Global Citizen: Some Countries Are Paying Refugees to Go Away

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In 2003, a young Ethiopian refugee named Milka was nervous about her security in Sudan, but afraid to return to Ethiopia. She instead paid smugglers to take her to Israel, where she remained for over a decade, unable to apply for refugee status. Nine years later, tired of living without legal status, she considered returning to Ethiopia. As Milka was trying to decide, an Israeli member of Knesset stepped onto a podium in South Tel Aviv. Before thousands of anti-immigrant protesters, Miri Regev declared that Africans were “a cancer in our society,” and the government should do everything possible to encourage refugees to leave. Soon after, Israel’s Ministry of Interior began offering money to refugees and migrants agreeing to quit the country. Milka was told she could receive a free flight and $14,000 if she left. She accepted the offer, hoping to start a restaurant in Ethiopia. When Milka was paid to leave Israel, she became part of a global trend of governments paying…

World Vision: Inspiring a school of South Sudanese refugees

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Par is the head teacher of a World Vision-built school in Kakuma refugee camp. A South Sudanese citizen who left his country for a better life in Kenya. He’s guiding 4,800 primary school students through their education. This is his story, in his own words. “I was born in 1989, the same year my father was killed. I was in the womb. That’s why I was called Par. Par means crying after a father’s death. I had two older brothers. I grew up as a cow boy. A cow boy is somebody who herds cows, who takes care of the animals. Our family had 15 cows. “After my father died, my mother had three other children. In 1996, my mother thought we should go to school. She took us to northern Sudan. We sold all our belongings and went for three years. I studied in Khartoum. “However, more death in the family forced us to return to our homeland in…

DABANGA: Sudan demands additional UN funds for refugees

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The Sudanese government has demanded that the United Nations provide adequate funds to cover the expenses of hundreds of thousands of refugees hosted by the country. Idris Suleiman, Minister of International Cooperation of the new National Reconciliation Government of Sudan, met with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative for Sudan, Noriko Yoshida on Monday. During the meeting the Sudanese minister discussed with the UN official “the need to provide the necessary budget from the international community to cover the requirements of the refugees in Sudan”. He talked about the importance to provide training for the refugees and raise their awareness as wells as improving camps environment and providing integrated social services to them, saying the refugees pose further pressure on existing resources. For her part, Yoshida underscored the need to count and register the foreigners residing in Sudan. Refugees and asylum seekers In May, Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir claimed that Sudan is hosting about two million refugees and asylum…

Reuters: South Sudanese refugees in Uganda near million mark

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, prayed on Wednesday with South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, home to a nearly million fugitives from a four-year civil war in the world's youngest nation. Around 1.8 million people have fled South Sudan since fighting broke out in December 2013, sparking what has become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and largest cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Most have fled south to Uganda, whose open-door refugee policy is now creaking under the sheer weight of numbers in sprawling camps carved out of the bush. "The Bible tells us that the refugee is specially loved by God," Welby, leader of the 85-million strong Anglican Communion, said as he joined in prayers in a camp in the northern district of Moyo. "Which means you who are refugees are specially loved by God, that Jesus himself was a refugee and he loves you and he stands with…

allafrica: Drought, Conflict Displace 800,000 – IOM

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Somalia is suffering from a renewed displacement crisis as people flee drought and conflict, particularly in the country’s southern region. Gerard Waite, chief of mission for the International Organization for Migration Somalia, told VOA that about 800,000 people have fled their homes in response to the drought over the past seven months. That is in addition to the 1.1 million people who were previously displaced in the country. “We have a displacement crisis on top of a drought crisis,” Waite said. “The 800,000 new IDPs [internally displaced persons] that have resulted from the drought have put incredible pressure on the existing camps. The formation of new camps has developed, [and] these camps are, by and large, not very well managed. They are normally on private land in very cramped conditions. They do not have the basic services in these camps.” A side effect of this displacement is people living in squalid conditions and being forced to drink unclean water. This…
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