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UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

LOOK: A time to give hope as Marawi City gets back on its feet

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:20 PM

UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo joins the UN Refugee Agency in a visit to a community that was affected by the Marawi crisis. Here are some photos from their humanitarian mission.

RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted in May 2017. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center in July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR   RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted last May. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center last July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR

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

#GiftofHope: Atom Araullo on why Filipinos should care about the Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Just trust in our capacity to care. Ang mga Pilipino, malaki ang mga puso niyan. Puwede nating suportahan ang mga kababayan natin dito habang sinusuportahan ang mga mamamayang nakakaranas ng karahasan at pambubusabos,' says journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo

ROHINGYA. Atom Araullo talked to Rappler about why they should care about the Rohingya. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/UNHCR

Rappler Talk: Atom Araullo shares #GiftofHope to Marawi, Rohingya evacuees

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:46 PM

MovePH's Voltaire Tupaz speaks to multi-awarded journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo on Rappler Talk on Saturday, November 25, at 2 pm

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

When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED More than 65 6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency

SAVE A LIFE. By the time you finish this sentence, someone will have been displaced by war, conflict and violence. In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Photo credit:UNHCR/A. McConnell

More solidarity with refugees needed as forced displacement rises

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

One person is displaced every 3 seconds By the time you finish reading this sentence someone will have been displaced

VULNERABLE. Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering primarily because of their heightened vulnerability. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children traveling alone or separated from their parents. Photo credit:UNHCR/I. Prickett

UN warns of massive displacement in Yemen

May 10, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Between 100 000 and half a million people could be displaced as the conflict and humanitarian situation continue to worsen says Shabia Mantoo Yemen spokesperson for the UN refugee agency the UNHCR

WATCH: Refugees plead for resettlement, police get involved

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Refugees who have been stuck in Indonesia for years waiting for resettlement protest in front of the UN Refugee Agency They ask not to be forgotten

SAVE US. Refugees in Indonesia waiting for resettlement seek to be helped. Photo by Han Nguyen/Rappler

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

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015 – UN

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:48 PM

The numbers tower high above arrivals in 2014 when some 219 000 made the crossing over the entire year

MIGRANT CRISIS. Migrants from North Africa continue to spill into Europe. Photo by Louise George/EPA

More migrants heading for EU as crisis deepens

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:29 PM

At least 7 000 people mostly refugees from the brutal war in Syria have been registered so far in the last days in overwhelmed Serbia as Europe s worst refugee crisis in half a century rapidly worsens

MIGRANT CRISIS. Migrants cross a field after they jumped a fence at the border line at between Greece and Macedonia near the town of Gevgelija on August 22, 2015. Robert Atanasovski/AFP

IN PHOTOS: The life of White Russian refugees in PH

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Rappler posts never before seen photos of the anti communist so called White Russian refugees the Philippines welcomed into Guiuan Eastern Samar in the 1950s

TEMPORARY HOME. The so-called White Russian refugees made Guiuan, Eastern Samar their home for two to 3 years. Photo by the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, USA

When 'home' is a refugee camp

May 21, 2015 - 4:22 PM

What are the conditions in the refugee camps in Aceh now called home by thousands of boatpeople? What is next for them?

'HOME'. This is one of the refugee camps now home to hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Gambia offers to resettle all Rohingya boatpeople

May 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As human beings more so fellow Muslims it is a sacred duty to help alleviate the untold hardships and sufferings fellow human beings are confronted with

REFUGEES. Women and children at the refugee camp in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, sheltering migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Violence, hunger imperil 2,000 trapped in boats off Myanmar

May 19, 2015 - 10:53 PM

The UN refugee agency says at least 2 000 desperate migrants including women and children are at risk of violence and food shortages after more than 40 days trapped on boats off Myanmar

‘FLOATING COFFINS.’ Rohingya migrants stand and sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Almost 180 migrants rescued off Tunisia

Apr 13, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The Red Crescent says the migrants 94 on one boat and 84 on the other sent out a distress call from off the coast of southeast Tunisia as they headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015. 174 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO/ FETHI NASRI

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