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Digital cookbook celebrates Canadian refugees marking 70th UNHCR anniversary

Last Updated Dec 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm PST

(Courtesy the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees released 'Tastes from Home' cookbook

The digital cookbook is filled with more than 100 pages of photos and recipes submitted by refugees

For each copy downloaded, an anonymous donor will make a donation in support of refugees and their families

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ) is out with a free digital cookbook made up of contributions from those who fled their country of origin to make a new home in Canada.

The “Tastes from Home” cookbook marks the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR and consists of more than 100 pages of recipes and photos submitted by refugees.

For every download, an anonymous donor will make a donation to support refugees and families.

“This is your opportunity to experience the rich cultural backgrounds and traditions of former refugees through the food that has special meaning to them,” reads the UNHCR website.


UNHCR’s Canadian representative said 2020 will go down as the worst for refugee resettlement in recent history. Given border and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of displaced people are stuck, unable to return to their home country or go to a new home.

Canada did accept a few emergency cases, but had planned to resettle around 30,000 refugees in 2020.

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By the end of September, just under 6,000 had arrived.

The UNHCR was created to help displaced Europeans after the Second World War and originally was only supposed to exist for a few years.