UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes, delivering life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water to help safeguard fundamental human rights and ensuring safety and dignity. Set up with modest goals in 1950, UNHCR has since helped tens of millions of people, winning two Nobel Peace Prizes along the way for its vital humanitarian work. For those forced to flee their homes to escape war or persecution, the UN refugee agency is often the last hope for a return to a normal life. With 10,966 people working in over 130 countries, we use our expertise to protect and care for 68.5 million people worldwide. The UN Refugee Agency in Ethiopia operates in Assosa, Dollo Ado, Gambella, Jijiga and Shire.