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UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award 2015
Added 29 Oct 2015
Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee living in Pakistan, has been named the 2015 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. Asifi has dedicated her adult life to educating refugee girls. Despite minimal resources and significant cultural challenges, hundreds of girls have now passed through her school, equipped with life-long skills and brighter hopes for their futures.
Asifi fled from Kabul in 1992 with her young family. They found refuge in the desolate Kot Chandana refugee village in the south-eastern Punjab province of Pakistan. Adjusting from life in a capital city and working as a teacher, to living in a dusty refugee village was difficult. She was especially struck by the total absence of schools for girls.
It took time but eventually Asifi was allowed to start a small school under a tent. Over the years the school expanded and received the hard-won backing of community elders. Asifi’s dedication has helped guide more than 1,000 girls through to the eighth grade and encouraged more schools to open in the village. Another 1,500 young people (900 girls, 650 boys) are enrolled in six schools throughout the refugee village today.
Global Trends photo essay: Flight to Safety 2014
Added 23 Jun 2015
Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast. Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now uprooted. If displacement was the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest.
UNHCR’s new annual Global Trends report reveals a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with 59.5 million forcibly displaced at the end of 2014, compared to 51.2 million a year earlier. During 2014, an average of 42,500 people became displaced every day.
The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into the world’s single largest driver of displacement, but instability and conflict in places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Burundi and Afghanistan is also contributing heavily.
With huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in desperate need of help are being abandoned. Now, more than ever, the world must work together to build and preserve peace.
World Refugee Day Campaign: Refugees. Ordinary People Living Through Extraordinary Times
Added 08 Jun 2015
On World Refugee Day, June 20, UNHCR commemorates the strength and resilience of the more than 50 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war or human rights abuses.
In 2015 our World Refugee Day Campaign aims to bring our audiences closer to the human side of the refugee story by sharing stories of hope and resilience from refugees, returnees, IDPs and resettled refugees.
The World Refugee Day website, www.refugeeday.org, features stories from refugees who describe their passions and interests, such as cooking, music, poetry and sports. Through their testimonials, UNHCR aims to show that these are ordinary people living through extraordinary times.