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Angelina Jolie on pandemic: 'Time for outrage, grand change across the world'

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:49 AM

The UN special envoy also highlights the need to protect children as they face the consequences of the pandemic

Screenshot of TIME 100: Finding Hope

Sadako Ogata, first female U.N. refugee chief, dies at 92

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Sadako Ogata is credited with re-establishing the UNHCR's credibility and was even touted as a potential successor to former United nations chief Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali

SADAKO OGATA. Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata confers with attendees of an international donor's conference in Sarajevo on April 24, 2012. Photo by Elvis Barukcic/AFP

Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018 – U.N.

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Overall, the number of displaced people in the world has doubled over the last 20 years and now exceeds the population of Thailand

FILIPPO GRANDI. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi gestures as he gives a press conference on the UNHCR annual report on refugees on June 17, 2019 at the United Nations offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

More than 60,000 people flee Nicaragua crisis – U.N.

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The United Nations refugee agency says those seeking asylum in Costa Rica include 'students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, and farmers'

PROTEST. Nicaraguan students from the Central American University (UCA) protest inside the university against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua on March 1, 2019. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Saudi woman seeking asylum 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

ASYLUM-SEEKER. This screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun on January 7, 2019 shows a still of Qunun speaking in Bangkok on January 7. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conflict prevention

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:25 AM

It is Jolie's third visit to the camp as UNHCR special envoy, after previous visits in 2012 and 2016

CONFLICT PREVENTION. UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region on May 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

One family, 4 countries – the dispossession of the Rohingya

May 25, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A story of a Rohingya family torn apart by brutality and with nowhere to go

ONE FAMILY. In this photograph taken on April 7, 2018, Rohingya Muslim refugees (from left) Robi Alam, 16; Mohammad Hashim, 17; Mohammad Jaber, 18; and Abul Faiz, 12, pose for a photograph at their house in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Aid convoy quits Syria enclave as regime presses onslaught

Mar 06, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Dozens of United Nations trucks reach the main town of Douma, the first aid convoy to arrive since a bloody Russian-backed assault began more than two weeks ago

AID FOR SYRIANS. Displaced Syrians wait to receive aid from Russian soldiers as they return to their villages in the area of Abu al-Duhur on March 4, 2018. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'We believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by international standards'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

‘Pilipino’ receives Indonesian passport

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi leads the symbolic conferrment of passport to some 20 persons of Indonesian descent living in Mindanao

PASSPORT, FINALLY. Pilipino Mahare Lahindo opens a new chapter in his life, this time as a bonafide Indonesian citizen who is now able to cross legal borders. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Zimbabwe family stuck in Bangkok airport for two months

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:08 PM

They lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe, and are denied re-entry to Thailand after overstaying, trapping them in limbo at the airport

BANGKOK AIRPORT. This photograph taken on July 25, 2016 shows a passenger at the departure terminal of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

LOOK: A time to give hope as Marawi City gets back on its feet

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:20 PM

UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo joins the UN Refugee Agency in a visit to a community that was affected by the Marawi crisis. Here are some photos from their humanitarian mission.

RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted in May 2017. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center in July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR   RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted last May. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center last July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR

A Filipino humanitarian's #GiftofHope to the Rohingya, other refugees

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'The good thing is Filipinos are resilient. We learn from every mistake, we convert threats to opportunities, and we are able to still give when we ourselves have outstanding needs. Those are our traits.'

REFUGEES. More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh within 100 days since the renewed outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

#GiftofHope: Atom Araullo on why Filipinos should care about the Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Just trust in our capacity to care. Ang mga Pilipino, malaki ang mga puso niyan. Puwede nating suportahan ang mga kababayan natin dito habang sinusuportahan ang mga mamamayang nakakaranas ng karahasan at pambubusabos,' says journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo

ROHINGYA. Atom Araullo talked to Rappler about why they should care about the Rohingya. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/UNHCR

Rappler Talk: Atom Araullo shares #GiftofHope to Marawi, Rohingya evacuees

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:46 PM

MovePH's Voltaire Tupaz speaks to multi-awarded journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo on Rappler Talk on Saturday, November 25, at 2 pm

Indonesia offers repatriation for ‘newfound’ citizens in the Philippines

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Indonesian Sangirs in Mindanao are now given a choice to adopt Indonesian citizenship and relocate to Sulawesi

CITIZENSHIP. Hundreds of persons of Indonesian descent on Balut Island in the Philippines await for the release of their birth certificates on November 16, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

[OPINION] Unspeakable tragedy as Rohingya refugees flee to safety

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM

More than 600,000 stateless Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh to escape escalating violence in Myanmar since late August 2017. They need our help.

COUNSELING. A UNHCR psychologist counsels Nurus in Kutapalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Extracting the refugees from Libya should make it easier for possible resettlement countries to evaluate their cases

UNHCR restores hope among Marawi victims amid ongoing conflict

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:22 PM

According to government data there have been 78 466 families or 359 680 persons displaced as of August 18 due to the ongoing siege in Marawi City

EVACUEES. Victims of the siege in Marawi City inside an evacuation center. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:34 PM

UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict violence and persecution

IDP. Disoma conducts Protection Monitoring at an evacuation camp in Balo-I, Lanao del Norte

Rappler Talk: How can data help people displaced by war, disasters?

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz on July 31 2:30pm Bookmark this page to watch the interview

Boko Haram fighters found posing as refugees – Nigeria

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:40 AM

They were arrested during screening of the returnees at the border town of Banki by security personnel an official says

Lebaran penuh keprihatinan bersama para pengungsi

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Ali tidak bisa merayakan Idul Fitri secara layak karena tidak memiliki biaya

LOKASI PENGUNGSI. Sejumlah umat Muslim menunuju tenda usai menunaikan salat Ied untuk kembali ke lokasi pengungsian korban banjir, di Hutadaa, Kabupaten Gorontalo, Gorontalo, Senin, 26 Juni. Sebanyak 34 kepala keluarga (KK) merayakan hari Raya Idul Fitri 1438 Hijriah di lokasi pengungsian karena rumah mereka masih terendam banjir hingga 1 meter. Foto oleh Adiwinata Solihin/ANTARA

When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017 - 12:25 PM

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Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED More than 65 6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency

SAVE A LIFE. By the time you finish this sentence, someone will have been displaced by war, conflict and violence. In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Photo credit:UNHCR/A. McConnell

More solidarity with refugees needed as forced displacement rises

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

One person is displaced every 3 seconds By the time you finish reading this sentence someone will have been displaced

VULNERABLE. Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering primarily because of their heightened vulnerability. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children traveling alone or separated from their parents. Photo credit:UNHCR/I. Prickett

UN warns of massive displacement in Yemen

May 10, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Between 100 000 and half a million people could be displaced as the conflict and humanitarian situation continue to worsen says Shabia Mantoo Yemen spokesperson for the UN refugee agency the UNHCR

Wasted lives: The unbearable wait of refugees in Indonesia

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Refugee men are at the end of the queue when it comes to resettlement In Indonesia without the right to work days are long and endless as they wait indefinitely for a chance for a better life

In this picture taken on May 22, 2015, Rohingya men eat food at a confinement area for migrants at Bayeun, Aceh province, after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Faces of despair: Refugees wait years with no promise of resettlement

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:41 PM

In Indonesia a transit country many refugees wait years to start a new life On the bottom of that waitlist are single men who unable to work are unable to live decent lives

WATCH: Refugees plead for resettlement, police get involved

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Refugees who have been stuck in Indonesia for years waiting for resettlement protest in front of the UN Refugee Agency They ask not to be forgotten

SAVE US. Refugees in Indonesia waiting for resettlement seek to be helped. Photo by Han Nguyen/Rappler

In Jakarta, protesters condemn Trump's refugee ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:17 PM

Only a handful of protesters showed up in front of the American Embassy in Indonesia s capital carrying signs decrying U S President Donald Trump s executive order

NO TO TRUMP. Protesters in Jakarta decried US President Donald Trump's refugee ban. Photo by Diego Batara Mahameru/Rappler

Kisah pilu Ahmed Jaber, pengungsi Palestina yang 'tersandera' di Jakarta

Feb 02, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Ahmed dan kedua puterinya sudah berada di Jakarta selama tiga tahun Karena dilarang bekerja Ahmed mengaku tidak punya biaya untuk bertahan hidup

HIDUP BARU. Ahmed Jaber bersama dua orang puterinya, Rawan dan Razan berharap bisa ditempatkan di negara ketiga untuk memulai hidup baru. Foto oleh Diego Batara/Rappler

Hidden away in Jakarta's back streets, refugees wait for years to live decently

Feb 02, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Tucked behind malls and in small streets in Jakarta are refugees trying their best to hang on to hope – as they wait for a chance to start life anew

WAITING. Refugee children are unable to study in Indonesia due to their refugee status. Photo by Han Nguyen/Rappler

Sharing hope to millions of refugees with shelter from the bitter cold

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Can you imagine facing the winter in a makeshift shelter with little or no heating? This is the reality for refugee families as winter hits Without dry and sturdy shelter they are at risk of hypothermia and pneumonia

Canada looks to export its private refugee sponsorship model

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Immigration minister: It won t solve it It s a huge crisis but it could make a difference

In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to a Syrian refugee child upon arriving at Toronto's Pearson Airport, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy Canadian Prime Minister's Office

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

How can Filipinos share the gift of hope to millions of refugees?

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

This season UNHCR taps into Filipinos’ generosity to shelter at least two million refugees forced by conflict and violence to flee their homes

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Pidato Kalla di Sidang Umum PBB: Mari akhiri penderitaan para pengungsi

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Kalla meminta masyarakat internasional bekerjasama memastikan bahwa tragedi kemanusiaan tersebut dapat dicegah

Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla dalam Sidang Umum PBB di New York, AS, pada 19 September 2016. Foto dari wapresri.go.id

Palace to UN rights chief: Extrajudicial killings not policy of Duterte gov't

Sep 14, 2016 - 5:53 PM

Human rights cannot be used as an excuse to let the spread of drugs in the country run rampant says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

DEATH IN THE STREETS. Police conduct an investigation on a dead body following a police operation against illegal drugs in Las Pinas City on August 8, 2016. Photo by EPA/EUGENIO LORETO

Lukisan pilu anak-anak pencari suaka

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Kegelisahan anak anak pengungsi ditumpahkan dalam lukisan lukisan dengan gambar yang menyayat hati

PELUKIS DAN FEMINIS. Sadaf Mudaber, 18 tahun, pencari suaka asal Afghanistan bersama lukisannya yang mengangkat isu kekerasan terhadap perempuan (gambar perempuan berkerudung merah). Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Iraq faces humanitarian disaster after Fallujah breakthrough

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Tens of thousands of civilians from the city of Fallujah are displaced as Iraqi government forces battle the Islamic State

Displaced Iraqis from the city of Fallujah rest at a safe zone on June 17, 2016 in Amiriyiah al-Fallujah, after they were evacuated by Iraqi government forces due to their ongoing military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group. Iraqi forces raised the national flag over the government compound in Fallujah on June 17, 2016, top commanders said, a breakthrough in the nearly four-week-old offensive against the Islamic State group's bastion. Significant parts of northern Fallujah, where thousands of civilians are believed to remain, have yet to be retaken. Amriyat al-Fallujah is located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Fallujah. / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMI