13 July 2017

Malala highlights education needs of Iraq’s displaced children

Hasansham, Iraq, 12 July 2017 – During her first visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday called for world leaders to invest in education for children in conflict stricken countries. “Education cannot be ignored. Especially for countries that are going through conflict. Education is a basic [...]

10 July 2017

Amid ruins of war in Mosul, residents start to rebuild

Mosul, Iraq, 10 July 2017 – As the battle for Mosul raged around them last year, Rabah Mahmoud Ali and his family were ejected from their home by armed militants. After Iraqi forces took back control, they returned to find the roof and first floor of their house badly damaged by bombs, their possessions [...]

20 June 2017

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Nairobi, appeals for child refugees

Nairobi/Geneva, 20 June 2017 - UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi.  Ms. Jolie met around 20 refugee girls, who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents and are now living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House and participating in a Girls’ Empowerment Programme.  The girls [...]

13 June 2017

Soccer stars kick off campaign to help refugees

Barcelona, Spain, 13 June 2017 – Soccer stars Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior today kicked off a global campaign that seeks to ensure that millions of refugees have a safe place to live, receive an education and are able to provide for their families. The FC Barcelona strikers signed a ball to launch the [...]

31 May 2017

UNHCR, IOM pledge increased support for Libya

Geneva, 30 May — The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), on Tuesday presented their plans for expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi joined IOM Director General William [...]

22 May 2017

Searching for Syria? Google and UNHCR offer answers to five top questions

New York/London/Paris/Berlin/Madrid/Geneva, 22 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Google are launching a powerful new website that gives global online audiences an informative and compelling insight into the Syrian refugee crisis, its staggering human cost and the world’s humanitarian response aimed at helping millions of Syrian families, forced from their homes by [...]

22 May 2017

UN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian response

Geneva, 21 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that it is stepping up its presence and programmes in Libya in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy in the North African country. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through [...]

17 May 2017

Azraq, the world’s first refugee camp powered by renewable energy

Azraq, 17 May 2017 - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. Funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the solar farm has brought renewable power to a population that lived for two and a half years with only sporadic access [...]

16 May 2017

Over US$1.4 billion needed for South Sudan refugees in 2017

Geneva, 15 May 2017 - The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to [...]