congolese flee to Uganda to escape clashes

27 September 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda, September 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Thursday that fighting between rebel fighters and a militia group in eastern Congo has forced a reported 3,000 people to flee across the border into southern Uganda's Kanungu district over the past 10 days.

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GENEVA: UNHCR and partners seek extra US$295 million for Syria refugee ops (2)

27 September 2012

GENEVA, September 27 (UNHCR) – The United Nations and its humanitarian aid partners on Thursday called on donors for US$295 million in extra funding for operations to help hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

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SOMALIA: Tuk-tuk project drives Somali IDPs in search of self-sufficiency

26 September 2012

GALKAYO, Somalia, September 26 (UNHCR) – Mohamed Issa Hussein, a budding entrepreneur in Galkayo's Halabokhad settlement for forcibly displaced people, has seen better days. Forced to flee his home along the Somali-Ethiopian border with his wife and seven children three years ago, it has been a tough journey rebuilding his life far from home.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Responding to a humanitarian crisis and saving lives - UNHCR in South Sudan

25 September 2012

YUSUF BATIL, South Sudan, September 25 (UNHCR) – Muktar thought of war as something far away – too distant to do harm. But, last spring, the violence came to Tampona village in Sudan's Blue Nile state. The first to die was Muktar's neighbour, Ibrahim, his life taken as he ran home during a bombing raid.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Hundreds flee fresh air and ground attacks and cross to South Sudan

25 September 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, September 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that fresh air and ground attacks in Sudan's South Kordofan state are causing a renewed population influx to South Sudan.

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SOMALIA: More than 10,000 Somalis flee coastal city of Kismayo, fearing fighting

21 September 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it was closely following the situation around the Somali port city of Kismayo as thousands of residents fled in anticipation of new clashes.

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SYRIA: Syrian refugee children prepare to start school, Iraq opens border crossing

21 September 2012

GENEVA, September 21 (UNHCR) – With the new academic year approaching, hundreds of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan have been registering to start school in state schools or camps.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned at detention of asylum-seekers, releases new guidelines

21 September 2012

GENEVA, September 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday issued new guidelines on the detention of asylum-seekers and said UNHCR was concerned at its growing use in a number of countries.

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SYRIA: Campaign to enrol school-age Syrian refugees gains momentum

20 September 2012

BAALBEK, Lebanon, September 20 (UNHCR) – Fourteen school registration centres across Lebanon are teeming with Syrian refugee mothers and children as the start of the school year approaches for more than 15,000 young Syrian refugees in the country.

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SYRIA: Conflict puts wedding plans on hold as wounded Syrian couple flee to Lebanon

19 September 2012

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, September 19 (UNHCR) – It is a long way from the luxury hotels of the Persian Gulf to the dusty mountain towns of Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. But Abu Omar, 28, a sales manager for five-star hotels, has just made that journey – getting shot at twice in Syria along the way.

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GENEVA: Somali humanitarian "Mama" Hawa wins 2012 Nansen Refugee Award

18 September 2012

GENEVA, September 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that this year's Nansen Refugee Award goes to humanitarian Hawa Aden Mohamed for her exceptional, tireless and inspiring work for Somalia's refugee and displaced girls and women.

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SYRIA: Angelina Jolie urges support for Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees

16 September 2012

DOMIZ REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, September 16 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today hailed the Iraqi government's willingness to host Syrian refugees fleeing violence and said she hoped all Syrians seeking asylum in Iraq would be welcomed.

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SUDAN: UNHCR tackles Hepatitis E outbreak that kills 16 Sudanese refugees

14 September 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, September 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is working with the government, the World Health Organization and other partners to control an outbreak of Hepatitis E that has killed 16 refugees in three camps in South Sudan.

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ETHIOPIA: Somali refugees and locals benefit from desert garden in Ethiopia

13 September 2012

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, September 12 (UNHCR) – Marco Lembo surveys the hundreds of hectares of land surrounding Heloweyen refugee camp. Watermelons, onions, leeks, tomatoes and peppers dot the horizon. Beyond the fields, in a shaded area next to the Ganale River, mango and romano bean seedlings are carefully watered.

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TURKEY: Guterres, Angelina Jolie show solidarity with Syrian refugees

13 September 2012

KILIS, Turkey, September 13 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and his Special Envoy Angelina Jolie reiterated the urgent need to help countries hosting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees after visiting two of 12 well-organized camps located near Turkey's border with Syria.

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LEBANON: Syrian refugees in Lebanon tell UNHCR's Guterres and Angelina Jolie of escape and challenges

12 September 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon, September 12 (UNHCR) – On the second day of a joint visit to countries hosting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, UNHCR chief António Guterres and Angelina Jolie heard about the difficulties people face in escaping war-torn Syria and the challenges of finding shelter for them in Lebanon.

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SUDAN: As rains ebb in South Sudan, refugee flows are expected to rise

12 September 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, September 12 (UNHCR) – When the seasonal rains begin to subside, and roads become easier to travel, South Sudan could see an influx of new refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.

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ZA'ATRI: UNHCR chief Guterres and Angelina Jolie visit refugees in Jordan

11 September 2012

ZA'ATRI, Jordan, September 11 (UNHCR) – UNHCR chief António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie have heard harrowing tales of suffering and cross-border escape during meetings with Syrian refugees in northern Jordan.

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ERSAL: A hard crossing awaits Syrians fleeing into Lebanon

10 September 2012

ERSAL, Lebanon, September 10 (UNHCR) – For Syrians fleeing their homeland, there is never a right time to leave. Zaina,* 24, endured more than a year of fighting in her hometown of Homs before 10 neighbours were killed in a single helicopter attack last month. Nine months pregnant at the time, she decided she had had enough.

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BANGKOK: Asia-Pacific region takes joint actions to tackle mixed migration

10 September 2012

BANGKOK, Thailand, September 10 (UNHCR) – A regional push is under way to manage irregular, mixed migration in Asia and the Pacific as increasing numbers of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees embark on dangerous journeys in search of safety and a better life.

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GENEVA: UNHCR scaling up relief operation for displaced inside Syria

7 September 2012

GENEVA, September 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said in Geneva on Friday that it is scaling up its emergency response for tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people inside Syria.

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GENEVA: More than 100,000 flee Syria in August, highest monthly total

4 September 2012

GENEVA, September 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that the number of refugees fleeing Syria rose sharply in August, with 103,416 people seeking asylum in surrounding countries. It was the highest monthly total of the Syria crisis to date and brought the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration to more than 235,300.

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GENEVA: As influx to eastern Lebanon rises, UNHCR tackles shelter challenge

31 August 2012

GENEVA, August 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it is seeing an increase in the number of Syrian refugees arriving in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, with local charities and authorities reporting about 2,200 people settling in the east over the past week – almost double the recent weekly average.

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NEW YORK: UNHCR chief addresses UN Security Council on deepening crisis in Syria

30 August 2012

NEW YORK, United States, August 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugee António Guterres on Thursday addressed the UN Security Council on the "dramatic and deepening humanitarian crisis" in Syria, while calling for increased international support for relief efforts.

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KABUL: Afghan returns pass 50,000 in first eight months, up on last year

30 August 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan, August 28 (UNHCR) – More than 50,000 Afghan refugees have returned from exile in Pakistan and Iran so far this year, up more than 10 per cent on the first eight months of last year.

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SYDNEY: Adam Spencer to visit Africa

30 August 2012

702 ABC Sydney breakfast presenter Adam Spencer will travel to Africa in early October to see how Australian aid money is being spent. A year ago almost 12,000 ABC listeners and viewers donated about $2 million to the Australians for the East Africa Appeal. The ABC Appeal partner was Australia for UNHCR, but listeners and viewers were encouraged to donate to their preferred overseas aid agency as well.

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GENEVA: UNHCR fears larger influx as number of Syrians fleeing to Jordan picks up pace

28 August 2012

GENEVA, August 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that the pace of arrivals from the Syrian border to the Za'atri camp in the north of Jordan has doubled in the past week.

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NAIROBI: Almost 64,000 risk the high seas to Yemen in first seven months

28 August 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 28 (UNHCR) – The flow of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa across the perilous high seas to Yemen hit a record total of more than 63,800 in the first seven months of the year.

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GENEVA: Driven from Somalia, a former refugee thanks Australia for his new life

24 August 2012

GENEVA, 24 August (UNHCR) – Ahmed Dini was only three-years-old when his mother carried him from the violence of Somalia to the safety of a refugee camp in Kenya. Years in refugee camps that seemed without hope lay ahead.

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GENEVA: UNHCR describes alarming health and nutrition situation in South Sudan camps

24 August 2012

GENEVA, August 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday it is concerned by the alarming health and nutrition situation for some 170,000 refugees in South Sudan, particularly among children under the age of five and in the two camps of Yida and Yusul Batil.

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GENEVA: Syria Emergency: Record number of Syrians cross border into Jordan

24 August 2012

GENEVA, 24 August (UNHCR) – A record 2,200 Syrians crossed into Jordan on Thursday night and were taken to the Za'atri refugee camp, pushing the total number of Syrian refugees recorded by the UN refugee agency in the countries surrounding Syria to well above 200,000.

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GENEVA: UNHCR honours the sacrifices of aid workers on World Humanitarian Day

21 August 2012

GENEVA, August 21 (UNHCR) – UNHCR staff on Tuesday paid tribute to aid workers killed, kidnapped or attacked in the line of duty, including five colleagues slain during the past year in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria.

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Syria refugee outflow to neighbouring countries growing fast

17 August 2012

GENEVA, 17 August (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday reported a sharp rise in the number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey and Jordan, with the total number of Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries exceeding 170,000 and many thousands more yet to be recorded.

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LEBANON: UNHCR steps up registration of Syrian refugees

14 August 2012

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, 14 August (UNHCR) – UNHCR said on Tuesday it had opened a new registration centre in the north of Lebanon as Syrians continue to flee to neighbouring countries to escape the fighting enveloping their country.

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GENEVA: UNHCR reports more Syrian refugees in all neighbouring countries

10 August 2012

GENEVA, 10 August (UNHCR) – UNHCR's offices in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq are all reporting increases this week in the number of refugees from Syria, with the confirmed outflow now approaching 150,000.

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KENYA: Deafness is no obstacle for refugee team in Dadaab

9 August 2012

DADAAB, Kenya, 9 August (UNHCR) – The cheering from their fans is unlikely to have much effect on this football team drawn from the five sprawling refugee camps at Dadaab: all the members of EL-MAN DEAF FC have limited or no hearing.

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RWANDA: Congolese stream to new UNHCR refugee camp in Rwanda

9 August 2012

KIGEME REFUGEE CAMP, Rwanda, 9 August -- The villagers feared the soldiers because they robbed and raped and recruited children for their war. It didn't matter which armed faction they represented – a plethora of cadres came and went. All brought weapons and conjured panic when they walked through Kibarizo community in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Masisi province.

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DRC: Congolese refugees helped home as UNHCR programme accelerates

8 August 2012

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 8 August (UNHCR) – More than 11,000 Congolese refugees have returned to their home province this year as a UNHCR programme of voluntary repatriation picks up speed.

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KENYA: Kakuma camp surpasses its 100,000 capacity

6 August 2012

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, 6 August (UNHCR) – Kakuma Refugee Camp has surpassed its capacity of 100,000 residents, creating serious concerns as more refugees continue to arrive.

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GENEVA: Syrians fleeing by the hundreds daily, says UNHCR

3 August 2012

GENEVA, August 3 (UNHCR) – As many as 1.5 million people could be displaced within Syria with little or no access to aid, warned the UN refugee agency on Friday as it sought to deliver supplies through the few remaining channels available.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Aid agencies work to stabilize health situation in camps

3 August 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, August 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has raised the alarm over health conditions among refugees in two South Sudan camps, but stressed that mortality and morbidity rates have stabilized, even dropped with urgent interventions.

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BURKINA FASO: More aid needed for Mali's hidden emergency, urge Guterres and U.S.

2 August 2012

DAMBA CAMP, Burkina Faso, August 2 (UNHCR) – UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres has called for countries to increase their support to the severely-underfunded Malian refugee operation in a region that can barely feed its own people.

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GENEVA: Syrian exodus grows as fighting continues

31 July 2012

GENEVA, July 31 (UNHCR) – As fighting rages in Syria's largest city of Aleppo, thousands of people are huddling in fear in public buildings while thousands more flee daily into neighbouring countries that are struggling to cope with the growing influx.

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GENEVA: UNHCR shocked by abuse of Congolese civilians as fighting persists

31 July 2012

GENEVA, July 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has condemned rampant abuses against civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo amid fighting that has uprooted nearly half a million people in four months.

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JORDAN: New camp opened for Syrian refugees amid funding gaps

30 July 2012

AMMAN, Jordan, July 30 (UNHCR) – As the outflow from Syria continues, neighbouring Jordan on Sunday opened a new camp in record time to ease pressures on border sites hosting thousands of Syrian refugees.

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GENEVA: The relevance of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 300 years after his birth

28 July 2012

GENEVA, June 28 (UNHCR) – "Man is born free but everywhere is in chains." This quote made the Geneva-born political philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, world famous. But today, as we commemorate the 300th anniversary of his birth, is his thinking still relevant? And what can it teach us about the work of the UN refugee agency, which has its headquarters in Geneva.

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UK: Olympic spirit gives hope to refugees

27 July 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom, July 27 (UNHCR) – As thousands of athletes and spectators from 205 countries around the world gather in London today for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, UNHCR is preparing for an Olympics that will have a lasting legacy for refugees.

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SOUTH SUDAN: supermodel Alek Wek's journey home

26 July 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, July 25 (UNHCR) – Supermodel and former refugee Alek Wek recently returned to her native South Sudan to mark the fledgling nation's first anniversary, meet refugees and visit UNHCR programmes aimed at helping some of the hundreds of thousands of returnees rebuild their lives.

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GENEVA: What would you do? Download the interactive 'My Life as a Refugee' app

26 July 2012

Download the app: My Life as a Refugee. Could you Survive?

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GENEVA: Exodus continues from Syria, including some 10,000 Iraqis

24 July 2012

GENEVA, July 24 (UNHCR) – More than 10,000 Iraqis have returned home from Syria over the past week to escape the violence that is also causing thousands of Syrians to seek safety in safer districts or in neighbouring countries. Many of the Iraqi returnees have said they are worried about going back to the country they fled, but felt they had little choice, given the worsening security situation in Syria.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR relocates 4,000 Sudanese refugees; more convoys planned

24 July 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, July 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has moved some 4,000 Sudanese from the waterlogged and overcrowded Jammam refugee camp in South Sudan's Upper Nile state to a site some 50 kilometres away that is already nearing its maximum capacity.

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GENEVA: UNHCR gravely concerned about dramatic escalation of Syria exodus

20 July 2012

GENEVA, July 20 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his growing concern for the dramatic numbers of people who are fleeing their homes in Syria. "With the spread of deadly violence, I am gravely concerned for the thousands of Syrian civilians and refugees who have been forced to flee," said Guterres, who also expressed concern about tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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PORTUGAL: Benfica and UNHCR score for needy in Mali and Kenya refugee camp

19 July 2012

LISBON, Portugal, July 19 (UNHCR) – Top Portuguese team Benfica beat an all-star side led by Luis Figo 5-1 last night in Lisbon to raise funds for displaced people in Mali and Kenya as part of a new partnership with the UN refugee agency.

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GENEVA: Olympic kits to bring the joy of sport to tens of thousands of refugees

18 July 2012

GENEVA, July 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency will help distribute sport kits in 20 countries over the next two years under a programme aimed at bringing sports to more than 150,000 youngsters living in camps for the forcibly displaced.

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RWANDA: UNHCR transfers hundreds of Congolese daily to new camp

18 July 2012

KIGEME, Rwanda, July 18 (UNHCR) – In just a few weeks, UNHCR has built a new refugee camp in hilly terrain in southern Rwanda and transferred almost 10,000 Congolese refugees there from a crowded transit centre near the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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GENEVA: Number of Syrian refugees triples to 112,000 since April

17 July 2012

GENEVA, July 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday the number of Syrian refugees that it has registered or assisted in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey has almost tripled since April to 112,000, mostly women and children. The actual number of Syrian refugees is thought to be significantly higher, as many people seek to be registered only when they run out of resources.

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KENYA: Number of Somali refugees in Horn of Africa passes 1 million mark

17 July 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 17 (UNHCR) – UNHCR announced on Tuesday that Somalia's population exodus has crossed a new threshold – more than 1 million people have now fled the country for the surrounding region. The most recent arrivals continue to cite insecurity and dwindling food resources as the main reasons for their flight.

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UGANDA: Top UNHCR official visits Congolese refugees in Uganda, fears further influx

17 July 2012

NYAKABANDE TRANSIT CENTRE, Uganda, July 17 (UNHCR) – A top UNHCR official has visited Congolese refugees in south-west Uganda this week and said continuing instability across the border could lead to a major influx of refugees to an area struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of civilians this year.

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GENEVA: More than 5,000 Congolese flee to Uganda amid fresh fighting

10 July 2012

GENEVA, July 10 (UNHCR) – Renewed fighting over the last week in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province has caused more than 5,000 people to flee across the border into south-west Uganda and left an unknown number internally displaced.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR puts priority on health for refugees flooding into South Sudan

10 July 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, July 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday the health situation in South Sudan's refugee camps had become the agency's main priority as conditions continued to worsen under the strain of continuing large refugee inflows and flooding from torrential rains.

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SOMALIA: From Mogadishu with love: a refugee's dream to see Zanzibar again

10 July 2012

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 10 (UNHCR) – Eleven years ago, Mohamed Adan Suleiman fled his home in Zanzibar's Pemba Island, fearing for his life during the post-election violence that ravaged Zanzibar, a territory of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean coast.

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BURKINA FASO: Barbara Hendricks calls for aid during visit to Malian refugees

9 July 2012

DAMBA CAMP, Burkina Faso, July 9 (UNHCR) – Renowned soprano Barbara Hendricks has visited a camp in northern Burkina Faso to raise awareness about the plight of tens of thousands of Malian refugees in Africa's Sahel region and to help raise funds for UNHCR's relief operations there.

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SOUTH SUDAN: The Elders visit Sudanese refugees on peace errand

9 July 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, July 9 (UNHCR) – Nobel Peace Prize laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president, visited Sudanese refugees this weekend in South Sudan's Upper Nile state along with Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Yida - Life on the border

6 July 2012

YIDA, South Sudan, July 4 (UNHCR) – Vivian Tan recently finished a temporary stint as UNHCR's senior regional public information officer for East Africa. Based in Nairobi, she coordinated coverage of the area, including the situation for almost half-a-million Somali refugees in Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee complex, and the unfolding displacement drama in the Sudans. She recently spent a few days in a remote area of South Sudan called Yida, where she discovered the hard way about conditions for tens of thousands of refugees as well as those helping them. Vivian, who will soon be heading to Thailand to become senior regional public information officer for East Asia, writes about this and other experiences.

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ETHIOPIA: A famine crisis one year on: Lives saved and lessons learned

5 July 2012

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, July 5 (UNHCR) – A year after the onset of the Somalia famine, Aden Yusef Kabey can laugh at the pain he endured. He has regained the body weight he lost over the past year. He can walk, eat and sleep.

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SUDAN: Operations for Sudanese refugees at breaking point

4 July 2012

GENEVA, July 4 (UNHCR) –UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the situation for refugees fleeing Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states had become critical, with more than 200,000 people displaced into neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan close to breaking point.

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ETHIOPIA: Somali refugee prepares for the long haul in Ethiopia

2 July 2012

BUR AMINO CAMP, Ethiopia, July 2 (UNHCR) – When Amina* first saw the tent she and her young family had been allocated in the Bur Amino refugee camp in south-east Ethiopia, she realized that this might be her home for a long time. "I have to adjust to the new environment and accept that this is my new life, the life of a refugee," the 20-year-old Somali mother of two told UNHCR recently.

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DRC: UNHCR works to bring the perpetrators of sexual crime to justice

25 June 2012

KIZIBA REFUGEE CAMP, Rwanda, June 25 (UNHCR) – The cases of rape and other sexual violence in Kiziba refugee camp are falling, but the physical and emotional consequences are immense when they do occur. The culture of silence among the camp's Congolese refugees makes it even worse, fostering impunity and leaving victims feeling scared and alone. That's why UNHCR and its partners have made it a priority to fight sexual violence in Kiziba and encourage people to speak out.

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SOUTH SUDAN: "Critical" refugee situation in South Sudan requires urgent donor assistance says UNHCR

22 June 2012

GENEVA, June 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has issued an urgent appeal for more funding in order to step up its assistance to refugees in South Sudan and neighbouring Ethiopia.

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World Refugee Day: Millions around the globe pay tribute to refugees

20 June 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 20 (UNHCR) – At a time when the number of displaced shows no sign of easing, millions of people around the world spent World Refugee Day (WRD) paying tribute to those forced from their homes by war, persecution and other causes, such as climate change.

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SYDNEY: Former Vietnamese refugee Carina Hoang appointed as Special Representative

20 June 2012

As part of World Refugee Day today, Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s charity in Australia, announced the appointment of former Vietnamese refugee and author Carina Hoang as a Special Representative.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR starts flying in aid for 50,000 Sudanese refugees in Upper Nile

19 June 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, June 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it has begun a new emergency aid airlift for refugees in South Sudan's Upper Nile state. The flights are bringing supplies for 50,000 refugees who have fled conflict and related food shortages in Sudan's Blue Nile state.

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SYDNEY: World Refugee Day reminds communities to consider those forced to flee home

19 June 2012

In the lead up to World Refugee Day (20 June 2012), Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s charity in Australia thanked Australian donors for their ongoing generosity to UNHCR’s emergency operations around the world and urged the community to extend this generosity and compassion to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

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GENEVA: 800,000 new refugees in 2011, highest this century

18 June 2012

GENEVA, June 18 (UNHCR) – A report released today by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows 2011 to have been a record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.

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MALI: UNHCR says funding shortfall threatens Mali operation

15 June 2012

GENEVA, June 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency warned on Friday that a lack of funds is seriously threatening its efforts to help more than 300,000 Malians uprooted by conflict and insecurity in the north of their country. "To date, we have received only 13 per cent of the US$153.7 million needed to assist desperate Malians displaced inside and outside their country," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR relocates 8,000 Sudanese refugees to decongest sites

12 June 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, June 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and its humanitarian partners moved 8,000 Sudanese refugees at the weekend from a transit site in north-eastern South Sudan following several deaths, and the prospect of new arrivals of up to 15,000 refugees into Upper Nile state.

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DRC: New camp opens for Congolese refugees in Rwanda

12 June 2012

KIGALI, Rwanda, June 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has begun moving Congolese refugees from a crowded transit centre in Rwanda to a new camp under construction in the south of the country.

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DRC: Number of Congolese in Rwanda transit camp passes 10,000

8 June 2012

NKAMIRA TRANSIT CAMP, June 8 (UNHCR) – Amid continuing instability and bursts of fighting in eastern Congo, civilians keep crossing into Rwanda – where the number of arrivals since late April has passed 10,000 – and south-west Uganda.

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SOUTH SUDAN: 35,000 refugees seek shelter in South Sudan over past three weeks

5 June 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, June 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that an estimated 35,000 refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile state have sought asylum in South Sudan over the past three weeks, many of them citing harrowing experiences along the way.

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MALI: UPS flies tonnes of aid to Malian refugees in Mauritania

4 June 2012

GENEVA, June 4 (UNHCR) – The global package delivery company, UPS, flew some 13 tonnes of UNHCR aid items to Mauritania at the weekend for distribution to some 10,000 Malians in the Mbera refugee camp.

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DRC: Recent clashes in North Kivu leave at least 40,000 internally displaced

29 May 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 29 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that the recent fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has left more than 40,000 people internally displaced.

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SYRIA: Joint UN-Arab League envoy urges Syrian President to take ‘bold steps’ to end violence

29 May 2012

29 May 2012 – In a meeting with the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today stressed that a peace plan, put forward in March, cannot succeed without “bold steps” to stop the violence and release detainees.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR steps up aid in South Sudan camp as population tops 35,000

25 May 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is expanding aid operations for refugees in South Sudan's Yida camp, whose population has swollen to more than 35,000 people.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Malnourished children among the thousands fleeing Sudan's Nuba Mountains

24 May 2012

YIDA, South Sudan, May 23 (UNHCR) – Truckloads of refugees are arriving in South Sudan's Yida border area from neighbouring Sudan's Nuba Mountains every day, including many malnourished children.

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PAKISTAN: New homes offer new lives for flood victims in Pakistan

23 May 2012

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan, May 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has joined local authorities in handing over ownership of 400 new one-room homes to a fishing community in Pakistan left homeless by devastating floods in 2010.

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DRC: UNHCR moves Congolese to transit camp following Uganda influx

22 May 2012

GENEVA, May 22 (UNHCR) – Fighting late last week between Congolese government forces and renegade troops has forced a new influx of displaced people into south-west Uganda. A further 13,000-15,000 people crossed the border from Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province in the latest influx, according to Ugandan district officials.

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EGYPT: UNHCR strives to find solutions for refugees at Egypt-Libya border

21 May 2012

SALLUM, Egypt, May 21 (UNHCR) – Andrew Mok, computer open in front of him, faced the Sudanese man across the table in a converted freight container and began the interview.

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SOUTH SUDAN: First groups of stranded South Sudanese return to Juba

16 May 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, May 16 (UNHCR) – A first group of 326 South Sudanese was flown home this week after waiting for many months in a congested and increasingly tense site in Sudan.

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DRC: UNHCR chief concerned about "disastrous" displacement in eastern Congo

16 May 2012

GENEVA, May 16 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday expressed alarm at new inflows of refugees this year into Rwanda and Uganda from fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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GENEVA: UNHCR starts cross-river repatriation of refugees in Republic of Congo

8 May 2012

GENEVA, May 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has launched a repatriation programme for tens of thousands of refugees who want to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from neighbouring Republic of the Congo.

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NIGER: UNHCR and WFP chiefs highlight plight of Mali refugees in Niger

7 May 2012

NIAMEY, Niger, May 7 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has called on the international community to help Malian refugees and host communities in Niger and said a political solution was urgently needed to prevent the situation in the Sahel region from turning into a global crisis.

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RWANDA: Concerns about shelter as Congolese refugees arrive in Rwanda

7 May 2012

NKAMIRA TRANSIT CENTRE, Rwanda, May 7 (UNHCR) – Teenager Arsène is all alone in Rwanda; he was separated from his family in the rush to flee fighting between government forces and renegade troops in eastern Congo.

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DRC: Almost 20,000 flee fresh fighting in eastern Congo's North Kivu province

4 May 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 4 (UNHCR) – More than 20,000 people have fled fighting between government forces and renegade troops in eastern Congo in recent days and found shelter in areas near the provincial capital of Goma, UNHCR said Friday.

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OBO: LRA victims in Central African Republic dream of Kony's demise

3 May 2012

OBO, Central African Republic, May 3 (UNHCR) - The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been terrorizing south-east Central African Republic for years, forcing thousands to seek refuge in towns like Obo. But since the deployment here last October of US special forces, locals have begun hoping things will change and that LRA leader Joseph Kony will finally be captured.

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SOUTH SUDAN: South Kordofan refugees look back in worry

30 April 2012

LOLOGO, South Sudan, April 30 (UNHCR) - If years of war taught Helen Akompeo one thing, it's to run at the first sign of trouble. As a teenager, she survived Sudan's 22-year civil conflict by fleeing with her family into the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province. So when Antonov planes droned overhead and armed soldiers entered her village in June last year, her instincts kicked in.

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ETHIOPIA: Somali refugees in Ethiopia's Dollo Ado exceed 150,000 as rains hit camps

27 April 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that heavy rains have hit Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, damaging tents, flooding roads and affecting aid delivery. This comes as the refugee population in southern Ethiopia swells to more than 150,000.

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MYANMAR: UNHCR training propels young mechanic with drive to succeed

26 April 2012

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar, April 26 (UNHCR) – As a young boy, Nyi Nyi Naing dreamed of becoming a mechanic. When his parents died three years ago, the then 15-year-old knew he had to make his dream come true.

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KENYA: Thriving after a crisis: Security and refugee empowerment in Dadaab

26 April 2012

IFO CAMP, Kenya, April 26 (UNHCR) – Several weeks ago, eight-year-old Camilla Mohamed Ali arrived at the hospital severely malnourished, swelling with edema and in a coma. And for weeks she passed though the intricate, razor-like days during which she teetered between life and death.

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SUDAN: Recent fighting near Sudan-South Sudan border displaces 35,000

24 April 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, April 24 (UNHCR) – Recent fighting near the border between Sudan and South Sudan has displaced some 35,000 people in areas around Heglig, Talodi and other parts of Sudan's South Kordofan province.

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ECUADOR: Angelina Jolie visits Ecuador on first mission as UNHCR Special Envoy

23 April 2012

LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador, April 23 (UNHCR) – Angelina Jolie, making her third trip to meet Colombian refugees in Ecuador, has called on the government to keep an open asylum policy and maintain its tradition of helping vulnerable people in need.

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SYRIA: UNHCR warns of funding shortfall for operations to help Syrian refugees

20 April 2012

GENEVA, April 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said the United Nations and its partners are implementing essential programmes to assist Syrian refugees and their host communities despite the slow response to a funding appeal last month for US$84 million to help Syrians in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

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GENEVA: Annual IDP report shows conflicts uproot millions; six-fold increase in Middle East

19 April 2012

GENEVA, April 19 (UNHCR) – The Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) annual report on internal displacement said Thursday that there were 26.4 million people displaced within their own countries at the end of 2011, including 3.5 million forced to flee their homes during the year.

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GENEVA: Angelina Jolie appointed special envoy of UNHCR chief

17 April 2012

GENEVA, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie will take on a new and expanded role for UNHCR as Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres.

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MALI: UNHCR deeply concerned by deteriorating situation in Mali

3 April 2012

GENEVA, April 3 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it is "deeply concerned" by the deteriorating political and security situation in Mali, where thousands of people continue to flee their homes.

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LIBYA: Vulnerable Somalis suffer to reach Libya in search of safety and a future

2 April 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya, 02 April (UNHCR) – Hamda,* a mother of two, was beaten by smugglers, raped by armed men in Chad and jailed for a month in southern Libya. Twelve-year-old Abdul* ended up all on his own in a camp in Tripoli after his uncle died from malaria as they crossed the scorching Sahara.

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PAKISTAN: UNHCR assisting thousands displaced by security operation in Pakistan

30 March 2012

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 30 (UNHCR) – UNHCR, together with other UN agencies, is assisting tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in parts of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which border Afghanistan.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Recovering from the Lord's Resistance Army

30 March 2012

YAMBIO, South Sudan, March 30 (UNHCR) – It happened three years ago, but Anna* remembers it vividly. "They attacked our village on a Wednesday," she says. It was the school holidays and Anna, then 19, was visiting her parents in Gbado village in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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DRC: Hundreds more flee continuing LRA attacks in north-east Congo

30 March 2012

DUNGU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 30 (UNHCR) – Continuing attacks by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have displaced more than 1,200 people and killed two in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this month. This brings the known number of displaced in Orientale province this year to more than 4,200, but the figure could be higher.

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KENYA: Kenyan camp sees influx from Sudan, South Sudan

28 March 2012

KAKUMA, Kenya, March 27 (UNHCR) – When Kakuma camp was first set in 1992, it hosted thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Sudan. Twenty years later, the refugee camp in north-western Kenya is now filling up again with a new influx of people fleeing conflict in parts of South Sudan and Sudan.

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GENEVA: Asylum claims in industrialized countries up sharply in 2011

27 March 2012

GENEVA, March 27 (UNHCR) – A report released on Tuesday by the UN refugee agency shows that new conflicts and a rising outflow from older crisis spots such as Afghanistan together contributed to a 20 per cent rise in asylum claims in industrialized countries in 2011.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR fears effect of Sudan border insecurity on refugee safety in Yida

27 March 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, March 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that recurrent fighting in the Lake Jau border area is making it increasingly worried about the safety of Sudanese refugees in nearby Yida settlement.

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EGYPT: UNHCR works to improve conditions for hundreds at Egyptian border

22 March 2012

SALLUM, Egypt, March 22 (UNHCR) – The cramped site for refugees at the Sallum border crossing has to be one of the most difficult UNHCR is facing anywhere. "The location where the refugees and [other] people of concern are accommodated is, by any definition, in the wrong place," said Yvan Sturm, head of the UNHCR team in Sallum, where the agency has been providing vital protection assistance and material aid for the past year.

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MALI: As tens of thousands flee, UNHCR ups assistance to Malian refugees

20 March 2012

GENEVA, March 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it is boosting assistance to the thousands of Malians who have been uprooted by fighting between Tuareg rebels and Malian forces since mid-January.

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ETHIOPIA: Fear of compulsory recruitment drives Eritrean teen to flee home

19 March 2012

MAI-AINI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 19 (UNHCR) – Gebre* knew the dangers as well as any 13-year-old. He understood that to be captured fleeing his country by the Eritrean border guards could mean jail or worse. And anyone taking the route to Ethiopia via Sudan could be held for ransom.

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MALI: UNHCR set to help relocate thousands of Malian refugees from borders

14 March 2012

GENEVA, February 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it has begun planning with the governments of Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger to relocate refugees fleeing Mali to safer locations away from border areas.

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SYRIA: UNHCR appoints regional refugee coordinator for Syrian refugees

13 March 2012

GENEVA, March 13 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday the appointment of a veteran of emergency operations to coordinate its approach to the refugee crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries, which have received some 30,000 Syrian civilians.

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ETHIOPIA: Tribal clashes force 15,000 Lou Nuer people to flee to Ethiopia

13 March 2012

GENEVA, March 13 (UNHCR) – Some 15,000 Lou Nuer tribespeople have fled to western Ethiopia from South Sudan in recent weeks to escape clashes with a rival tribe and for fear of reprisal attacks.

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DRC: Congo arms depot blast victims crowd shelter sites in Brazzaville

12 March 2012

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, March 12 (UNHCR) – Chantal is desperate for shelter. The 43-year-old was among an estimated 14,000 people left homeless and in urgent need of assistance when an arms depot exploded on March 4 in an eastern district of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo.

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ETHIOPIA: Southern Sudanese refugees search for kin in Ethiopian camps

7 March 2012

SHERKOLE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 5 (UNHCR) – Everyone in this camp seems to be looking for someone. And those who have stopped searching are fighting off tears.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Hundreds flee fresh violence on Sudan-South Sudan border

6 March 2012

GENEVA, March 6 (UNHCR) – Hundreds of people have been fleeing to South Sudan's Upper Nile state and western Ethiopia to escape renewed fighting in disputed border areas between Sudan and South Sudan.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Back on track - Journey "home" to South Sudan

5 March 2012

KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 5 (UNHCR) – After months of living in limbo, some 1,400 southern Sudanese recently started the long journey to South Sudan on board the year's first southbound train from the Sudan capital of Khartoum.

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ETHIOPIA: Their lives in upheaval, refugee children in Ethiopia find solace in school

29 February 2012

TONGO Camp, Ethiopia, February 29 (UNHCR) – In a tent schoolroom near the top of a hill, the refugee children from Sudan sit shoulder-to-shoulder on wooden benches or on the dirt floor. The littlest ones make themselves at home in the front of the class so they can have a clear view of the blackboard.

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DRC: A Congolese refugee child dreams of going home

22 February 2012

BETOU, Republic of Congo, 22 February (UNHCR) – Obed speaks slowly, looking at the ground, as he describes what seemed an idyllic childhood before his family was forced to flee across the nearby river that separates his refugee camp from his homeland.

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KENYA: Dadaab - World's biggest refugee camp 20 years old

21 February 2012

GENEVA, 21 February (UNHCR) – This year is the 20th anniversary of the world's biggest refugee camp, Dadaab in north-eastern Kenya.

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SOMALIA: Thousands of Somalis flee renewed clashes into Mogadishu

17 February 2012

MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is calling for the protection of civilians as thousands of people flee escalating conflict in Somalia's Afgooye corridor.

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MALI: UNHCR boosts aid as Mali outflow doubles in size

17 February 2012

GAOUDEL, Niger, February 17 (UNHCR) – More than 44,000 people have fled the month-long violence in northern Mali, with arrival numbers in the region doubling in the last 10 days. This exodus could increase amid reports of fighting in areas bordering Algeria.

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DRC: Congolese mother seeks new birth back home

16 February 2012

BETOU, Republic of the Congo, February 16 (UNHCR) – She looks like an adolescent, but at 25 years of age, Odette already has five children of her own. The sixth will arrive next month, and she is hoping it will not be born in a refugee camp.

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SYDNEY: High Commissioner for Refugees begins visit to Australia

12 February 2012

United Nations High Commissione for Refugees, Antonio Guterrest, today began a four day mission to Australia which will take in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane in the coming days.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR seeks US$145 million to help tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees

10 February 2012

GENEVA, February 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called on donor nations for an additional US$145 million to fund its emergency aid operation for tens of thousands of civilians fleeing fighting in two Sudan states and seeking shelter in Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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DRC: Widow conquers her fears and ekes out a living in Congo exile

9 February 2012

BONDO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 8 (UNHCR) – When a vicious Ugandan rebel group forced Marianne and fellow villagers to flee their home in Central African Republic, there was one thing she feared more than anything.

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MALI: UNHCR steps up emergency response to crisis in Mali

7 February 2012

GENEVA, February 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday stepped up its response to the growing displacement crisis in Mali, launching an aid airlift with a flight to Nema in Mauritania carrying 300 tents. It was the first of four planned aid flights to countries sheltering civilians fleeing clashes in Mali between the armed forces and Tuareg rebels.

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MALI: UNHCR addresses needs of 20,000 forced to flee violence in Mali

7 February 2012

GENEVA, February 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has deployed emergency teams to countries surrounding Mali to help meet the needs of some 20,000 people who have been forced to flee fighting in the north of the country. Most of the displaced are in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

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MYANMAR: Karens in Kentucky find new life challenging

3 February 2012

LOUISVILLE, United States, February 3 (UNHCR) – One rainy winter day in a working class neighbourhood of Louisville, Kentucky, Hsar Say flipped through the classified ads looking for jobs while his wife cooked a fish curry in the kitchen of their damp basement apartment.

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DRC: UNHCR alarmed at reports of atrocities against displaced Congolese

3 February 2012

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it was alarmed by recent reports that Congolese civilians have been tortured and killed by armed groups entering camps for the internally displaced in the volatile province of North Kivu. The agency called for more security in and around the camps.

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PAKISTAN: Pakistan, UNHCR agree new regional approach to Afghan refugees

2 February 2012

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, February 2 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Thursday thanked Pakistan for its hospitality towards Afghan refugees while praising its continued commitment to finding lasting solutions to the situation.

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GENEVA: UNHCR project brings light, security and fuel-efficient cooking to refugees

26 January 2012

GENEVA, January 26 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR programme to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps has helped children with their studies and and improved safety for women and girls.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR alarmed at air raid on vulnerable refugees in South Sudan

24 January 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, January 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday condemned an air attack earlier this week that left at least one Sudanese boy injured and 14 other refugees missing in South Sudan.

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YEMEN: A record 103,000 refugees and migrants cross the high seas to Yemen in 2011

20 January 2012

GENEVA, January 20 (UNHCR) – Despite growing instability and a worsening security situation in Yemen, a record 103,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants risked the perilous high seas to reach the Middle East nation from Africa.

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DRC: More than 100,000 flee fresh violence in eastern Congo since November

20 January 2012

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is concerned about fresh violence in eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has forced more than 100,000 civilians to flee their homes since November.

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SUDAN: UNHCR chief ends Sudan visit with relief for 'old' refugees, risks for new ones

13 January 2012

KHARTOUM, Sudan, January 13 (UNHCR) – UN refugee agency chief António Guterres ended a visit to Sudan this week by hailing efforts towards lasting solutions for thousands of long-staying refugees in eastern Sudan, while raising concerns about the trafficking of vulnerable people in the region, including asylum-seekers.

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TIMOR-LESTE: Timor-Leste vows never to turn back on refugees as UNHCR office closes

12 January 2012

DILI, Timor-Leste, January 12 (UNHCR) – In a ceremony filled with personal reminiscences, Timor Leste's President José Ramos-Horta on Thursday thanked the UN refugee agency for helping see his young country through the humanitarian crises of its early years.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR chief appeals for massive humanitarian support for South Sudan

9 January 2012

DORO CAMP, South Sudan, January 9 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to provide "massive" humanitarian support for South Sudan, which faces major forced displacement crises.

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UGANDA: UNHCR wraps up one of world's biggest IDP operations in Uganda

6 January 2012

GULU, Uganda, January 6 (UNHCR) – Lucky David Wilson was born in a war zone in troubled times, but somehow manages to live up to his name.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Running on empty, Sudanese refugees urged to leave unsafe border site

30 December 2011

UNITY STATE, South Sudan, December 30 (UNHCR) – Bombs fell from the Southern Kordofan sky and Zahara* could hear them as they crashed into her village. The 20-year-old heard the explosions and she grabbed her two children and ran. She ran from her home in Lehemid in the Nuba mountains and to the next town.

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PHILIPPINES: In flood-hit Philippines, UNHCR aid offers a glimmer of hope

28 December 2011

MANDULOG, Philippines, December 28 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency began working with communities affected by the Mindanao conflict in May 2010. Shortly after tropical storm Washi hit, it joined the UN response to support government relief efforts, as the lead agency for the protection cluster. UNHCR decided to target its first emergency assistance to communities that have suffered a double whammy - weakened by years of conflict and now hit by floods.

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Q&A: Top UNHCR official optimistic after "significant" visit to Myanmar

13 December 2011

GENEVA, December 13 (UNHCR) – Erika Feller, the UN refugee agency's most senior protection official, recently paid a significant visit to Myanmar, where UNHCR has operations in Rakhine state in the west, and in the south-east of the country, where displacement along the Mynamar-Thai border is an issue. UNHCR estimates that northern Rakhine state hosts some 750,000 Muslim residents without citizenship. Independent observers have noticed important openings for humanitarian operations in Myanmar since the forming of a new government late last year. For the Assistant High Commissioner, this was reflected in more open and productive meetings with ministers and other senior officials and the permission given her to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Feller spoke to UNHCR public information officers Babar Baloch and Leo Dobbs about her trip: Excerpts from the interview:

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ETHIOPIA: From oil to toil, Thai worker leaves Ethiopia camp with UNHCR help

12 December 2011

ASSOSA, Ethiopia, December 12 (UNHCR) – In a remote corner of Ethiopia, home to more than 9,000 refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile state, one man stuck out like a sore thumb. For weeks, 65-year-old Buntha Mkewyu ate, slept and lived alongside his Sudanese friends in Tongo refugee camp, but it was clear he didn't quite belong.

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NEW YORK: UNHCR chief Guterres warns of security, displacement threats from climate change

23 November 2011

NEW YORK, United States, November 22 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today warned the UN Security Council in New York of the growing threat to international peace and security from climate change and its interaction with other mass displacement factors.

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SUDAN: UNHCR concerned about thousands of refugees in South Sudan border areas

18 November 2011

GENEVA, November 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed concern about the security of thousands of refugees in South Sudan border areas as fighting in neighbouring Sudan continues to drive civilians across the frontier.

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PAKISTAN: Survey of Afghan refugees in Pakistan will help plot future course

16 November 2011

ATTOCK, Pakistan, November 16 (UNHCR) – Haji Saadat never imagined he would spend more than three decades in exile when he first fled Afghanistan and took refuge in Pakistan.

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SOMALIA: Poor weather, conflict exacerbate dire situation for Somali civilians

11 November 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 11 (UNHCR) – Continuing conflict and bad weather in Somalia are further aggravating the dire humanitarian situation in Somalia. UNHCR staff in the south-western border town of Dobley say fewer refugees are crossing into Kenya. Rains which have made roads impassable and fear of being caught up in conflict are being cited as the main reasons.

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THAILAND: Thailand's epic floods no barrier to service

9 November 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 9 (UNHCR) – Thailand's worst floods in more than 50 years have killed more than 500 people and affected nearly 3 million, but the UN refugee agency continues to deliver uninterrupted services to nearly 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers here.

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ETHIOPIA: Unaccompanied Somali teens at risk in bid to reach safety in Ethiopia

30 October 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, September 30 (UNHCR) – When Hassen Ibrahim arrived recently in Ethiopia, the teenager had not seen his parents for more than two years. "As the eldest son, I stayed behind to take care of my grandmother, who was too sick to travel," explained the 15-year-old, shortly after crossing into eastern Ethiopia after fleeing drought-hit Somalia.

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ETHIOPIA: Some 2,000 Sudanese refugees flee bombing raids in Blue Nile state

28 October 2011

ASSOSA, Ethiopia, October 28 (UNHCR) – Air attacks this week in Sudan's Blue Nile state have driven almost 2,000 Sudanese civilians to cross the border and seek shelter in the Kurmuk area of western Ethiopia.

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SOMALIA: Almost 320,000 civilians flee Somalia this year, including 20,000 to Yemen

21 October 2011

GENEVA, October 21 (UNHCR) –The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia has forced almost 320,000 Somalis to flee their country so far this year. "While the majority are seeking safety and aid in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, many Somalis continue to head northwards to embark on the risky sea journey across the Gulf of Aden," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva on Friday.

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SUDAN: UNHCR moves Sudanese refugees away from volatile border area

20 October 2011

ASSOSA, Ethiopia, October 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has started moving some 600 Sudanese refugees away from border areas amid fears that fighting inside Sudan could spill across the border into Ethiopia.

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GENEVA: Asylum applications in industrialized countries rise in first six months in 2011

18 October 2011

GENEVA, October 18 (UNHCR) –Industrialized countries saw a 17 per cent increase in asylum applications in the first half of this year, with most claimants coming from countries with long-standing displacement situations.

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PAKISTAN: Pakistan floods bring further pain to a life marked by loss

11 October 2011

SANGHAR, Pakistan, October 11 (UNHCR) – Imya Kolhu's life had already been touched by tragedy before her home was inundated. The floods which struck last month collapsed her house, fatally injuring her grandson and snatching away what little hope she had for the future.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR faces challenges helping Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

11 October 2011

KURMUK, Ethiopia, October 11 (UNHCR) – Gisman Usman slept when the Antonov bomber arrived. She didn't hear its drone, even when it circled her village in the Sudan. And so when the 20-year-old woke to the blast of a bomb ripping away the back of her tin roof house, the first thought in her mind was to run. But she couldn't move. In an instant, her left leg had become nothing.

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PHILIPPINES: Mindanao's indigenous people ask UNHCR's help to gain their rights

10 October 2011

TIMANAN VILLAGE, Philippines, October 10 (UNHCR) – Probably few people have more right to complain than the 300 remote forest dwellers outside this small village. Chased from their ancestral mountaintop land by unidentified armed men six times since 1990, they finally fled for good just over a year ago after two of their number were killed.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief seeks more international support to solve the Somali refugee situation

7 October 2011

GENEVA, October 7 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres wrapped up the annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee, or ExCom, on Friday with a fresh call for international support to find a solution to the plight of Somali refugees.

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PAKISTAN: Floodwaters recede, urgent humanitarian needs remain

5 October 2011

SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, October 5 (UNHCR) – As UNHCR continues to distribute tents and other emergency relief supplies to thousands of flood victims in southern Pakistan, many of the displaced are still living in precarious conditions, untouched by aid efforts.

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SOMALIA: Angelina Jolie appeals to governments to step up life-saving efforts in the Horn of Africa

4 October 2011

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie on Tuesday urged the international community to scale up its efforts to deal with the crisis in the Horn of Africa, saying the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees depended on it.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR concerned about fresh violence

4 October 2011

GENEVA, October 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it is "very concerned" by the latest escalation of violence in southern Somalia. The renewed clashes between opposing armed groups are further exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation.

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ETHIOPIA: Thousands more flee air strikes in Sudan's Blue Nile State

27 September 2011

ASSOSA, Ethiopia, September 27 (UNHCR) – A fresh wave of air strikes in Sudan's Blue Nile State since last Wednesday has sent increasing numbers of refugees fleeing into Ethiopia, with some 1,500 pouring through the Kurmuk border crossing last Friday alone. The latest bombs reportedly fell Monday.

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PAKISTAN: UNHCR steps up assistance to Pakistan flood victims

20 September 2011

BADIN, Pakistan, September 20 (UNHCR) – UNHCR teams are ramping up their distribution of tents and other emergency aid supplies to families displaced by severe flooding in Pakistan. The refugee agency has committed to supplying 70,000 tents and 70,000 emergency aid kits containing household items as well as other relief items to flood victims.

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SOMALIA: Somali refugees learn to live together in new tented town rising in Kenya

19 September 2011

IFO EXTENSION, Kenya, September 19 (UNHCR) – In a windy desert camp, two women vigorously insult each other over who will be the first to fill their plastic can with water. Either side of a standpipe, they hurl epithets. For much of their lives, the women have been accustomed to travelling several kilometres for the precious substance and it is a resource worth battling over. Arguments such as this can quickly evolve into blood feuds involving entire families.

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SYDNEY: Killara High School selected as first to take part in ground-breaking new program

19 September 2011

Sydney's Killara High School has today been announced as the first school in the world to participate in Australia for UNHCR's Here & There education project which provides the opportunity for a live link with school children in a refugee camp in Africa.

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SOMALIA: Health situation improves for Somalis in Ethiopia; World Bank grants US$30 million to help refugees

16 September 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that as Somali refugees continue to arrive daily in Ethiopia, the health and nutrition situation is improving in the camps they are heading for.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Thousands flee to South Sudan to escape clashes in Southern Kordofan

16 September 2011

JUAB, South Sudan, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that more than 8,000 civilians have fled into the newly independent South Sudan to escape fighting in a volatile border state of Sudan.

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LIBYA UPDATE: 16 September, 2011

16 September 2011

UNHCR and partners in Libya continue to be concerned about the situation of third-country nationals, including refugees. UNHCR and IOM have been working closelywith the National Transitional Council Stabilization Team to try to improve theprotection situation for refugees and migrants.

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PAKISTAN: UNHCR delivers tents, relief supplies to flood-ravaged areas of Pakistan

14 September 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, September 14 (UNHCR) – Following a request by Pakistan for international humanitarian assistance in responding to severe flooding, UNHCR is sending thousands of family tents and other crucial relief supplies to affected communities in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

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DRC: Refugee returnees in eastern Congo get title deeds for first time

14 September 2011

UVIRA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 14 (UNHCR) – Fifteen years after losing everything he owned and fleeing overseas, a joyous Salumu clutches a document that he believes holds the key to a new, better life.

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SOMALIA: Children bear brunt of Somali refugee crisis

6 September 2011

Somali children are the biggest victims of the refugee crisis in the Horn of Africa, according to the latest profiling data collected by UNHCR in Ethiopia. The most recent demographic breakdown of the Somali influx into Ethiopia shows that children under the age of 18 are the largest age group among refugees. Overall, they account for some 80 per cent of the 121,000 refugees sheltered in four camps in south-eastern Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado region.

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KENYA: Back to school in the world's largest refugee camp

5 September 2011

DADAAB, Kenya, September 5 (UNHCR) – The new academic year got under way on Monday in the world's largest refugee camp complex, with some 43,000 Somali children turning up for classes at Dadaab in north-east Kenya.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR chief visits Mogadishu, urges massive humanitarian assistance

1 September 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 1 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres urged the international community to rapidly increase aid to displaced Somalis during a landmark visit to the capital, Mogadishu.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR chief Guterres calls for scaled-up aid effort inside Somalia

30 August 2011

DOLLOW, Somalia, August 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres visited Somalia on Tuesday and called for greater efforts to provide life-saving aid to tens of thousands of displaced Somalis inside their country.

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KENYA: IKEA Foundation gives UNHCR US$62 million for Somali refugees in Kenya

30 August 2011

GENEVA, August 30 (UNHCR) – The IKEA Foundation has donated US$62 million to UNHCR for the agency's expanding operation to help tens of thousands of Somali civilians at the huge Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya.

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SOMALIA: Somali exodus slows in Horn of Africa but grows in Yemen

26 August 2011

GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – The number of people fleeing their homes in Somalia on a daily basis has been falling this month, but a growing number of Somalis have been risking the high seas to reach Yemen.

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ETHIOPIA: Saving Somali children: Striving to stave off a health crisis in Ethiopian camp

26 August 2011

KOBE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, August 26 (UNHCR) – Every grave tells a story and today the gravedigger relates the tale of a little Somali girl. First, she had diarrhoea. Then a fever and rashes surfaced on her body. Her eyes turned red. Over five days her condition grew worse. Finally, 10-year-old Hawaba Maday Issak perished. She was the fourth child in her family to die in the last 45 days.

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LIBYA: UNHCR concerned as sub-Saharan Africans targeted in Libya

26 August 2011

GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has issued a strong call for sub-Saharan Africans to be protected in Libya as reports emerge from Tripoli of people being targeted because of their colour as the city fell to rebel forces.

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LIBYA: UNHCR chief Guterres calls for safety of third-country nationals in Libya

22 August 2011

GENEVA, August 22 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today called on all sides of the conflict in Libya to ensure that the thousands of third-country nationals trapped in Tripoli and other areas by the continuing fighting are properly protected from harm.

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KENYA: UNHCR distributes aid to 30,000 displaced Somalis in past week

19 August 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it is continuing to distribute emergency aid to displaced people in southern and central Somalia, reaching some 30,000 of them this week alone.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR aid makes a difference in Mogadishu, but still not enough

18 August 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 18 (UNHCR) – Kadija is in shock. Over the past two weeks, the 32-year-old Somali has lost her livelihood, fled her rural home and ended up in a dismal settlement in one of the most dangerous cities on earth.

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HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS: Aid efforts in the Horn of Africa need to be scaled up further, says UN Relief Chief

17 August 2011

The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to further scale up efforts to assist the millions of people suffering in Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa, warning that more lives will be lost to famine and disease without urgent action.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR addresses "alarming" level of child mortality in Ethiopian camp

16 August 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, August 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that child mortality rates at a camp for Somali refugees in eastern Ethiopia have reached "alarming" levels, with an average of 10 children under the age of five dying every day since the facility opened in June.

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HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS - Humanitarian Update

12 August 2011

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 12 August 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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KENYA: UNHCR readies for transfer of Somali refugees to new camp areas

12 August 2011

DADAAB, Kenya, August 11 (UNHCR) – Staff from UNHCR and partner organizations were on Friday completing preparations for moving Somali refugee families from this weekend into a new area of the Dadaab refugee camp complex in northern Kenya.

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KENYA: Helping the most vulnerable in Dadaab

10 August 2011

DADAAB, Kenya, August 10 (UNHCR) – Her right leg is twisted outward at a 45-degree angle just below the kneecap. And when Bishara Hassan Hussein steps forward with her baby wrapped against her body, it seems as though she has a branch sticking out from her body. The leg throbs with a constant pain, especially when she walks fast or for long distances.

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SYDNEY: Australia for UNHCR and ABC announce East Africa and Horn of Africa Appeal

10 August 2011

Australia for UNHCR, the Australian fundraising arm of the United Nations Refugee Agency, together with the ABC, today announced a key partnership with ABC Radio and TV networks to raise awareness of the crisis situation in the Horn of Africa.

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ETHIOPIA: In Ethiopia, UNHCR moves more Somalis into new camp amid measles vaccination

9 August 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, August 9 (UNHCR) – Some 4,000 Somali refugees have been moved to a new camp in Ethiopia in an ongoing operation to decongest areas hosting recent arrivals from famine-hit Somalia.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR launches landmark aid airlift to Mogadishu

8 August 2011

GENEVA, August 8 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR-chartered aircraft carrying emergency aid for thousands of displaced people landed on Monday afternoon in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. It was the first UNHCR aid airlift to the beleaguered city in five years.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR helps relocate Somali refugees to new camp in eastern Ethiopia

5 August 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, August 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, in partnership with the Ethiopian government and the International Organization for Migration, on Friday began the relocation of nearly 15,000 Somali refugees who have been living in a crowded transit centre in the eastern region of Dollo Ado.

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SOMALIA: Fighting hampers aid effort inside Somalia amid fears of spreading famine

2 August 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency's plans to deliver assistance to up to 180,000 people in Mogadishu and south-central Somalia are being threatened by the latest fighting in the Somali capital.

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SOMALIA: Drought and displacement in Somalia: Fleeing from dust and starvation

2 August 2011

DAGAHALEY REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, August 2 (UNHCR) – Abdulahi Haji Hassan gazes at the exhausted and confused faces of his family and contemplates the toll that drought and famine has taken on their lives. His two-year-old son, Madey, leans listlessly against his mother's breast.

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LONDON: Telecoms operator Lebara supports education for displaced children

2 August 2011

LONDON, United Kingdom, August 2 (UNHCR) – A leading European telecoms operator, Lebara, has this week launched a fund-raising drive to support UNHCR-run programmes to help more than 100,000 displaced children go to school in six countries around the world.

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ZAMBIA: Zambia's oldest refugee celebrates 100th birthday

2 August 2011

MAYUKWAYUKWA, Zambia, Aug 2 (UNHCR) – As fellow Angolan refugees sang, danced and ululated, Erculano Salugardo celebrated his 100th birthday with gifts, toasts and goodwill messages in one of Africa's oldest refugee settlements.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR transfers Somalis to new camp as fresh fighting erupts in Mogadishu

29 July 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reiterated on Friday that a new camp in north-east Kenya was open and receiving thousands of Somali refugees as renewed fighting in Mogadishu raised fresh concerns about the safety of civilians in the beleaguered city.

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KYRGYZSTAN: UNHCR sends 250 tents for quake-displaced in Kyrgyzstan

29 July 2011

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, July 29 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has provided 250 family tents to house an estimated 2,000 people left homeless in Kyrgyzstan by last week's earthquake on the border with Uzbekistan.

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BANGLADESH: UNHCR helps flood victims in Bangladesh

29 July 2011

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, July 29 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has distributed aid to hundreds of villagers displaced by floods in the Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh earlier this month.

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EAST AFRICA: UNHCR seeks US$145 million in fresh appeal for Horn of Africa emergency

28 July 2011

GENEVA, July 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed for an extra US$8.6 million to expand its humanitarian assistance in the East and Horn of Africa. This comes as severe famine and continuing violence aggravate the mass displacement of people both inside Somalia and across its borders.

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GENEVA: UNHCR offices mark 60th anniversary of landmark UN Refugee Convention

28 July 2011

GENEVA, July 28 (UNHCR) – UNHCR offices around the world on Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention – the legal foundation on which most of the agency's work worldwide is based. The landmark comes at a time when forced displacement has become increasingly complex and as developing countries struggle to host millions of refugees.

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CONGO: Longing to Go Back - Congolese returnee impressed by changes at home

28 July 2011

DOLISIE, Republic of Congo, July 28 (UNHCR) – Joseph Pepidi is staggered at the changes in his home town after living in neighbouring Gabon for the past 12 years. He's also delighted and wishes he'd returned from enforced exile earlier

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PAKISTAN: One year after Pakistan floods, humanitarian efforts for victims continue

28 July 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 27 (UNHCR) – One year after the onset of the worst flooding in Pakistan's history, efforts to aid those who lost everything in the disaster continue, with UNHCR working to provide 45,000 vulnerable families with new homes.

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GENEVA: UNHCR Statement on the Australia-Malaysia Arrangement

25 July 2011

UNHCR notes the signature today of a bilateral Arrangement between Australia and Malaysia on transfer and resettlement.

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SOMALIA: Famine victims converge on Mogadishu; region's camps report deaths

22 July 2011

GENEVA, July 22 (UNHCR) – Uprooted by famine and conflict, more than 20,000 desperate people have sought refuge in the Somali capital Mogadishu so far this month. Thousands more continue to flee into the region, some on the brink of death.

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GENEVA: UN Declares Famine in Somalia

21 July 2011

The United Nations has declared a famine in southern Somalia, as East Africa countries are experiencing the worst drought for 60 years. The UN defines famine as a “humanitarian catastrophe.” This is an extreme social upheaval with complete lack of food access, so basic needs can’t be met. The result is mass starvation, death and displacement. So far over 10 million people have been affected in the region.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR boosts aid delivery inside Somalia

19 July 2011

GENEVA, July 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is increasing the delivery of emergency aid in Somalia's south and west while tracking the movement of people into neighbouring countries in order to improve assistance.

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KENYA: UNHCR starts emergency airlift of tents to Kenya, Ethiopia

18 July 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 18 (UNHCR) – The first airlifts of UNHCR tents have arrived in Ethiopia and Kenya and are being rushed to the borders with Somalia to shelter thousands of emaciated Somali refugees fleeing conflict and drought.

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KENYA: UNHCR welcomes camp extension at Dadaab, Kenya

15 July 2011

GENEVA, July 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has welcomed Kenya's decision to open a new camp extension for Somali refugees fleeing conflict and drought back home. This extension will help to ease pressure on existing camps struggling to absorb tens of thousands of new arrivals.

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PAKISTAN: UNHCR steps up aid as tens of thousands displaced in Pakistan's border area

12 July 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 12 (UNHCR) – Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Pakistan’s Kurram agency as the military expands anti-insurgent operations in the country’s north-west. The UN refugee agency is stepping up aid efforts following a UN assessment mission last weekend.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Displacement scenarios surrounding South Sudan secession

11 July 2011

GENEVA, July 11 (UNHCR) – As South Sudan became an independent country last weekend, the UN refugee agency joined the international community in welcoming this historic event. However, there are a number of ongoing displacement situations affecting the country. Dominik Bartsch, UNHCR Operations Manager for Chad and Sudan, recently spoke to Geneva-based journalists on the issue.

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KENYA: "We're in a crisis right now": World's biggest refugee camp sees alarming spike in child deaths

11 July 2011

DADAAB, Kenya, July 11 (UNHCR) – With the worst drought in 60 years gripping huge swathes of east Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres spent Sunday touring this vast refugee complex to see for himself the desperate situation for the thousands of Somalis now arriving here every week.

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SOMALIA: UN Official Urges Massive Response for World's 'Worst Humanitarian Disaster'

11 July 2011

SOMALIA: Having witnessed the dire humanitarian situation in Somalia first-hand, the head of the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for greater resources to provide assistance to people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa country.

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ETHIOPIA: UNHCR appeals for $136.3 million as Horn of Africa crisis grows

8 July 2011

DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, July 8 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has appealed for $136.3 million to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe amid a growing exodus of Somalis fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland.

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SOMALIA: UNHCR concerned about malnutrition levels among new Somali refugees

5 July 2011

GENEVA, July 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is concerned about the high incidence of malnutrition among Somali refugees flowing into Ethiopia and Kenya amid a devastating drought in their conflict-racked country.

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY: UNHCR report finds 80 per cent of world's refugees in developing countries

20 June 2011

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR report released today reveals deep imbalance in international support for the world's forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world's refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialized ones.

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY: UNHCR chief appeals to industrialized world as annual celebrations get under way

20 June 2011

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – As UNHCR celebrated World Refugee Day during the agency's 60th anniversary year, High Commissioner António Guterres appealed on Monday to industrialized countries to do more to help developing nations in dealing with huge refugee populations.

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SYDNEY: Connecting Schools To Everywhere

20 June 2011

20 June 2011 - Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's charity in Australia, has partnered with Skype to offer a world-first educational opportunity to an Australian school. The Here & There program will team an Australian school with the Australian-funded school at Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda, with the children involved given the chance to work together on a creative project to learn more about each other's lives.

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LIBYA: Angelina Jolie and UNHCR chief Guterres visit boat people on Italian island

19 June 2011

LAMPEDUSA ISLAND, Italy, June 19 (UNHCR) – Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and UNHCR chief António Guterres met boat people, including unaccompanied minors, on a tiny Italian island on Sunday and remembered those who have lost their lives trying to reach Lampedusa by sea from Africa.

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LIBYA: UNHCR chief returns to Tunisia to meet refugees from Libya

17 June 2011

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, June 17 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres returned this week to North Africa and issued a fresh call for the international community to help countries like Tunisia who have sheltered hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence in Libya.

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SYRIA: Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey

17 June 2011

HATAY PROVINCE, Turkey, June 17 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie travelled on Friday to Turkey's border with Syria, meeting with many of the refugees who have fled their country in recent weeks.

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SUDAN: UNHCR seeks access to tens of thousands of displaced Sudanese

14 June 2011

GENEVA, June 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency called Tuesday on local and central authorities to allow air and road access for humanitarian agencies trying to help thousands of forcibly displaced people in the capital of Sudan's Southern Kordofan border state.

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GENEVA: UNHCR plans rich World Refugee Day programme during 60th year

10 June 2011

GENEVA, June 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, in its 60th year, will mark World Refugee Day with a rich and varied programme of events in locations worldwide and the launch of a new global awareness campaign.

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KYRGYZSTAN: UNHCR calls for confidence-building to sustain returns to south Kyrgyzstan

10 June 2011

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, June 10 (UNHCR) – A year after violence erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan, tens of thousands of people are still unable to go home. The UN refugee agency has called for more confidence-building efforts to ensure sustainable returns and genuine reconciliation.

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PAKISTAN: Three years after fleeing conflict, thousands in Pakistan return home

7 June 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 7 (UNHCR) – More than 38,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) have headed home as the latest phase of a return operation in north-western Pakistan was completed over the weekend.

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LIBYA: UN teams find displaced people, growing needs in Libya's conflict zones

7 June 2011

MISRATA/ZLITAN, Libya, June 7 (UNHCR) – An estimated 74,000 people are displaced in conflict zones south and east of Libyan capital Tripoli as months of fighting and sanctions threaten to deplete basic supplies and services.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges states to redefine response to climate-induced displacement

6 June 2011

OSLO, Norway, June 6 (UNHCR) – The world needs to urgently redefine its response to natural disasters and displacement, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today as he urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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BANGKOK: Nearly 100 Pakistani refugees freed from detention in Bangkok

6 June 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand, June 6 (UNHCR) – Even though he's 35, Monday felt like the first day of his life for Pakistani refugee Tahir Mehmood. He was released after six months in an immigration detention centre in the Thai capital along with 93 other refugees, locked up merely for being refugees.

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SOMALIA: 50,000 civilians flee Somalia in first quarter, double from a year earlier

29 May 2011

GENEVA, April 29 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that an increasing number of Somali civilians were fleeing their country amid the deteriorating security situation, with 50,000 arriving in neighbouring countries in the first quarter of this year compared to 23,000 in the same period in 2010.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: Stranded Liberian refugees return home from Côte d'Ivoire

27 May 2011

MONROVIA, Liberia, May 27 (UNHCR) – More than 200 Liberian refugees have ended months of ordeal in strife-torn Côte d'Ivoire by returning home as the UN refugee agency resumed airlifts to Liberia this week.

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TUNISIA: UNHCR urges more international support to ease tensions at Tunisia border camp

27 May 2011

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, May 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has urged donor and resettlement countries to step up assistance for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in this week's disturbances at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.

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PAKISTAN: Q&A: In refugee situation spanning decades, one ministry leads response

26 May 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 26 (UNHCR) – For more than 30 years, Pakistan has been host to one of the largest and longest-running refugee situations in the world. Beginning with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, successive waves of Afghans have sought refuge in neighbouring Pakistan. After the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in late 2001, many again returned home. Still, some 1.7 million Afghan refugees remain in Pakistan. Responsibility for the Afghan population has always fallen on Pakistan's Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). Dr. Imram Zeb is SAFRON's Joint Secretary and he recently spoke with UNHCR's Tim Irwin in his office in Islamabad. Excerpts from the interview...

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SYRIA: UNHCR works with Lebanon to help thousands fleeing Syria violence

20 May 2011

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is taking part in efforts to help thousands of Syrians who have fled violence in their country and escaped to the border areas of Wadi Khaled and Tall Bire in northern Lebanon.

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LIBYA: Hundreds risk return to Libya in bid to reach Europe by boat

17 May 2011

GENEVA, May 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that hundreds of displaced people have been crossing back into Libya from Tunisia and Egypt with the intention of boarding boats to reach Europe.

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LIBYA: Death on the Mediterranean

13 May 2011

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, May 13 (UNHCR) – Bayisa* has suffered a lot in his short life, but nothing prepared him and his two friends, Gudissa* and Nagassa,* for the ordeal the three Ethiopian refugees faced, and barely survived, on the high seas between Libya and Italy.

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GENEVA: UNHCR seeks better rescue mechanisms after Mediterranean drownings

10 May 2011

GENEVA, May 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday lamented the latest drowning deaths of people fleeing Libya by boat and reiterated a call for European nations to urgently improve mechanisms for rescue at sea.

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GENEVA: Boat carrying 600 sinks off Tripoli, five boats rescued by Italian coastguard

10 May 2011

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 May 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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NEW YORK TIMES: Look Who's Coming to Europe

9 May 2011

I recall vividly the intoxicating feeling of freedom and promise brought about by the “Carnation Revolution” in my native Portugal in 1974. I was 25 years old. Five decades of dictatorship had led us into economic stultification and costly, indefensible colonial wars. Suddenly there was democracy, or at least a plausible possibility of it, together with the stabilizing and enriching prospect of greater integration into Europe.

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PAKISTAN: Flood-affected Indus River boat people seek a more stable way of life

5 May 2011

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan, May 5 (UNHCR) – Dilbar and Sakina have spent most of their lives living in riverboats on the Indus, desperately in need of assistance but unable to access Pakistan government support programmes.

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WASHINGTON: UNHCR chief calls for increased support to refugee-hosting countries

4 May 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, United States, May 4 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has called on the international community for stronger global solidarity to help tackle current humanitarian crises and upheaval.

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LIBYA:Number of civilians to flee Libya's Western Mountains nears 40,000

3 May 2011

DEHIBA, Tunisia, May 3 (UNHCR) – Thousands of ethnic Berbers from Libya have fled into Tunisia after a brief hiatus in their exodus last week because of fighting between Libyan government troops and opposition forces for control of a border crossing point.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: Humanitarian situation in Côte d'Ivoire remains alarming

3 May 2011

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 3 (UNHCR) – Field teams from the UN refugee agency say the humanitarian situation in Côte d'Ivoire remains alarming for tens of thousands of civilians despite improved security across the country.

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BELGIUM: Growing numbers of unaccompanied minors seek asylum in Belgium

2 May 2011

STEENOKKERZEEL, Belgium, May 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and the Belgian government are increasingly alarmed at the rising number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the Western European country and at how young many of them are.

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LIBYA: Exodus of Berbers to southern Tunisia interrupted by border clashes

29 April 2011

RAS ADJIR, Tunisia, April 29 (UNHCR) – Fighting for control of a crossing point on the Tunisia-Libya border appears to have interrupted the exodus of civilians fleeing from Libya's Western Mountains.

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SYDNEY: UNHCR calls for more funding support for Libya as it airlifts the first humanitarian supplies into Benghazi

29 April 2011

UNHCR calls for more funding support for Libya as it airlifts the first humanitarian supplies into Benghazi

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LIBYA: More civilians flee Libya's Western Mountains, new aid reaches the east

26 April 2011

GENEVA, April 26 (UNHCR) – The number of civilians fleeing to southern Tunisia to escape fighting and shelling in Libya's Western Mountains within the past month has passed the 30,000 mark.

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