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Displaced Cameroonians struggle in Nigeria (By Catherine Wachiaya in Ogoja)

UNHCR has called for urgent support for Cameroon’s displaced as violence in the north and south-west regions continues to force thousands to flee

By Catherine Wachiaya in Ogoja When armed men stormed into the remote village in south-west Cameroon, they took Agah Rachel’s husband, levelled a gun on him and pulled the trigger as she looked on. As he fell to the ground, the 27-year-old widow knew she had to act fast. She…

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT): UNHCR launching consultations on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees’ rights

With over 70 countries around the world still criminalizing same sex relationships, many LGBTI people continue to experience severe human rights abuses and persecution

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched this week a series of consultations to identify ways of ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are better protected against harm, and are able to seek justice and support when they experience violence and discrimination. Echoing the theme chosen…

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Move refugees in Tripoli out of harm’s way, urges UNHCR

When the hostilities intensified late last night, refugees and migrants were trapped inside and unable to flee to safety

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is calling for refugees and migrants in detention centres in conflict areas in Tripoli to be immediately evacuated to safety, after an airstrike hit a target less than 100 metres away from Tajoura detention centre, where over 500 refuges and migrants are being detained. More…

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Attacks in Congo’s North Kivu province push tens of thousands to flee – UNHCR

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

By Babar Baloch Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province led to more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes in April. As attacks continue to terrorize the population, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely worried about the safety of civilians. The displaced are in a…

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Cyclone Kenneth – UNHCR team witnesses destruction, needs in immediate aftermath

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

In Mozambique, a UNHCR team arrived in the north eastern town of Pemba on Saturday, a day after the surrounding region was hit by Cyclone Kenneth – one of the strongest storms recorded in mainland Africa. Although the area is less populated than other parts of Mozambique, the damage and…

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42,000 Libyans now displaced by Tripoli clashes, UNHCR among those providing aid

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

By UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley In Libya, thousands of women, children and men have been forced to flee to Tripoli’s suburbs to escape clashes that continue to engulf the southern part of the city. Indiscriminate shelling and heavy gunfire are causing destruction and displacement. And the number of people affected…

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UNHCR evacuates refugees in Libya to Niger amid Tripoli fighting

UNHCR has worked with the Libyan Ministry of Interior and authorities in Niger to make this possible

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated some 163 refugees from Libya to Niger in the first such flight since fighting escalated in the Libyan capital two weeks ago. The flight landed early on Friday. UNHCR has worked with the Libyan Ministry of Interior and authorities in Niger to make…

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Detained refugees in Libya moved to safety in second UNHCR relocation

Refugees who were relocated today were among those most vulnerable and in need and included women and children

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today relocated another 150 refugees who were detained in the Abu Selim detention centre in south Tripoli to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in the centre of Libya’s capital, safe from hostilities. The Abu Selim detention centre is one of several in Libya that…

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Amid Libya clashes, UNHCR relocates detained refugees to safety

UNHCR has received reports of similar situations at other detention centres and is currently looking into these claims

In light of current insecurity in Libya’s capital, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre in south Tripoli to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility in a nearby safe zone. The Ain Zara detention centre had been impacted by heavy clashes…

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UNHCR alarmed at upsurge in violence in south-east Niger

Since 2015, the number of people forcibly displaced within the region of Diffa has risen to almost 250,000

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. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is extremely worried over the alarming increase of attacks in the south-east…