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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the UN Refugee Agency. Established in 1951, today we are responsible for helping refugees in 120 countries. UNHCR is the only agency with the specific mandate to protect refugees and help resolve refugee problems worldwide.
When people are forced to flee because of war or persecution, they turn to UNHCR for immediate assistance. We offer them food, shelter, water, sanitation and security, while working to find lasting solutions to their plight. When possible, we help refugees and other displaced people return home voluntarily and safely. If necessary, we help them settle in another country where they can start a new life.
UNHCR is strictly non-political and we help all refugees, regardless of race, religion, political opinion or gender. We focus on their humanitarian needs and rights, especially those of women and children