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The prevalence of violence and disease in Somalia means that […]

Galkayo: Vulnerable in a volatile land

Added: 28 Jun 2011

Galkayo, located in Somalia's Puntland region, is home to more than 60,000 displaced people who fled war-torn south-central Somalia and harsh drought conditions in many parts of the country. The displaced people are scattered around 21 makeshift settlements in Galkayo. Multiple families often share […]
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Hawa, 28, and her four-month-old son, Yusuf, in their shelter […]

Bossaso: Life on the edge

Added: 22 Jun 2011

The port of Bossasso, located in Somalia's northern Puntland region, is the main departure point for the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants who risk their lives in crossing the Gulf of Aden to reach Yemen. In addition to those using Bossaso as a transit point, some 50,000 Somalis have […]
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UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, talks with detainees […]
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Angelina Jolie meets boat people in Malta, Lampedusa

Added: 19 Jun 2011

Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie joined UNHCR chief António Guterres on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where they met with boat people who have fled unrest in North Africa. More than 40,000 people, including refugees and asylum-seekers, have crossed the Mediterranean on overcrowded boats and descended […]
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Civilians walk along Tripoli Street in Misrata. The opposition-controlled […]
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Displacement in Libya: Misrata, Benghazi and Tobruk

Added: 07 Jun 2011

Thousands of people still remain displaced in eastern Libya as a result of the conflict that erupted in mid-February between government and opposition forces. Most are staying with host families, in empty buildings or schools. Other people of concern to UNHCR, such as refugees and asylum-seekers, have […]
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Twelve-year-old Farishta peers outside the dilapidated warehouse […]

More focus needed on reintegration of former Afghan refugees

Added: 07 Jun 2011

Many of the more than 5.5 million Afghan refugees who have returned home since 2002 are still struggling to survive. Lack of land, job opportunities and other services, combined with poor security in some places, has caused many returnees to head to urban areas. While cities offer the promise of informal […]
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