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UN, doctors hammer Australia over refugee camps

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:45 PM

A top official for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees accuses 'bureaucrats and politicians' of overruling doctors and putting lives at risk at camps on Nauru and Manus

Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

In 360 video: Hope for Marawi a year after the siege

May 23, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Make a donation now to give hope and to empower Marawi residents as they rebuild their lives

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear – Angelina Jolie Pitt

May 17, 2016 - 10:08 AM

In a speech in London the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe s refugee crisis

ANGELINA JOLI-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe's refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Refugee conditions in Greece 'deteriorating' – Angelina Jolie

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who tells her there are 30 000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route

MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA

Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war's 5th anniversary

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:50 AM

Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Jolie calls for reason and calm and foresight in response to the international migrant crisis

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talks with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, March 15, 2016. L. Knott/UNHCR

UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:31 AM

On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis

NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Here are some of the key figures on the migrant situation in Europe since the beginning of the year

CRISIS. A woman screams as migrants and refugees demonstrate behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greece-Macedonia border, near Gevgelija on March 2, 2016. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

UN to Aquino: Save desperate Syrian refugees

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The UN s refugee agency asks Aquino: Can daang matuwid also be extended in offering solutions to victims of persecution outside of this country?

PATH BLOCKED. A boy pushes against a police barricade as Syrian refugees and migrants march along the highway towards the Turkish-Greek border at Edirne on September 18, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Hunger and malnutrition threaten refugees

May 22, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Leaving their countries with only the clothes on their back refugees need to feed and nourish themselves under harsh conditions

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

May 22, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia s hardline policy which includes refusing to resettle asylum seekers who arrive on boats and turning back vessels had helped stop people risking their lives at sea

CRISIS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2015. Indonesian fishing boats and marine police rescued nearly 800 migrants from a sinking vessel at sea on May 15, military officials said, as South-East Asia's migrant crisis continues to unfold. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Southeast Asia gov'ts told: rescue migrants at sea

May 12, 2015 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED Thousands of migrants are believed to be stranded at sea without food and water with warnings that many may die if action is not taken

RESCUED. Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh at a police station in Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, May 11, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Mindanao's returnees get help with kelp

Apr 03, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Displaced by conflict some Mindanao residents are trying to get back on their feet through livelihood but the temporary nature of their return still poses problems

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Jul 14, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Jolie a UN goodwill ambassador was invited by the Pacific island nation s President Baron Waqa to check where Australia sends asylum seekers for processing and resettlement

United Nations: Number of global refugees highest ever

Jun 20, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The Philippines joins the top 12 countries with new highest displacement figures in 2013

Long wait over, South Sudanese cross Sudan border point

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:47 AM

Officials in White Nile state confirmed that 1 500 refugees from South Sudan were taken to Sudanese land through the border at Joda to escape fighting in their country

Rick Rocamora captures faces of Yolanda loss in 'Displaced'

Jan 19, 2014 - 10:00 AM

UNHCR will launch an exhibit of photographer Rick Rocamora s images of persons displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda

10,000 flee to Sudan from S. Sudan fighting – UN

Jan 12, 2014 - 11:18 PM

The new UNHCR figure makes Sudan the second largest recipient of refugees from South Sudan s internal conflicts

SEEKING REFUGE. Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

UN highlights trauma of Syrian refugee children

Dec 01, 2013 - 8:46 AM

A 60 page UNHCR report starkly lays out the trauma of young exiles from a conflict that has killed more than 120 000 people

Image courtesy UNHCR

Australia says UN criticism of Pacific camps 'overstated'

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:21 PM

The UNHCR said facilities on Papua New Guinea s Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru failed to meet international standards of treatment

NEW REFUGEE POLICY. This Australian government handout photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows the first group of 40 asylum-seekers arriving in mini-buses shortly after landing on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement. Photo by AFP / Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Handout

US Senate measure has 90-day deadline on Syria action

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:26 AM

The Senate drafted a bipartisan measure that imposed a 90 day deadline for American military intervention in Syria and barred the use of US troops on the ground there

SENATE HEARING. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, on congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry: No time for armchair isolationism

Sep 04, 2013 - 7:08 AM

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor key Republicans both said they would support Obama s plan

MAKING THE CASE. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Rose Mapendo: A refugee's story

Jun 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Humanity triumphs against violence and exile in Pushing the Elephant

FORTITUDE. Mapendo's warmth and humor flow out into this story. Screenshot from YouTube (mediathatmatters)

Securing Mindanao as home

Jun 29, 2013 - 10:28 AM

On World Refugee Day the UNHCR upholds its cause to help the displaced in the Land of Promise

RELIEF. Natural disaster is the leading cause of forced displacement in Mindanao, according to the UNHCR

Angelina Jolie fights war zone rape

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:33 AM

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie joins UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in condemning war zone rape and sexual violence

JOINING FORCES. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie want to end sexual violence in conflict zones. Photo from the William Hague Facebook page