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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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UNHCR and partners distribute urgently needed aid to flooded camps in Ethiopia

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

Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

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

UNHCR steps up measures to rein in Hepatitis E among South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

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

Young refugee sisters survive on wild grass as they trek alone to safety

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

As food shortages hit 800,000 African refugees, UNHCR and WFP issue urgent appeal

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

At least 62 dead in Red Sea Boat tragedy

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

Vulnerable South Sudanese refugees relocated by air in Ethiopia

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

70,000 South Sudanese flee fighting since May truce

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

UNHCR dismayed at rising deaths from boat accidents in Mediterranean

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

Refugees pour into Ethiopia after government forces capture Nasir in South Sudan

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

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