From the field
Interview Leonard Zulu

Leonard Zulu briefly came to Switzerland in June, in his last days as UNHCR’s representative in Afghanistan, and we could talk with him. 

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From refugee to Olympic hero

From refugee to Olympic hero - it hasn't been an easy road, as the athlete confided to us in an interview. 

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Humanitarian crisis in Sudan

The fighting in Sudan has been going on for more than a year now. More and more atrocities are coming to light and the civilian population is suffering. 9 million people have already had to leave their homes in the East African country and seek refuge in a new location.

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"Countless human tragedies"

The number of people worldwide who were forced to flee from conflict, violence and persecution has risen again: Last May, the staggering number of 120 million has been announced by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in its Global Trends Report 2023. 

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Underfunding for UNHCR

“We face impossible decisions to meet the greatest demand we’ve ever seen”

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"It's heartbreaking to see these people"

The conflict in Sudan broke on April 15th 2023 - it's going in its second year now. Millions of people had to flee already. They urgently need help, says Dr. Mamadou Dian Balde. He is UNHCR's Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa and Great Lakes and the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Sudan Situation. But UNHCR is lacking resources...

What we do

UNHCR is present in over 130 countries to support people forced to flee conflicts and persecution. 

91% of all 18,879 employees of UNHCR are fieldworkers on the frontline to help those forced to flee conflicts and persecution. Beyond emergency relief, UNHCR makes sure to find sustainable solutions for refugees for a better future. 

120
million people uprooted worlwide (May 2024)
40%
of uprooted people in the world are children
4.4
million people are stateless
158,700
refugees have been resettled in 2023
Switzerland for UNHCR

Switzerland for UNHCR, a foundation under Swiss law, is UNHCR's national partner in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It was established in 2020 to promote closer ties with the Swiss population, and to mobilize critical funds essential to fulfill UNHCR’s mission. 

“Civilians did not start this war, yet they pay the price for it.”
The fighting in Sudan has been going on for more than a year now. More and more atrocities are coming to light and the civilian population is suffering. 9 million people have already had to leave their homes in the East African country and seek refuge in
Echos from the field
Art For Change - A subscription program that gives back
Switzerland for UNHCR, in collaboration with EverdreamSoft, is launching Art for Change - an annual donation subscription program. This innovative approach offers an alternative way to donate, providing assistance to support forcibly displaced people.
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