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Death rates soar in the Mediterranean

A year after Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi was discovered dead, refugees continue making the dangerous crossing to find safety

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UNHCR saddened by loss of life in boat capsize off Egypt

Egyptian authorities rescue 150 people including Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis after boat capsizes off Rosetta. At least 42 bodies have reportedly been recovered. GENEVA – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by ...

Number fleeing Burundi to neighbouring countries tops 300,000

Reception capacities in host countries Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are severely overstretched, UNHCR warns. GENEVA – The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution ...

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