From the Field
UNHCR has a global network of information officers and others who report daily on the agency's varied activities on behalf of uprooted people around the world. This information is released locally to media and others, or sent to Geneva headquarters for editing before it is released in the form of press releases, web stories or by the UNHCR spokesperson at twice-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, the UN's European headquarters. UNHCR's presence in more than 125 countries, including in some of the most remote and difficult places on Earth, gives it access to news and information that are not available from anyone else. Our global communications network strives to provide timely, accurate and newsworthy information on all of the UNHCR's activities to generate awareness of and support for the refugee cause. First-hand reports, feature stories and graphics from distant field operations as well as from Geneva headquarters and world capitals are posted daily on the UNHCR website, making it an authoritative source on some of the biggest news events of the day.
Some 114,000 Iraqis have fled Ramadi over the past two weeks to escape conflict. Of these, about 39,000 remain stuck inside Anbar province.
The refugee agency also interviews survivors of weekend shipwreck and says above 800 people perished, the highest such death toll recorded by UNHCR.
The step by the Mali government ensures that the children have access to the rights enjoyed by Malians. It is a requirement when applying for naturalization in Mali.
After surviving burn injuries and the ordeal of crossing the Mediterranean, baby Dina and 22 others are receiving treatment in a hospital in Palermo.
Available information is that the boat overturned shortly before midnight on Saturday, in Libyan waters, some 180 kilometres south of Italy's Lampedusa Island.
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Mediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record
- Struggle to reach safety for thousands of civilians fleeing Iraq's Ramadi
- Growing number of Burundians fleeing pre-election violence
- Mediterranean smugglers cram burn victims onto boat, one dead
- Shelter shortages emerging as major concern for Yemen's displaced
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- UNHCR - New Mediterranean boat tragedy may be biggest ever, urgent action is needed now
- UNHCR shock at latest deaths on Mediterranean, rescue capacity needed more urgently than ever
- The IKEA Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign raises €10.8 million for UNHCR
- Aid agencies urgently appeal for USD 174 million to help Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Chad and Niger
- Joint Press Release: New competition aims to find creative solutions to education challenges in conflict zones