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UNHCR's first task in 1951 was to help an estimated 1 million […]
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60 Years in Photos

Added: 13 Dec 2010

For more than six decades UNHCR has been helping the world's uprooted peoples. The agency's first task was to help an estimated 1 million, mainly European civilians, who remained displaced in the aftermath of World War Two. But during the 1950s the refugee crisis spread to Africa, later to Asia and […]
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UNHCR staff set out on the long boat journey to visit the Tule […]
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Struggling with the threat of extinction

Added: 21 Oct 2010

Among Colombia's many indigenous groups threatened with extinction, few are in a riskier situation than the Tule. There are only about 1,200 of them left in three locations in the neighbouring departments of Choco and Antiquoia in north-western Colombia. One group of 500 live in Choco's Unguia municipality, […]
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Area covered by satellite imagery in July 2010 used in the assessment […]
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Afgooye corridor fast becoming the capital of Somalia's displaced

Added: 01 Oct 2010

UNHCR completed in September 2010 the latest assessment of the internally displaced population on the periphery of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and has revised upwards the estimated number of displaced people in the so-called Afgooye corridor to 410,000. Since the escalation of the conflict in Somalia […]
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A boy makes his way through thick mud and debris carrying belongings […]
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Photo Essay: Documenting the floods in Pakistan

Added: 05 Aug 2010

Photojournalist Alixandra Fazzina, winner of UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award among other commendations, is on the ground in Pakistan.
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An aerial view of the flooded village of Tali in the Sibi district, […]
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2010 Pakistan flood emergency

Added: 02 Aug 2010

Torrential rains and flash floods have affected around a million people in parts of southwest and northwestern Pakistan. More than one thousand people lost their lives when water inundated their homes in the past week. Though monsoon rains are nothing new for Pakistanis, it rained more than expected, […]
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