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Resettlement of Myanmar refugees from Thailand camps hits 50,000 mark14 Jul 2009
With a look of apprehension on his face, a traditional woven pink bag slung over his shoulder and his wife and baby daughter at his side, a young school teacher today became the 50,000th refugee from Myanmar to be resettled from Thailand under the largest resettlement programme in the world.
UNHCR striving for a sporting chance for urban refugees in China14 Jul 2009
By Zhang Rong, Song Jing, UNHCR Regional Representation in China
UNHCR sees education as fundamental for South Sudan reintegration7 Jul 2009
Providing education as fundamental for South Sudan reintegrationchildren with access to education has always been a priority for the UN refugee agency, and in South Sudan UNHCR has been making a difference by ensuring schooling for hundreds of young returnees.
World Refugee Day: Your understanding and support make a difference30 Jun 2009
With “Real People, Real Needs,” as this year’s global theme for the World Refugee Day, UNHCR and its partners, including donors, non-governmental organizations, volunteers and journalists have taken part in a wide range of activities all week long in Hong Kong, from 19 to 26 June.
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.