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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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Convoy with UNHCR aid reaches besieged Syrian farm town

20 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Driven from their land, Syrian farmers scavenge to survive

14 March 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Hungry for help: refugees in Kenya feel the effects of recent food cuts

9 January 2015 | 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

UNHCR, WFP reassure Maban refugees over food shortage

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

Malnutrition a serious threat as food shortages impact Maban refugee camps

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

UNHCR and World Food Programme alarmed at scale of needs in South Sudan

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

WFP AND UNHCR Warn of Rapidly Worsening Refugee Crisis in Hunger-Striken Sahel

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

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