3 Mar, 2016

On the move: A new mobile clinic reaches refugee women in the Balkans

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From UNFPA  On a bleak, cold day in late February, hundreds of refugees, bundled in winter coats and carrying bulging bags and baskets, stream into the Tebanovce transit centre, stationed on the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Most have been travelling for months, and will likely only rest here for

29 Feb, 2016

UN Radio: Refugee crisis needs young people to “make a difference”

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From UN Radio  Check out this UN Radio discussion below on the potential of young people during a humanitarian crisis: Young people will be the ones to "make a difference" in humanitarian crises if they can demonstrate motivation and dedication. That's according to an activist who spoke at a briefing on the global

22 Feb, 2016

Home at last for young refugees in Hungarian orphanage

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From UNHCR With its government calling for a "defensive line" against refugees, Hungary may seem heartless. But Haseebullah Sarwari-Said from Afghanistan and Hassan Shabna from Western Sahara have had a positive, if atypical experience here, having finally restarted their lives thanks to an orphanage near Budapest. Both young men fled mortal danger in their homelands,

16 Feb, 2016

Taking the plunge: Swimming lessons help integration in Norway

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From UNHCR  As a strong swimmer in a nation of mainly nomadic camel herders, Abdullahi Yusuf Jibril was always a little different. But today, as a Somali refugee in Norway, he is really making a splash. The 26-year-old first arrived in Grimstad, a small town on Norway's south-west coast, back in 2013. After taking a

15 Feb, 2016

Photos from UN Secretary-General’s visit to Canada

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On 11-13 February 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went on an official visit to Canada. During his visit he met in Ottawa with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, visited the Catholic Centre for Immigrants where he met with refugees that benefited from Canada’s resettlement programme, and the following day also addressed students at McGill

15 Feb, 2016

UNRWA celebrates the opening of the EU-funded 2015 photo exhibition and awards ceremony in Gaza

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From UNRWA  The UNRWA photo exhibition ‘We Deserve Life’ was officially opened at the Rashad Shawa Eastern Hall in Gaza City on 15 February, showcasing the winning submissions from the EU-funded 2015 UNRWA Photo Competition. All four winners from last year’s competition attended the event, which featured an awards ceremony in recognition of their winning

27 Jan, 2016

European and Palestine Refugee Students in Syria Connect via Skype to Advocate for Education

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From UNRWA On 25 January in London and 27 January in Brussels, the #MyVoiceMySchool project will connect European students with Palestine refugee students to discuss the importance of education in their lives. The calls are taking place a few days ahead of the ’Supporting Syria and the Region, London 2016’ conference on 4 February. The

15 Jan, 2016

Young South Sudanese actors and athletes take on violence, HIV

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From UNFPA Adjumani, Uganda – Weeks after violence erupted in in South Sudan, Mike Marchar fled for his life. He found safe haven in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda, but lost track of his family. He doesn’t know whether they are still alive. The carnage he witnessed has stayed with him. But there

26 Oct, 2015

“Enough pain” – A Syrian refugee girl pleads for dignity | UNICEF

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“Enough... enough pain.” 15-year-old Syrian refugee Shaimae is crossing the Serbian border into Croatia with her mother and sisters. They are heading to Germany in the hopes of starting a new life. With a tear-filled plea about the deep impact fleeing has had on her, she says: “We just need someone to understand us, to

10 Dec, 2013

UN Envoy on Youth visits refugee camp, warns of a lost generation in Syria

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In observance of the International Human Rights Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the largest camp currently hosting Syrian refugees. Since the Syrian conflict began over 1,000 days ago, more than two million refugees have fled the country, many of these now temporarily residing in […]