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June 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $1 million to the U.N. refugee agency providing aid to hundreds of thousands uprooted by violence in Pakistan. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees on Thursday expressed gratitude for the donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and said the money would go to alleviating suffering caused by the "most challenging humanitarian crisis of the past decade." Jolie has visited refugees in Pakistan on three missions since becoming goodwill ambassador for the agency in 2001.
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April 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Looking for inspiration to make the world a better place? Well, Angelina Jolie has opened a school for hundreds of girls in Afghanistan and intends to open more funded by profits from her jewelry collection, according to a report out Monday. The all-girls school in a village outside of Kabul is attended by 200 to 300 primary-grade students in an area with a high refugee population, E! News reported. It's a girls school because the area, which was not named specifically, traditionally favors education for boys, E!
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June 2, 2001 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.N.'s lead refugee agency announced Friday that it will have to cut key aid programs and nearly 1,000 jobs because donor countries have failed for two years in a row to come through with funds they had pledged. Ruud Lubbers, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said that the "painful but absolutely necessary" cuts will be spread among programs around the world in order to minimize their impact.
WORLD
February 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
By the time their rickety boat was rescued last week off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, nearly a hundred of the weakened passengers had lost their lives - roughly three times as many as survived. The starving people had endured nearly two months at sea, trying to flee the western state of Myanmar where hundreds were slain last year, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. The Rohingya Muslims say they undertook the arduous journey out of fear for their lives. The outpouring of Rohingya from western Myanmar and Bangladesh refugee camps has made the Indian Ocean “one of the deadliest stretches of water in the world,” the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
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March 30, 1997 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After six months and nearly 600 miles, a long-missing group of Rwandan Hutu refugees has reached the end of the road in a sad, strange odyssey. Here in Zaire's jungle gloom, where towering trees and thick foliage block the equatorial sun, most of the refugees--who fled deeper into Zaire last year instead of returning home with hundreds of thousands of their brethren--say they have been on the run long enough. Now they want to go home.
WORLD
July 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The first of 700 refugees of the Kunama ethnic group who were displaced by Ethiopia and Eritrea's 1998-2000 border war are being sent to the United States for resettlement, the United Nations refugee agency said. The Kunama people number about 100,000. Their home is in the disputed frontier area between the two African countries.
WORLD
June 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The bloody conflict in Somalia has created the world's largest refugee camp, with 500 refugees pouring into the Dadaab facility in neighboring Kenya every day, the United Nations refugee agency said. Dadaab, 50 miles from the Somali border, is home to more than 280,000 refugees in a camp meant to hold 90,000. The U.N. refugee agency has registered nearly 38,000 new arrivals since the beginning of the year, said William Spindler, a spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
WORLD
June 17, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.N. refugee agency will start sending home 470,000 Angolan refugees next year after combatants agreed in April to a cease-fire ending a 27-year war in their country, officials said. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees agreed with the government of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos last week to start repatriation in January.
WORLD
February 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers quit Sunday amid a festering controversy over allegations that he sexually harassed female employees at the world body's refugee agency. Just two days after saying he would stay in his post, Lubbers submitted a bitter resignation letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and proclaimed his innocence. The allegation, made by a female employee of the refugee agency in Geneva, was investigated by the United Nations last summer.
WORLD
February 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The humanitarian situation in Darfur has worsened because of new fighting and increased banditry, U.N. agencies said. The United Nations refugee agency said staff members were unable to reach thousands of people who had fled across the border to Chad because of aerial bombardment on the Sudanese side. The World Food Program said dozens of its trucks had been stolen at gunpoint in Darfur since the start of the year, endangering the delivery of aid. Sudanese forces began bombing areas in West Darfur this month in a renewed attempt to defeat rebels who have been fighting the government for more than four years.
WORLD
January 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The U.S. and other countries have failed to properly screen Haitians found at sea to determine if they have “a credible fear” of violence and persecution, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Friday. Less than four weeks into the year, more than 180 Haitians have been found in Caribbean waters, almost all of whom were sent back to Haiti, the refugee agency said. Four others are being held in Dominica, their  fate unknown, spokeswoman Charity Tooze said. The numbers, which are unusually high for such a short period, have drawn new attention to the problem.
WORLD
January 8, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The World Food Program said Tuesday that Syria's civil war has blocked the United Nations agency from delivering aid to at least 1 million people who are in desperate need of help. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the U.N. agency's local partner, has been stretched to capacity and violence between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the armed opposition has prevented aid workers from reaching some needy Syrians, said Abeer Etefa, an agency spokeswoman. Truck drivers have been reluctant to transport food into conflict areas, and World Food Program staff members have had to ride in armored vehicles to monitor food distribution in some areas, Etefa said.
WORLD
December 25, 2012 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan - Rumors that four infants perished from the cold prompted an outcry last month at this sprawling site, by far the largest camp for Syrian refugees. Some residents even tossed stones at the military field hospital said to be where the children died, although officials say all four succumbed to medical conditions that had nothing to do with the weather. "These were incorrect rumors," said Ahmad Maaytah, a doctor from the hospital, as his colleagues nodded in agreement at a camp clinic.
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
The United Nations and its partners are seeking donations of more than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians inside and outside the battered country over the next six months as the chill of winter descends, the biggest appeal it has ever launched for such a crisis. The U.N. has sought more aid for Syria as the fighting between government and opposition forces has continued. Four million people are estimated to need help in Syria, four times as many as in March. At least 525,000 Syrians have registered or are being assisted as refugees, seven times as many as in May, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
WORLD
December 11, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - More than half a million Syrian refugees are seeking international aid, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 a day as violence continues to rage in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. The onset of winter-like weather has posed new perils for those seeking asylum outside of war-ravaged Syria. “Winter can be extremely harsh, particularly when you've got people already weakened by the ordeal of coming out of Syria,” said Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency.
WORLD
December 1, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
PARWAN-A-DUH CAMP, Afghanistan - Winter is descending on the Shakur clan. In the pale gray twilight of late autumn, a sharp wind slaps at the scraps of plastic that Abdel Shakur, the clan patriarch, has installed on his mud hut walls in a futile attempt at insulation. The thin tarpaulins that serve as a roof are held fast by round patties of cow dung and worn auto tires. Already, night temperatures are dipping to freezing or below. The 10 children of Abdel Shakur pad across the packed-clay floors in bare feet or plastic slippers.
WORLD
March 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An American working for UNICEF was released by his kidnappers, Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi said. Gedi promised to investigate a warlord's claim that another U.N. agency owed him money. Robert McCarthy was abducted Wednesday in Afmadow, 260 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, U.N. officials said. Gedi said he spoke with the warlord responsible for the abduction. He said he had received documents from the warlord that showed a U.N.
WORLD
September 10, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KHAZANA, Pakistan - Awal Gul knows that home is just a two-hour drive over the jagged ridgeline that separates Pakistan from Afghanistan. But he hasn't been there in more than 30 years, since Soviet tanks rolled into Kabul. A refugee of a long-gone era, he doesn't have a patch of land to return to, or a house or a job. That may not matter. Pakistan is growing increasingly impatient as host of the world's largest refugee community - millions of Afghans who fled the Soviet invasion and, later, Taliban rule.
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