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.
The epidemic declared by Tanzania's government has become a new, worrying, and growing additional complication at a time when Burundian refugees are arriving.
The town of Palmyra was overrun this week by anti-government militants along with its World Heritage-listed archaeological sites. Some 11,000 people fled westwards.
Uniquely, the "I Am An Immigrant" ads were funded by the British public and were the first national campaign in the UK to celebrate immigration ahead of an election.
The ceasefire enabled UNHCR and its partners to conduct rapid protection assessments in 40 districts across 11 previously difficult to access provinces.
Refugee agency estimates that nearly 4,000 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain stranded at sea with dwindling supplies on board.
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Cholera epidemic among refugee and host communities in Tanzania claims 31 lives, situation worsening
- Some 200 people brought ashore in Myanmar
- Assessments find desperate situation for displaced Yemenis
- UNHCR warns of growing danger for stranded boat people in South-East Asia
- Refugee numbers soar, as uncertainty in Burundi continues
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- UNHCR and partners appeal for US$207 million for Burundi Emergency
- UNHCR Statement on Southeast Asia Sea Movements
- Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration and Development: Search and rescue at sea, disembarkation, and protection of the human rights of refugees and migrants now imperative to save lives in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea
- World Education Forum will set roadmap for global education until 2030
- Tanzania - Urgent efforts underway as seven Burundians die in diarrhoea outbreak in refugee camp