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Darwin airport, Australia, 7 June 2006
© UNHCR/M.Napper

Emergency in Timor-Leste pt.2: UNHCR Airlift Underway

Added: 08 Jun 2006

A Boeing 747 bearing fresh aid for victims of the recent unrest in Timor-Leste landed in the northern Australian city of Darwin on 7 June. Because the plane is too large to land at Dili airport, aid is being ferried by land and air from Darwin. A second B-747 loaded with emergency supplies arrived the […]
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'The South Sudanese really prize education,' says Timothy Brown, […]
© UNHCR/M.Pearson, September 2005

South Sudan: Preparing for Long-Awaited Returns

Added: 17 May 2006

The signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the army of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement on 9 January, 2005, ended 21 years of civil war and signaled a new era for southern Sudan. For some 4.5 million uprooted Sudanese – 500,000 refugees and 4 million internally […]
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A bus stop in one of Bogota's suburbs, where many displaced people […]
©UNHCR/B.Heger

Colombia: Life in the Barrios

Added: 12 May 2006

After more than forty years of internal armed conflict, Colombia has one of the largest populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. Well over two million people have been forced to flee their homes; many of them have left remote rural areas to take refuge in the relative safety of […]
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The remote border villages of Darién are accessible only by […]
© UNHCR/B.Heger

Panama's Hidden Refugees

Added: 12 May 2006

Colombia's armed conflict has forced millions of people to flee their homes, including hundreds of thousands who have sought refuge in other countries in the region. Along the border with Colombia, Panama's Darien region is a thick and inhospitable jungle accessible only by boat. Yet many Colombians […]
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Dr. Kanai conducting eye tests in Nepal in 1994.
© Fuji Optical Co. Ltd.

2006 Nansen Refugee Award

Added: 07 Apr 2006

All photos courtesy of Fuji Optical Co. Ltd. The UN refugee agency has named Japanese optometrist Dr. Akio Kanai as the winner of the 2006 Nansen Refugee Award. Dr. Kanai has worked for more than two decades to improve the quality of life of over 100,000 uprooted people around the world by […]
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