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Geneva, Switzerland
Joined September 2008

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  2. Conflict: "It’s one of the main causes of hunger in today, forcing millions of people to abandon their land, homes, and jobs, putting them at risk of hunger. We need both peace and sustained [humanitarian] access to succeed.”- ()

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  3. Asked if she wishes to return home, she says simply: "I want to die where there is peace. I want to die where my parents died." stirring piece by

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  4. You can force them from their homes and their country but you can't take away their smiles. in

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    Jul 6

    How sad to see Europe closing doors, throwing away values on which we built the Union at a time when there is: ▪️a sharp DECLINE in Mediterranean Sea arrivals ▪️a sharp proportional INCREASE of deaths at sea ▪️ while there are other options ▶️

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  6. Strong words by the SG after hearing horrific accounts from Rohingya refugee women. Check out my interview with him:

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    Jul 6

    “I want to give an answer to people.” Families of the missing long for answers. This forensics professor in Greece is helping find them.

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  8. “At least nine ceasefire agreements have been signed since the war started in 2013. Only one has lasted longer than a month. The latest ceasefire, agreed to on June 30th, is already in danger of falling apart.

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  10. Broad agreement reached on the final draft of the Global Compact on Refugees! Could be game-changing in how the world responds & shares responsibility.

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  11. Gorgeous little film by about the beautiful and inspiring Halima Aden - - and her return to her childhood home in the Kakuma Refugee Camp to speak at .

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  12. UNHCR staff & medical experts observed further deterioration in the mental health of refugees & asylum-seekers. Separation from family members + deep seated fear of being abandoned has contributed to an acute sense of insecurity & helplessness.

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  13. In June alone, one person died for every seven who crossed the Central Mediterranean, compared to one in 19 in the first half of this year and one in 38 in the first half of 2017. People in distress must be rescued at sea. These are human lives!

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  14. “The refugee situation around the world is everybody’s problem. It’s not just a problem for host countries, or just a problem for the refugees — this is everybody’s problem." - ⁦

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  15. Since the start of military operations in south-west on 17 June, an average of nearly 18,000 people a day have been displaced. via

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  16. “The rebels came into our villages, they take the children and disappear with them. They rape the girls and cut them into small pieces with machetes.” More and more children are being reported missing as the displacement crisis worsens. via

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  17. "I am gravely concerned for the civilian population caught in the crossfire in South West , including airstrikes and heavy shelling. An estimated 750,000 lives are in danger." - via

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    Meet , dynamic head of UNHCR office in Kakuma, home to 185K refugees from 19 nations, working w/ . Has focused on humanitarian issues for two decades. I learned a lot about refugee resettlement and more. FOLLOW HIM! 🇰🇪🇹🇷

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    Jul 3

    We agree with and are proud of our Equal Access Scholarships, which allow students fleeing conflict an opportunity to study at the University (see: ). Thanks to support by a range of donors including and staff.

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    Jul 2

    We've had feedback over the last week that some people are unhappy with our plan to offer up to 14 scholarships to refugees living in the local area. To these people, we would like to say: Tough. Jog on.

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    Jul 3

    More people drowning in the Mediterranean. Rescue at sea must not be taken hostage by politics.

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