UNHCR saddened by loss of life in boat capsize off Egypt

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 the loss of life after yet another boat...
Number fleeing Burundi to neighbouring countries tops 300,000

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 in Burundi...
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...
As beloved imam’s hope for peace live on

As beloved imam’s hope for peace live on

For decades, Imam Moussa Bawa worked with Italian nun Sister Maria Concetta to help refugees of all faiths to live in peace. On his death, his successor pledges to continue his work. When they welcomed newborn babies in this town in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Mosul offensive triggers growing displacement in Iraq

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 of his village near Mosul with his family...

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