Refugee numbers worldwide hit record high: UN
19 June 2019 | 11:41 am
For the first time ever, the number of displaced people reached 70.8 million at the end of 2018, according to the UNHCR. The agency's chief warned against a hostile climate for refugees, but Germany came in for praise.
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After civil war forced Samuel Dhol Ayeun to flee South Sudan as a teenager to neighbouring Uganda in 2013, memories of watching friends die of preventable diseases due to inadequate medical care inspired his goal of becoming a doctor.
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Oscar-winning actor Angelina Jolie on Sunday visited a refugee camp in Burkina Faso sheltering thousands of Malians who have fled jihadist violence in the region.
As the UN document turns 70 years old, experts say there is a lack of political will to implement the rights of refugees under the agreement. Countries in Africa are already moving beyond it.
Seven years ago Cameroonian refugee Cyrille Tchatchet II was penniless and living on Britain’s streets. Now he is preparing to make history at the Tokyo Olympics as the first UK-based refugee Olympian, after being officially selected as weightlifter for the International Olympic Committee's refugee team.
The UN World Food Programme chief is calling for supply trucks to be allowed to deliver food to thousands of refugees in Tigray, saying current rations will run out on Friday.
Despite tougher measures on both sides of the English Channel, asylum-seekers are still trying to make the dangerous crossing from France to the United Kingdom, in an attempt to find a better future.
Rescuers in Bangladesh were searching for survivors after a boat carrying over 40 refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal. The Rohingya were trying to escape the Bhashan Char island camp.
Over six days, the lives of Afghan researcher Mohammad Ehsan Saadat and his family turned upside down: enough time to fill out an asylum application and flee to Canada just before the Taliban walked into Kabul. Since then, he has often said to himself how "lucky" he is to have the opportunity to start anew in Canada, but "weeps" for those left behind.
Indonesian police disperse a protest by hundreds of Afghan refugees in Jakarta on Tuesday. The refugees express fear over safety of their relatives in Afghanistan and urge the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to speed up the resettlement process so they can reunite with their family members in third countries. "The Taliban is the same as the Taliban 20 years ago. It's the same Taliban. Because their action are the same. We don't care their speech" says an Afghan refugee living in Jakarta.
Around 300 Afghan refugees in New Delhi shout slogans demanding human rights and resettlement by UN Agencies. The refugees say most of them have not received any help from the UN agencies in India. "We have nothing, no future, no education," says a 14-year-old Afghan refugee in India.
Vietnamese American refugee Phat Bui, who fled Saigon in 1975 following the US evacuation and the city's fall, says that watching the chaotic scenes out of Kabul "brings back a lot of memories," as emergency evacuations continue following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. "I feel very sad, very depressed as well," he adds.
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