Still no end in sight for Africa’s refugee crisis

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By the end of May 2018, close to 2.6 million South Sudanese had fled the country. The total number of refugees is now almost double what it was at the start of 2017 and is expected to continue rising. South Sudan – a country with one of the youngest populations in the world – produces one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi: ‘If the war [in South Sudan] doesn’t stop, refugee numbers will rise to 3 million in 2018. The conflict is purging South Sudan of the people who should be the greatest resource of a young nation. They should be building the country, not fleeing it.’ Click here to continue reading from the original source.  

IPS: Stop Neglecting African Conflicts

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Conflicts have uprooted millions across several African nations and we must not forget them, said a human rights group. Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) timely message was published through their annual list of the worlds most neglected displacement crises. “It’s a sad pattern that we are once again seeing that the crises on the African continent seldom make media headlines or reach foreign policy agendas before it is too late,” said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland. This year’s results found that six of the worlds 10 most neglected conflicts are found in Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where years of civil war have displaced more than 5 million people – topped the list. South Sudan, Central African Republic, Burundi and Ethiopia rounded out the top five. But why are such conflicts so neglected? Click here to continue reading from the original source.

SBNATION: ‘Kakuma is not our place’

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Tucked in the northwest corner of Kenya, Kakuma is a place of oppressed people living in oppressive conditions. Heat blankets the camp. It is heavy and hard and constant. Kakuma is supposed to be a refuge for people fleeing war and famine in places like South Sudan, Somalia, and Uganda. It largely is. Yet, the heat is a hard realization for the people who arrive there, a desolate and desperate place. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

The Guardian: Smug ideas festivals in refugee camps can’t mask the grim reality

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has just co-hosted a festival, the TEDxKakumaCamp, the first-ever TEDx event held in a refugee camp. The talks were organised under the euphoric theme of “Thrive” and promised to tell “stories that uplift and inspire not just the communities that host them but the entire world”. This theme was in keeping with the TED brand, which typically consists of speakers narrating their personal journeys of discovery to inspire audiences. Rather than being held in a conference centre of a major world city, however, this event took place in one of Africa’s oldest and largest refugee camps, which houses nearly 150,000 people in north-western Kenya. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Anadolu Agency: Refugees share success stories in Kenyan refugee camp

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The first ever TEDx conference in a refugee camp was organized at Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp in the country’s northwestern region on Saturday. Originally set up in 1992 to host thousands of the then-Sudanese refugees fleeing from civil war, Kakuma now hosts more than 185,000 refugees from 19 countries -- including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The conference, co-hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was a unique event, where more than 250 high-profile guests, including ambassadors and ministers, joined over 5,000 refugees at Kakuma camp to listen to stories from successful refugees who are making a change all over the world. Click here to continue reading from the original source.
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