4 May, 2016

Syrian refugee begins Olympic torch relay in Brasilia

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From UN News Centre Flanked by cheering crowds, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl ran with the Olympic flame through Brasilia today, kicking off a relay across the host country ahead of the Olympic Games in August, the United Nations refugee agency announced. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the

19 Apr, 2016

Work permit boost gives hope to Khaled, 22, and other Syrian refugees in Jordan

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From UNHCR In the four years since they fled from Hama to Jordan, 22-year-old Syrian refugee Khaled has been the sole wage earner for his family of eight. With no valid work permit for his farm-laboring job, Khaled has lived with the ever-present fear that he would be caught and his family's financial lifeline severed.

8 Apr, 2016

German-funded DAFI scholarships give young refugees hope and an education

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UNHCR Shehab, a 22-year-old Syrian student, poses proudly in front of a statue of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, at the entrance to Haceteppe University in Ankara. A refugee from the city of Aleppo, he is in the second year of a health sciences degree course and is the recipient of a German-funded

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

8 Jul, 2015

In “Gimme Shelter” young refugees tell their stories on stage

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World Refugee Day is observed every year on 20 June, to draw attention to the plight of the millions of people around the world forced to leave their home countries due to war, conflict and persecution. “Excuse us for being here. Excuse us for stealing your time. Excuse us.” Chanting in unison, the actors take

29 Sep, 2014

Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

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(UN News Centre) 12 September 2014 – A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The volunteers of the group, Red Mariposas de