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.
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.
Three years after crossing the mountains from Eritrea, a 17-year old Eritrean refugee is attending the United World College in Maastricht.
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.
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.
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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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Bulgaria: UNHCR says asylum conditions improved, warns against transfer of vulnerable people
- UNHCR flies in more aid for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia; relocates refugees to higher ground as rainy season approaches
- Aerial attacks stoke fears among refugees in Yida, South Sudan
- CAR refugees attacked as they flee to Cameroon
- Mediterranean crossings rise in first months of 2014 – many fleeing war and persecution
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara
- Kenya: UNHCR disturbed by arrests and deportations of Somali refugees
- UNHCR and partners seeking $US274 million to meet acute needs of those fleeing the Central African Republic
- UNHCR, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) Reach Eastern Aleppo with Truckloads of Aid
- Kuwait gives US$ 100 million to UNHCR for Syria operations