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Needs soar as number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million

29 August 2014

GENEVA, August 29 (UNHCR) -The UN refugee agency reports that Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today pass a record 3 million people, amid reports of horrifying conditions inside the country. These include cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are being indiscriminantly killed.

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Angola Repatriation: Antonio returns home after 40 years in DR Congo

28 August 2014

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 28 (UNHCR) – When Antonio last stood in his home village of Kwilu, Angola was a colony of Portugal on the verge of becoming independent.

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Hounded from home, raped Congolese woman seeks refuge in Burundi

28 August 2014

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, August 27 (UNHCR) – Four months ago, Mama Monique* was dragged out of her home in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and raped by four armed men, who had just murdered her husband.

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High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

26 August 2014

GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June.

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UNHCR on target to deliver 2,410 tons of aid for Iraqi displaced

22 August 2014

GENEVA, August 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said a massive aid push for some 500,000 displaced Iraqis was going to plan, with a second airlift of aid to Erbil and more flights due today and tomorrow.

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More than 20,000 people risk all on Indian Ocean to reach safety: UNHCR report

22 August 2014

GENEVA, August 22 (UNHCR) – A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in Southeast Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Syrian woman gives birth to quintuplets weeks after fleeing Iraq

21 August 2014

QAMISHLI, Syria, August 20 (UNHCR) – A 27-year-old Syrian woman has given birth to quintuplets in northern Syria weeks after fleeing her home in neighbouring Iraq on foot.

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The difficult route to safety across Iraq’s sun-baked Sinjar mountains

20 August 2014

KHANKE VILLAGE, Iraq, August 20 (UNHCR) – Khilid sits cross-legged on a thin piece of carpet, fingering a string of amber prayer beads, a red and white keffiyeh atop his head and dusty gauze covering a blistered big toe. A bowl of bread and stewed tomatoes is on the concrete floor in front of him as guests arrive.

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UNHCR launches major aid push for Iraq with 100-ton airlift to Erbil

20 August 2014

ERBIL, Iraq, August 20 (UNHCR) – A cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Wednesday afternoon, launching a massive UN refugee agency aid operation for hundreds of thousands of people caught in Iraq's worsening humanitarian crisis.

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Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa’s biggest refugee-hosting country

19 August 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering 629,718 refugees as of the end of July. Kenya, in comparison, is host to 575,334 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.

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