Archive for August 7th, 2015

07/08/2015

“A Dream of Humanity” – Gigantic Photo Exhibition on Humanity and Diversity Along River Seine’s Shore in Paris

Human Wrongs Watch

Paris, 5 August 2015 (UNHCR)*  A gigantic photo exhibition now covers the walls along the banks of the Seine in Paris. The 370-metre long panorama includes photos representing humanity and diversity as well as seven key words translated into languages from all around the world: respect, peace, solidarity, friendship, dignity, hospitality and hope.

© UNHCR/O. Laban-Mattei | A UNHCR volunteer indicates to a visitor some of the main themes of Reza’s exhibition along the Seine’s shore in Paris.

The exhibition that UNHCR helped plan includes photos taken by the famous photojournalist Reza over the past 30 years, and portraits of refugees by photographer Ali Bin Thalith.

It also features photographs taken by Syrian refugee children living in Kawergosk refugee camp in Iraq and trained in photography by the world-renowned Reza.

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07/08/2015

100,000 Humans Flee Yemen in Four Months Since Fighting Started

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva (UNHCR)*  Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March, but the UN refugee agency on 4 August 2015 warned that its regional response to help receiving countries cope with the outflow was seriously hampered by under-funding.

© UNHCR/H. McNeish | A refugee from Yemen hides from the scorching sun in Obock, northern Djibouti. Obock has become a safe haven for hundreds of people fleeing increasingly violent conflict in Yemen.

UNHCR said that overall only one-fifth of its funding needs had been met. In Somalia, where over 28,000 people have arrived, just five percent of the required funding, estimated at US $64 million, has been received.

“While many of these people have not sought help as refugees, around 54,000 have registered with UNHCR and government authorities for assistance of various kinds.” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a press briefing in Geneva.

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07/08/2015

Migration-Mediterranean: Fishing Boat Sinks, 400 Humans Rescued

Human Wrongs Watch

Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off the coast of Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the United Nations refugee agency 6 August 2015 reported.

Italian Navy rescues boat filled with refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last year. More than 2,100 people have died so far this year attempting to cross to Europe in over-crowded, flimsy vessels. | Source: UNHCR

Italian Navy rescues boat filled with refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last year. More than 2,100 people have died so far this year attempting to cross to Europe in over-crowded, flimsy vessels. | Source: UNHCR

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