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Eastern Congo’s Beni region rocked by killings, rights abuses and fear

19 December 2014

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called for humanitarian access to the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo amid a deteriorating security and human rights situation for the civilian population. 

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UN and partners seek US$8.4 billion for new Syria programme in 2015

19 December 2014

BERLIN, Germany, December 18 (UNHCR) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than €6.9 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. 

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UNHCR urges focus on saving lives as 2014 boat people numbers near 350,000

10 December 2014

GENEVA, December 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.

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UNHCR welcomes Ireland’s pledge for Syrians

09 December 2014

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WFP food cuts threaten tens of thousands of Syrian families, UNHCR warns

02 December 2014

GENEVA, December 1 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency today called for urgent international support to the World Food Programme (WFP), which has been forced to suspend food assistance for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.


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Deadly Boko Haram attack forces more than 3,000 to flee to Niger

28 November 2014

NIAMEY, Niger, UNHCR – The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that a Boko Haram attack this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to the Diffa region in neighbouring Niger.

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR vows to work for the end of child marriage

26 November 2014

GENEVA, November 25 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday condemned child marriage and said his organization must do its utmost to help stop the practice, which affects an estimated 15 million girls every year. His remarks came in a short ceremony in Geneva to mark the annual 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, where he said it was UNHCR's duty to counter child marriage.

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UNHCR seeks to reassure refugees in Kenya facing food shortages

24 November 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has sought to allay the concerns of hundreds of thousands of refugees facing food ration cuts in northern Kenya and stressed that these are not linked to the repatriation of Somalis.

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“I was 14 and kind of lost”: An young child’s lonely journey from Iran to Ireland

21 November 2014

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The challenge of life in their Afghan homeland for children born in exile

20 November 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

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