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Running out of space: Somali refugees in Kenya

Added: 28 Jan 2010

The three camps at Dadaab, which were designed for 90,000 people, now have a population of about 250,000 Somali civilians, making it one of the world's largest and most congested refugee sites. UNHCR fears tens of thousands more will arrive throughout 2009 in this remote corner of north-east Kenya as […]
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Newly arrived Somali refugees and their belongings are trucked […]
©UNHCR/P.Wiggers/March 2009

New arrivals in Ethiopia: Remote Dolo Ado becomes a safe haven for 10,000 Somalis fleeing violence

Added: 28 Jan 2010

Since the beginning of this year an estimated 10,000 Somalis have crossed the border and sought shelter in Dolo Ado, a remote, sun-scorched and predominantly Somali corner of south-east Ethiopia. Most have fled insecurity, following the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from south and central Somalia and […]
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'I have no future in my country, no future for my family. I had […]

Malaysia: Refugees helping themselves

Added: 21 Dec 2009

Many Malaysians are astonished to learn that there are refugees living in their country. That's how invisible most of the 67,800 refugees in Malaysian towns and cities are. They don't live in camps, but in low-cost flats and houses alongside the homes of Malaysians. The refugees, overwhelmingly from […]
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Survivors of 2008’s Cyclone Nargis shelter in the ruins of […]
©UNHCR/Taw Naw Htoo

Climate change and displacement

Added: 14 Dec 2009

In the past few years, millions of people have been displaced by natural disasters, most of which are considered to be the direct result of climate change. Sudden weather events, such as Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis in 2008, widespread flooding in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps in 2006 and the drought that […]
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Yenis and Grimaldo still miss the home they were forced to flee […]

Colombia: A struggle for rights

Added: 03 Dec 2009

Overlooked by the rest of the world, decades of violent internal conflict have forced more than 3.5 million Colombians from their homes, with more fleeing nearly every day. Some seek shelter overseas, but about 80 percent head for urban centres within the country. For most, towns and cities represent […]
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