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  •  Refugees New York Feb 2 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR says 35 000 Nigerian seeking refuge in Cameroon are safe The UN refugee agency said the estimated 35 000 Nigerians had fled across the north eastern border into Cameroon in the last two weeks of January There had been concerns about the possible forceful ejection of the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon as the country had threatened severally There are also several thousands of Cameroonian refugees hosted across Nigeria For now the 35 000 Nigerian refugees are safe in Cameroon although many are once again putting themselves at risk by returning to Rann on foot to collect a few personal possessions which were not looted or burnt UNHCR said The UN agency said the people had fled Rann in the last two weeks after Boko Haram extremist fighters repeatedly attacked the town The outlawed terrorist group has been active in this impoverished corner of north east Nigeria for over a decade Thousands of people not just in Nigeria but over the border in Cameroon and Chad have been killed many summarily executed The livelihoods of tens of thousands of others have been destroyed in the insurgency as regional governments struggle to put an end to the ongoing violence The refugees left Rann following the recent withdrawal of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF which came to secure the city after an attack on January 14 The MNJTF was set up by the affected countries Cameroon Chad Nigeria Niger and Benin to counter Boko Haram and other terrorist groups which are gaining ground across the Lake Chad region UNHCR said Speaking on a visit to Goura in Cameroon on Friday the UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon Allegra Baiocchi said I have seen many fearful people here whose lives have been destroyed by Boko Haram The people who came here really had no choice This is where they need to be now if they want to stay alive The United Nations and its partners have responded to the sudden influx into Goura by providing basic services in what is now a makeshift refugee settlement Some 13 000 people have received food ratios and each registered refugee is getting six litres of clean water a day some way below the recommended 15 litres minimum The UNHCR top official in Cameroon Geert de Casteele said in Goura that The response from humanitarian workers here has been impressive in what is an extremely challenging environment We need to scale up the response keeping in mind the local population that is the next step and I am hopeful we can achieve with increased funding In January the UN in coordination with the Government and aid partners announced its 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan which focuses on the whole of the country including areas affected by Boko Haram Around 4 3 million Cameroonians mostly women and children are now in need of lifesaving assistance accordingto the UN
    35,000 Nigerian refugees safe in Cameroon – UN
     Refugees New York Feb 2 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR says 35 000 Nigerian seeking refuge in Cameroon are safe The UN refugee agency said the estimated 35 000 Nigerians had fled across the north eastern border into Cameroon in the last two weeks of January There had been concerns about the possible forceful ejection of the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon as the country had threatened severally There are also several thousands of Cameroonian refugees hosted across Nigeria For now the 35 000 Nigerian refugees are safe in Cameroon although many are once again putting themselves at risk by returning to Rann on foot to collect a few personal possessions which were not looted or burnt UNHCR said The UN agency said the people had fled Rann in the last two weeks after Boko Haram extremist fighters repeatedly attacked the town The outlawed terrorist group has been active in this impoverished corner of north east Nigeria for over a decade Thousands of people not just in Nigeria but over the border in Cameroon and Chad have been killed many summarily executed The livelihoods of tens of thousands of others have been destroyed in the insurgency as regional governments struggle to put an end to the ongoing violence The refugees left Rann following the recent withdrawal of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF which came to secure the city after an attack on January 14 The MNJTF was set up by the affected countries Cameroon Chad Nigeria Niger and Benin to counter Boko Haram and other terrorist groups which are gaining ground across the Lake Chad region UNHCR said Speaking on a visit to Goura in Cameroon on Friday the UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon Allegra Baiocchi said I have seen many fearful people here whose lives have been destroyed by Boko Haram The people who came here really had no choice This is where they need to be now if they want to stay alive The United Nations and its partners have responded to the sudden influx into Goura by providing basic services in what is now a makeshift refugee settlement Some 13 000 people have received food ratios and each registered refugee is getting six litres of clean water a day some way below the recommended 15 litres minimum The UNHCR top official in Cameroon Geert de Casteele said in Goura that The response from humanitarian workers here has been impressive in what is an extremely challenging environment We need to scale up the response keeping in mind the local population that is the next step and I am hopeful we can achieve with increased funding In January the UN in coordination with the Government and aid partners announced its 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan which focuses on the whole of the country including areas affected by Boko Haram Around 4 3 million Cameroonians mostly women and children are now in need of lifesaving assistance accordingto the UN
    35,000 Nigerian refugees safe in Cameroon – UN
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    35,000 Nigerian refugees safe in Cameroon – UN

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    New York, Feb. 2, 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says 35,000 Nigerian seeking refuge in Cameroon are safe.

    The UN refugee agency said the estimated 35,000 Nigerians had fled across the north-eastern border into Cameroon in the last two weeks of January.

    There had been concerns about the possible forceful ejection of the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon as the country had threatened severally.

    There are also several thousands of Cameroonian refugees hosted across Nigeria.

    “For now, the 35,000 Nigerian refugees are safe in Cameroon, although many are once again putting themselves at risk by returning to Rann on foot, to collect a few personal possessions which were not looted or burnt,” UNHCR said.

    The UN agency said the people had fled Rann in the last two weeks after Boko Haram extremist fighters repeatedly attacked the town.

    “The outlawed terrorist group has been active in this impoverished corner of north-east Nigeria for over a decade. Thousands of people not just in Nigeria but over the border in Cameroon and Chad, have been killed, many summarily executed.

    “The livelihoods of tens of thousands of others have been destroyed in the insurgency, as regional governments struggle to put an end to the ongoing violence.

    “The refugees left Rann following the recent withdrawal of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which came to secure the city after an attack on January 14.

    “The MNJTF was set up by the affected countries – Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Benin – to counter Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups which are gaining ground across the Lake Chad region,” UNHCR said.

    Speaking on a visit to Goura in Cameroon on Friday, the UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi said: “I have seen many fearful people here, whose lives have been destroyed by Boko Haram.

    “The people who came here really had no choice. This is where they need to be now if they want to stay alive.”

    The United Nations and its partners have responded to the sudden influx into Goura by providing basic services in what is now a makeshift refugee settlement.

    Some 13,000 people have received food ratios and each registered refugee is getting six litres of clean water a day, some way below the recommended 15 litres minimum.

    The UNHCR top official in Cameroon, Geert de Casteele said in Goura that: “The response from humanitarian workers here has been impressive in what is an extremely challenging environment.

    “We need to scale up the response keeping in mind the local population; that is the next step and I am hopeful we can achieve, with increased funding.”

    In January, the UN, in coordination with the Government and aid partners, announced its 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan which focuses on the whole of the country, including areas affected by Boko Haram.

    Around 4.3 million Cameroonians, mostly women and children, are now in need of lifesaving assistance, accordingto the UN.

  •   The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said more than 80 000 Nigerians have been displaced due to ongoing violence in the North East since November 2018 The UN relief agency said that the figure was in addition to the two million people already displaced by violence or forced across Nigeria s borders as refugees OCHA said in 2018 relief organisations had estimated that 7 7 million people required urgent life saving assistance OCHA said however a recent upsurge in clashes between non state armed groups and the state security forces was forcing UN agencies and their partners to reassess the needs on the ground The UN agency said a 90 day plan was in the works to ratchet up the response especially across the worst affected state of Borno to meet the immediate needs of an estimated 312 000 men women and children Since 2009 the North East of the country has been in the grip of a civil conflict triggered by armed opposition groups which has now spilled over borders across the whole Lake Chad region This has resulted in widespread displacement violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and protection risks for increasing numbers of civilians which has added up to one of the world s worst humanitarian crises In addition to the 1 8 million displaced within Nigeria as a result of the conflict the violence has led many families to flee over the border into neighbouring Chad Cameroon and Niger To date about 200 000 people are estimated to be Nigerian refugees or asylum seekers living in those countries the UN agency said The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has raised the alarm over a recent new influx of Nigerian asylum seekers and refugees in Chad Since 26 December when the town of Baga on the Nigerian side of the Lake Chad was attacked by a non state armed group around 6 000 have been forced on the run Many of them paddled for three hours across the water to arrive in the lakeside Chadian village of Ngouboua some 20 kilometres from the Nigerian border the UN refugee agency said UNHCR and the Chadian authorities are carrying out registration and pre screening of new arrivals to evaluate their needs It said an overwhelming majority of the new arrivals are women and children and according to initial information about 55 per cent of them are minors The UN urged all parties to the conflict to protect civilians as well as civilian construction and infrastructure and to uphold international human rights and humanitarian laws
    80,000 displaced from North East Nigeria since November – UN
      The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said more than 80 000 Nigerians have been displaced due to ongoing violence in the North East since November 2018 The UN relief agency said that the figure was in addition to the two million people already displaced by violence or forced across Nigeria s borders as refugees OCHA said in 2018 relief organisations had estimated that 7 7 million people required urgent life saving assistance OCHA said however a recent upsurge in clashes between non state armed groups and the state security forces was forcing UN agencies and their partners to reassess the needs on the ground The UN agency said a 90 day plan was in the works to ratchet up the response especially across the worst affected state of Borno to meet the immediate needs of an estimated 312 000 men women and children Since 2009 the North East of the country has been in the grip of a civil conflict triggered by armed opposition groups which has now spilled over borders across the whole Lake Chad region This has resulted in widespread displacement violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and protection risks for increasing numbers of civilians which has added up to one of the world s worst humanitarian crises In addition to the 1 8 million displaced within Nigeria as a result of the conflict the violence has led many families to flee over the border into neighbouring Chad Cameroon and Niger To date about 200 000 people are estimated to be Nigerian refugees or asylum seekers living in those countries the UN agency said The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has raised the alarm over a recent new influx of Nigerian asylum seekers and refugees in Chad Since 26 December when the town of Baga on the Nigerian side of the Lake Chad was attacked by a non state armed group around 6 000 have been forced on the run Many of them paddled for three hours across the water to arrive in the lakeside Chadian village of Ngouboua some 20 kilometres from the Nigerian border the UN refugee agency said UNHCR and the Chadian authorities are carrying out registration and pre screening of new arrivals to evaluate their needs It said an overwhelming majority of the new arrivals are women and children and according to initial information about 55 per cent of them are minors The UN urged all parties to the conflict to protect civilians as well as civilian construction and infrastructure and to uphold international human rights and humanitarian laws
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    80,000 displaced from North East Nigeria since November – UN

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said more than 80,000 Nigerians have been displaced due to ongoing violence in the North-East since November, 2018.

    The UN relief agency said that the figure was in addition to the two million people already displaced by violence, or forced across Nigeria’s borders as refugees.

    OCHA said in 2018, relief organisations had estimated that 7.7 million people required urgent life-saving assistance.

    OCHA said, however, a recent upsurge in clashes between non-state armed groups and the state security forces was forcing UN agencies and their partners to reassess the needs on the ground.

    The UN agency said a 90-day plan was in the works to ratchet up the response, especially across the worst-affected state of Borno, to meet the immediate needs of an estimated 312,000 men, women and children.

    Since 2009, the North East of the country has been in the grip of a civil conflict triggered by armed opposition groups, which has now spilled over borders across the whole Lake Chad region.

    This has resulted in widespread displacement, violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection risks for increasing numbers of civilians, which has added up to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

    “In addition to the 1.8 million displaced within Nigeria as a result of the conflict, the violence has led many families to flee over the border into neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

    “To date, about 200,000 people are estimated to be Nigerian refugees or asylum seekers, living in those countries,” the UN agency said.

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has raised the alarm over a recent new influx of Nigerian asylum seekers and refugees in Chad.

    “Since 26 December, when the town of Baga on the Nigerian side of the Lake Chad, was attacked by a non-state armed group, around 6,000 have been forced on the run.

    “Many of them paddled for three hours across the water to arrive in the lakeside Chadian village of Ngouboua, some 20 kilometres from the Nigerian border,” the UN refugee agency said.

    UNHCR and the Chadian authorities are carrying out registration and pre-screening of new arrivals to evaluate their needs.

    It said an overwhelming majority of the new arrivals are women and children and, according to initial information, about 55 per cent of them are minors.

    The UN urged all parties to the conflict to protect civilians as well as civilian construction and infrastructure, and to uphold international human rights and humanitarian laws.

  •   The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has expressed grave concerns over plans by Cameroon to evict thousands of Nigerian refugees to Borno UNHCR said it deplored the reported move that Cameroon was forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno adding it has put the lives of the refugees at risk Cameroon is currently home to more than 370 000 refugees including some 100 000 from Nigeria according to UNHCR We are gravely concerned for the safety and well being of all these people said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi The UN refugee agency said on January 16 267 Nigerian refugees who had crossed into Cameroon in 2014 were forcibly returned It regretted that at dusk on January 14 militants attacked and ransacked the border town of Rann about 10 kilometers from the Cameroon border UNHCR said that at least 14 people were reportedly killed and an estimated 9 000 fled to Cameroon Grandi said This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk I am appealing to Cameroon to continue its open door and hospitable policy and practices and halt immediately any more returns and to ensure full compliance with its refugee protection obligations under its own national legislation as well as international law North eastern Nigeria has been particularly hard hit by the insurgency being waged in the region since 2009 the UN said Meanwhile the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon has said the deadly attack interrupted aid delivery to some 76 000 internally displaced people in Rann Kallon said the attackers looted or destroyed a medical clinic humanitarian supply warehouses and aid workers accommodations and burned down the nearby market and camp shelters NAN
    Don’t evict Nigerian refugees, UN tells Cameroon
      The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has expressed grave concerns over plans by Cameroon to evict thousands of Nigerian refugees to Borno UNHCR said it deplored the reported move that Cameroon was forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno adding it has put the lives of the refugees at risk Cameroon is currently home to more than 370 000 refugees including some 100 000 from Nigeria according to UNHCR We are gravely concerned for the safety and well being of all these people said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi The UN refugee agency said on January 16 267 Nigerian refugees who had crossed into Cameroon in 2014 were forcibly returned It regretted that at dusk on January 14 militants attacked and ransacked the border town of Rann about 10 kilometers from the Cameroon border UNHCR said that at least 14 people were reportedly killed and an estimated 9 000 fled to Cameroon Grandi said This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk I am appealing to Cameroon to continue its open door and hospitable policy and practices and halt immediately any more returns and to ensure full compliance with its refugee protection obligations under its own national legislation as well as international law North eastern Nigeria has been particularly hard hit by the insurgency being waged in the region since 2009 the UN said Meanwhile the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon has said the deadly attack interrupted aid delivery to some 76 000 internally displaced people in Rann Kallon said the attackers looted or destroyed a medical clinic humanitarian supply warehouses and aid workers accommodations and burned down the nearby market and camp shelters NAN
    Don’t evict Nigerian refugees, UN tells Cameroon
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    Don’t evict Nigerian refugees, UN tells Cameroon

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed grave concerns over plans by Cameroon to evict thousands of Nigerian refugees to Borno.

    UNHCR said it deplored the reported move that Cameroon was forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno, adding, it has put the lives of the refugees “at risk”.

    Cameroon is currently home to more than 370,000 refugees, including some 100,000 from Nigeria, according to UNHCR.

    “We are gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of all these people”, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

    The UN refugee agency said on January 16, 267 Nigerian refugees, who had crossed into Cameroon in 2014, were forcibly returned.

    It regretted that at dusk on January 14, militants attacked and ransacked the border town of Rann, about 10 kilometers from the Cameroon border.

    UNHCR said that at least 14 people were reportedly killed and an estimated 9,000 fled to Cameroon.

    Grandi said: “This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk.

    “I am appealing to Cameroon to continue its open door and hospitable policy and practices and halt immediately any more returns and to ensure full compliance with its refugee protection obligations under its own national legislation, as well as international law”.

    North-eastern Nigeria has been particularly hard-hit by the insurgency being waged in the region since 2009, the UN said.

    Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has said the deadly attack interrupted aid delivery to some 76,000 internally displaced people in Rann.

    Kallon said the attackers looted or destroyed a medical clinic, humanitarian supply warehouses and aid workers’ accommodations, and burned down the nearby market and camp shelters.NAN)

  •  UNHCR launches 2 7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees Refugees New York Dec 18 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has launched a 2 7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees to address Africa s largest displacement crisis UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told journalists in Geneva that safe return remained elusive in the world s youngest country where millions were uprooted by years of brutal civil war Widespread fighting across the country began in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his Vice President Riek Machar following the country s declaration of independence from Sudan in 2011 Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the fighting which has been accompanied by a shocking level of human rights abuses According to UN appointed rights experts more than 65 per cent of women and girls in the country have experienced sexual violence Yaxley said The issue here is that there have been previous attempts at cultivating peace that have not withstood the test of time He appealed to the feuding parties to respect the latest peace agreement signed in September which envisages elections in 2022 and the return of Machar as one of five vice Presidents Although there has been a relative reduction in violence in parts of the country since September Yaxley said UNHCR does not yet view the current environment in South Sudan as being conducive for the safe return of refugees Many women have reported rape and other forms of sexual and gender based violence along with the killings of their husbands and the abduction of children during flight Children too have in many cases experienced extreme violence and trauma including the death of one or both parents the UNHCR official said He noted that many people were now primary caregivers for younger siblings while thousands had also been forcibly recruited as child soldiers by armed groups In early December UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on 25 women and girls on the road to the Northern town of Bentiu Guterres described the incident as horrific acts that are a distressing reminder of how despite recent recommitments by the country s leaders to stop fighting the security situation for civilians remains dire More than 2 2 million South Sudanese are now refugees in six neighbouring countries Uganda Sudan Ethiopia Kenya the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic Another 1 9 million have been uprooted from their homes inside their country While UNHCR commended the generosity of host countries in keeping their borders open to South Sudanese nationals in some places rations had to be cut as levels of funding have been far outpaced by rising needs Yaxley said He explained In Sudan some refugees and their host communities are having to survive on just five litres of water per person per day inevitably leading to tensions Schools are lacking teachers classrooms and educational materials leaving half of South Sudan s refugee children out of school Health clinics have insufficient doctors nurses and medications In an appeal for hugely more international support Yaxley noted that the 2018 humanitarian appeal which also covers its partners in the field had been funded at only 38 per cent Priorities for UNHCR include the promotion of social cohesion programmes for refugees and their hosts to ensure the ongoing viability of both communities living together he said Edited by Donald Ugwu NAN
    UNHCR launches .7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees
     UNHCR launches 2 7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees Refugees New York Dec 18 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has launched a 2 7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees to address Africa s largest displacement crisis UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told journalists in Geneva that safe return remained elusive in the world s youngest country where millions were uprooted by years of brutal civil war Widespread fighting across the country began in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his Vice President Riek Machar following the country s declaration of independence from Sudan in 2011 Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the fighting which has been accompanied by a shocking level of human rights abuses According to UN appointed rights experts more than 65 per cent of women and girls in the country have experienced sexual violence Yaxley said The issue here is that there have been previous attempts at cultivating peace that have not withstood the test of time He appealed to the feuding parties to respect the latest peace agreement signed in September which envisages elections in 2022 and the return of Machar as one of five vice Presidents Although there has been a relative reduction in violence in parts of the country since September Yaxley said UNHCR does not yet view the current environment in South Sudan as being conducive for the safe return of refugees Many women have reported rape and other forms of sexual and gender based violence along with the killings of their husbands and the abduction of children during flight Children too have in many cases experienced extreme violence and trauma including the death of one or both parents the UNHCR official said He noted that many people were now primary caregivers for younger siblings while thousands had also been forcibly recruited as child soldiers by armed groups In early December UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on 25 women and girls on the road to the Northern town of Bentiu Guterres described the incident as horrific acts that are a distressing reminder of how despite recent recommitments by the country s leaders to stop fighting the security situation for civilians remains dire More than 2 2 million South Sudanese are now refugees in six neighbouring countries Uganda Sudan Ethiopia Kenya the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic Another 1 9 million have been uprooted from their homes inside their country While UNHCR commended the generosity of host countries in keeping their borders open to South Sudanese nationals in some places rations had to be cut as levels of funding have been far outpaced by rising needs Yaxley said He explained In Sudan some refugees and their host communities are having to survive on just five litres of water per person per day inevitably leading to tensions Schools are lacking teachers classrooms and educational materials leaving half of South Sudan s refugee children out of school Health clinics have insufficient doctors nurses and medications In an appeal for hugely more international support Yaxley noted that the 2018 humanitarian appeal which also covers its partners in the field had been funded at only 38 per cent Priorities for UNHCR include the promotion of social cohesion programmes for refugees and their hosts to ensure the ongoing viability of both communities living together he said Edited by Donald Ugwu NAN
    UNHCR launches .7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees
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    UNHCR launches $2.7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees

    UNHCR launches $2.7bn appeal for South Sudan refugees

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    New York, Dec. 18, 2018 The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a $2.7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees, to address Africa’s largest displacement crisis.

    UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told journalists in Geneva that safe return remained elusive in the world’s youngest country, where millions were uprooted by years of brutal civil war.

    Widespread fighting across the country began in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his Vice-President, Riek Machar, following the country’s declaration of independence from Sudan in 2011.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the fighting which has been accompanied by a shocking level of human rights abuses.

    According to UN-appointed rights experts more than 65 per cent of women and girls in the country have experienced sexual violence.

    Yaxley said: “The issue here is that there have been previous attempts at cultivating peace that have not withstood the test of time.”

    He appealed to the feuding parties to respect the latest peace agreement, signed in September, which envisages elections in 2022 and the return of Machar as one of five vice-Presidents.

    “Although there has been a relative reduction in violence in parts of the country since September,” Yaxley said,  UNHCR “does not yet view the current environment in South Sudan as being conducive” for the safe return of refugees.

    “Many women have reported rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, along with the killings of their husbands and the abduction of children during flight.

    “Children too have in many cases experienced extreme violence and trauma, including the death of one or both parents,” the UNHCR official said.

    He noted that many people were now primary caregivers for younger siblings while thousands had also been forcibly recruited as child soldiers by armed groups.

    In early December, UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on 25 women and girls on the road to the Northern town of Bentiu.

    Guterres described the incident as “horrific acts that are a distressing reminder of how, despite recent recommitments by the country’s leaders to stop fighting, the security situation for civilians remains dire”.

    More than 2.2 million South Sudanese are now refugees in six neighbouring countries – Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic.

    Another 1.9 million have been uprooted from their homes inside their country.

    While UNHCR commended the generosity of host countries in keeping their borders open to South Sudanese nationals, in some places rations had to be cut as levels of funding “have been far outpaced by rising needs”, Yaxley said.

    He explained: “In Sudan, some refugees and their host communities are having to survive on just five litres of water per person per day, inevitably leading to tensions.

    “Schools are lacking teachers, classrooms, and educational materials leaving half of South Sudan’s refugee children out of school.

    “Health clinics have insufficient doctors, nurses and medications.”

    In an appeal for “hugely more international support”, Yaxley noted that the 2018 humanitarian appeal, which also covers its partners in the field, had been funded at only 38 per cent.

    Priorities for UNHCR include the promotion of social cohesion programmes for refugees and their hosts to ensure the ongoing viability of both communities living together, he said.

    Edited by: Donald Ugwu
    (NAN)

  •  UN agencies have denounced the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya calling for an end to their detention The UN agencies also advised those intercepting or rescuing migrants and asylum seekers at sea against returning them to a country where they face squalid conditions The Chief of Mission of the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR in Libya Mr Roberto Mignone said Refugees in Libya are faced with a nightmarish scenario They have fled their homes in search of safety and protection only to end up incarcerated languishing indefinitely in squalid conditions According to the International Organisation for Migration IOM large numbers of refugees and migrants continue to attempt the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe The UN migration agency added that many of them were being intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard brought back to shore and placed in detention upon arrival These interceptions or rescue operations have led to the placement of large numbers migrants in official detention centres nearly doubling between 2017 and 2018 from 5 500 to 9 300 IOM said Mignone stressed that it is reprehensible that they are detained instead of protected This is despite the fact that viable alternatives to detention within Libya can be found including through a Gathering and Departure Facility that we have been waiting to open since July which could offer immediate protection and safety for those most vulnerable When opened the facility proposed by UNHCR would be the first of its kind in the country sheltering vulnerable asylum seekers until a solution could be found to get them out of Libya While the facility has been built and is ready for use the UN agency said it was facing delays from the Libyan authorities and continued to advocate for it to be opened In the meantime in light of the dangers for refugees and migrants in Libya UNHCR said it did not consider it to be a safe place for disembarkation and had advised against returns to Libya following search and rescues at sea In addition IOM and UNHCR have been working to evacuate these migrants from Libya to other countries In the past year UNHCR has evacuated almost 2 500 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers including over 300 unaccompanied children held in detention in Libya Niger Italy and Romania where they are hosted in UNHCR transit centres while longer term solutions in third countries are being sought for them Simultaneously in 2018 IOM said it had safely returned more than 11 000 of the most vulnerable to their countries of origin However the agency reported in August that its voluntary repatriation programme in Libya was unable to keep pace with the alarmingly high number of migrants in Government detention centers wishing to go home Given the difficult circumstances facing refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya the UN has continued to advocate for alternatives to detention and for more support for evacuations which remain a crucial lifeline for the most vulnerable As many refugees remain in Libya and in need of urgent evacuation UNHCR urged more countries to come forward with additional possibilities of places for their safe resettlement
    UN urges end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya
     UN agencies have denounced the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya calling for an end to their detention The UN agencies also advised those intercepting or rescuing migrants and asylum seekers at sea against returning them to a country where they face squalid conditions The Chief of Mission of the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR in Libya Mr Roberto Mignone said Refugees in Libya are faced with a nightmarish scenario They have fled their homes in search of safety and protection only to end up incarcerated languishing indefinitely in squalid conditions According to the International Organisation for Migration IOM large numbers of refugees and migrants continue to attempt the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe The UN migration agency added that many of them were being intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard brought back to shore and placed in detention upon arrival These interceptions or rescue operations have led to the placement of large numbers migrants in official detention centres nearly doubling between 2017 and 2018 from 5 500 to 9 300 IOM said Mignone stressed that it is reprehensible that they are detained instead of protected This is despite the fact that viable alternatives to detention within Libya can be found including through a Gathering and Departure Facility that we have been waiting to open since July which could offer immediate protection and safety for those most vulnerable When opened the facility proposed by UNHCR would be the first of its kind in the country sheltering vulnerable asylum seekers until a solution could be found to get them out of Libya While the facility has been built and is ready for use the UN agency said it was facing delays from the Libyan authorities and continued to advocate for it to be opened In the meantime in light of the dangers for refugees and migrants in Libya UNHCR said it did not consider it to be a safe place for disembarkation and had advised against returns to Libya following search and rescues at sea In addition IOM and UNHCR have been working to evacuate these migrants from Libya to other countries In the past year UNHCR has evacuated almost 2 500 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers including over 300 unaccompanied children held in detention in Libya Niger Italy and Romania where they are hosted in UNHCR transit centres while longer term solutions in third countries are being sought for them Simultaneously in 2018 IOM said it had safely returned more than 11 000 of the most vulnerable to their countries of origin However the agency reported in August that its voluntary repatriation programme in Libya was unable to keep pace with the alarmingly high number of migrants in Government detention centers wishing to go home Given the difficult circumstances facing refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya the UN has continued to advocate for alternatives to detention and for more support for evacuations which remain a crucial lifeline for the most vulnerable As many refugees remain in Libya and in need of urgent evacuation UNHCR urged more countries to come forward with additional possibilities of places for their safe resettlement
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    UN urges end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

    UN agencies have denounced the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, calling for an end to their detention.

    The UN agencies also advised those intercepting or rescuing migrants and asylum seekers at sea against returning them to a country where they face “squalid conditions”.

    The Chief of Mission of the

    UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya, Mr Roberto Mignone said: “Refugees in Libya are faced with a nightmarish scenario.

    “They have fled their homes in search of safety and protection only to end up incarcerated, languishing indefinitely in squalid conditions.”

    According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), large numbers of refugees and migrants continue to attempt the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe.

    The UN migration agency added that many of them were being intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard, brought back to shore, and placed in detention upon arrival.

    These interceptions or “rescue operations”, have led to the placement of large numbers migrants in official detention centres, nearly doubling between 2017 and 2018, from 5,500 to 9,300, IOM said.

    Mignone stressed that “it is reprehensible that they are detained instead of protected.

    “This is despite the fact that viable alternatives to detention within Libya can be found, including through a Gathering and Departure Facility that we have been waiting to open since July, which could offer immediate protection and safety for those most vulnerable”.

    When opened, the facility proposed by UNHCR would be the first of its kind in the country, sheltering vulnerable asylum seekers until a solution could be found to get them out of Libya.

    While the facility has been built and is ready for use, the UN agency said it was facing delays from the Libyan authorities and continued to advocate for it to be opened.

    In the meantime, in light of the dangers for refugees and migrants in Libya, UNHCR said it did not consider it to be a safe place for disembarkation and had advised against returns to Libya following search and rescues at sea.

    In addition, IOM and UNHCR have been working to evacuate these migrants from Libya to other countries.

    In the past year, UNHCR has evacuated almost 2,500 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers – including over 300 unaccompanied children held in detention in Libya, Niger, Italy and Romania, where they are hosted in UNHCR transit centres while longer term solutions in third countries are being sought for them.

    Simultaneously, in 2018, IOM said it had safely returned more than 11,000 of the most vulnerable to their countries of origin.

    However, the agency reported in August that its voluntary repatriation programme in Libya was unable to keep pace with the alarmingly high number of migrants in Government detention centers wishing to go home.

    Given the difficult circumstances facing refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya, the UN has continued to advocate for alternatives to detention and for more support for evacuations, which remain a crucial lifeline for the most vulnerable.

    As many refugees remain in Libya and in need of urgent evacuation, UNHCR urged more countries to come forward with additional possibilities of places for their safe resettlement.

  •  The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has said that the U S must abide by international refugee protection accords The UN refugee agency stated this in response to U S President Donald Trump s proclamation which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country The Presidential Proclamation by Trump would ban migrants applying for asylum outside official ports of entry This would impact migrants attempting to illegally enter the country from the southern border with Mexico while legal challenges were expected to follow the move The refugee agency noted that among the people in Central America and Mexico on the move towards the U S many were fleeing life threatening violence or persecution and are in need of international protection UNHCR expects all countries including the United States to make sure any person in need of refugee protection and humanitarian assistance is able to receive both promptly and without obstruction in accordance with the 1967 refugee Protocol to which the United States is a party the agency said UNHCR pointed out that it was unrealistic to expect all asylum seekers to present themselves at the border and request protection According to the refugee agency the reality of refugee plight is complex and requires management in a structured way with dignified reception arrangements Official U S southern border ports of entry have had a long standing lack of sufficient capacity to receive migrants which is forcing many vulnerable asylum seekers to turn in desperation to smugglers and cross the border irregularly UNHCR said many asylum seeking families who were making this desperate choice were not trying to evade border authorities The agency offered to support the United States to guarantee that any person fleeing life threatening violence or persecution is able to reach safe ground and is able to have their claim reviewed The UN refugee agency stressed that national security and dignified reception of refugees and asylum seekers were not mutually exclusive but rather mutually reinforcing
    U.S. must abide by humanitarian refugee accords, says UN
     The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has said that the U S must abide by international refugee protection accords The UN refugee agency stated this in response to U S President Donald Trump s proclamation which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country The Presidential Proclamation by Trump would ban migrants applying for asylum outside official ports of entry This would impact migrants attempting to illegally enter the country from the southern border with Mexico while legal challenges were expected to follow the move The refugee agency noted that among the people in Central America and Mexico on the move towards the U S many were fleeing life threatening violence or persecution and are in need of international protection UNHCR expects all countries including the United States to make sure any person in need of refugee protection and humanitarian assistance is able to receive both promptly and without obstruction in accordance with the 1967 refugee Protocol to which the United States is a party the agency said UNHCR pointed out that it was unrealistic to expect all asylum seekers to present themselves at the border and request protection According to the refugee agency the reality of refugee plight is complex and requires management in a structured way with dignified reception arrangements Official U S southern border ports of entry have had a long standing lack of sufficient capacity to receive migrants which is forcing many vulnerable asylum seekers to turn in desperation to smugglers and cross the border irregularly UNHCR said many asylum seeking families who were making this desperate choice were not trying to evade border authorities The agency offered to support the United States to guarantee that any person fleeing life threatening violence or persecution is able to reach safe ground and is able to have their claim reviewed The UN refugee agency stressed that national security and dignified reception of refugees and asylum seekers were not mutually exclusive but rather mutually reinforcing
    U.S. must abide by humanitarian refugee accords, says UN
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    U.S. must abide by humanitarian refugee accords, says UN

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has said that the U.S. must abide by international refugee protection accords.

    The UN refugee agency stated this in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proclamation, which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country.

    The Presidential Proclamation by Trump would ban migrants applying for asylum outside official ports of entry.

    This would impact migrants attempting to illegally enter the country from the southern border with Mexico, while legal challenges were expected to follow the move.

    The refugee agency noted that among the people in Central America and Mexico on the move towards the U.S., many were fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution and are in need of international protection.

    “UNHCR expects all countries, including the United States, to make sure any person in need of refugee protection and humanitarian assistance is able to receive both promptly and without obstruction, in accordance with the 1967 refugee Protocol to which the United States is a party,” the agency said.

    UNHCR pointed out that it was unrealistic to expect all asylum seekers to present themselves at the border and request protection.

    According to the refugee agency, the reality of refugee plight is complex and requires management in a structured way with dignified reception arrangements.

    Official U.S. southern border ports of entry have had a long-standing lack of sufficient capacity to receive migrants, which is forcing many vulnerable asylum-seekers to turn in desperation to smugglers and cross the border irregularly.

    UNHCR said many asylum-seeking families who were making this desperate choice, were not trying to evade border authorities.

    The agency offered to support the United States, to guarantee that any person fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution is able to reach safe ground and is able to have their claim reviewed.

    The UN refugee agency stressed that national security and dignified reception of refugees and asylum-seekers were not mutually exclusive, but rather mutually reinforcing.

  •  The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Nigeria has crossed the 30 000 mark the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has said Mr Babar Baloch a spokesperson for UNHCR highlighted that the needs on the ground to cater for the refugees in Nigeria were outpacing donor efforts Baloch said reports indicated that scores of people had been killed in English speaking areas of Cameroon and thousands forced from their homes including many who have sought refuge in Nigeria He said the situation was particularly worrying for women and children accounting for close to 80 per cent of arrivals and most refugees are sheltering in Nigeria s south eastern areas hosted by local communities The UNHCR boss said the refugee agency was facilitating voluntary relocation of refugees to settlements in Cross River and Benue provinces which provide better security shelter and access to essential services Currently more than 9 000 Cameroonian refugees have been moved to new settlements where they receive food as well as essential items such as mattresses mosquito nets stoves and cooking utensils as well as equipment to build shelters Baloch said The UNHCR spokesperson added that women and girls were also being provided with dignity kits including among other items buckets soap and towels In some instances cash assistance is provided to enable refugees buy food directly from the markets in host communities helping facilitate the integration of those forced to flee and those welcoming them he stated However despite the work of UNHCR and other aid organizations the needs are far from being met and there are several challenges including education opportunities for refugee children The rainy season and harsh road conditions to remote areas makes the assistance to the refugees outside of the newly developed settlement very difficult with acute needs for food shelter water and sanitation he said Baloch explained that discussions were ongoing with the Government for improved access to the displaced population The spokesperson for the UN refugee agency said many of those who had fled so far had to rely on trails and informal paths to make the crossing as official border entry points remained closed Together with their partners UNHCR staff are present at access points often used by refugees to assess the situation and the needs of new arrivals Baloch added People are telling us they were ordered to leave their houses due to increasing violence in their home areas he said Baloch said violence in Cameroon s primarily English speaking north west and south west areas has worsened over the past year and recent violence uptick followed clashes between armed groups and security forces APT
    Over 30,000 Cameroonian refugees arrive Nigeria – UN
     The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Nigeria has crossed the 30 000 mark the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has said Mr Babar Baloch a spokesperson for UNHCR highlighted that the needs on the ground to cater for the refugees in Nigeria were outpacing donor efforts Baloch said reports indicated that scores of people had been killed in English speaking areas of Cameroon and thousands forced from their homes including many who have sought refuge in Nigeria He said the situation was particularly worrying for women and children accounting for close to 80 per cent of arrivals and most refugees are sheltering in Nigeria s south eastern areas hosted by local communities The UNHCR boss said the refugee agency was facilitating voluntary relocation of refugees to settlements in Cross River and Benue provinces which provide better security shelter and access to essential services Currently more than 9 000 Cameroonian refugees have been moved to new settlements where they receive food as well as essential items such as mattresses mosquito nets stoves and cooking utensils as well as equipment to build shelters Baloch said The UNHCR spokesperson added that women and girls were also being provided with dignity kits including among other items buckets soap and towels In some instances cash assistance is provided to enable refugees buy food directly from the markets in host communities helping facilitate the integration of those forced to flee and those welcoming them he stated However despite the work of UNHCR and other aid organizations the needs are far from being met and there are several challenges including education opportunities for refugee children The rainy season and harsh road conditions to remote areas makes the assistance to the refugees outside of the newly developed settlement very difficult with acute needs for food shelter water and sanitation he said Baloch explained that discussions were ongoing with the Government for improved access to the displaced population The spokesperson for the UN refugee agency said many of those who had fled so far had to rely on trails and informal paths to make the crossing as official border entry points remained closed Together with their partners UNHCR staff are present at access points often used by refugees to assess the situation and the needs of new arrivals Baloch added People are telling us they were ordered to leave their houses due to increasing violence in their home areas he said Baloch said violence in Cameroon s primarily English speaking north west and south west areas has worsened over the past year and recent violence uptick followed clashes between armed groups and security forces APT
    Over 30,000 Cameroonian refugees arrive Nigeria – UN
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    Over 30,000 Cameroonian refugees arrive Nigeria – UN

    The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Nigeria has crossed the 30,000-mark, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

    Mr Babar Baloch, a spokesperson for UNHCR, highlighted that the needs on the ground to cater for the refugees in Nigeria were outpacing donor efforts.

    Baloch said reports indicated that scores of people had been killed in English-speaking areas of Cameroon and thousands forced from their homes, including many who have sought refuge in Nigeria.

    He said the situation was particularly worrying for women and children – accounting for close to 80 per cent of arrivals – and most refugees are sheltering in Nigeria’s south eastern areas, hosted by local communities.

    The UNHCR boss said the refugee agency was facilitating voluntary relocation of refugees to settlements in Cross River and Benue provinces, which provide better security, shelter and access to essential services.

    “Currently, more than 9,000 Cameroonian refugees have been moved to new settlements, where they receive food as well as essential items such as mattresses, mosquito nets, stoves and cooking utensils, as well as equipment to build shelters,” Baloch said.

    The UNHCR spokesperson added that women and girls were also being provided with dignity kits, including among other items, buckets, soap and towels.

    In some instances, cash assistance is provided to enable refugees buy food directly from the markets in host communities, helping facilitate the integration of those forced to flee and those welcoming them, he stated.

    “However, despite the work of UNHCR and other aid organizations, the needs are far from being met and there are several challenges, including education opportunities for refugee children.

    “The rainy season and harsh road conditions to remote areas makes the assistance to the refugees outside of the newly-developed settlement very difficult, with acute needs for food, shelter, water and sanitation,” he said.

    Baloch explained that discussions were ongoing with the Government for improved access to the displaced population.

    The spokesperson for the UN refugee agency said many of those who had fled so far, had to rely on trails and informal paths to make the crossing, as official border entry points remained closed.

    Together with their partners, UNHCR staff are present at access points often used by refugees to assess the situation and the needs of new arrivals, Baloch added.

    “People are telling us they were ordered to leave their houses due to increasing violence in their home areas,” he said.

    Baloch said violence in Cameroon’s primarily English-speaking north-west and south-west areas has worsened over the past year and recent violence uptick followed clashes between armed groups and security forces.

    APT/

  •  Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency have established a centralised call centre which will make communication between refugees and humanitarian agencies prompt The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR office in Uganda said in a statement on Thursday that refugees would use the call centre to report urgent protection and assistance related problems The centre will also receive guidance on queries that they raise lodge complaints about sensitive incidents or obtain general information and advice The calls will be answered in real time and the complaints will be transferred to relevant agencies for resolution while ensuring confidentiality of the information received through the helpline Joel Boutroue the UNHCR Representative in Uganda said refugees and asylum seekers need critical information in real time They actively seek updates and advice but often get a range of misinformation on social media Setting up a call centre for refugees will immediately address some of these issues Boutroue said The call centre will initially receive calls from Kiryandongo and Nakivale refugee settlements for no less than one month before rolling out to all refugee settlements in the country by the end of the year UNHCR figures show that Uganda currently hosts about 1 4 million refugees mainly from South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda and Burundi Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Uganda, UNHCR establish call centre to ease communication with refugees
     Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency have established a centralised call centre which will make communication between refugees and humanitarian agencies prompt The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR office in Uganda said in a statement on Thursday that refugees would use the call centre to report urgent protection and assistance related problems The centre will also receive guidance on queries that they raise lodge complaints about sensitive incidents or obtain general information and advice The calls will be answered in real time and the complaints will be transferred to relevant agencies for resolution while ensuring confidentiality of the information received through the helpline Joel Boutroue the UNHCR Representative in Uganda said refugees and asylum seekers need critical information in real time They actively seek updates and advice but often get a range of misinformation on social media Setting up a call centre for refugees will immediately address some of these issues Boutroue said The call centre will initially receive calls from Kiryandongo and Nakivale refugee settlements for no less than one month before rolling out to all refugee settlements in the country by the end of the year UNHCR figures show that Uganda currently hosts about 1 4 million refugees mainly from South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda and Burundi Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Uganda, UNHCR establish call centre to ease communication with refugees
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    Uganda, UNHCR establish call centre to ease communication with refugees

    Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency have established a centralised call centre which will make communication between refugees and humanitarian agencies prompt.

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Uganda said in a statement on Thursday that refugees would use the call centre to report urgent protection and assistance-related problems.

    “The centre will also receive guidance on queries that they raise, lodge complaints about sensitive incidents or obtain general information and advice.

    “The calls will be answered in real time and the complaints will be transferred to relevant agencies for resolution, while ensuring confidentiality of the information received through the helpline.”

    Joel Boutroue, the UNHCR Representative in Uganda, said refugees and asylum seekers need critical information in real time.

    “They actively seek updates and advice, but often get a range of misinformation on social media.

    “Setting up a call centre for refugees will immediately address some of these issues,’’ Boutroue said.

    The call centre will initially receive calls from Kiryandongo and Nakivale refugee settlements for no less than one month before rolling out to all refugee settlements in the country by the end of the year.

    UNHCR figures show that Uganda currently hosts about 1.4 million refugees, mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  India s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred and fear as first group is expelled to Myanmar Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew Uncle please get us out of here They will send us back too Sahidullah a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist majority Myanmar in 2010 said his relative Sadiur Rahman 40 was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam Rahman he said had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier but like many others had escaped detection He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on Oct 3 the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here spreading panic among an estimated 40 000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour About 16 500 of the refugees including Sahidullah have been issued identity cards by the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR that it says helps them prevent harassment arbitrary arrests detention and deportation India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement sending back refugees to a place where they face danger Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal said A Bharat Bhushan Babu a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs As per the law anyone illegal will have to be sent back As per law they will be repatriated In recent days Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital Delhi and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified Many now fear Prime Minister Narendra Modi s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country With a general election due by next May they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party BJP Addressing an election rally in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday BJP chief Amit Shah said that all illegal immigrants were like termites eating into the nation s security Elect us back 2019 and the BJP will not allow a single one of them to stay n this country Shah said without specifically mentioning any group of migrants Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation They added that they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants Edited by Abigael Joshua Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    India’s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first Group is expelled
     India s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred and fear as first group is expelled to Myanmar Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew Uncle please get us out of here They will send us back too Sahidullah a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist majority Myanmar in 2010 said his relative Sadiur Rahman 40 was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam Rahman he said had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier but like many others had escaped detection He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on Oct 3 the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here spreading panic among an estimated 40 000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour About 16 500 of the refugees including Sahidullah have been issued identity cards by the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR that it says helps them prevent harassment arbitrary arrests detention and deportation India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement sending back refugees to a place where they face danger Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal said A Bharat Bhushan Babu a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs As per the law anyone illegal will have to be sent back As per law they will be repatriated In recent days Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital Delhi and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified Many now fear Prime Minister Narendra Modi s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country With a general election due by next May they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party BJP Addressing an election rally in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday BJP chief Amit Shah said that all illegal immigrants were like termites eating into the nation s security Elect us back 2019 and the BJP will not allow a single one of them to stay n this country Shah said without specifically mentioning any group of migrants Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation They added that they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants Edited by Abigael Joshua Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    India’s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first Group is expelled
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    India’s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first Group is expelled

    India’s Rohingya Refugees struggle with hatred and fear as first group is expelled to Myanmar.

    Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too’’.

    Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.

    Rahman, he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh.

    Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had escaped detection.

    He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on Oct. 3, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border.

    They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour.

    About 16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation’’.

    India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement sending back refugees to a place where they face danger.

    “Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal,’’ said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs. “As per the law, anyone illegal will have to be sent back. As per law they will be repatriated’’.

    In recent days, Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements, one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital, Delhi, and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified.

    Many now fear Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country.

    With a general election due by next May, they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Addressing an election rally in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, BJP chief Amit Shah said that all illegal immigrants were “like termites eating into the nation’s security’’.

    “Elect us back 2019 and the BJP will not allow a single one of them to stay n this country,’’ Shah said, without specifically mentioning any group of migrants.

    Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation.

    They added that they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

     

  •  The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has called on Libyan authorities to take action against criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants The UN refugee agency said that smugglers and traffickers in the country were impersonating the agency officials The agency said that reliable sources and refugees had reported criminals using vests and other items with logos similar to that of UNHCR at disembarkation points and smuggling hubs UNHCR said officials were present at official disembarkation points in Libya providing medical and humanitarian assistance such as food water and clothes to refugees and migrants The refugee agency said it was opposed to the detention of refugees and migrants but had officials monitoring the situation at Libyan detention centres aiding and identifying the most vulnerable However the agency insisted that they did not engage in the transfer of refugees from disembarkation points to detention centres The reports of criminals impersonating UNHCR staff came as the situation for refugees and migrants detained or living in the Libyan capital Tripoli had dramatically deteriorated The UN agency noted the violent clashes in Tripoli that erupted on Aug 26 when tanks and heavy artillery were deployed in residential neighbourhoods The UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL said it had received reports of atrocities committed against refugees and migrants in Tripoli including rape kidnapping and torture Head of the mission Ghassan Salam said that 61 Libyans were killed and nearly 160 were injured adding looting and crime are widespread and described the city as being on the brink of all out war UNSMIL brokered a ceasefire between the major parties to the conflict halting the fighting and restoring some order after thousands had escaped the detention centres close to the clashes in a desperate attempt to save their lives UNHCR called for alternatives to detention to be put in place including the immediate use of the Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli which would serve as a platform to find safety in third countries and which would be managed by the Libyan Ministry of Interior and by UNHCR The facility has the capacity to host 1 000 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and is ready for use the UN refugee agency said Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Human traffickers in Libya posing as UN staff – UNHCR
     The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has called on Libyan authorities to take action against criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants The UN refugee agency said that smugglers and traffickers in the country were impersonating the agency officials The agency said that reliable sources and refugees had reported criminals using vests and other items with logos similar to that of UNHCR at disembarkation points and smuggling hubs UNHCR said officials were present at official disembarkation points in Libya providing medical and humanitarian assistance such as food water and clothes to refugees and migrants The refugee agency said it was opposed to the detention of refugees and migrants but had officials monitoring the situation at Libyan detention centres aiding and identifying the most vulnerable However the agency insisted that they did not engage in the transfer of refugees from disembarkation points to detention centres The reports of criminals impersonating UNHCR staff came as the situation for refugees and migrants detained or living in the Libyan capital Tripoli had dramatically deteriorated The UN agency noted the violent clashes in Tripoli that erupted on Aug 26 when tanks and heavy artillery were deployed in residential neighbourhoods The UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL said it had received reports of atrocities committed against refugees and migrants in Tripoli including rape kidnapping and torture Head of the mission Ghassan Salam said that 61 Libyans were killed and nearly 160 were injured adding looting and crime are widespread and described the city as being on the brink of all out war UNSMIL brokered a ceasefire between the major parties to the conflict halting the fighting and restoring some order after thousands had escaped the detention centres close to the clashes in a desperate attempt to save their lives UNHCR called for alternatives to detention to be put in place including the immediate use of the Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli which would serve as a platform to find safety in third countries and which would be managed by the Libyan Ministry of Interior and by UNHCR The facility has the capacity to host 1 000 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and is ready for use the UN refugee agency said Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Human traffickers in Libya posing as UN staff – UNHCR
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    Human traffickers in Libya posing as UN staff – UNHCR

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Libyan authorities to take action against criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants.

    The UN refugee agency said that smugglers and traffickers in the country were impersonating the agency officials.

    The agency said that reliable sources and refugees had reported criminals using vests and other items with logos similar to that of UNHCR at disembarkation points and smuggling hubs.

    UNHCR said officials were present at official disembarkation points in Libya, providing medical and humanitarian assistance, such as food, water and clothes to refugees and migrants.

    The refugee agency said it was opposed to the detention of refugees and migrants, but had officials monitoring the situation at Libyan detention centres, aiding and identifying the most vulnerable.

    However, the agency insisted that they did not engage in the transfer of refugees from disembarkation points to detention centres.

    The reports of criminals impersonating UNHCR staff came as the situation for refugees and migrants detained or living in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, had dramatically deteriorated.

    The UN agency noted the violent clashes in Tripoli that erupted on Aug. 26, when tanks and heavy artillery were deployed in residential neighbourhoods.

    The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it had received reports of atrocities committed against refugees and migrants in Tripoli, including rape, kidnapping and torture.

    Head of the mission, Ghassan Salamé, said that 61 Libyans were killed, and nearly 160 were injured, adding looting and crime are widespread, and described the city as being “on the brink of all-out war”.

    UNSMIL brokered a ceasefire between the major parties to the conflict, halting the fighting and restoring some order after thousands had escaped the detention centres close to the clashes in a desperate attempt to save their lives.

    UNHCR called for alternatives to detention to be put in place, including the immediate use of the Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli, which would serve as a platform to find safety in third countries, and which would be managed by the Libyan Ministry of Interior and by UNHCR.

    The facility has the capacity to host 1,000 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers and is ready for use, the UN refugee agency said.

    Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    (NAN)