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Ramadan: How will you spend your seconds?

April 19, 2021

“Tear gas, tear gas…close your eyes and get down.”  Words uttered by my mother as we reached the Iraqi-Jordanian border while escaping from Kuwait during the first Gulf War. That moment, at the young age of 7,  was the first time I had ever seen tears coming down my mother’s face as she screamed helplessly knowing…

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A UNHCR scholarship changes the life of a Palestinian refugee in Iraq

April 16, 2021

It was a hot summer day in Baghdad in June 2018, Abdallah was coming home from school, he had high school final exams. When he reached home, he felt that something was wrong. From that day onward, nothing would be the same again, his grandfather had died. Abdallah was devastated and was unable to finish…

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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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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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Syria Emergency

March 22, 2015

In politics, it often pays to be ahead of the curve. That holds true for corporate governance too, even more so when politics enter the equation…