June 18th, 2009
11:38 PM ET

How to donate to UNHCR

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/25/pakistan.swat.refugees/art.refugees.jpg caption="The fighting in the Swat Valley region in Pakistan has forced thousands of civilians to abandon their homes."]

Program Note: The U.N.H.C.R. released their annual report on the refugee crisis Tuesday. Tune in tonight for special coverage of World Refugee Day tonight at 10 p.m. ET. And learn more about how you can help by visiting Impact Your World.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide stood at 42 million at the end of last year amid a sharp slowdown in repatriation and more prolonged conflicts resulting in protracted displacement. The total includes 16 million refugees and asylum seekers and 26 million internally displaced people uprooted within their own countries, according to UNHCR’s annual “Global Trends” report released today.

The UN refugee agency relies on contributions for some 97 percent of its income. The additional 2-3 percent of funding we receive from the United Nations is spent entirely on administration costs – meaning more of YOUR money goes to where it is needed most.

Go here to learn more about donating.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. leslie

    Tl SLM: Surely anyone who has cable and time to blog on a computer has a little something to give to starving children. In this country, people still don't understand the meaning of the word "nothing."

    June 19, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  2. SLM

    With all the Obama tax hikes in our future and California sticking their hands deeper into my pockets, I am sorry to say I have nothing left to donate!!

    June 19, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  3. jack hackel

    T'is a sad day for the devolution of the middle east. To those Iranians who where moved by the winds of change I say despair not – for even the strongest, immovable rock eventually gives way to omnipotent force of great winds.

    June 19, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  4. Jim

    Who would give a rat's behind about foreign charities, when there are millions suffering in poverty at home? Am I supposed to shift my priorities because the cult of personality that is AC 360 or "Brangelina" tells me what my focus should be? Get a grip, people....if you want to pretend to be a news organization, stop emphasizing the false importance of celebrity that produces nothing of value. I changed to a different channel quickly, after seeing Angelina Jolie's face on your screen, once again pretending she knows what should be important to me and the rest of us.

    Oh, by the way, in the few minutes that I could tolerate this early morning's "news coverage", you tried to convince me that I should place some importance on John and Kate.....wow....you've gotten almost pathetic in your ideas of what qualifies as news. I heard the phrase "John and Kate NEWS".....and you spent painful minutes talking about her haircut??? Good GOD! .Please, step outside your own portrait and take an honest look, before it's too late to ever again do our country some good as journalists.

    It should be really simple......just act as if your audience has some intelligence and understanding of what, and who, really matters.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:57 am |
  5. mohamed a idris

    we ask god to help this nation to end secterian killing and this endles war

    June 19, 2009 at 1:51 am |
  6. Tara

    by the way
    I loved your show on Angeline, she is a true human being & you are the greatest to be doing programs like this
    . We need more people like you"
    You are a true jjournalist.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  7. Tara

    I just want to let CNN know that , Majority of people of Iran want the islamic govt.
    but majority of Iranian American do not want the Islamic govt.

    This Iranian Americans are the same people who were begging Bush to attack with his military to Iran, just like he did in Iraq. By the way, these Iranian Americans dont forget are true core republicans who always backed cheney & Bush. & were horrified when Obama got elected.
    These people have no value for human beings. & are now using CNN for their own interst, not the Interest of the Iranian people.
    Please as a jouranlist be cautious of truth with these people.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  8. Nick Nelson

    I can't believe we'll invade two countries to run after the Taliban and Al Queda but when Pakistan is invaded and millions of people are homeless we just stand by? If America really wants to be the good guy we should drive the Taliban out as a drill for our Marines!

    June 19, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  9. Ashley

    I feel so bad. It's crazy over there..

    June 19, 2009 at 1:43 am |
  10. D.J.

    It is so wonderful to see the beautiful Angelina Jolie has been adopting many kids. What I am asking her is to support the pure families to rise their kids.
    It is good to not make things look like, possessing kids. We need to support their families to overcome the hunger and its result deceases.

    Thank you beautiful Angelina 🙂

    June 19, 2009 at 1:42 am |
  11. Tara

    You are a great humanitarian to be showing such causes, & you are a true journalist. CNN SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOU.
    I have a comment on iran
    In the case of Iran, cnn is acting just like fox. One sided.
    All guests on CNN are from one wing. It is like interviewing Republicans all day long and believing what they say with no argument.
    Most Iranian Americans in us. are from one wing(rich & wealthy who dont care about poor & underprevilaged)
    Your stanford guest & all other are all one view. You are a good jouranlist & try to ask, but it is like asking republicans on social issues & expecting them to remain truthful
    People of Iran dont trust Iranian Americans, & actually resent them.
    & will do everything opposite to Iranian Americans. So when interviewing please remember they are not representatives of People of Iran.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  12. Teo

    I am sorry to say that I do feel for the Pakistani people (refugees) Like
    Angelina Jolene feels. But why only the US is helping because the whole international community knows The Pakistani govt. is wrong.
    $7 billion was given to them (Musharraf govt.) instead the politicians pocketed at least half of our hard earned tax payers money and it,s a shame borrowed from China and Pakistan instead bought lots of arms and everything to go to war against India the largest democracy and the most peaceful nation in the region and the most progressive.
    The downful of Pakistan is the Pakistan itself who created Taliban themselves thru breeding terrorism on their own soil. Let them face the consequences themselves and they are responsible themselves.
    It is sad that our US govt.has committed $1.5 billion per year to them again which will creat new breed of Taliban and hatred against US , THe West and India. Their goes our tax payers money again. What a waste Pakistan will never progress unless it abolishes its intelligence
    agency and accept the fact that Kashmir is the integral part of India
    And work with India for its economic progress and not be broke nation
    that cannot take care of its hungry people but feeding the terrorists instead.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  13. denise L. Thiercof/keegan

    Thank you for your amazing indept focus on what is going on in Pakistan and the millions of people that are fleeing their homes, more like this programme tonight should be broadcast to the world.
    Angelina Jolie is a credit to her country..

    June 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  14. Edgar Senga

    I cannot believe you just said that the crisis in Pakistan is the largest crisis of displaced people since Rwanda. Have you forgotten the Congo?!?
    You should have said the crisis in Pakistan is the largest of late since the Congo crisis. We need to keep all the real crisis of the world on the table so people won't forget. So it's Rwanda, Congo and now Pakistan.
    P.S. I'm still a fan!

    June 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. ak

    tell angelina jolie to take a look at all of the homeless people here in her backyard, sleeping in the streets, without food, without jobs, before she is running to Pakistan.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Karen


    1) Never Donate any money to the United Nations.

    2) Follow Rule Number 1

    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Tomasz


    This UNHCR matter is useless rubbish.

    The fact is that the countries that are receiving aide are well capable of producing what they need. The problem is though they owe more than what they will generate in GDP for 1000 years to the IMF and World Bank.

    If they can get the international debt obligations annulled then they will be in a position to feed, clothe, house and build industries whereby the people can feed, clothe, house indigenously.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  18. christina

    there is also a program where for every correct answer they donate rice to the UN probably helps those in the refugee camps too it's http://www.freerice.com
    I love playing the games on it they're educational

    June 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm |