African nations, which host more than 20 million people forced to flee their homes, must enforce international agreements to better protect and provide opportunities for those escaping conflict and disaster, aid groups said on Tuesday. Refugees and internally displaced people topped the agenda at the African Union’s (AU) annual heads of state summit, which ended on Monday – a move welcomed by humanitarians as growing numbers are forcibly uprooted around the world. African nations have been lauded for adopting a more liberal “open door” policy towards refugees than Western nations, despite being low-income economies. But refugees are then usually confined to camps in Africa. They cannot access basic public services like health and education and are not allowed to work. Those fleeing within their own country are vulnerable to attacks by armed factions. Click here to continue reading from the original source.
Thousands of people fleeing violence in South Sudan have crossed the border into northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said on Wednesday. "According to village chiefs, 5,000 refugees have arrived in several border villages near the town of Ingbokolo, in Ituri province," a spokesman for the UN's peacekeeping mission MONUSCO said. "The areas are hard to reach — roads and bridges are damaged and in a poor state. The HCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] has sent additional personnel to Ituri to register the refugees and help in their possible transfer," the spokesman said. Click here to continue reading from the original source.
Legislators from West Pokot County are calling on the government to beef up security along the border with Turkana. Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto and his Pokot South counterpart David Pkosing said there was an urgent need for a lasting resolution to the current conflict. Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto and David Pkosing of Pokot South are challenging leaders drawn from the West Pokot and Turkana to the mediation table. Click here to continue reading from the original source.
LGBT+ refugees in Kenya on Friday accused the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp and relocated to an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) moved around 200 refugees - mostly from Uganda but also Burundi, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo - from the remote northwestern Kakuma refugee camp to a derelict building as an emergency measure in December. But refugee representatives said not only are conditions at the shelter overcrowded and unsanitary, but growing tension and arguments between the various groups of refugees has left some LGBT+ members fearing for their safety. “It’s three weeks and the situation is not any better here than in Kakuma. People are scared and facing death threats from other LGBT refugees here. Some sleep with knives under their pillows,” said Mbazira Moses from Refugee Flag Kakuma, a group representing…
President Trump is vowing to send the military to stop migrants trudging from Central America. Europe’s leaders are paying African nations to block migrants from crossing the Mediterranean — and detaining the ones who make it in filthy, overcrowded camps. But Solomon Osakan has a very different approach in this era of rising xenophobia. From his uncluttered desk in northwest Uganda, he manages one of the largest concentrations of refugees anywhere in the world: more than 400,000 people scattered across his rural district. Click here to continue reading from the original source