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Children in Calais in a world away from home

A centre for young refugees in Saint-Omer offers shelter and protection, as well as the chance to enjoy being children again. On a cloudy day in the northern French town of Saint-Omer, Ibrahim, from ...

UNHCR saddened by loss of life in boat capsize off Egypt

Egyptian authorities rescue 150 people including Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis after boat capsizes off Rosetta. At least 42 bodies have reportedly been recovered. GENEVA – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by ...

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