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No More Excuses - Provide Education to All Forcibly Displaced People

Aaron Benavot | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

By the GEM Report and the UNHCR Education Section Days before the World Humanitarian Summit, we have jointly released a new policy paper, 'No more ...

The Government's Latest Capitulation to Take Up to 3,000 Refugees Is Welcome - But Simply Not Enough

Tim Farron | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

If I was cynical I'd remark on the fact that this latest announcement comes just days before a crucial vote in the Commons which would force the Tories to take 3000 vulnerable child refugees from Europe and it seems that the Government are trying to buy off MPs ahead of that. Of course the Government's latest capitulation to take up to 3,000 individuals from the Syrian region over the next four years is welcome but it is simply not enough.

The Implementation of the EU-Turkey Deal Must Dispel Human Rights Concerns

Nils Muižnieks | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Nils Muižnieks

Now that the EU-Turkey deal has been reached, the utmost care should be given to its implementation in order to dispel a number of serious concerns that the deal elicits from a human rights perspective.

Refugees, Migrants - Or Just Humans?

Unni Krishnan | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In these desperate times, the world needs to do more, generating a sense of hope, security and protection - especially for young children, travelling without parents and leaving everything they know behind.

The US and EU Need to Step Up Their Effort of Resettling Refugees

Meron Semedar | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Meron Semedar

People will continue to migrate for many years, and it is very important for world leaders to review the old tradition of prevention and protection which was set under the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that were built after World War II. Since then our world had changed a lot, but the approaches have remained the same in the interest of national security. If we do not set out to help refugees and migrants, we have sold our humanity and that is a very worrying phenomenon.

UN Takes Aim at Pay of Single Mothers and Frontline Aid Workers

Ian Richards | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Any organisation that has seen more than 650 of its workers killed or injured on duty in 15 years would need to think hard about how it keeps staff motivated and productive, and how it attracts new talent to replace staff who leave.

Protecting Children in the Sandstorm of Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Lily Caprani

Each day, new lives are arriving here in the substitute maternity unit in Za'atari, while hundreds more are being killed every day eight miles away in Syria. We alone can't give the children of Syria what they need the most - ceasefire and peace - but we can protect their lives, their bodies and their minds from further harm and help them survive yet another bitter winter here in the Jordanian desert.

This Summer, Across the Greek Islands, Boats Filled With Refugees Are Nothing Unusual

Owen Fay | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Owen Fay

What passes for routine these days means that within an hour the crew on board has spotted, hailed and rescued forty-four men, women and children. All Syrian, all fleeing the war. This summer, across the Greek islands, this is nothing unusual...

Diving Into The Digital Lives of Refugees

Christopher Mikkelsen | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Christopher Mikkelsen

Faced with 59.5 million forcibly displaced people also forces the world to reconsider how we position ourselves in creating a future that does not become a holding pattern for misery, but rather a movement where we make the best of what we have.

Released from Captivity

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Focus group discussions with internally displaced people living in camps and urban areas reveal that many women and girls - mainly from Yazidis communities - are still missing. Often, they have suffered inexplicable abuse.

The Forgetting

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Nawfal is a gentle little boy. In a crowd of rowdy children, he stands back and quietly observes. He doesn't say much. But I promise you: If you had seen him that day, and if you had the courage to look into his eyes, you would cry just as I did when I got home. I wish you could have seen his eyes and sensed his defeat.

Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean Deserve Protection, Not Russian Roulette

Carlotta Sami | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Carlotta Sami

Mhere is no reason at all for which people should risk their last hopes and often die at sea. The time has come for the EU institutions and Member States to step up their collective action to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures to those in need of international protection and increase legal alternatives to prevent people from having to undertake these dangerous sea crossings.

This Girl And 10 Million Others Like Her Don't Officially Exist

Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

At least ten million people worldwide are currently stateless, and a baby is born with no nationality every ten minutes, according to a UN report whic...

Reporting Back From Visiting Malian Refugees in Burkina Faso with UNHCR

Rokia Traoré | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Rokia Traoré

Last month, I visited Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here I met Malian refugees who fled their country after conflict broke out in the North in early 2012. There are over 34,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso - most of whom are from northern Mali.

Field Diary: 72 Hours to Travel 32 Kilometres - A Humanitarian Mission in Aleppo

Insaf Nizam | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Insaf Nizam

I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost two years since they had received humanitarian supplies...

Syria Is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the World... And It's Not Going Away

David Morrissey | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
David Morrissey

The Syria crisis may have fallen off the news agenda, but it hasn't gone away. Every month around 100,000 Syrians become refugees. Again and again I was told the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile and critically underfunded, but there was enormous praise for Jordan - not a rich country by Middle Eastern standards, yet it is showing great generosity towards the Syrian people. This is an international crisis on an epic scale. It's a matter of global responsibility - Jordan and the other countries neighbouring Syria should not be bearing the brunt of this alone.

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

An Inspiring Orphan From Syria, Stepping Into Her Mother's Shoes

Dana Sleiman | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Dana Sleiman

I first met Hala at a tented settlement in central Bekaa, East Lebanon. She had been here for a year, one in a million refugees who have fled Syria. They call her 'the orphan'; her tomboy walk and winter hat make her easy to spot. She speaks with a disturbing nonchalance; a hardness, common amongst many refugees I have met. Her hair is falling out.

Thousands Benefit in Areha and Muhambel, Syria, as UN Supply Convoy Reaches Families in Areas Ravaged by Intense Fighting

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

Last week, I was part of a UN inter-agency convoy that brought much-needed emergency supplies to the Areha district, including for nearby Muhambel town. It has been months since humanitarian assistance has been able to get through. Even now that the fighting has stopped in this area, the 22-truck convoy had to take a circuitous route to avoid active hot areas.

Britain Will Take Child Refugees, Elderly, Victims Of Torture, From Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Britain's pledge to take on some of Syria's most vulnerable refugees will "transform the lives" of children, torture survivors and victims of sexual a...

Geneva 2: It's Not Just Peace That's a Priority for Syrians, It's Survival

Sara Firth | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Sara Firth

Far from the conference corridors at the Geneva 2 talks - the corridors of the UNHCR's Beirut office are bustling. Outside in the morning sun hundreds of Syrian refugees have already gathered in long queues. They're waiting.

Bloodletting in Syria Is a Blot to Humanity That Must End

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The massive funeral was a fitting tribute to this courageous physician who left his comfortable London life and endured a year-long incarceration by one of the most brutal regimes in the Arab world. The British society, particularly the Muslim community, can feel proud of Dr Khan who put the lives of ordinary people above his; he paid the ultimate price by giving his own life.

Series of Photo Stories Make Local Voices Heard on DRC Conflict

Maria Lange | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Maria Lange

Torn apart by 20 years of conflict, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most violence-stricken parts of the world. In a region with colossal economic potential, many armed groups regularly engage in fighting with devastating consequences for the local populations...

Drawings by Syrian Refugee Children Reveal What Is Going on Inside Their Heads

Tatiana Nasser | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Tatiana Nasser

Another Syrian refugee, nine year old Samar from Daraa, drew a woman who was smiling and crying at the same time, holding a flower in one hand while her other hand was missing. When Samar talked, she alternated between sharing the feelings of fear and hopelessness she experienced in Syria and the security and stability she is now feeling in Lebanon.

The Gardenia Boys: 10-Year-Olds Standing Alone on Street Corners Selling Flowers at Midnight

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

It's just after midnight in Tripoli, Lebanon. I'm on my way home from a lovely evening in Beirut with friends. I am nearly home. The streets are empty. Out of the car window I catch a glimpse of a little figure. A young boy leaning on a car with one hand, dozing off with a bunch of roses and gardenia flower chains in another...