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UNHCR welcomes Canada’s support at Summit

UNHCR Representative in Canada, Johannes van der Klaauw, praised Canada for its very active engagement at both the General Assembly and Leader’s Summit in New York last week. “I would like to express UNHCR’s ...

Mosul offensive triggers growing displacement in Iraq

As a military offensive to retake Iraq’s second city Mosul gathers momentum, UNHCR prepares to assist hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people. DEBAGA, Iraq – Under cover of darkness, 14-year-old Ali slipped out ...

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