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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomes commitments at ID4Africa 2024 on digital identity gains for displaced people in Africa

Participants agreed that digital identity and related services can drive socio-economic progress for displaced populations in Africa and beyond

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed on Friday commitments made by various African countries to integrate refugees and stateless people into their national identification systems at the ID4Africa 2024 annual general meeting in Cape Town. Countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia highlighted successful and ongoing…

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Uganda's open-door policy for refugees strained by arrivals from Sudan, DRC, and South Sudan

Including the Sudanese, on average 2,500 people arrive in Uganda every week, mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan

Uganda is welcoming increasing numbers of Sudanese arrivals – over 33,000 people, 19,000 of whom have arrived in Kampala since the start of 2024 – seeking safety from a war that has raged for more than a year.  Most Sudanese arrivals are from Khartoum, and many have a university-level education.…

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Grave concern over civilians cut off from life-saving aid in Sudan

Humanitarian partners also need more support to boost their capacity to respond

Over a year since the start of the war in Sudan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, remains extremely concerned about shocking levels of violence and devastating humanitarian and protection risks as many areas across the country remain beyond the reach of aid organizations. For the first time since the conflict…

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Heavy rainfall in East Africa forces thousands of refugees from their homes

UNHCR is working closely with local authorities and partners, rushing crucial aid and providing protection services to refugees and affected communities living nearby

Thousands of people, including refugees, continue to be caught up in the ongoing El Niño-triggered heavy rains and severe flooding sweeping across East Africa. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is particularly concerned about thousands of refugees and other displaced people being forced to escape once again for their lives after…

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Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Decades of conflict and the resulting humanitarian emergency have already exhausted and traumatized millions of civilians

Escalating conflict is driving record levels of gender-based violence, displacement and hunger in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), threatening to push the country to the brink of catastrophe without urgent international action. Decades of conflict and the resulting humanitarian emergency have already exhausted and…

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launches fund to shield refugees and other displaced people from climate shocks

As part of its work to protect and assist more than 114 million people who have been forced to flee, UNHCR already seeks to build people’s resilience and reduce their vulnerability to risks, including the impact of climate change

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched the UNHCR Climate Resilience Fund, seeking to boost the protection of refugees and displaced communities who are most threatened by climate change. As part of its work to protect and assist more than 114 million people who have been forced to flee, UNHCR already…

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wins prestigious Webby Award for YouTube series challenging perceptions about refugees

The series pairs popular content creators with refugees in Jordan, Germany and Uganda who share the same passions for music, food, and innovation

We Were Here, a three-part video series produced in partnership by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and YouTube to challenge perceptions about refugees, has won the people’s choice award in the documentary category of the Webby Awards. The series pairs popular content creators with refugees in Jordan, Germany and Uganda who…

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Congolese refugee turns plastic waste into a profitable business

Raphael Basemi’s recycling business is providing jobs for other refugees and the host community and helping preserve the environment in Kenya’s Kakuma camp

Raphael Basemi has come a long way since arriving in Kenya’s Kakuma camp in 2009 with just a bag of clothes and his education certificates. The Congolese refugee now runs the largest community-led recycling enterprise in the camp, providing hundreds of jobs for other refugees and local community members. "When…

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) completes two vital Japan-funded projects in Sudan

With a total funding of USD 2.2 million, these projects had a significant impact on the lives of forcibly displaced people and hosting communities in Sudan

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Sudan is pleased to announce the successful completion of two critical projects funded by the Government of Japan, aimed at addressing the urgent needs of refugees, asylum-seekers, and host communities affected by the ongoing conflict in Sudan. The first project provided life-saving shelter and core-relief…

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Thousands still fleeing Sudan daily, after one year of war

The number of Sudanese forced to flee has now surpassed 8.5 million people, with 1.8 million of them having crossed borders

A year on, the war in Sudan continues to rage, with the country and its neighbours experiencing one of the largest and most challenging humanitarian and displacement crises in the world. The number of Sudanese forced to flee has now surpassed 8.5 million people, with 1.8 million of them having…