Millionth Syria refugee registered in Lebanon

2014-04-03 13:22

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon has officially topped 1 million, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war.

CAR refugees starving to death

2014-03-14 19:11

Dozens of Central African refugees have died from starvation and many more are seriously ill from hunger and exhaustion after fleeing the conflict-ravaged country for Cameroon.

Armed groups surround thousands in CAR

2014-02-25 22:39

Over 15 000 people in Central African Republic, mostly Muslim civilians in makeshift camps, are surrounded and being threatened by armed militia groups.

CAR refugee numbers spiral in Cameroon

2014-02-22 07:00

Around 28 000 people have fled from conflict-torn Central African Republic to neighbouring Cameroon since the start of this month.

140 000 Iraqis flee violent region

2014-01-24 21:01

Anti-government fighters in parts of the Anbar province have killed three people as the UN has warned of Iraq's worst displacement since its brutal 2006-08 sectarian conflict.

Aid workers get food to CAR airport camp

2014-01-07 22:27

Aid workers in the Central African Republic have finally delivered supplies to more than 100 000 people who have sought refuge at the airport.

UN completes first Iraq-Syria aid airlift

2013-12-29 20:12

The United Nations has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria, providing much-needed supplies to a difficult-to-access region of the war-torn country.

Snow, rain lash Syria refugees in Lebanon

2013-12-11 12:16

Thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Lebanon have been weathering a winter storm that brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to the country.

Syrians in Morocco find refuge but little aid

2013-11-14 11:04

In a cluster of white-washed houses on Morocco’s north coast, newly-arrived Syrian families have found shelter from their ruined homeland but are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Westgate Mall attacker lived in refugee camp

2013-11-11 20:38

The Westgate Mall attacker lived in a Kenya refugee camp that houses more than 54 000 Somali refugees.

Torture widespread in Libya - UN

2013-10-01 22:35

The UN has found torture widespread in Libya, usually right after detention with 27 deaths recorded.

Syrian refugees pass 2 million mark: UN

2013-09-03 09:02

More than two million Syrians have now fled their war-ravaged country, the UN refugee agency says, lamenting the nearly 10-fold increase from a year ago.

UNHCR Darfur permits cut

2013-08-06 22:13

The UN refugee agency will cut its workload in Sudan's Darfur region after permits for more than half its international staff there were not renewed.

5 000 a month dying in Syria war

2013-07-16 20:21

Five thousand people a month are dying in the Syria war which has now thrown up the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Syrian army attacks city of Homs

2013-07-06 10:30

The Syrian army has fired heavy artillery barrages on Homs as the UN warns of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Niger refugee camp hit by cholera

2013-05-21 20:36

The UN says it is working to contain a cholera outbreak in Niger in a refugee camp for people fleeing the conflict in Mali.

Rape, violence raging in Bangui

2013-04-16 20:08

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says the security situation in Central African Republic is deteriorating three weeks after the government was overthrown.

UN halts Ivorian refugee returns

2013-03-28 19:33

The United Nations refugee agency in Liberia has halted its voluntary repatriation programme for displaced Ivorians because of growing violence at the countries' volatile border.

Unicef wants $45m for Mali

2013-02-26 17:03

Unicef urgently needs $45m to help children in conflict-stricken Mali, where the threat of violence and trafficking has spiralled, compounding a long-running food crisis.

Rape by soldiers on the rise

2013-01-18 22:48

Rape by armed men of displaced women is on the rise to an alarming extent in camps around Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a medical charity.

Afghan refugees face a deadly winter

2013-01-02 16:28

Hundreds of families living in makeshift shelters around the Afghan capital have collected blankets, charcoal and other supplies as authorities struggle to avoid a repeat of last winter's deaths.

Madagascar security force abuse probed

2012-11-28 21:02

Madagascar's government has announced an international probe into allegations of rights abuses by its security forces during a recent crackdown on cattle-rustling gangs.

UN wants peacekeeper killings probed

2012-10-20 07:33

The UN human rights office has demanded that Sudan investigate the killing of five UN peacekeepers, including an attack with mortar fire and automatic weapons on a convoy.

Sudan urged to halt repression

2012-09-27 07:31

The United States, Canada and the European Union have urged Sudan to stop clamping down on newspapers and protesters and allow a UN investigator to look into allegations of brutality against civilians in restive areas.

Jolie - open borders for Syria refugees

2012-09-16 22:35

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has called for Syria's neighbours to keep their borders open to refugees, during a visit to a refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.


251 drown in Lake Albert boat disaster

2014-03-27 21:09

At least 251 Congolese refugees have drowned in the weekend sinking of a crowded boat on Lake Albert.

Don't forget Syria conflict - UN refugee chief

2014-03-12 11:19

The head of the United Nation's refugee agency says it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but he is more concerned about attention diverted away from Syria.

Bodies in Sri Lanka mass grave top 80

2014-02-25 13:12

Forensic experts have found more bodies in an unmarked mass grave in Sri Lanka's northern former war zone, taking the total number to 80, an official says.

$2bn needed to combat Sahel hunger

2014-02-04 07:41

The UN is seeking $2bn this year to combat food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region, where 1.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence.

UN warns of genocide risk in CAR

2014-01-16 20:31

A senior UN humanitarian official has warned of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a massive scaling up in the international response to the crisis.

Million flee CAR conflict

2014-01-03 20:30

The number of people uprooted by conflict in the Central African Republic is nearing one million, with half of the residents of the capital Bangui driven from their homes.

Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in CAR

2013-12-27 09:50

The Red Cross says it has recovered some 40 bodies on the streets of Bangui as the United States expressed alarm at the latest eruption of fighting in the Central African Republic.

French army takes on CAR fighters

2013-12-06 17:02

French troops have killed several armed fighters in the Central African Republic as Paris rolled out a UN-backed operation to restore security.

Egypt - no Syrian refugees forced to leave

2013-11-13 20:38

Egypt says it has not forced any Syrian refugees to leave the country as alleged by Human Rights Watch, adding that an entry visa requirement would soon be dropped.

4 million more Syrians to flee in 2014: UN

2013-10-07 14:03

The UN expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Burned, abandoned villages in CAR

2013-09-06 19:11

A UN mission to the Central African Republic has found evidence of widespread human rights violations and huge numbers of people having been driven from their homes in the north of the country.

Sudan floods worst in 25 years

2013-08-22 21:01

More than 300 000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods which have killed almost 50 people this month.

Red Cross relies on role-play in aid fight

2013-07-31 11:04

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) faces increasingly hostile environments and recent heavy losses have made Swiss simulation training a priority.

Syria refugee crisis worst since Rwanda

2013-07-16 17:28

The Syrian refugee crisis is now the worst since the Rwandan genocide with nearly 1.8 million people registered in countries around Syria.

Tunisia refugee camp to close

2013-06-27 21:16

Around 200 people in a camp in southeast Tunisia for those who fled the Libya conflict in 2011 will be evicted when the UN refugee agency closes it.

Tragedy looms in Myanmar as rain nears

2013-04-19 21:57

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who fled communal violence in Myanmar, are in danger as the monsoon season looms, the UN's refugee agency says.

Alleged rape sparked fatal Myanmar brawl

2013-04-12 14:02

A fatal brawl between ethnic groups from Myanmar in an Indonesian detention centre has been triggered by the alleged sexual assault of three women of the Muslim group, police say.


Angelina Jolie visits Rwanda

2013-03-27 11:55

Actress and UNHCR goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie was in Rwanda to visit the Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali and joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague to encourage world powers to do more on tackling rape and sexual assault in war zones.

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Jordan records 12 000 refugees in 6 days

2013-01-22 15:01

More than 12 000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have sought refuge in Jordan in the past six days to escape the war in their homeland.

Riot breaks out in Jordan refugee camp

2013-01-08 22:11

Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp have attacked aid workers with sticks and stones, frustrated after cold, howling winds swept away their tents.

Almost a million displaced in DRC

2012-12-13 22:27

More than 900 000 people have been displaced by violence in the strife-ridden eastern DRC region of North Kivu, up about 500 000 on the figure made public in April.

Syrian refugee numbers double - UN

2012-11-23 22:08

The number of Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries has nearly doubled since the beginning of September to more than 440 000, the UN refugee agency says.

Ukraine under fire for anti-gay bill

2012-10-05 22:18

Human rights bodies have condemned moves by Ukraine to introduce prison terms for the "promotion of homosexuality", saying a new law went against the former Soviet republic's commitments.

Somali educator wins Nansen prize

2012-09-18 22:35

Hawa Aden Mohamed, a former Somali refugee who has created an education programme for displaced and often sexually abused women and girls, has been awarded the annual Nansen prize.

Peace envoy - Syria conflict worse

2012-09-13 22:15

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the deadly conflict in Syria is getting worse as he arrived on his first official trip.

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