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Record 137,000 migrants cross Mediterranean in 2015

Afghan refugees wade ashore in Mytilini, on the Greek island of Lesvos. Photo: UNHCR/Jowan Akkash

A record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe since the start of 2015, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, with conflict the main push factor. According to UNHCR, from…

1 Jul 2015 / Listen /

"Savage” atrocities committed on civilians in South Sudan

Joseph Contreras (left). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Serious human rights abuses, including abductions and gang rape of women and girls have been committed by government forces…

30 Jun 2015 / Listen /

Living history: staff member of UN anti-Apartheid radio unit retires

Derrick S. Mbatha (right), United Nations Radio Producer, interviews Charlize Theron, United Nations Messenger of Peace. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Human rights are for everyone to enjoy, a former anti-Apartheid activist has concluded after 36 years of service at…

30 Jun 2015 / Listen /

10,000 flee Burundi in run-up to elections, borders close

Burundian refugees, mostly women and children, wait on the shore of Lake Tanganyika to be transferred by boat to Kigoma and then on to Nyaragusu refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/B. Loyseau

The start of elections in Burundi has seen 10,000 people leave the country in a matter of days, the…

30 Jun 2015 / Listen /
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