Irish stories

Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

31 October 2014

GENEVA, October 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was very concerned about growing insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing insurgent attacks have sought refuge in the past weeks.

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On the Road: One family’s exhausting journey from Kobani to northern Iraq

29 October 2014

QUSHTAPA REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, October 29 (UNHCR) – Tarifa shepherds her hungry and tired family after they arrive by minibus at this refugee camp in northern Iraq more than two weeks after fleeing their home in the Syrian city of Kobani.

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Winter looms as fighting continues to displace people in Ukraine

24 October 2014

GENEVA, October 24 (UNHCR) – With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help some of the most vulnerable displaced people cope with expected harsh winter conditions.

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Ebola awareness and prevention activities under way for refugees in Liberia

24 October 2014

BAHN REFUGEE CAMP, October 23 (UNHCR) – Once every week or two, a group of almost 20 volunteers parades through eastern Liberia's Bahn Refugee Camp, singing songs and carrying banners. They may look like a song and dance troupe, but they carry a simple message that could save lives.

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National Conference hears about obstacles faced by world’s 10 million stateless

21 October 2014

Practical solutions to the problems faced by people not recognized as nationals of any state are needed to help 10 million stateless persons worldwide, a national conference on Statelessness heard today in Dublin.

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2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

17 October 2014

GENEVA, October 17, (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined.

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LEGO bricks help build confidence for Syrian children in Lebanon

16 October 2014

BEIRUT, Lebanon, UNHCR – Thirteen-year-old Mohammad* and Ramadan,* aged 12, face each other in a Beirut youth centre and take turns adding a brightly coloured LEGO brick to the growing tower in front of them.

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The plight of the world’s 10 million stateless: How Ireland helped give one man his life back

15 October 2014

At every stage of life, Fahad Al-Enzi* struggled with the discrimination he faced in his country of birth.

“Here in Ireland, I am treated with respect. But in Kuwait, I was like a foreigner in my home. I couldn’t do anything”.

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Fresh displacement crisis in Iraq as 180,000 flee town of Hit

14 October 2014

GENEVA, October 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that an estimated 180,000 people have fled from the central Iraq town of Hit following its capture by ISIS and affiliated armed groups at the weekend.

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Carried to safety, Kobane refugee joins thousands heading to Iraq

13 October 2014

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