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In 12 months, Sahel violence displaces more than 700,000 in Burkina Faso

People fleeing the violence report attacks on their villages by militant groups, killing, raping, pillaging

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, and partners are facing severe challenges in accessing and responding to the…

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First major group of Ethiopian refugees return home from Kenya

The returnees were flown from Kakuma to the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa in two UNHCR-chartered flights

A group of 76 Ethiopian refugees have voluntarily returned home from Kenya’s Kakuma camp today. This marks the first major voluntary repatriation program for Ethiopian refugees in the country. The movement, supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, is part of a growing…

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A new Partnership, “Prospects” changes the ways of supporting displaced groups and their host communities in Sudan

The Partnership is a four-year, multi-country initiative aimed to help refugees and forcibly displaced individuals with sustainable solutions to support better integration and inclusion

The Netherlands launched the Prospects Partnership in Sudan today, in partnership with the United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank. In a context of refugee and forced displacement situations being increasingly…

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Refugee athlete takes part in Tokyo Marathon 2020

He comes from Ethiopia, the country of the famous “barefoot runner” Abebe Bikila

A refugee athlete has been selected as an elite runner for the Tokyo Marathon for the first time in the event’s history. Yonas Kinde, who currently lives in Luxembourg, will take part in the Marathon on 1 March 2020. Yonas participated at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as a member…

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More Cameroonian refugees flee to Nigeria, bringing total arrivals close to 60,000 mark

This latest influx took place just before Cameroon’s general elections last weekend as people fled ongoing violence between security forces and armed groups

Almost 8,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria’s eastern and southern states of Taraba and Cross Rivers over the past fortnight, bringing the total Cameroonian refugee population in the country to nearly 60,000 people. UNHCR, the UN refugee Agency, expects further arrivals as refugees inform that more people are still…

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Fresh violence in northern Mozambique forces thousands to flee

UNHCR will be deploying additional aid and staff to meet the need, initially for 15,000 IDPs and hosts communities in the coming weeks

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 boosting its response in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province where recent escalation…

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Hope and anxiety as Congolese refugees return home from Angola

UNHCR is supporting thousands of displaced Congolese to return from exile as relative calm returns to their homeland

By Alexandra Stenbock-Fermor and Lubiana Gosp-Server in Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo Although UNHCR gave them cash assistance, registered their numbers and helped them with transport where possible, many still face extremely difficult conditions. They walked for days, sleeping on roadsides and carrying all their belongings. Some families who…

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More resettlement needed as only 4.5 per cent of global resettlement needs met in 2019

Out of the more than 63,000 refugees resettled last year, the largest number originated from Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Myanmar

Out of 1.4 million refugees estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, last year. While the number of refugees resettled in 2019 increased modestly by 14 per cent when compared to the previous year, in which 55,680 people…

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UNHCR to suspend operations at Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli amid safety concerns

UNHCR has started moving dozens of highly vulnerable refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today, Thursday, 30 January, that it is suspending its operational work at the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF), fearing for the safety and protection of people at the facility, its staff and partners amid worsening conflict in Tripoli, Libya. “Unfortunately UNHCR was left with…

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Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…