Cash transfers—A better way of reaching refugees

Cash transfers—A better way of reaching refugees

Fatima, a Syrian refugee now living in the Jordanian capital of Amman, hasn’t heard from her husband in eight months. He stayed behind in Aleppo, Syria, to look after his elderly parents. She and her seven children live in a single, unheated room with barely enough...
Flat-Pack Shelter

Flat-Pack Shelter

Imagine living in a tent—for years on end. It’s freezing in the winter; broiling in the summer and not always reliable in the rain or during high winds. This is a reality for millions of refugees and an ongoing challenge for UNHCR, tasked with providing shelter for...
The Young Girl and the Sea

The Young Girl and the Sea

They left in darkness. By morning, half of them were lost at sea, one confirmed dead. Like thousands of others before them, this group of some 25 refugees believed the wars ravaging the Middle East posed a greater risk than boarding a small wooden boat at midnight on...
An Education, Multiplied

An Education, Multiplied

Aqeela Asifi, a schoolteacher who has helped more than 1,000 refugee girls complete their primary education since she fled Afghanistan two decades ago, was today named the winner of the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award. UNHCR, which presents the award annually, cited her...
Abandoned at Sea

Abandoned at Sea

In May of this year, at least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh found themselves stranded at sea when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea....
5 things you need to know this World Humanitarian Day

5 things you need to know this World Humanitarian Day

One. This World Humanitarian Day we at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are celebrating all of the humanitarian—from generous people like you to our dedicated staff, network of committed volunteers and supportive locals in host countries—who are doing their bit, working...
The Refugees Learning to Reconnect

The Refugees Learning to Reconnect

The city of Nouakchott, Mauritania, is no stranger to refugees. Around 1,500 people who have fled some of Africa’s bloodiest conflicts now call it home. One of them, Budiaki*, is sitting in a computer room at a bustling Women’s Centre when I arrive, using her own...
An Old Conflict Causes New Wounds in Iraq

An Old Conflict Causes New Wounds in Iraq

Asam thought he had lost everything that mattered when his family fled their home in Sinjar, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, during an attack in August 2014. But just a few months after finding shelter in Amadi, an idyllic town perched atop a mountain in Dohuk...
Awaiting Peace, but Not a Paycheck

Awaiting Peace, but Not a Paycheck

Rudy, with his gift for languages, found work at the front desk of a hotel. Nusheen got a job making sandwiches. And Simav, who was forced to put law school on hold when her family fled Syria, is selling cosmetics. Thousands of Syrian refugees, fleeing violence at...
An Epic Journey to Save Diana

An Epic Journey to Save Diana

As the navy ship was pulling into the port in Sicily, I could see Diana. She stood out from more than 400 migrants and refugees onboard, rescued while crossing the dangerous Mediterranean waters. Diana, 10, was born in Syria with a severe form of cerebral palsy.Her...

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