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Nansen in the twilight years of his life.
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Nansen Biography

Added: 22 Sep 2009

Fridtjof Nansen was a scientist, polar explorer, diplomat, statesman and humanist, with a deep compassion for his fellow human beings. In 1921 Nansen was appointed the League of Nations' first High Commissioner for Refugees and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year in recognition of his […]
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Senator Edward M. Kennedy in his Capitol Hill office in 1977. […]
©The Washington Star/Paul Schmick

A Photo Profile of Nansen Award Winner Edward Kennedy

Added: 15 Sep 2009

In recognition of his achievements as a life-long advocate on behalf of the world's most vulnerable people, the recipient of the 2009 Nansen Refugee Award is the late Edward Kennedy. The Senator was a champion for those who suddenly found themselves with no voice and no rights. Year after year, he put […]
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A mother and her family outside their simple shelter in Dadaab, […]
©UNHCR/B.Heger

Dire Times in Dadaab

Added: 14 Sep 2009

Angelina Jolie's visit to Dadaab in north-east Kenya puts a spotlight on the overcrowded camp complex, home to tens of thousands of refugees. When UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visited Dadaab in north-east Kenya on September 12, 2009, she saw first-hand some of the tough conditions […]
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Afghan men sit in their makeshift shelter in the woods near Dunkerque […]
©UNHCR/H.J.Davies

From the corners of the globe, the displaced converge in northern France

Added: 14 Aug 2009

Hundreds of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees have created a number of makeshift camps in northern France. Drawn from a diverse range of countries, the men are hoping that from France they will be able to enter the United Kingdom. Locals call it, "The Jungle" - a squalid warren of shanties […]
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A young girl gets ready to board one of the buses in Jalozai […]
©UNHCR/H.Caux/July 13, 2009

Return to Swat Valley

Added: 29 Jul 2009

Thousands of displaced Pakistanis board buses and trucks to return home, but many remain in camps for fear of being displaced again. Thousands of families displaced by violence in north-west Pakistan's Swat Valley and surrounding areas are returning home under a government-sponsored repatriation […]
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