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Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

AFRICA, niger, Nigeria, REFUGEES
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Ongoing violence in parts of north-western Nigeria forced an estimated 23,000 people to seek safety and security in Niger last month (April). This takes the total number of refugees fleeing that part of Nigeria to take sanctuary in neighbouring Niger to more than 60,000 since the first influx, in April last year. Since April 2019, people have fled relentless attacks by armed groups in the Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states of Nigeria. Most found refuge in Niger’s Maradi region Fearing and fleeing the same insecurity in the border areas, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their ...
Coronavirus – Africa: Refugee tailors switch to making face masks and protective gear

Coronavirus – Africa: Refugee tailors switch to making face masks and protective gear

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, REFUGEES
Nearly three weeks after Kenya confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 13 March, the government issued a directive requiring everyone to wear facemasks in public places. Overnight, re-usable fabric masks became the country’s most coveted accessory. Maombi Samil, a 24-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who runs a fashion design and tailoring business in north-western Kenya’s Kakuma camp, realized that his skills could be put to a new use. “There was a shortage of masks and I had seen samples of facemasks made in China on the internet,” said Designer Samir, as he is popularly known. “I wanted to use my talent and locally available fabric to show that we [refugees] can also contribute to the pandemic and not just rely on assistance.” Using readily available w...
Coronavirus – Niger: IOM Appeals for Funding to Continue Lifesaving Assistance to Stranded Migrants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus – Niger: IOM Appeals for Funding to Continue Lifesaving Assistance to Stranded Migrants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, niger, REFUGEES
Together with the ministries of Interior, Humanitarian Action, Health and Foreign Affairs in Niger, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted 1,400 stranded Nigerien migrants after returning from Burkina Faso last weekend. They were mainly miners who fled violence last month in Burkina Faso's southern district. The Government of Niger agreed to open the border to facilitate this assisted voluntary return movement and requested IOM to support their nationals on a humanitarian site, managed by the Ministry of Humanitarian action, where they will complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. By repurposing existing funds, IOM Niger prepared a site on the outskirts of the country's capital, Niamey. Over ten days, IOM erected over 500 shelters, built 40 latrines and showers a...
Coronavirus – Algeria: New partnership with France will assist Sahrawi refugee children in Algeria

Coronavirus – Algeria: New partnership with France will assist Sahrawi refugee children in Algeria

AFRICA, ALGERIA, France, REFUGEES
The French contribution will support WFP’s school feeding programme that encourages around 40,000 children in camp schools and kindergartens to enroll and stay in school The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a first-time contribution of € 400,000 (US$ 452,000) from the Government of France (EU) to support Sahrawi refugee boys and girls in camps in Algeria.The French contribution will support WFP’s school feeding programme that encourages around 40,000 children in camp schools and kindergartens to enroll and stay in school. It will allow each child to receive a mid-morning snack (nutritious biscuits and milk), once the schools open again. “It will be key for the future of these children that they return to their studies, once the Covid-19 crisis is over.”, said WFP R...
Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, REFUGEES, united states of america, USA
President Donald Trump has said he will halt applications of foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the US because of the coronavirus crisis. Trump said on Tuesday that he would order a temporary halt in issuing green cards to prevent people from immigrating to the United States, but he backed away from plans to suspend guest worker programs after business groups exploded in anger at the threat of losing access to foreign labor. Sample US green card He cast his decision to “suspend immigration,” which he first announced on Twitter, as a move to protect American workers and their jobs from foreign competition. More than 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the economic devastation caused by the virus and efforts to contain it. Officials were still working to d...
Coronavirus – Africa: The International Union of French-Speaking Press (UPF) and UNESCO address migration information in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: The International Union of French-Speaking Press (UPF) and UNESCO address migration information in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, REFUGEES, UNITED KINGDOM
The International Union of French-Speaking Press (UPF) and UNESCO will strengthen the capacity of journalists to deal with migration issues in the framework of COVID-19 and will encourage independent media productions. Three quarters of refugees, as well as many migrants, are in developing countries where health systems are fragile and often inaccessible even to indigenous populations. Refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and migrants are thus exposed to a greater risk of contamination and the circular spread of the virus in countries of transit or destination. "Some 15 media outlets selected on the basis of criteria of professionalism and audience will be accompanied by a coherent and effective media approach to solutions that promote access to information, eff...
Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000 in Cameroon, a country already facing multiple humanitarian emergencies; IRC calls for support to help mitigate spread of the disease

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000 in Cameroon, a country already facing multiple humanitarian emergencies; IRC calls for support to help mitigate spread of the disease

AFRICA, cameroon, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, REFUGEES
Today, Cameroon has surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, signalling a need for urgent support in a country already tackling multiple humanitarian emergencies, including escalating violence and displacement. The International Rescue Committee is calling for increased support to help mitigate the spread of the disease especially amongst the refugee and displaced population. Cameroon is one of the world’s most forgotten crises, facing three distinct emergencies, from armed violence in the North-West and South-West to an influx of refugees from Nigeria and Central Africa Republic (CAR). More than 700,000 people in some places have been forced to flee their homes and are living in cramped, crowded informal camps or multiple families to a single home, meaning this disease will spread ra...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, REFUGEES, UNITED NATIONS
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned more lives are at a risk in Burkina Faso’s Centre Nord and Sahel regions where hundreds of thousands of displaced people, including small children, are being forced to sleep out in the open at the mercy of the elements. An estimated 350,000 people now need urgent access to adequate shelter and water to help them cope with desert-like conditions in remote parts of Burkina Faso. Fresh insecurity is driving more people from their homes every day. UNHCR was already alarmed that a chronic lack of resources was threatening a major humanitarian disaster. The COVID-19 pandemic is now further aggravating what is already a complex mix of crises. UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said that they are in a race against time to prevent more human suffering. P...
Coronavirus – Chad: Emergency Aid for Thousands Displaced by Violence; 6,000 Migrants Stranded Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus – Chad: Emergency Aid for Thousands Displaced by Violence; 6,000 Migrants Stranded Amid COVID-19 Crisis

AFRICA, CHAD, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, REFUGEES
N'DJAMENA, Chad, -- Measures taken by the Chadian government to limit the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak and the recent declaration of a war zone in the Lake Chad region by the government following a deadly attack by the non-state armed group Boko Haram, are having a severe socio-economic impact on the population. Over 20,000 people living on the Lake Chad islands were displaced to the mainland following the war zone declaration last week at the government’s request. All borders and points of entry into the region have been closed, leaving most of the displaced populations with reduced access to basic amenities and food items, and vulnerable to safety and health risks. “Migrants and their host communities are paying the highest price for the uptake of violence in the Lake Region,” s...
Ugandan government sets new strict rules on refugees in the wake of Covid-19

Ugandan government sets new strict rules on refugees in the wake of Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, REFUGEES, SECURITY, UGANDA
The office of the prime minister has come out to address the public about the refugee control measures in a bid to control the widespread of Covid-19. On Saturday, 21st 2020, Uganda registered its first Covid-19 patient who is a 36-year old Ugandan who was from Dubai. Eng. Hilary Onek, the Minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees issued a statement on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda addressing how Uganda was going to contain and handle the refugees at this time of pandemic. Eng. Hilary Onek, the Minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees He noted out that asylum seekers already at the Reception, Transit Centers and in refugee’s settlement must be screened for Coronavirus and UNHCR working with partners must ensure immediate avai...
European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, niger, REFUGEES
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger ROME, Italy, March 20, 2020/ -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €3.2 million (US$3.5m) contribution from the European Union, which will help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict-affected regions of Maradi, Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi with food assistance. Humanitarian agencies and the government are scaling up emergency response in these regions, where tens of thousands of people have sought refuge and support after fleeing violence instigated by non...
UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

AFRICA, ARMY, CHAD, HEALTH, REFUGEES, SECURITY, SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 peopleGENEVA, Switzerland, March 20, 2020,/ -- This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from its Global Stockpile in Dubai on Thursday (March 19). The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 landed in the Chadian capital yesterday evening.Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people, mostly women and children, to flee violence and cross into neighboring Chad.They arrived exhausted, traumatized and often w...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MAKERERE, Nairobi, REFUGEES, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...

World Food Programme Forecasts Global Hunger Hotspots as New Decade Dawns

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Business, Ethiopia, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, REFUGEES, RWANDA, South Africa, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
The sheer scale and complexity of the challenges in Africa and other regions will stretch the resources and capacity of World Food Programme (WFP) and other agencies to the limit ROME, Italy, January 2, 2020/ -- Escalating hunger needs in sub-Saharan Africa dominate a World Food Programme (WFP) analysis of global hunger hotspots in the first half of 2020 with millions of people requiring life-saving food assistance in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Sahel region in the coming months. The sheer scale and complexity of the challenges in Africa and other regions will stretch the resources and capacity of WFP and other agencies to the limit. Ramping up the humanitarian response will again require the generous support of don...

President commends Ntungamo Christians for unity

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, KENYA, OIL, REFUGEES, UGANDA
President commends Ntungamo Christians for unity President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the people of Ntungamo District in South Western Uganda for being united despite having different religious affiliations and also for now waking up the fight against household poverty through practicing commercial farming. “I congratulate the people of Ntungamo for being together despite various differences and for starting to come up in the fight against poverty,” he said. The President made the remarks today at the Sacred Heart Ntungamo Catholic Church in Ntungamo Municipality where he and the First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni joined many Christians to celebrate Mass to thank God for entering the New Year 2020. Mr. Museveni also commended the people of the area for building a magnificent Chur...