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Can Refugee Shelters be Beautiful, Functional, and Portable? One Designer's Award-Winning Answer.

A Jordanian-Canadian architect and designer has created a design for portable, collapsible shelters that generate power from the sun for displaced refugees world-wide.

Central African Republic, on the Brink of Collapse, a Top Concern for Humanitarian Groups

Central African Republic (CAR) is on the verge of what many are calling “Somalisation.” The entire population of 4.6 million people have been affected. Tens of thousands had been displaced, almost all schools closed, and aid agencies’ offices and warehouses had been looted.


With very few government services available, lack of security and an increase in hunger, French President Francois Hollande has called on the U.N. Security Council and the African Union to stabilize the situation.

UN Refugee Chief Says Horn of Africa Drought is the Worst Humanitarian Crisis in the World

UPDATE: The United Nations officially declared Somalia’s food crisis a famine in several parts of the country.   This means that acute malnutrition rates are over thirty percent, with peaks of fifty percent in certain areas of the country’s South.

Video updates from Save the Children, UNICEF, and WorldVision are in our video gallery--here is the latest from Save the Children:


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A covergence of drought, rising food costs, and conflict has driven over a quarter of a million people--now quickly approaching half a million--to the Dabaab refugee camps just across the border with Somalia in Northern Kenya.  Ten million people live in the drought-striken area, which lies at the crossroads of Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.   Many have not harvested crops in over two years, making this the worst drought to have hit the region in over half a century.

Holocaust Memorial Museum to Feature Panel and Exhibit about the Plight of Burma's Rohingya

The approximately 800,000 Rohingya people living in Burma are considered by the UN to be one of the world's most persecuted people.  On Monday, November 4 at 6:30pm, the Holocaust Memorial Museum will host an event featuring a panel discussion about its November 4-8 "Our Walls Bear Witness: The Plight of Burma's Rohingya" exhibition.    Throughout the exhibition, building-sized photographs of the Rohingya by Greg Constantine will be projected on the museum each night.

World Refugee Day

by Erin Patrick


This year’s World Refugee Day is being celebrated – if that’s the proper word to use – in the midst of one of the largest population upheavals in recent memory.

2-Year Anniversary of Syrian "Day of Rage"

Today marks the second year aniiversary of the day the Syrian revolution began in earnest with a "Day of Rage" demonstration by 200 protesters, inspired by other "Arab Spring" uprisings, gathered in the Syrian capital Damascus to demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down.

One Million Refugees Have Left Violence in Syria: Agencies Nearly Overwhelmed, Underfunded

Update March 6, 2:45pm: The UNHCR reports "Data received from UNHCR’s offices in the Syria region shows that the number of Syrians either registered as refugees or being assisted as such reached the one million mark today." 


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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres