Author: Therese Abed El-Massih

A Special Interview with UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Philippa Candler Winter and COVID-19 challenges in Iraq

February 5, 2021

The past year has been exceptionally challenging for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq. The escalation of hostilities between major actors in the region, coupled with the ongoing protests, resulted in a fragile security and political context that compromised the stability, transition, and reconciliation efforts achieved thus far. UNHCR’s access to people of…

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Ambassador Affey: “Refugees show us daily how far the strength of the human spirit can go”

December 4, 2020

In an interview on the current situation in Sudan and South Sudan, the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, explains the biggest challenges faced. With 1.6 million internally displaced persons and nearly 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, South Sudan continues to represent the largest displacement crisis in Africa, and…

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Ambassador Affey: “Refugees show us daily how far the strength of the human spirit can go”

December 3, 2020

In an interview on the current situation in Sudan and South Sudan, the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, explains the biggest challenges faced. With 1.6 million internally displaced persons and nearly 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, South Sudan continues to represent the largest displacement crisis in Africa, and…

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This year more than ever, we need kindness!

November 24, 2020

On the 13th of November, we celebrated the international “World Kindness Day”. A day to promote kindness and compassion around the world. And this year more than ever, we feel that kindness is needed. Here at UNHCR, we already know that small acts of kindness can change the world and they start with each one of…

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Karen Wazen: “I am so proud to use my voice for a mission that is so close to my heart”

September 29, 2020

We welcomed today to UNHCR’s family, the Lebanese social media influencer Karen Wazen who has been named as a High Profile Supporter of UNHCR for her dedication and commitment to raising awareness of the plight of refugees and displaced populations across the region over the past three years. The title was officially given to Karen…

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The humanitarian catastrophe that is not breaking the news…but should be

July 15, 2020
Internally displaced 8-year-old Yemeni boy, Ali, receives hospital treatment for injuries he sustained in an accident.

Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. This is a fact. There are more people in need inside Yemen than anywhere else in the world. Maybe you have heard about it in the news or social media. But behind the latest news on Yemen, there are some critical facts, that few people are sharing:…

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Opening of the MADE51 online store!

July 14, 2020

We are thrilled and excited to announce the opening of the MADE51 online store! It’s a truly positive and powerful UNHCR initiative and we would love your support in spreading the word far and wide. MADE51 connects refugee artisans with international markets. With the launch of the online marketplace, for the first time ever, customers…

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25 years later, Social media Reunites a former refugee with man who gave her a lifesaving gift

September 10, 2019

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, five-year-old Mevan Babakar was living with her mother at a holding centre for refugees in the Dutch town of Bergen aan Zee. Mevan’s life had been hard. Her parents fled northern Iraq in 1991 as refugees and journeyed through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia before reaching the Netherlands, where…

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25 years later, Social media Reunites a former refugee with man who gave her a lifesaving gift

September 10, 2019

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, five-year-old Mevan Babakar was living with her mother at a holding centre for refugees in the Dutch town of Bergen aan Zee. Mevan’s life had been hard. Her parents fled northern Iraq in 1991 as refugees and journeyed through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia before reaching the Netherlands, where…

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