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WFP: China Contributes US$5 Million To WFP To Support Refugees In Kenya

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Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China to support 420,000 refugees living in camps in northern Kenya. After more than a year of ration cuts caused by a shortage of funding, new donor contributions from China and other countries have allowed WFP to resume full food rations to refugees from April to July.  In Kenya, refugees cannot work outside the refugee camps and with limited sources of income, they are heavily dependent on WFP for food. “We welcome this critical contribution from China as WFP has struggled to provide adequate food to refugees living in camps in food-insecure northern Kenya due to insufficient funds,” said Annalisa Conte, WFP’s Country Director and Representative for Kenya. “It is important that our donors continue to support this much-needed assistance for the refugees, especially when they are also vulnerable to the effects of the severe drought affecting the country,” she added. Every…

Daily Nation: $1.4bn needed to help South Sudanese refugees, says UN

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The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan. The UNHCR refugee agency and the World Food Programme presented an updated response plan to the crisis in appealing for nearly double the $781 million they had previously said they needed. “Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said in a statement. South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, fell into a brutal civil war in December 2013, just two years after it spilt from the north. To Read more, Click here

Allafrica: When NGOs Save Children Who Don’t Want to Be Saved

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The Guardian recently featured a heart-rending story about children rescued from trafficking in Togo, paralleling a previous story on the same subject in Benin. Both reports painted a picture that will be familiar to many: ruthless employers exploiting the innocent; parents compelled by poverty to "sell" their children; cultural backwardness making things worse, helpful NGOs saving the day. It's powerful stuff. But it's also highly misrepresentative. And it's actually so simplistic that while I doubt neither the integrity nor the good intentions of these journalists or those publishing similar pieces, their work arguably makes things worse for the very people whose suffering they are trying to highlight. In what follows, I'll explain how, and I'll do so by drawing on 10 years of research and a recent book I have published on the issue, with some of the very communities mentioned in these articles. 'Migrants, not victims' First, some background. Trafficking exploded as an issue in West Africa when a…

UN Migration Agency (IOM) Transports Hundreds of South Sudanese Refugees from Border into Ethiopia

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On 1 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) began the transfer of South Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia’s Pagak border entry point in Gambella to the Gore-Shembola refugee camp in Benishangul Gumuz Regional States, approximately 835 km away. With recent fighting and severe food insecurity further worsening the already dismal humanitarian situation in South Sudan, an additional 30,000 refugees are expected to enter Gambella over the coming months. Refugee camps in Gambella, one of Ethiopia’s least developed regions, are currently at maximum capacity with the total number of South Sudanese refugees surpassing that of the local population. IOM, in collaboration with the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), carried out an assessment of the potential route from Pagak border entry point to Gore-Shembola refugee camp in Benishangul, to ensure the safe and dignified migration of the refugees. Prior to relocation, IOM provided pre-departure medical screenings to ensure refugees are fit for…

Daily Nation: Growing African repression causing migrant exodus: Oxfam

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African countries are becoming increasingly repressive and causing more people to leave their homes, British charity Oxfam said this week, as Germany warned of the destabilising effect migration is having on the continent. Political freedom and the problem of Africa's brain-drain were among the leading issues on the agenda at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Durban which wrapped up on Friday. Oxfam's executive director Winnie Byanyima said that "repressive laws on freedom of association and speech" were "a driver of migration." German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned at the gathering that "if we fail to stabilise the African continent in the years and decades to come, we will face increasing geopolitical risks" — including more migrant arrivals in Europe. ASYLUM South African President Jacob Zuma, who hosted the forum of African movers and shakers, described the handling of migration as among the "critical challenges facing the world". The total number of migrants worldwide reached 244 million in…
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