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Pandemic threatens progress on refugee admissions through family, work, study permits

AFRICA, Entertainment, LIBYA, UNHCR
A new study released today shows that 1.5 million people from nations driving major refugee movements were admitted by 35 OECD countries and Brazil on family, work and study permits in the decade just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , titled “Safe Pathways for Refugees II”, examines admissions from 2010 to 2019 of people from seven countries propelling displacement: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Venezuela. Out of the 1.5 million non-humanitarian permits issued within the decade to help people from these countries, 156,000 were granted in 2019 alone. This exceeds an annual target of 120,000 set in a global resettlement and complementary pa...
Kenya’s leader participates in this year’s International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi.

Kenya’s leader participates in this year’s International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi.

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UNHCR, UNICEF
President Uhuru Kenyatta during this year's Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi. Among present included Labour CS Simon Chelugui, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli and FKE Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers his address at this year's International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi during which the Head of State issued Public Order No. 3 of 2021. Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli delivers his remarks during this year's International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta making his way to State House Gardens to join labour sector leaders for this year...
Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, Twitter, UGANDA, UK, UN, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Bank
NAIROBI, 30th April 2021 (PSCU) – The Coronavirus pandemic has temporarily set back the global agenda of ensuring young people aged between 10 to 24 years are in education, training or employment by 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. President Uhuru Kenyatta during Generation Unlimited (GenU) global leadership council meeting held virtually and attended by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana and former British PM Gordon Brown. President Kenyatta was joined at the virtual meeting by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and ICT CS Joe Mucheru. The President noted that globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been closed for almost an entire year due to Covid-19 lockdowns.. "Young people have lost jobs and li...
Nearly 30,000 people displaced by March attacks in northern Mozambique

Nearly 30,000 people displaced by March attacks in northern Mozambique

AFRICA, Mozambique, UNHCR
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the rapid escalation of violence in northern Mozambique, where some 30,000 people have fled the coastal town of Palma since it came under attack by armed groups on 24 March. We are especially worried about the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable among the displaced, including women and children. Dozens of people were reportedly killed during the attacks while thousands fled on foot, by road and by sea. Many more are believed to still be trapped inside Palma. Those who fled have faced significant barriers trying to reach safety both inside the country and while attempting to cross borders. The ongoing armed conflict in the oil- and gas-rich Cabo Delgado province has resulted in grave rights...
UN High Commissioner for Refugees urges more support for Burundians returning home

UN High Commissioner for Refugees urges more support for Burundians returning home

AFRICA, LIBYA, UNHCR
Ending a two-day visit to Burundi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised progress made towards helping refugees find long-term solutions in the heart of Africa’s Great Lakes Region.  Grandi noted that in a region marked by violent and complex conflicts resulting in forced displacement, he was encouraged to see an increased focus on finding solutions for refugees, especially for Burundians.  Since 2017, at least 145,000 Burundian refugees have been helped to return home, with more than 25,000 coming from Rwanda in recent months. On average, 2,000 people are being assisted to voluntarily return each week from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. The High Commissioner accompanied the most recent convoy from Rwanda transporting 159 Buru...
Quicker treatment for patients as MTN blood plasma extractor accelerates component extraction

Quicker treatment for patients as MTN blood plasma extractor accelerates component extraction

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MTN, PRAU, South Africa, TECHNOLOGY, Twitter, UGANDA, UN Women, UNHCR, WORLD
Kampala,Uganda:Patients in need of blood are receiving quicker treatment following an MTN Uganda donation of the automated blood component extractor to Uganda Blood Transfusion services (UBTS) which mines components faster. Prior to the donation, UBTS used manual methods of blood component extraction which took about 30 minutes to extract samples from about ten samples compared to the one minute using the automated machine. The process, Otekat says was slow leading to equally tortoise-paced service provision to hospitals and patients in need of blood components for treatment especially those in regional areas. However, Ms Grace Otekat head of laboratories UBTS says the machine has now enabled the blood bank improve component extraction which is critical to the treatment of ac...
FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, Equatorial Guinea, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR
The FDC Party President the Hon. Eng. Patrick  Amuriat Oboi has today morning officially opened a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat running under the theme; "11th Parliament; better legislation and enhanced Party growth"  at Namugongo-kyooto in Wakiso District.  The retreat has brought together the FDC Members of Parliament elect of the 11th Parliament. Its aimed at Guiding and sharpening the FDC MPs to be effective legislators in the National Parliament; building their capacity in legislation and oversight  in committees and the Plenary and as well as setting the legislative agenda as FDC Parliamentary caucas for the next 5 years of the 11th Parliament.  The Retreat is blessed with very experienced and competent Party leaders to build capacity of the FDC MPs;  Party ...
UNHCR, IOM: Latest Caribbean shipwreck tragedy underscores need for safe pathways

UNHCR, IOM: Latest Caribbean shipwreck tragedy underscores need for safe pathways

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply saddened by the latest loss of at least two lives after a boat capsized off Venezuela’s shores on Thursday 22 April. According to local authorities, at least 24 people including several children are believed to have been on board the boat heading towards the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Seven people were rescued by commercial Venezuelan vessels, and two bodies have so far been recovered, while rescue operations are ongoing to find other survivors among the 15 Venezuelans that are still unaccounted for according to authorities. “The waters of the Caribbean Sea continue to claim the lives of Venezuelans,” said Eduardo Stein, Joint Special ...
Raya Abirached Appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in the MENA Region

Raya Abirached Appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in the MENA Region

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of popular TV personality Raya Abirached as a Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Abirached has been working as a High-Profile Supporter with UNHCR since 2017 and is a powerful voice and advocate for the forcibly displaced across the world. Prior to her appointment, Abirached had been working closely with UNHCR on several campaigns and appeals. The first female Arab to be appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, her engagement with UNHCR began in 2017 through MBC Hope, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MBC Group. Since then, she has consistently advocated for refugee rights through her participation in UNHCR’s Ramadan and winter campaigns, as well as in various emergency ap...
Data visualization reveals impacts of climate change on displacement

Data visualization reveals impacts of climate change on displacement

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UNHCR
Today on Earth Day, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is releasing a new data visualization  ‘Displaced on the frontlines of climate change’ that shows how the climate emergency is converging with other threats to drive new displacement and increase the vulnerability of those already forced to flee. The data visualization explores how disasters linked to climate change may worsen poverty, food insecurity and access to natural resources in ways that can stoke instability and violence. The impacts of our changing climate are being felt worldwide, but countries already struggling with conflict, poverty and high levels of displacement are dealing with some of the most severe effects. From Afghanistan to Central America, droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events are hitting thos...
UNHCR’s Grandi calls on the international community to stand with DR Congo

UNHCR’s Grandi calls on the international community to stand with DR Congo

AFRICA, UN, UNHCR
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called today for stepped up international support and solidarity with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a country struggling with one of the largest internally displaced populations in Africa and a generous host to half a million refugees fleeing conflict elsewhere in the region. During a three-day mission to the Central African nation, the High Commissioner travelled to the DRC’s northern region bordering the Central African Republic (CAR) where according to local authorities 92,000 refugees have arrived in the past four months, following post-election violence in CAR. Meeting with refugees in this remote area, Grandi heard accounts of brutal violence, and personal loss. He also praised the crucial role played by Congolese...
Mounting death toll in the Central Mediterranean calls for urgent action

Mounting death toll in the Central Mediterranean calls for urgent action

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, LIBYA, UN, UNHCR
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply disturbed by reports of a tragic shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Fears are that this latest incident could have claimed the lives of up to 130 people. The rubber boat, which reportedly embarked from the Al Khoms area east of Tripoli, is said to have capsized due to bad weather and stormy seas.  The NGO SOS Méditerranée reported that the first distress call was received by authorities on Wednesday morning. SOS Méditerranée and commercial vessels searched the area on Thursday only to discover several bodies floating around the deflated rubber dinghy but no survivors. This would be the largest loss of life recorded in the Central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. So fa...
More refugees arrive in Chad following recent clashes in Central African Republic

More refugees arrive in Chad following recent clashes in Central African Republic

AFRICA, Central African Republic, UNHCR
Language: en|Date: 2021-04-20 17:09:45| Share This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva Egalement disponible en Français تتوفر أيضا في العربيةGENEVA, Switzerland, April 20, 2021/APO Group/ --   Recent clashes between government forces and rebel groups in northern Central African Republic (CAR) have forced more than 2,000 refugees to cross into Chad in the past week. The new arrivals from CAR’s Kaga-Bandoro region told our teams in Chad that they fled clashes, as well as acts of violence, pillaging or extortion from rebel groups as government forces were closing in on them. As people headed for the border, others from Batangafo and Kabo on th...