Spanish TV presenter Jesús Vázquez appointed Goodwill Ambassador

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NEW YORK, United States, July 21 (UNHCR) – Popular Spanish television presenter Jesús Vázquez has been appointed as the UN refugee agency's newest Goodwill Ambassador during a ceremony in New York. (read more)
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UNHCR chief meets top EU officials; calls for a "Europe of Asylum"

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 16 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stressed the importance of UNHCR's partnership with the European Union (EU) during a visit to Brussels on Wednesday.
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UNHCR needs more funds to help Southern Sudan refugees go home

SUDAN, Jul 17: We issued a press release concerning the US $11.9 million shortfall in funding for the Southern Sudan repatriation and reintegration operation which could undermine efforts to repatriate refugees who wish to go home in the second half of this year. (read more)
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Success and challenges as UNHCR tackles neglected health issues

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GENEVA, July 16 (UNHCR) – When António Guterres visited refugee camps soon after becoming UNHCR High Commissioner in 2005, he discovered what many staff on the ground already knew: in too many places the agency was not devoting sufficient resources to protect the health of refugees. (read more)
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UNHCR Boss Stresses Cessation for Refugees

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GAMBIA, Africa, Jul 16: The Head of Mission at the UNHCR has again stressed that cessation is an international instrument that enables a refugee to cease being a refugee. ( read more )
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UNHCR helps Afghan villagers to improve irrigation system

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AMBARKHANA, Afghanistan, July 9 (UNHCR) – The food basket of eastern Afghanistan is filling up slowly but surely as returnees and water projects turn abandoned marshland back into fertile farmland. ( read more )

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On an island awash in music, a refugee adds his voice

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KINGSTON, Jamaica July 2 (UNHCR) – Jamaica is renowned for its music and the chance to study at a visual and performing arts college in the island nation's capital, Kingston, has been a lifeline back to normality for one West African refugee. ( read more)
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Burundian Refugees

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, March 11 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres left here late Monday after meeting Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and launching a landmark two-year programme to end one of the world's most protracted refugee situations – the exile of some 218,000 Burundians who fled their country in 1972. (read more)
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UNHCR very disturbed by block on Darfur refugee relocation

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EASTERN CHAD: We are very disturbed that in eastern Chad on Tuesday our efforts to move traumatised, newly arrived refugees from West Darfur away from the volatile border to camps was blocked by the presence of unknown armed elements. (read more)
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UNHCR takes part in mass aid distribution in Syria

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DAMASCUS, Syria: The UN refugee agency and its sister organization, the World Food Programme (WFP), warned of a funding shortage on Tuesday after launching their biggest joint aid distribution to date in Syria. (read more)
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Azerbaijan closes last of emergency camps

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: In 1993, Gulshan Aghayeva was forced to flee from her home region of Zangilan in south-west Azerbaijan as conflict over the enclave of Nagorno Karabakh escalated. She found shelter... (read more)
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Jolie In Iraq For UN Refugee Mission

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BAGHDAD: Angelina Jolie brought her star power to Baghdad Thursday on a mission as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to highlight the plight of Iraqi refugees. The actress said there needs to be a more coherent plan...(read more)

Jolie talks exclusively to CNN's Arwa Damon about efforts to deal with displaced Iraqis.
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UNHCR Channel on YouTube Reports from the Field


Go to YouTube's UNHCR Channel for more video reports from around the world.
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World Food Program's Hunger Hot Spots

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ROME, ITALY: The UN's World Food Program has developed an interactive map charting the hot spots around the world where food is needed most. Click here for the full report country by country.
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Attacks Force UNHCR to Leave Eastern Chad

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ABECHE, CHAD: A series of armed attacks on the UN refugee agency and other aid organizations forced UNHCR on Thursday to evacuate most of its staff from its office in Guereda. In the last 72 hours, five vehicles belonging to...(read more)

UNHCR Continues Operations in Eastern Chad with Reduced Staff: The fighting in Chad has caused at least 20 thousand Chadians to flee to neighboring Cameroon and as many as three thousand to Nigeria. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Red Cross are providing assistance to the new arrivals in Cameroon. (read more)
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UNHCR Appeals for $90 Million for IDPs

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GENEVA: The U.N. refugee agency is launching a $90 million appeal to assist millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Uganda. (read more)
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Iraqi Refugee Return Driven By Lack of Money

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CAIRO, EGYPT: According to the UNHCR, of the estimated 2.2 million Iraqis who have fled their country since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, some 70,000 came to Egypt. However, various local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Egyptian government estimate their number to be between 100,000 and...(read more)
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UNHCR Assistance for Displaced Kenyans

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KENYA: UNHCR is providing relief supplies to tens of thousands of Kenyans displaced by the recent turmoil in the East African country, where they already care for more than 270,000 refugees from elsewhere in Africa. They're making available...(read more)
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