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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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Bossaso is not only the chief port of Puntland, a self-declared […]
©UNHCR/K.McKinsey, February 2006

Gulf of Aden People-Smuggling: International Help Needed

Added: 17 Feb 2006

An alarming number of people are dying trying to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats crossing the Gulf of Aden from Somalia. Over a three-week period in late 2005, at least 150 people perished while making the journey. These deaths are frequently the result of overcrowded boats capsizing or breaking […]
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UNHCR tents in Chikar near Muzaffarabad, in Pakistan-administered […]
© UNHCR/M.Pearson, January 2006

Pakistan Earthquake: Braving the Winter Cold

Added: 15 Feb 2006

December 2005 – January 2006 Winter in northern Pakistan has not been as harsh as many feared, but earthquake survivors are still experiencing dangerously low temperatures, along with snow, heavy rain and landslides. To help people survive the tough conditions, UNHCR has distributed blankets, […]
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Nasrol will be among the first to receive one of hundreds of […]
© UNHCR/J.Perugia

One Year On: Rebuilding Aceh

Added: 14 Dec 2005

In the aftermath of the devastating 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, UNHCR mounted a massive relief operation for some 100,000 survivors on the severely battered west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province. After the initial three-month emergency relief phase was over, UNHCR withdrew from Aceh. However, […]
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Nine-year old Khalida with her mother and baby brother in their […]
© UNHCR/H.J.Davies, June 2005

Tsunami Aftermath in Sri Lanka

Added: 06 Dec 2005

Shortly after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka, killing over 30,000 people and displacing nearly 800,000, UNHCR was asked to take a lead role in providing transitional shelter – bridging the gap between emergency tents and the construction of permanent homes. The refugee agency is not normally involved […]
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