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Deportation of Lao Hmong must stop: UN High Commissioner for Refugees30 Dec 2009
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres appealed to the Thai government on Monday to immediately halt its ongoing forced return of some 4,000 Lao Hmong to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from two camps in northern and northeast Thailand.
Just $30 a month buys innovative health care for Kinshasa refugee families29 Dec 2009
About to give birth to her first child, Clementine Uwimana, a 30-year-old Rwandan refugee walked to the nearest hospital, just five minutes from her home in the Congolese capital. But when complications meant she had to head to a major referral hospital, St. Joseph, for a Caesarean section, she didn’t hesitate to jump in a taxi, because she had health insurance.
UNHCR concerned about situation in Yemen as more civilians displaced28 Dec 2009
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was extremely concerned about a recent escalation of the conflict in northern Yemen and its impact on the civilian population.
Tackling climate change in eastern Chad21 Dec 2009
Two things that newly arrived aid workers notice pretty quickly in eastern Chad are the lack of water and the sand that seems to get everywhere. With climate change, the situation is likely to get worse – less water and creeping desertification in the semi-arid terrain.
Nowhere to hide from climate change in Kenyan refugee camp21 Dec 2009
Dulane Jama and his family suffered in silence for three years in a remote corner of eastern Ethiopia before he finally decided to go and look for a safe place to live before they all died.
UNHCR chief opens international meeting in Geneva on urban refugees16 Dec 2009
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday opened a two-day international dialogue that will focus on the pressing problems faced by the increasing numbers of refugees and other forcibly displaced people living in cities and towns around the world.
Some 3,000 Afghan refugees to leave Islamabad slum for new home11 Dec 2009
The UN refugee agency has begun helping some 3,000 Afghan refugees move from a slum in the Pakistani capital to an undeveloped plot of land in a green belt on the edge of the city.
Days of Activism: Special office in Kenyan refugee camp helps victims of sexual violence4 Dec 2009
In Hagadera, one of three sprawling refugee camps in north-west Kenya’s Dadaab region, there’s a group of women who call themselves “survivors.” They are victims of sexual violence, a scourge which reaches into the overcrowded camps, home to some 270,000 people, mainly Somalis, who have fled their troubled homeland.
UNHCR welcomes Sri Lankan decision to ease conditions for internally displaced4 Dec 2009
The UN refugee agency on Friday welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s long-awaited decision this week to allow increased freedom of movement for some 135,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) remaining in 20 closed camps in the north of the country.
UNHCR distributing winter aid to tens of thousands of displaced Pakistanis30 Nov 2009
As temperatures drop in north-west Pakistan, the UN refugee agency has begun to distribute additional relief supplies to some 85,000 internally displaced people (IDP) living in camps. This aid will help the IDPs, gathering some 13,600 families, to cope with the hardships of winter.