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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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Dr. Camilleri at her desk in the JRS Malta Office.
© UNHCR/A.Pace

2007 Nansen Refugee Award

Added: 18 Sep 2007

The UN refugee agency's Nansen Awards Committee has named Dr. Katrine Camilleri, a 37-year-old lawyer with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Malta, as the winner of the 2007 Nansen Refugee Award. The Committee was impressed by the political and civic courage she has shown in dealing with the refugee […]
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The crowded Al Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq.
©UNHCR/B. Heger, August 2007

Iraqi Children Go To School in Syria

Added: 18 Sep 2007

UNHCR aims to help 25,000 refugee children go to school in Syria by providing financial assistance to families and donating school uniforms and supplies. There are some 1.4 million Iraqi refugees living in Syria, most having fled the extreme sectarian violence sparked by the bombing of the Golden Mosque […]
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