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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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Humanitarian assistance severely hampered by ongoing Mogadishu fighting amid fears of spreading famine

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

UNHCR transfers Somalis to new camp as fresh fighting erupts in Mogadishu

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

UNHCR moves over 3,000 Somali refugees into Ifo Extension site in Kenya

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

Tens of thousands of drought-displaced Somalis head to Mogadishu

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

Women, children bear brunt as Mogadishu influx swells to 100,000

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

Emergency Update: Dollo Ado, Ethiopia

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

As Somali displacement grows, refugee camps report deaths

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

Famine victims converge on Mogadishu; region's camps report deaths

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

East & Horn of Africa Update Somali Displacement Crisis at a glance

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

UNHCR launches emergency aid drive across southern, central Somalia

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

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