By: Dawn B
Edited by: Jessica Schrader
For this week’s spotlight I want to highlight an agency that is consistently on the ground directly providing relief to refugees-and that is the UNHCR or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR is one of the many agencies that make up the United Nations. As a highly complex and sub agency of the United Nations, the UNHCR strives to aid refugees in a variety of ways. According to their website their mission is –
“To lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.”
While there is much that can be discussed about the UNHCR and its role as a global organization, I encourage everyone to check out their website as it is a huge resource, with continuous updates on the struggles of refugees around the world. One great place to start would be their Global Appeals Report, published in January 2013. This report provides an update to each country that is currently hosting refugees, outlines a context of each situation, along with their main objectives for improvement this year.
Here are several informative and interesting links to their website!
Image courtesy of unhcr.org.uk