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Newly displaced Pakistani civilians report grim conditions in Swat Valley4 Jun 2009
For nearly a month, they’ve sheltered in basements eking out a living on spinach and naan bread. They have watched as shells destroyed their homes or those of their neighbours.
UNHCR steps up aid for desperate Pakistani civilians1 Jun 2009
Abdulla, 45, is prematurely grey. He begins to cry as he unpacks a package of food and other relief supplies that he and his wife have just picked up from a “humanitarian hub” set up by UNHCR and other agencies to provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fleeing the bombs and mortar fire in the north-west.
Generous Pakistani civilians donate food, other aid and cash to displaced27 May 2009
The unprecedented flood of people displaced by fighting in north-west Pakistan is triggering an outpouring of generosity from Pakistani civilians.
Some 45,000 Somali civilians flee Mogadishu in past two weeks27 May 2009
Despite a lull in fighting in Mogadishu, the number of people fleeing the Somali capital in the last 12 days has risen to 45,000. Intense fighting between government forces and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups erupted in several areas of north-west Mogadishu on May 8.
UNHCR appeals for new funds for more than 1.7 million displaced Pakistanis27 May 2009
When the Pakistani army launched an offensive against Taliban militants near Said’s small mountainside village, the 20-year-old factory worker thought the rocket fire and fighting near his home wouldn’t last long.
Some 80,000 flee as fighting comes to an end in north-east Sri Lanka21 May 2009
As fighting between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) comes to an end, the UN refugee agency braces itself for the humanitarian challenges looming ahead.
Flood of displaced civilians in Pakistan surpasses 1.45 million20 May 2009
The flood of displaced people fleeing the conflict in and around north-west Pakistan’s Swat Valley is the largest and swiftest to take place anywhere in the world in recent years.
Some 34,000 people flee heavy fighting in Mogadishu20 May 2009
The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was deeply concern about a fresh eruption of fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that has left many people dead and sparked a new wave of displacement.
UNHCR staff celebrate release of John Solecki, mourn slain colleague20 May 2009
UNHCR staff worldwide on Monday welcomed the safe return of John Solecki, the refugee agency’s head of office in Quetta, Pakistan, who was released from two months of captivity over the weekend.
Sichuan Earthquake and Myanmar Cyclone Update2 Jun 2008
The UNHCR donated tents came from three locations (from north to south).