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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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UN Refugee Agency calls on States to end the immigration detention of children on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

20 November 2014

It's 25 years since the international community adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a major treaty setting out the rights of all children. With its 194 accessions, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty of all time. Among its provisions, Article 22 requires States to provide special protection for refugee children. Yet thousands of children are being detained by immigration authorities worldwide, with damaging effects on their health and wellbeing. UNHCR calls for an end to this harmful practice and for an ethic of care, not enforcement, to guide all interactions with asylum-seeking and refugee children.

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Sudanese refugees struggle to get by as new dangers arise in CAR conflict

20 November 2014

BAMBARI, Central African Republic, November 19 (UNHCR) – At just 16 years old and already married, Ache from Sudan's Darfur region has had to overcome many obstacles in a bid to fulfill her dream of finishing her studies.

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UNHCR starts relocation of 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

18 November 2014

MATAR WAY STATION, Ethiopia, November 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for a few months at a way station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded.

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Hundreds of thousands of Congolese flee violence in Katanga province’s triangle of death

18 November 2014

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the "catastrophic" humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

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More than 100,000 Libyans flee fighting over past month

14 November 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that intense fighting among rival armed groups in western, eastern and south-eastern Libya has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in the past month.

 

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Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria force 13,000 to flee to Cameroon

12 November 2014

GENEVA, November 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that thousands of people continue to flee to Cameroon to escape attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

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UNHCR warns of winter crisis for almost 1 million displaced Iraqis and Syrians

11 November 2014

GENEVA, November 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that a US$58.45 million funding shortfall, coupled with this year's sharp recent growth in internal displacement, could leave up to 1 million Syrians and Iraqis without proper help as winter approaches.

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