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UNICEF Urges Repatriation of All Children in Syria’s Al-Hol Refugees and Internally-Displaced Camp Following Deadly Fire

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(UN News)* — The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 28 February 2021 urged all countries to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at Syria’s largest camp for refugees and internally-displaced, following a deadly weekend fire at Al-Hol camp which saw at least three children die, and another 15 injured.

© UNICEF/Masoud Hasen | A baby is screened for malnutrition at Al-Hol camp in northern Syria.

In and around the notorious camp which has housed many families of alleged extremist fighters since the defeat of ISIL in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, “there are more than 22,000 foreign children of at least 60 nationalities who languish in camps and prisons, in addition to many thousands of Syrian children”, said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Ted Chaiban.

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Give Us Access to Tigray to Find Missing Refugees – Norwegian Refugee Council Pleas

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 2021 (IPS)* – The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called for unimpeded access to all parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, to locate an estimated 20,000 unaccounted for refugees and assess damage to its Hitsaats Camp which was looted and set alight in early January.


In Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says that for three months Ethiopia’s Tigray Region has been completely blocked off from the world. The reports that have trickled out speak to extensive violence, extensive conflict and extensive impact on civilians, the humanitarian agency says. (File photo) Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

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The ‘Devastating’ Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees, the Internally Displaced and the Stateless, Laid Bare by Global Data Showing the Pandemic’s Effects on Jobs, Incomes, Food Security…

Poor and vulnerable communities across the world, including the forcibly displaced, struggle with the pandemic’s far-reaching consequences.


Regina lost her job as a physical therapist in Pretoria, South Africa, in the pandemic and now relies on food parcels from the Somali business community to feed her family.
© UNHCR/Helene Caux

3 February 2021 (UNHCR)*  —  In a data visualization project entitled ‘Livelihoods, food and futures: COVID-19 and the displaced,’ UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, collated statistics from numerous sources to shed more light on the effects of the pandemic on poor and vulnerable people, including refugees.

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UN Refugee Agency Warns Asylum-Seekers under Attack at Europe’s Borders, Urges End to Pushbacks and Violence against Refugees

Greece. Perilous crossing for refugees and migrants at the Evros land border

Shoes, a ball and a hat caught on a three layered barbed-wire fence at the Fylakio reception and identification centre near the Greek-Turkish border.  © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

“UNHCR has received a continuous stream of reports of some European states restricting access to asylum, returning people after they have reached territory or territorial waters, and using violence against them at borders,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs.

“The pushbacks are carried out in a violent and apparently systematic way. Boats carrying refugees are being towed back. People are being rounded-up after they land and then pushed back to sea. Many have reported violence and abuse by state forces.”

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Liberee’s Story: Genocide Survivor Now Works for World Food Programme as a Monitor Helping Burundian Refugees

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By Livia Hengel*

As a child, she received emergency nutritional support from the World Food Programme where she is now a monitor helping Burundian refugees
Liberee Kayumba’s traumatic experience during the genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda inspired her to make a difference in the lives of others. Photo: WFP/Jonathan Eng

Liberee Kayumba, a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, has seen the horrors of war first-hand. She was only 12 years old when she lost her parents and brothers in the genocide – a trauma that was further compounded by the immediate risk of starvation.

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5 Ways Refugees Helped Battle COVID-19 in 2020

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Amid the pandemic, refugees stepped up to provide healthcare, boost wellness, safeguard their communities and keep us inspired during lockdowns.


Venezuelan doctor Samuel Suárez is taking part in the public health response to coronavirus in San Francisco, a remote village in Ecuador.© UNHCR/Jaime Giménez Sánchez de la Blanca


The Virus That Shut Down the World: The Plight of Refugees and Migrants

© UNICEF/Canaj Magnum Photos | A 33-year-old man from Afghanistan, pictured with his family on the Greek island of Lesvos, is hoping to be relocated to Germany.
29 December 2020 (UN News)*In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.

Amidst a “Critical Shortage” of Resources, Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees in Kenya Will Lack Food Unless New Funds Are Swiftly Received

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(UN News)* — Amidst a “critical shortage” of resources, hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya will lack food unless new funds are swiftly received, the UN’s food relief agency warned on Thursday [17 December 2020].

WFP | Refugees line up to collect food at a centre in Kakuma camp, in the north of Kenya.
The World Food Programme (WFP) needs $57 million to continue providing food and nutrition assistance to the country’s 435,000-strong refugee population between January and June of next year. 

Bangladesh: ‘Halt Immediately Relocations of Rohingya Refugees to Remote Island’

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By Human Rights Watch*

(New York) – The Bangladesh government should immediately halt imminent relocations of Rohingya refugees to remote Bhasan Char island, Human Rights Watch said on 3 December 2020.


Transfer of Rohingya Refugees to an Island Off Bangladesh’s Coast ‘Must Be Voluntary’

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7 December 2020 – The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), has voiced concerns over the reported relocation of some Rohingya refugees by Bangladeshi authorities, to an island off the country’s coast, in the Bay of Bengal. (*)

UNICEF/Roger Lemoyne | Shelters housing Rohingya refugees at the Unchiprang camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (file photo)

“Any transfer must follow a voluntary, informed decision”, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said on Twitter on Sunday [7 December 2020]. 

According to media reports, about 1,600 Rohingya refugees have moved from camps in Cox’s Bazar to the Bhasan Char island in the Bay of Bengal, a low-lying island said to be vulnerable to cyclones and flooding.

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