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Last Updated: Monday July 02 2007 13:42 GMT

What is the UNHCR?

UNHCR lorry carries children in Zaire

UNHCR stands for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Its High Commissioner is António Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister.

It looks after the rights and well-being of refugees.

It was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Celebrities like Angelina Jolie are employed by the UNHCR as goodwill ambassadors - people who use their fame to raise awareness of the problems of refugees.

The UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives.