UNHCR closes office in Timor-Leste, ending 12 year operation
Timor-Leste vows never to turn back on refugees as UNHCR office closes
President José Ramos-Horta says the country has emerged from the trauma of its birth and UNHCR's departure is good news.
UNHCR winds up cash-starved Timor-Leste operation
The UN refugee agency has ended nearly 14 months of emergency action in Timor-Leste because of a lack of money. The last international staff have left the young nation, leaving behind a small core of national staff to help rebuild the skills of civil servants and look after a few refugees from Asia and West Africa.
Timor-Leste: When this nun speaks, even rival gangs listen
Thousands of Timor-Leste's displaced people are heading into a rainy season, still living in tents. UNHCR is distributing items to make their life a little more bearable, and a feisty nun is standing up to rival gangs who have been terrorising the 2,000 displaced people under the protection of her Roman Catholic order.
Timor-Leste: As violence escalates in Dili, UNHCR hands over relief items for rebuilding
UNHCR hands relief items to Timor-Leste, expresses concern about security situation
UNHCR on Friday handed relief items to the government of Timor-Leste to help families whose houses were destroyed during violence earlier this year. The refugee agency also expressed concern about fresh violence in the country.
Japanese ambassador visits resilient IDPs in foothills near Dili
Japanese Ambassador Kenji Shimizu received a warm welcome from villagers when he helped a UNHCR mission distribute aid to displaced people outside the Timor-Leste capital Dili. Japan has donated US$2 million towards the refugee agency's emergency relief operations in Timor-Leste.
Troubleshooting UNHCR technicians get to work on Dili's crowded camps
UNHCR has formed a mobile technical team to deal with drainage problems and other repair work at crowded camps in the Timor-Leste capital Dili. The teams have started working at several sites where displaced people have gathered.
Blankets bring respite to those staying in hills near Dili
UNHCR continues its relief operations within Dili and in areas outside the Timor-Leste capital. Distribution of blankets is welcome for the young and elderly in the foothills near Dili as it gets chilly at night during the coldest month of the year.