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Angelina Jolie revisits Myanmar refugees on World Refugee Day
Added 25 Jun 2014
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie spent this year’s World Refugee Day with Karenni refugees from Myanmar – one of the longest-running refugee situations in the world.
On her fourth visit to the refugee camps in Thailand, she met Baw Meh’s family, three generations of refugees who have lived in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp since 1996. The family told Jolie they fled Myanmar’s Kayah state thinking they would return home shortly. Eighteen years later, they are still here.
Baw Meh, 75, lost her husband last year. He died before he could fulfill his dream of returning home. Some of their children and grandchildren have been resettled to third countries. Others have chosen to stay. Baw Meh has refused to go, preferring to stay close to her village. Like many refugees along the border, her family is watching the reform process in Myanmar closely. As they mull the prospect of eventual return, Jolie had a strong message for them: “At the end of the day, you will need to make the choices that are right for your families. UNHCR is here to listen to you, to guide you, and to help you prepare for life beyond the camps.”
All photos should be credited: UNHCR/R. Arnold
Iraq Crisis: Finding a Place to Stay
Added 25 Jun 2014
Tens of thousands of people have fled to Erbil and Duhok governorates in Iraq’s Kurdistan region over the past week, sheltering in schools, mosques, churches and temporary camps following a surge of violence in parts of central and northern Iraq. UNHCR and its partners have been working to meet the urgent shelter needs. The refugee agency has delivered close to 1,000 tents to a transit camp being built by the authorities and NGOs at Garmawa, near Duhok.
Many of the people arriving from Mosul at checkpoints between Ninewa and governorate and Iraq’s Kurdistan region have limited resources and cannot afford to pay for shelter. Some people stay with family, while others are staying in hotels and using up their meagre funds.
In the village of Alqosh, some 150 people from 20 families, with little more than the clothes on their back, have been living in several overcrowded classrooms in a primary school for the past week. One member of the group said they had lived in a rented apartment in Mosul and led a normal family life. But in Alqosh, they feared for the welfare and education of their children and the presence of snakes and scorpions.
Iraq: Massive displacement from Mosul
Added 25 Jun 2014
All photos: UNHCR/ Rocco Nuri
In the past few days, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled fighting in the northern city of Mosul and other areas. UNHCR staff are on the ground to monitor the outflow and help those in need. The needs are immense, but UNHCR is working to provide shelter, protection, and emergency items, including tents. Many of the displaced left their homes without belongings and some lack money for housing, food, water or medical care. They arrive at checkpoints between Ninewa governorate and the Kurdistan region with no idea of where to go next, or how to pay expenses.
UN agencies, humanitarian groups, and government officials are coordinating efforts to do what they can to aid those in need. UN agencies are making an emergency request for additional support. UNHCR is hoping to provide emergency kits as well as thousands of tents. UNHCR and its partners will also be working to protect and help the displaced.
The exodus in the north comes on top of massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province or seek shelter in safer areas.