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  • STATEMENT OF UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES ON THE KIDNAPPING OF MSF STAFF AT KENYA’S DADAAB

    news UNHCR, 14 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    GENEVA, 13 October (UNHCR) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today expressed his deep shock and indignation at the violent abduction at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya of two female MSF staff and the shooting of their driver. “These MSF colleagues were working to rescue live...
  • Significant increase in arrival trend in Dollo Ado

    news UNHCR Ethiopia, 14 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    The arrival trend in October continues to show a significant increase, with a total of 4,968 Somali refugees crossing into Ethiopia over the last 12 days. This brings the average daily arrival rate to 414, which is more than twice the trend back in September. Hilaweyn has almost reached its full ...
  • Private business commits to support the development of a refugee site in Dadaab, Kenya

    news , 18 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    IKEA Foundation, the charitable arm of the world's largest furniture retailer, has committed US$62 million to help build Kambioos in Dadaab. The focus of the partnership encompasses not only infrastructural development but also enhancing social services and livelihood opportunities. This enjoins IKE...
  • UNHCR report find 17 per cent rise in asylum applications in industrialized countries

    news UNHCR, 18 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    UNHCR is releasing today at 11am Geneva time a new report on asylum trends in industrialized countries during the first half of 2011. The report shows a 17 percent increase in asylum claims during this period, with Afghans continuing to be the largest group by country of origin. The report notes rel...
  • More Somalis flee to volatile Yemen

    news UNHCR Briefing Notes, 21 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia has forced more than 318,000 Somalis to flee their country so far this year. While the majority are seeking safety and aid in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, many Somalis continue to head northwards to embark on the risky sea journey across the Gu...
  • Life-saving work continues in Kenya's Dadaab camps

    news UNHCR Briefing Notes, 21 Oct 2011 (12 years ago )
    In the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, we are seeing a sharp drop in the number of new arrivals from Somalia. This could be due to the border military operations or the onset of heavy rains in the area. No newly-arriving refugees have approached the registration centre in the last week. ...
  • Heavy rains hit thousands of displaced Somalis in region

    news UNHCR Briefing Notes, 04 Nov 2011 (12 years ago )
    Thousands of displaced Somalis have been affected by heavy rains and flooding in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. <P>In Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the rains have flooded the shelters of some 2,800 people in Sigale IDP camp. In response, UNHCR has distributed 4,500 assistance kits with pla...
  • Rainfall, disease, hitting refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia

    news UNHCR Briefing Notes, 15 Nov 2011 (12 years ago )
    More than a month after the kidnapping of three aid workers in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex, insecurity continues to affect aid efforts. The situation is being exacerbated by heavy rains and accompanying risks of waterborne diseases. <P>Nearly 100 additional Kenyan police have been deployed in ...
  • Dadaab: Walking the fine line between helping refugees and risking lives

    news UNHCR Web Site, 28 Nov 2011 (12 years ago )
    DADAAB, Kenya, November 28 (UNHCR) – Ibrahim held up an X-ray of his broken thigh bone, taken when he first arrived in the Dadaab refugee complex of north-eastern Kenya. Five months later, he still cannot walk. <P>"I fell off a car when I was heading to Kenya from the Bay region [in southern Soma...
  • New challenges in Somalia, relief efforts under pressure in Kenya and Ethiopia

    news UNHCR Briefing Notes, 29 Nov 2011 (12 years ago )
    We are concerned about Al Shabaab’s announcement yesterday, permanently revoking work permissions to a number of UN organizations including UNHCR in parts of Somalia under their control. <P>This comes at the time of a dire humanitarian crisis in southern and central parts of Somalia. After drough...