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Insecurity, drought and lack of livelihoods force 130,000 to flee homes in Somalia

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.

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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.

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Colombian Butterflies receive prestigious Nansen Refugee Award

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.

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From the horror of the Sinjar region to uncertainty in Athens

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.

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UNHCR responds after annual rains claim another victim in Kakuma

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.

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Typhoon Haiyan: Rebuilding identities in the central Philippines

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.

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Shelter needs acute in northern Iraq as UNHCR steps up aid operation

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.

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Home Alone: South Sudan teenager leads her young siblings to safety in Uganda

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.

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HIV/AIDS: Conflict in Central African Republic disrupts treatment

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.

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Displaced at two weeks old, Rahav finds safety in Iraq’s newest camp

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. 

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