UNHCR (the UN Refugees Agency)

A World of War

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 00:00
YPJ fighters Raqqa (February 2017)
YPJ fighters Raqqa (February 2017) CC BY 2.0

 

Dear Friends,

Turkey made the inevitable move into Syria with air strikes and artillery bombardment of Kurdish positions along the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish and allied troops have entered Syria, moving towards the town of Afrin. The policy, which Turkey has made clear, is to remove Syrian Kurdish control over the land along the border which the Kurds call Rojava, or Western Kurdistan. The Kurds - organized as the YPG and the YPJ as well as the Syrian Democratic Forces - are well dug in with a network of tunnels and hardened bunkers to give

Planet of Refugees

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:12
Giles Duley UNHCR 1

 

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, Filippo Grandi - the chief of UNHCR (the UN Refugees Agency) and my friend - went before the UN Security Council to talk about the continued refugee crisis that plagues our planet. Currently - at a minimum - 66 million people have been forcibly displaced, 23 million people officially counted as refugees. On the table remains the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, passages to Europe that are being converted into walls and prisons. This Sea and this Desert are the main pathways for the mass migration from eastern and western Africa towards Europe. No