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Refugee Olympic Team makes history at Rio Games

By: Jonathan Clayton   |  5 August 2016 Rose Lokonyen carries the Olympic flag and leads the Refugee Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio.  © UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – To tumultuous applause, ten refugee athletes made history on Friday evening marching into the famed Maracanã...
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Sharjah Meet: UNHCR calls for urgent protection action for refugee children

(UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called Wednesday at a landmark conference in Sharjah for urgent action to strengthen protection for millions of refugee children. “Protecting refugee children is a core priority for UNHCR, and doing this right requires the close collaboration of all stakeholders,” Guterres told...
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Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon

(UNHCR) – Tears welled in the eyes of Alia Abdelqader, 65, as she told of her husband’s reluctant return to Syria that morning – just a few days after the couple had escaped to Lebanon. Their daughter, a gynecologist, has been trapped in the embattled city of Yabrud with her...
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Insecurity pushes number of displaced in Central African Republic past 935,000

(UNHCR) – Continuing violence and insecurity in Central African Republic has pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDP) past 935,000 and is hampering humanitarian aid efforts. “Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites have severely limited humanitarian agencies’ access to those...
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