Mediterranean death toll soars, 2016 is deadliest year yet

Mediterranean death toll soars, 2016 is deadliest year yet

With two months still to go in 2016, deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean hit all-time high. GENEVA – With two months still to go, deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean so far this year have hit a record high, the UN Refugee...
Fights for lifejackets as boat capsized off Egypt

Fights for lifejackets as boat capsized off Egypt

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – As a fishing trawler packed with hundreds of people flipped and sank off the coast of Egypt last week, Somali Abshiro* suddenly found herself in the water as those drowning clawed at her life jacket. “I have been fighting for my life in the water,...
Talk, or the water will break your heart

Talk, or the water will break your heart

Volunteers for 2016 Nansen Refugee Award winners Hellenic Rescue Team share their experience of a traumatic year. LESVOS, Greece – At a small tavern overlooking the coastline of Lesvos, Panagiotis Konstantaras and Antigoni Piperaki are taking a short break from...
Mobile connectivity a lifeline for refugees, report finds

Mobile connectivity a lifeline for refugees, report finds

New study by UNHCR and Accenture finds mobile phone and internet access is as critical to refugees’ safety and security as food, shelter and water. GENEVA – As well as being essential for keeping in touch with loved ones, many refugees view access to a mobile phone...

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