Eighteen people drowned and another 29 are missing and presumed dead after the smuggling boat they were travelling in capsized amid rough weather this week off the coast of Yemen, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
The lifting of a curfew for several hours this morning in the conflict zone of the Swat region of Pakistan is expected to release an estimated 20,000 people into already overcrowded and under-funded camps in the neighbouring province, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
A new Japanese television drama hopes to reel in millions of viewers every week to follow the life and loves of a United Nations worker while also raising awareness of the world body’s work in assisting refugees around the world.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern after Italy sent some 230 people it rescued yesterday off the waters of Malta back to Libya before a proper assessment of their possible protection needs were carried out.
An estimated 40,000 more people have fled Sri Lanka's north-eastern coastal pocket, where the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are engaged in fierce fighting, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.
The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock at reports that hundreds of people are missing off the Libyan coast as they sought new lives in Europe, as the smuggling season gets under way in the Mediterranean.
The United Nations refugee agency says it will not be able to provide thousands of Congolese refugees, many of them returning from Tanzania, with adequate housing unless its shelter programme receives additional funds.