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Walid Sheikhmouss Hussein lives in Beirut with his wife Halima […]
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Stateless in Beirut

Added: 07 Aug 2015

Since Lebanon was established as a country in the 1920s there has been a long-standing stateless population in the country. There are three main causes for this: the exclusion of certain persons from the latest national census of 1932; legal gaps which deny nationality to some group of individuals; […]
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A child fleeing war in Syria is lifted over a border fence at […]

Thousands of desperate Syrian refugees seek safety in Turkey after outbreak of fresh fighting

Added: 17 Jun 2015

Renewed fighting in northern Syria since June 3 has sent a further 23,135 refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province. Some 70 per cent of these are women and children, according to information received by UNHCR this week. Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping […]
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Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the […]

Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

Added: 17 Jun 2015

Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast. Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now uprooted. If displacement was the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest. UNHCR's new annual Global Trends report […]
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Desperate Rohingya, crowded onto a vessel that came to be known […]

Desperation on the Andaman Sea

Added: 22 May 2015

For days, they were an undertow, an unseen tide of people adrift in the Andaman Sea. UNHCR and its partners had warned that thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis were held captive at sea, then abandoned as their crew fled government crackdowns on smuggling and trafficking networks. Then a green boat […]
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Yacoub and his family fled inter-communal violence in Myanmar's […]
©S.H. Omi

Exodus from the Bay of Bengal

Added: 11 May 2015

Their stories are harrowing, detailing abuse on overcrowded smugglers' boats from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Those who survive suffer further violence - sometimes fatal - in jungle camps, until their relatives can pay for their release. Yet Rohingya and Bangladeshis continue to sail from the Bay of Bengal […]
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