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UNHCR seeks US$164 million for displaced Central Africans

UNHCR seeks US$164 million for displaced Central Africans

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UNHCR, USA
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has yesterday launched a US$164 million appeal to provide life-saving assistance and protection to nearly 1.5 million uprooted Central Africans, including 210,000 who fled a new bout of violence related to the December 2020 presidential elections. With no end in sight to the violence fueling the displacement crisis, nearly one third of the Central African Republic (CAR)’s population of 4.7 million have been forced to flee. Since the new crisis erupted, some 100,000 people have been displaced inside CAR, while neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo have received 111,000 new arrivals. Refugees continue to cross every day. Many new arrivals are reporting grave human rights abuses inside CAR. Our col...
Displaced Yemenis flee clashes, face imminent risk of hunger

Displaced Yemenis flee clashes, face imminent risk of hunger

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UNHCR, USA
Amid intensified clashes in Yemen’s Marib region UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is calling for a safe passage for the fleeing civilians. Fighting parties must spare no effort to protect the population caught in the conflict and ease its impact on civilians. Insecurity is increasingly hindering the delivery of aid to civilians in Marib, with dire consequences for the most vulnerable among them. The latest clashes are just a few kilometers from Marib city and people had little choice but to flee to relative safety in the urban areas. The existing sites for internally displaced people (IDPs) are already overcrowded, and the humanitarian response is overstretched. More than 800,000 displaced Yemenis have been taking refuge in this part of the country. Most of them have been sheltering the...
IOM and UNHCR: 41 dead in latest shipwreck demonstrates urgent need to strengthen Europe’s search and rescue system

IOM and UNHCR: 41 dead in latest shipwreck demonstrates urgent need to strengthen Europe’s search and rescue system

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, UN, UNHCR, USA
Saving the lives of refugees and migrants in distress in the Mediterranean must once again become a priority for the European Union and the international community. This is the appeal made by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the  UN Refugee Agency, after gathering the testimonies of survivors of the latest shipwreck. The UNHCR team in Porto Empedocle, where 77 migrants and refugees are waiting to be disembarked from the commercial vessel Vos Triton, has gathered accurate reports about the shipwreck that took place on Saturday 20 February in the Central Mediterranean, confirming that at least 41 people drowned and are missing. According to these testimonies, 120 people were on a dinghy that left Libya on Thursday 18 February, including six women, ...
PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

AFRICA, Disaster Preparedness, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, UN, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, WORLD
The Prime Minister of Uganda, RT Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched the first of its kind National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas for Uganda at the Office of the Prime Minister headquarters in Kampala. The National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas is a key instrument designed by the Office of the Prime Minister, with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) to enhance understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions; including hazards, exposure and vulnerability in all the 122 Districts of Uganda. While giving his remarks at the launch, PM Rugunda said that the National Atlas will enable policy makers and practitioners in government, private sector, media and the general public to understand and make informed decisions on planning and implementing disaster...
UNHCR appeals for access as Central African displacement soars

UNHCR appeals for access as Central African displacement soars

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UNHCR
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for humanitarian access to reach tens of thousands of people in dire need after they fled  escalating violence, clashes, and military operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country where almost one third of the population is now forcibly displaced. Increasing attacks against humanitarian workers and blocked key supply routes are hampering UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations’ ability to assist internally displaced Central Africans. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated, increasing the suffering of an already vulnerable population. Humanitarians have been targeted and have had their offices looted and their vehicles stolen. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA...
UN High Commissioner for Refugees commends Costa Rica for commitment to those forced to flee

UN High Commissioner for Refugees commends Costa Rica for commitment to those forced to flee

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UNHCR
High Commssioner, Filippo Grandi arriving to Upala by plane. © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi thanked President Carlos Alvarado for Costa Rica´s commitment to protect and promote the inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers through an agreement with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to extend health insurance to 10,000 of those who are most vulnerable. “Costa Rica’s generosity in assisting people in need of international protection is an example to countries the world over,” said Grandi. President Alvarado also announced his decision to extend Costa Rica´s commitments to address the challenges of forced displacement, as part of its participation in the MIRPS, a regional framework for protection and solutions for those forced to flee....
UNHCR East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes: Human and child rights advocates benefit from online course on ending child statelessness

UNHCR East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes: Human and child rights advocates benefit from online course on ending child statelessness

AFRICA, EDUCATION, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, Somalia, UN, UNHCR
UNHCR teams up with the African Committee on Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child to help eradicate childhood statelessness through an online course. Yvonne Kagaju, a Protection and Monitoring Officer for Rwanda’s National Commission for Human Rights attends the online course on ‘Eradication of statelessness among children in East and Horn of Africa’. Yvonne Kagaju, a Protection and Monitoring Officer for Rwanda’s National Commission for Human Rights attends the online course on ‘Eradication of statelessness among children in East and Horn of Africa’.   © Photo courtesy of Yvonne Kagaju. Initially, Yvonne Kagaju, was looking forward to travelling from Rwanda, to join a vibrant group of participants from eleven countries for a statelessness training worksho...
UNHCR and IOM call for improved safeguards for the displaced on the frontlines of climate emergency

UNHCR and IOM call for improved safeguards for the displaced on the frontlines of climate emergency

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are calling on states to strengthen the protection and assistance of people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change, ahead of a virtual conference co-hosted today, 4 February, with PDD, the state-led Platform on Disaster Displacement, currently chaired by the Government of Fiji, with the Government of France as vice-chair.   The virtual event is held to commemorate the five years since states established three key frameworks to find solutions for people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change– the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate C...