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DRC violence drives more than 3,300 Congolese into Zambia in a month

They are mainly from the DRC provinces of Haut-Katanga and Tanganyika

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about growing violence in parts of south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has driven more than 3,360 refugees into northern Zambia since 30 August. This is the largest influx of Congolese refugees into Zambia in the past five years. UNHCR is worried…

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Nigerian Educator honoured at 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Zannah Mustapha has brought light to a region that has been terrorised for years

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR today honoured Zannah Mustapha with the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva for founding a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. The school has stayed open throughout the conflict with Boko Haram, which has seen some 20,000…

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls on Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect refugees after tragic killings

So far, some 57 people with critical injuries were evacuated to Goma and the nearest city of Bukavu, while another 37 are being treated in Kamanyola

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is urging the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers after a shocking shooting incident in Kamanyola on September 15 in which at least 39 people were killed and another 94 injured.  The incident took place after…

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UNHCR shocked over Burundians deaths in DRC, calls for investigation

Initial reports suggest over 30 dead and more than one hundred left injured

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is shocked and saddened over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals– among them likely refugees and asylum seekers, in Kamanyola, a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNHCR also calls for an investigation into this tragic incident. While the precise circumstances…

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UNHCR warns CAR displacement at record high, funding among lowest anywhere

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely worried over continued violence in the Central African Republic, which has been causing massive new levels of displacement.  The number of Central African refugees in neighbouring countries now stands at 513,676. This is the highest number of CAR refugees seen since the start…

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UNHCR steps up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya and solutions for vulnerable refugees

UNHCR is working to assist and protect over 535,000 people in Libya, including over 226,000 Libyans displaced by conflict, 267,000 Libyans who have now returned to their homes but continue to be in a vulnerable situation

Libya continues to present one of the most complex mixed migration situations in the world, with refugees traveling alongside migrants through perilous routes, surviving dangerous desert crossings and abuses that include sexual violence, torture, detention in inhumane conditions and abductions for ransom. All this before they even embark on the…

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Central Mediterranean situation: UNHCR calls for an additional 40,000 resettlement places

It is essential that any resettlement response covers all sub-regions affected by these movements, including West, East, North Africa as well as the Horn

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today (September 12, 2017) for an additional 40,000 resettlement places to be made available for refugees located in 15 priority countries* along the Central Mediterranean route. “These 40,000 resettlement places, which will complement already existing commitments, will be crucial to help the most vulnerable…

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UN Refugee Chief condemns attack on staff in Mali

“I am deeply shocked by such an attack on our colleagues in Timbuktu, who are providing assistance and protection to those fleeing violence,” High Commissioner Grandi said

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed shock and outrage after unknown attackers fired shots at a UNHCR vehicle in Timbuktu, Mali on Tuesday – injuring two staff members. The vehicle came under fire despite being clearly identified with the UN Refugee Agency’s logo. Both of the injured are…

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South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass 1 million mark, UNHCR renews call for help

Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million. Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800…

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UN Refugee Chief urges international recognition and support for Sudan

Sudan is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the deadly conflict in South Sudan

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, paid his first official visit as High Commissioner to Sudan this week, at a time when refugees continue to flee the brutal conflict in South Sudan. He called on the international community to recognize Sudan’s long-standing tradition of hosting refugees and asked for…