UNHCR | The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. They work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

Since 1950, UNHCR has faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.

They help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.


70 years of the Refugee Convention - a Lifesaving Document

The 1951 Refugee Convention turned 70 on July 28, 2021. This animation marks this anniversary and celebrates the achievements of the convention over the decades.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives.

One year on, people displaced by Cyclone Idai still struggle to rebuild and recover

In Mozambique, people displaced by Cyclone Idai one year ago are still struggling to rebuild their lives. More than 93,000 out of the hundreds of thousands displaced in the wake of the disaster, have been resettlement to new, safer sites. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says more assistance is needed to help them start again and for Mozambique to deal with the devastating effects of climate change.

All Over the Province, People Want to Buy Our Rice

It takes more than an hour on foot to traverse the muddy terrain that leads to Antoinette’s expansive rice farm in Chamassuia, a local village about five kilometres from Lôvua settlement in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.

Making dolls provides hope for Congolese refugee

Three words can describe Kituza. Mother, refugee and survivor. There’s another term that speaks to her creativity and resilience: doll maker.

Forced from their homes, displaced Congolese in dire need of shelter

As more families flee the DRC’s Beni Territory, shelter needs are mounting – over 100,000 families who have found safety in North Kivu urgently need a place to stay.

Hope and opportunity for refugee students in Botswana

As universities begin to offer scholarships, refugee students look forward to a more secure future in the country they now call home.

Discover Salama Africa

Salama Africa is a refugee-led organization based in Dzaleka camp in Malawi aiming at bridging cultural diversities and gathering people for the common fight against extreme poverty, by targeting the marginal youth, children and women through art.

Salama Africa
TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING | Virtual photography exhibition

UNHCR is launching a virtual photography exhibition which celebrates people who have opened their borders, communities and even their homes to those who seek safety and peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNHCR Virtual photography exhibition
Millions Need urgent Humanitarian Assistance in Eastern DR Congo
Watch a video message from the UNHCR Regional Director of the Southern African Bureau, Valentin Tapsoba, delivered during the Closing Ceremony of the Biennale of Luanda 2021!


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