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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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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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Khaled Hosseini flies kites with children at the Samangan caves […]
©UNHCR/T.Irwin, September 2007

Author Hosseini in Afghanistan

Added: 18 Sep 2007

UNHCR Goodwill Envoy Khaled Hosseini visited Afghanistan in early September and saw first-hand one of the UN refugee agency's largest and most complex operations. During a 10-day trip, the best-selling author visited UNHCR projects and met returnees in the northern provinces of Kunduz, Baghlan, Balkh, […]
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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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