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Young Afghan uses language skills to help medics on Lesvos

LESVOS, Greece, Nov 20 (UNHCR)—Amena Yusufi, a 21-year-old woman from Afghanistan, stepped out of a medical tent on Lesvos’ busy Moria reception and registration centre and called for the next patient. A mother and her baby stepped forward. Amena listened...

Debt a growing burden for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Nov 20 (UNHCR)—Syrian father Mohamad believes his life can be summarized by a worn out piece of paper. Carefully folded and tucked under a floor mattress, it details a growing list of debts. Four years in Lebanon as a refugee have sucked his resources dry, and...

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