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Help urgently needed for South Sudanese refugees

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed over the week to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.

South Sudan refugee crisis escalates: Uganda and region in urgent need of assistance

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

South Sudan refugees pass 1.5 million

B. Gezahegne   By Male Daniel The United Nation High Commission for Refugees stated that South Sudan has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis “With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan crossing the 1.5 million mark.”

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Central America turns its back on hundreds of thousands fleeing ‘war-like’ violence

Tomas Munita   By Amnesty International Governments in Central America are fuelling a deepening refugee crisis by failing to tackle rampant violence and sky-high homicide rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

South Sudan crisis increases as civilians flee insecurity

By Peter Louis Nearly three years after conflict erupted in South Sudan, the regional impact of the crisis is rising alarmingly as the number of South Sudanese crossing international borders in search of safety grows each day.

UAE delivers emergency aid to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Isaac Kasamani/AFP   By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Arab Emirates has joined UNHCR to provide much needed relief items to South Sudanese refugees currently hosted in northern Uganda.

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

Cholera hits refugee camps as food rations reduce

Moses Mukitale   By Gloria Nakiyimba The Government of Uganda and UN Refugee Agency-UNHCR are implementing measures to contain an outbreak of Cholera in Pagirinya refugee camp in Adjuman.

Australia: Appalling abuse and neglect of refugees on Nauru

Angela Wylie   By Amnesty International Around 1,200 men, women, and children who sought refuge in Australia and were forcibly transferred to the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru suffer severe abuse, inhumane treatment, and neglect, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International stated.

South Sudanese fleeing violence cross into Uganda

F Noy   By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that a total of 2,959 refugees crossed into Uganda from South Sudan on Friday and throughout the weekend.

Haiti/Dominican Republic: Reckless Deportations Leaving Thousands In Limbo

Patrick Witty   By Amnesty International The Dominican Republic has unlawfully expelled hundreds of Dominicans to Haiti who have been caught in the middle of a wave of returns and deportations of more than 100,000 people in recent months, Amnesty International said in a new report a year after the Dominican Republic ended a moratorium […]

EU risks fuelling horrific abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya

By Amnesty International The EU’s plans to cooperate more closely with Libya on migration risk fuelling the rampant ill-treatment and indefinite detention in horrifying conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants, said human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Aid workers voice concern over violence and insecurity in DRC

By Darell Maurice Concerned with the ongoing deterioration of the security situation and an increase in violence against aid workers, humanitarian organizations operating in the Congolese province of North Kivu have expressed their frustration at the growing insecurity affecting as many vulnerable people as humanitarian workers.

Kenya announce plan to close down two refugee camps

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Dukhan Jundit The Government of the Republic of Kenya has moved to close down soon the Kakuma and Dadaab refugees camps.

Assessing the Role of UNHCR: Crucial player in European refugee crisis

REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis   By Anant Mishra Introduction The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) principle task is to provide protection to refugees and other populations of concern, especially the stateless people, who are greatly affected during conflict, assisting other UN agencies by providing viable solutions to the issue also.

The European Union – building lethal walls

By Rupen Savoulian The scandal is not the mass migration of refugees into Europe – the scandal is how the European Union is treating them.

Abandoning the abandoned: It’s time for the EU to act

By Anant Mishra   Introduction Refugees and asylum seekers account for only a small percentage of the world’s population, travelling frequently with migrants. Most of these movements are illegal, as their movement occurs without appropriate documentation, through unauthorized borders and smugglers.  

Growing Insecurity Triggers New Displacement In South Sudan

By Peter Louis UNHCR is increasingly concerned at recent growing insecurity in South Sudan’s southern state of Western Equatoria and its serious impact on the civilian population.

‘Stemming the Ripples’: Revisiting NATO, Pakistan and the Taliban Albatross

By Anant Mishra Introduction Afghanistan and Pakistan lie in central and southern Asia, a region defined by rugged mountains and valleys. For centuries, the area has been a point of contention for the major powers of each age.As a result of these great power struggles, as well as internal rivalries, the people of Afghanistan and […]

In Uvira, South Kivu, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations is celebrated with students … and prisoners

By Darell Maurice The Congolese city of Uvira, in the provice of South Kivu, celebrated United Nations Day 2015 in three stages.

Rehabilitating Women in Post Conflict Scenarios: Developing Institutional Responsibility

  By Anant Mishra Introduction The United Nations has been involved in conflict resolution since its inception after the Second World War in 1945. However, its role as global peacekeeper does not conclude with the end of violence.

A country of immigrant culture

  By Sattar Rind If anyone thinks that politics is the science of getting political power to service the country and its people, then it may be appropriate to any nation or country in the world, apart that is from Pakistan.

Six held with fake currency in Bangladesh linked to human trafficking

By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh’s anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained six people including a Pakistani citizen on charges of making fake foreign currency and having involvement with human smuggling.

Commander of UN peacekeeping force visits Burundian refugee camp in DRC

  By Darell Maurice During his recent visit to a Burudian refugee camp in Lusenda, South Kivu, General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz said he was satisfied with the measures taken or envisaged for the protection of some 7,000 refugees living there, promising however to reinforce those with logistical support from the United Nations Stabilisation […]

Terrorism and the Growing Violation of Human Rights

  By Anant Mishra “We should all be clear that there is no trade off between effective action against terrorism and the protection of human rights. On the contrary, I believe that in the long term we shall find that human rights, along with democracy and social justice, are one of the best prophylactics against […]

Rising number of Rwandan refugees a major concern in the DRC

  By Sylvain Muyali One day following the Congolese army, FARDC‘s, launch of a military campaign for the forced disarmament of rebel FDLR troops, the fate of Rwandan refugees held hostage by the rebels became a major concern to MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the National Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

UK in talks with Uganda over Burundi crisis

By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Kingdom government has held bilateral talks with Uganda over the ongoing crisis in Burundi.

US ambassador visits refugee camp in South Sudan

By Peter Louis The UN Refugee Agency yesterday organised a one-day field trip to Ajuong Thok refugee camp, Unity State, for the US Ambassador to South Sudan, Molly Phee.