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Afghan returnees are rebuilding their lives in areas that saw […]
© UNHCR/M.Maguire

Home Without Land

Added: 31 Jan 2008

Land is hot property in mountainous Afghanistan, and the lack of it is a major reason Afghans in exile do not want to return. Although landless returnees are eligible for the Afghan government's land allocation scheme, demand far outstrips supply. By the end of 2007, the authorities were developing […]
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Villagers in Darkhat, Baghlan province, enjoy a break before […]
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The Reality of Return in Afghanistan

Added: 31 Jan 2008

Beyond the smiles of homecoming lie the harsh realities of return. With more than 5 million Afghans returning home since 2002, Afghanistan's absorption capacity is reaching saturation point. Landmine awareness training at UNHCR's encashment centres – their first stop after returning from decades […]
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Women and children from a nearby camp for displaced people search […]
© UNHCR/A.Fazzina, 2007

Crossing the Gulf of Aden

Added: 12 Dec 2007

Every year thousands of people in the Horn of Africa - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - leave their homes out of fear or pure despair, in search of safety or a better life. They make their way over dangerous Somali roads to Bossaso in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland. In this lawless […]
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The Spanish coastguard intercepts a traditional fishing boat […]
© UNHCR/A.Rodríguez, July-October 2007

Sighted off Spain's Canary Islands

Added: 12 Dec 2007

Despite considerable dangers, migrants seeking a better future and refugees fleeing war and persecution continue to board flimsy boats and set off across the high seas. One of the main routes into Europe runs from West Africa to Spain's Canary Islands. Before 2006, most irregular migrants taking this […]
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An Italian coastguard vessel rescues boat people near Lampedusa […]
© UNHCR/A.Di Loreto, July 2007

Drifting Towards Italy

Added: 12 Dec 2007

Every year, Europe's favourite summer playground - the Mediterranean Sea - turns into a graveyard as hundreds of men, women and children drown in a desperate bid to reach European Union (EU) countries. The Italian island of Lampedusa is just 290 kilometres off the coast of Libya. In 2006, some 18,000 […]
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