16 September 2014
Baloch said the forced evictions of internally displaced people (IDP) from both private and government-owned land and buildings had uprooted almost 33,000 people. Some 15,600 were affected in the port city of Kismayo earlier this year and 18,300 people were evicted in the capital Mogadishu in recent weeks.
High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean
15 September 2014
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.
12 September 2014
GENEVA, September 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday named a group of courageous Colombian women as winners of the prestigious annual Nansen Refugee Award for their work in helping survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse in the violence-ridden and run-down Pacific port of Buenaventura.
10 September 2014
ATHENS, Greece, September 9 (UNHCR) – Athens is one of the great cities of Europe, but to Faraydun and his family it is just a small crowded ground-floor apartment where he feels safe but not happy. There are 20 people in the two-room flat, ethnic Yazidis from Iraq, and they all want to join family elsewhere in Europe.
09 September 2014
KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, September 9 (UNHCR) – Leonie Ndayishimiye stares blankly at the ground, oblivious to the cries of the infant daughter cradled in her arms.
08 September 2014
MAS-IN, the Philippines, September 8 (UNHCR) – Almost a year after Typhoon Haiyan cut a swath of destruction through the central Philippines, rebuilding has turned the region into one big construction site. Major infrastructure, buildings and roads are being rehabilitated. But in the interior village of Mas-in, nestled among sugarcane and pineapple plantations, one woman can only think of building what she has been longing for since birth – her identity.
05 September 2014
GENEVA, September 5 (UNHCR) – As the UN refugee agency continues a major aid operation for almost half a million displaced people in northern Iraq, pressure on accommodation remains acute. "Many schools are still being used to house the displaced. In addition, there is urgent need to reinforce tents and other housing in preparation for the coming winter," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.
04 September 2014
BOROLI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Uganda, September 4 (UNHCR) – When 13-year-old Yayo Tangko turned up at the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda earlier this year with her four younger siblings, she feared the worst for her missing parents. "They are dead, because otherwise they would have come looking for us," the South Sudanese teenager told aid workers.
04 September 2014
BANGUI, Central African Republic, September 3 (UNHCR) – Conflict forced Nayo to flee her native South Sudan and seek shelter in neighbouring Central African Republic, but it has not prevented the 58-year-old refugee from receiving the medical treatment that keeps her alive.
04 September 2014
KHANKE VILLAGE, Iraq, September 3 (UNHCR) – One-month-old Rahav has spent most of her short life on the move. A fortnight after she was born, her parents joined thousands of other families from the Yazidi ethnic minority fleeing their homes after armed groups captured the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar in early August.