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Odette’s hope of giving birth at home

UNHCR / D.Biciu Odette's children have grown up in Betou camp,Republic of Congo

As UNHCR starts voluntary repatriation from a camp in the Republic of Congo to the home of 8 months pregnant Odette in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she can’t wait to give birth at home.

Despite the daily struggles for Odette, her husband and five children in Betou camp, they all have a reason to smile as they look forward to welcoming their newest addition and heading back to a better life.

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South Sudan is facing an emergency as UNHCR races to move refugees away from volatile border areas and provide them with the basics for survival.

With rains expected to cut access to the region, we are concerned as those arriving tell of bombs destroying homes and of planes attacking while running for their lives. 

  UNHCR /A young boy arrives in Doro camp, South Sudan

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Imagine setting up home in a country for 10 years without even knowing if you can stay. That has been life for many asylum seekers in the Dominican Republic until now.

UNHCR is working with the Dominican authorities using mobile phones for the first time to register refugees and revitalize the asylum system to change this for good.

  UNHCR / F.Martinez / As one member of a census team interviews a refugee, another takes down his details on a mobile phone


Intense violence has forced over 60,000 people to pour over the Malian borders into Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania.

UNHCR need your support to help provide lifesaving assistance; food, erect shelters and deliver vital services to those who so desperately need it.


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