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Dollow: Help inside Somalia

Added: 26 Sep 2011

Dollow is a dusty Somali border town with a bridge, 3 km from the Dollo Ado refugee camps across the river in Ethiopia. But many of Dollow's most recent inhabitants are internally displaced people (IDPs) who have no intention of crossing the bridge - constructed with UNHCR's help over 20 years ago - […]
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Flooding has hindered transportation in the region, which makes […]

Helping Flood Victims in Pakistan

Added: 21 Sep 2011

UNHCR teams are distributing tents and other emergency aid to families displaced by severe flooding in Pakistan. More than five million people have been affected by this year's floods and government estimates put the number of families in urgent need of emergency shelter at over 200,000. In southern […]
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The son of a Tamil tea picker attends class at a school on a […]
©UNHCR / G.Amarasinghe / May 2007

Statelessness in Sri Lanka: Hill Tamils

Added: 19 Sep 2011

Most of the people working on the hundreds of tea plantations that dot Sri Lanka's picturesque hill country are descended from ethnic Tamils brought from India between 1820 and 1840 when the island was under British colonial rule. Although these people, known as "Hill Tamils," have been making an invaluable […]
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One of a group of 38 newly-arrived refugees and migrants on a […]
©Espen Rasmussen

2011 Yemen: Risking All for a Better Future

Added: 13 Sep 2011

Plagued by violence, drought and poverty, thousands of people in the Horn of Africa leave their homes out of desperation every year. Seeking safety or a better life, these civilians - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - make the dangerous journey through Somalia to the northern port of Bossaso. Once there, […]
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Stateless since her birth in 1998, Irina finally received Brazilian […]
©UNHCR/I.Canabrava/January 2011

Statelessness among Brazilian Expats

Added: 06 Sep 2011

Irina was born in 1998 in Switzerland, daughter of a Brazilian mother and her Swiss boyfriend. Soon afterwards, her mother Denise went to the Brazilian Consulate in Geneva to get a passport for Irina. She was shocked when consular officials told her that under a 1994 amendment to the constitution, children […]
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