Our photo library in Geneva is the world's largest collection of refugee-related photos covering nearly all of the major displacements of the last 60 years. These images provide a comprehensive portrait of the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and the stateless in all corners of the globe, as well as the work of thousands of UN staff who have helped them. Most photos are showcased here and on Flickr. We offer the use of our photos free to the media - please just remember to credit us!
The Resilience and Dignity of Refugees in South Sudan
Added 19 Oct 2012
Since September 2011, more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees have fled bombing raids and fighting in their home country and taken refuge in South Sudan's Upper Nile state. Hosted in four refugee camps in Maban County, they face tough living conditions that have worsened during the rainy season. Staff from the UN Refugee Agency share some of their hardship in one of the most remote and difficult to access areas of South Sudan.
Grateful for the life-saving assistance they receive from the UN Refugee Agency and its humanitarian partners, these refugees are an example of the extraordinary resilience humans are capable of. The following photographs, taken by UNHCR staff, show the conditions in which they live during a daily battle to maintain their dignity and hope.
Angelina Jolie visits Syrian & Iraqi Refugees
Added 04 Oct 2012
In her new role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie has made five trips to visit refugees so far this year. In September 2012 she travelled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to meet some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in their homeland and sought shelter in neighbouring countries. Jolie wrapped up her Middle East visit in Iraq, where she met Syrian refugees in the north as well as internally displaced Iraqis and refugee returnees to Baghdad.
The following unpublished photos were taken during her visit to the Middle East and show her meeting with Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Added 26 Sep 2012
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Turkey. UNHCR estimates that half are children, and many have seen their homes destroyed in the conflict before fleeing to the border and safety.
The Turkish authorities have responded by building well-organised refugee camps along southern Turkey's border with Syria. There are currently 12 camps hosting 90,000 refugees, while four more are under construction.
The UN Refugee Agency has provided the Turkish government with tents, blankets and kitchen sets for distribution to the refugees. UNHCR also provides advice and guidelines, while staff from the organisation monitor the voluntary repatriation of refugees.