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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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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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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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