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UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 7,092 people in 124 countries continues to help 35.8 million persons.  Website: www.unhcr.org
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Cholera containment measures stall death rate in Tanzania refugee camp

26 May 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Cholera epidemic claims 31 lives in Tanzania, including 29 Burundian refugees

22 May 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR helps bring water to Afghan refugees and Iranian villages

21 January 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Fresh water brings life back to traumatized South Sudan village

26 February 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

In South Sudan, simple messages deliver dramatic results in tackling epidemic among refugees

28 October 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Aid efforts to help new Congolese refugees in Uganda focus on shelter, water shortages

19 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Pressure on land, water as more refugees enter South Sudan

1 June 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Drop by drop, UNHCR encourages displaced to come back home

17 November 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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