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2011 - A Year in Review

Thank you for letting refugees and internally displaced people know that they are not alone.

2011 has been a busy and challenging year for UNHCR.  

More people were forcibly displaced last year than ever. We also responded to more emergencies than ever before – deploying special teams to 41 operations and airlifting an average of 57 tons of relief items every week to field operations.

Thanks to the support of people like you, UNHCR has made a difference to the lives of millions of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world. 

We hope for your continued support over the coming year. 

About 97 per cent of UNHCR funding comes from voluntary contributions from governments and the private sector, including individual donors. In 2011, we received more than US$2 billion in contributions, which is an outstanding achievement in tough economic times.

We would like to share some of the areas and operations where your funding helped:


Looking to the future

UNHCR will continue to help refugees and the internally displaced rebuild their lives in countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi and South Sudan. 

In newly independent South Sudan, UNHCR will help the government to reintegrate hundreds of thousands of returnees from Sudan. We will provide life-saving aid to those fleeing into Ethiopia to escape the fighting.

In 2012, UNHCR will also expand a famine emergency programme in Somalia, distributing aid packages and assisting some 700,000 people with shelter and relief items.

Find out more about what we did in 2011


South Sudan emergency

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled to South Sudan to escape fighting.

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"I am so grateful to UNHCR for finding my family, I feel like I'm at home again." 

When Hassen Ibrahim arrived in Ethiopia in 2011, he had not seen his parents for more than two years. Within hours UNHCR managed to reunite him with his family by tracing them through our comprehensive database system.

These teams are able to function and do the important work that they do thanks to the support and contributions of people like you.