From the Field
UNHCR has a global network of information officers and others who report daily on the agency's varied activities on behalf of uprooted people around the world. This information is released locally to media and others, or sent to Geneva headquarters for editing before it is released in the form of press releases, web stories or by the UNHCR spokesperson at twice-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, the UN's European headquarters. UNHCR's presence in more than 125 countries, including in some of the most remote and difficult places on Earth, gives it access to news and information that are not available from anyone else. Our global communications network strives to provide timely, accurate and newsworthy information on all of the UNHCR's activities to generate awareness of and support for the refugee cause. First-hand reports, feature stories and graphics from distant field operations as well as from Geneva headquarters and world capitals are posted daily on the UNHCR website, making it an authoritative source on some of the biggest news events of the day.
Young radio reporters travel to northern Myanmar's Kachin state to interview young internally displaced people about their challenges and hopes.
The volatile security situation is hindering access for humanitarian workers to all affected areas and the growing insecurity in the region is making the provision of protection very challenging.
Many people are still on the move and UNHCR, alongside others in the humanitarian community, is striving to locate them and provide life-saving assistance.
The reduction in reported cholera cases is largely due to the concerted approach to contain the spread of the outbreak through intensified measures to promote hygiene.
Xenophobic violence in South Africa has forced thousands of refugees to flee their homes, and now many are turning to UNHCR for help.
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in Thailand to discuss refugees, migrants at sea
- Fighting in northern Mali forces thousands to flee their homes
- Thousands fleeing violence in Ramadi and surrounds struggle to reach safety
- Tanzania cholera epidemic deaths among Burundian refugees and local population halted, new cases down sharply
- Cholera epidemic among refugee and host communities in Tanzania claims 31 lives, situation worsening
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- Statement by Volker Türk, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, at the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean 29 May 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
- UNHCR welcomes Bangkok proposals, calls for creative solutions for refugees, migrants at sea
- UNHCR and partners appeal for US$207 million for Burundi Emergency
- UNHCR Statement on Southeast Asia Sea Movements
- 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