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  •  The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR is stepping up its presence in south eastern Nigeria to provide life saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English speaking areas of Cameroon UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said tensions between security forces and pro independence demonstrators in Cameroon s restive Anglophone region intensified in October Mahecic said Joint UNHCR and government teams had registered some 7 204 arrivals in remote areas of Nigeria s Cross River state As they report thousands more are awaiting registration Some 70 per cent of the registered asylum seekers come from the area of Akwaya in south west Cameroon Women and children in their majority they are hosted by local communities near the border As the unrest in Cameroon continues and more asylum seekers arrive UNHCR is concerned that the local population s capacity will soon be stretched to its limits According to him heavy wet season rains have worsened the state of the road network in the remote region hampering efforts to deliver aid The UNHCR spokesperson said the UN refugee agency and partners distributed food basic relief items and medical aid Mahecic said UNHCR was also deploying more staff in the region and coordinated with partners national and local authorities to ensure that the needs of all affected people were met According to him however additional resources will be necessary to support the arrivals and reinforce UNHCR s coordination and response efforts Currently UNHCR in Nigeria and partners have elaborated a contingency plan in the event of new arrivals Mahecic said APT SH Edited by Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
     The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR is stepping up its presence in south eastern Nigeria to provide life saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English speaking areas of Cameroon UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said tensions between security forces and pro independence demonstrators in Cameroon s restive Anglophone region intensified in October Mahecic said Joint UNHCR and government teams had registered some 7 204 arrivals in remote areas of Nigeria s Cross River state As they report thousands more are awaiting registration Some 70 per cent of the registered asylum seekers come from the area of Akwaya in south west Cameroon Women and children in their majority they are hosted by local communities near the border As the unrest in Cameroon continues and more asylum seekers arrive UNHCR is concerned that the local population s capacity will soon be stretched to its limits According to him heavy wet season rains have worsened the state of the road network in the remote region hampering efforts to deliver aid The UNHCR spokesperson said the UN refugee agency and partners distributed food basic relief items and medical aid Mahecic said UNHCR was also deploying more staff in the region and coordinated with partners national and local authorities to ensure that the needs of all affected people were met According to him however additional resources will be necessary to support the arrivals and reinforce UNHCR s coordination and response efforts Currently UNHCR in Nigeria and partners have elaborated a contingency plan in the event of new arrivals Mahecic said APT SH Edited by Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
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    UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)  is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon.

    UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said tensions between security forces and pro-independence demonstrators in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region intensified in October.

    Mahecic said “Joint UNHCR and government teams had registered some 7,204 arrivals in remote areas of Nigeria’s Cross River state.

    “As they report, thousands more are awaiting registration.

    “Some 70 per cent of the registered asylum seekers come from the area of Akwaya in south-west Cameroon.

    “Women and children in their majority, they are hosted by local communities near the border.

    “As the unrest in Cameroon continues and more asylum seekers arrive, UNHCR is concerned that the local population’s capacity will soon be stretched to its limits”.

    According to him, heavy wet season rains have worsened the state of the road network in the remote region, hampering efforts to deliver aid.

    The UNHCR spokesperson said the UN refugee agency and partners distributed food, basic relief items and medical aid.

    Mahecic said UNHCR was also deploying more staff in the region and coordinated with partners, national and local authorities to ensure that the needs of all affected people were met.

    According to him, however, additional resources will be necessary to support the arrivals and reinforce UNHCR’s coordination and response efforts.

    “Currently, UNHCR in Nigeria and partners have elaborated a contingency plan in the event of new arrivals,” Mahecic said.

    APT/`SH

    Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  The UN on Monday appealed to member States to take in 1 300 mainly African refugees stranded in Libya many of them mistreated while kept in appalling conditions in detention The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR said in a statement that Niger has agreed to temporarily host the most vulnerable being evacuated including unaccompanied children and single mothers pending their processing and departure for resettlement In order to address the immediate protection needs and extreme vulnerabilities of the persons of concern who will be evacuated to Niger UNHCR urgently requests 1 300 places for resettlement for this situation The UNHCR intends to evacuate between 700 and 1 300 people from Libya to Niger by the end of January 2018 it said calling for the resettlement places to be made available by the end of March A first group of 25 refugees from Eritrea Ethiopia and Sudan were evacuated from Libya to Niger last month the agency added According to Volker Turk UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection this is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible Turk said Images broadcast by CNN earlier this month appeared to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers sparking outrage in Europe and anger in Africa Numbers of detainees swelled after boat departures for Italy from the smuggling hub of Sabratha were largely blocked this year On Friday the International Organisation for Migration called on social media giants to make it harder for traffickers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention torture slavery or death However Facebook and WhatsApp did not reply to requests by Reuters for comment Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UN urges Member States to take in 1,300 refugees from Libya
     The UN on Monday appealed to member States to take in 1 300 mainly African refugees stranded in Libya many of them mistreated while kept in appalling conditions in detention The UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR said in a statement that Niger has agreed to temporarily host the most vulnerable being evacuated including unaccompanied children and single mothers pending their processing and departure for resettlement In order to address the immediate protection needs and extreme vulnerabilities of the persons of concern who will be evacuated to Niger UNHCR urgently requests 1 300 places for resettlement for this situation The UNHCR intends to evacuate between 700 and 1 300 people from Libya to Niger by the end of January 2018 it said calling for the resettlement places to be made available by the end of March A first group of 25 refugees from Eritrea Ethiopia and Sudan were evacuated from Libya to Niger last month the agency added According to Volker Turk UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection this is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible Turk said Images broadcast by CNN earlier this month appeared to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers sparking outrage in Europe and anger in Africa Numbers of detainees swelled after boat departures for Italy from the smuggling hub of Sabratha were largely blocked this year On Friday the International Organisation for Migration called on social media giants to make it harder for traffickers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention torture slavery or death However Facebook and WhatsApp did not reply to requests by Reuters for comment Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UN urges Member States to take in 1,300 refugees from Libya
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    UN urges Member States to take in 1,300 refugees from Libya

    The UN on Monday appealed to member States to take in 1,300 mainly African refugees stranded in Libya, many of them mistreated while kept in appalling conditions in detention.

    The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement that Niger has agreed to temporarily host the most vulnerable being evacuated, including unaccompanied children and single mothers, pending their processing and departure for resettlement.

    “In order to address the immediate protection needs and extreme vulnerabilities of the persons of concern who will be evacuated to Niger.

    “UNHCR urgently requests 1,300 places for resettlement for this situation.

    “The UNHCR intends to evacuate between 700 and 1,300 people from Libya to Niger by the end of January 2018, it said, calling for the resettlement places to be made available by the end of March.

    “A first group of 25 refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan were evacuated from Libya to Niger last month,” the agency added.

    According to Volker Turk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, this is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity.

    “We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible,” Turk said.

    Images broadcast by CNN earlier this month appeared to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers, sparking outrage in Europe and anger in Africa.

    Numbers of detainees swelled after boat departures for Italy from the smuggling hub of Sabratha were largely blocked this year.

    On Friday, the International Organisation for Migration, called on social media giants to make it harder for traffickers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death.

    However, Facebook and WhatsApp did not reply to requests by Reuters for comment.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •   Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday toured a transit centre for asylum seekers in Luapula province and appealed to the international community to do more to support the government s efforts Lungu said while the government and its partners were doing everything possible to take care of the people there was the need for more support The needs of the refugees and the host community are many This is a big challenge Lungu said when addressing the asylum seekers The Zambian leader said the country was expected to receive more asylum seekers from DRC as indications so far showed that the situation in the Congo might worsen He added that the country would face challenges in taking care of asylum seekers when they were moved to permanent settlement The number of asylum seekers reached 6 009 according to latest figures released on Tuesday by UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR Edited by Abigael Joshua Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Zambian President appeals for international support to settle refugee crisis
      Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday toured a transit centre for asylum seekers in Luapula province and appealed to the international community to do more to support the government s efforts Lungu said while the government and its partners were doing everything possible to take care of the people there was the need for more support The needs of the refugees and the host community are many This is a big challenge Lungu said when addressing the asylum seekers The Zambian leader said the country was expected to receive more asylum seekers from DRC as indications so far showed that the situation in the Congo might worsen He added that the country would face challenges in taking care of asylum seekers when they were moved to permanent settlement The number of asylum seekers reached 6 009 according to latest figures released on Tuesday by UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR Edited by Abigael Joshua Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Zambian President appeals for international support to settle refugee crisis
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    Zambian President appeals for international support to settle refugee crisis

     Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday toured a transit centre for asylum seekers in Luapula province and appealed to the international community to do more to support the government’s efforts.

    Lungu said while the government and its partners were doing everything possible to take care of the people, there was the need for more support.

    “The needs of the refugees and the host community are many. This is a big challenge’’ Lungu said when addressing the asylum seekers.

    The Zambian leader said the country was expected to receive more asylum seekers from DRC as indications so far showed that the situation in the Congo might worsen.

    He added that the country would face challenges in taking care of asylum seekers when they were moved to permanent settlement.

    The number of asylum seekers reached 6,009, according to latest figures released on Tuesday by

    UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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

  •  UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR on Monday urged international community to put the refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC high on the agenda as it was degenerating into humanitarian crisis UNHCR Country Representative in Zambia Pierrine Aylara called for more assistance to Zambia and other countries hosting DRC asylum seekers Countries like Zambia require urgent assistance due to the increasing numbers of people being received on a daily basis Aylara told newsmen in Nchelenge a district in Luapula province during a visit to Kenani Transit Center for asylum seekers She thanked the Zambian government for accommodating the asylum seekers and some cooperating partners for providing assistance We would like to thank the government for the generosity because it is not easy to look after such a huge number of people but still more needs to be done to make them feel at home Aylara said Abdon Mawere commissioner for refugees in Zambia s Ministry of Home Affairs said the transit center is receiving between 50 and 100 asylum seekers a day and that 5 890 people are now accommodated 60 per cent of them aged from 18 years and below It is now urgent that we quickly move these people so that we provide them with all the basic needs required he said At the center some asylum seekers complained of inadequate food supply They give us small rations The food is not enough Albert Kalengo one of the asylum seekers said adding that some people only have one meal a day However Disaster Management Manager of the Zambia Red Cross Society Wisford Mudenda denied that the asylum seekers are not getting enough food Food has been distributed in line with World Food Program WFP procedures and standards he said Mudenda said the camp has been divided into sections for easy distribution of food Because some of them do not have pots we decided to come up with this program in order to ensure that they are catered for he said Mudenda however attributed some of the problems regarding the food situation to some section leaders who sell food supplies to nearby local communities Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    UNHCR urges international community to put DRC refugee crisis on top of agenda
     UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR on Monday urged international community to put the refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC high on the agenda as it was degenerating into humanitarian crisis UNHCR Country Representative in Zambia Pierrine Aylara called for more assistance to Zambia and other countries hosting DRC asylum seekers Countries like Zambia require urgent assistance due to the increasing numbers of people being received on a daily basis Aylara told newsmen in Nchelenge a district in Luapula province during a visit to Kenani Transit Center for asylum seekers She thanked the Zambian government for accommodating the asylum seekers and some cooperating partners for providing assistance We would like to thank the government for the generosity because it is not easy to look after such a huge number of people but still more needs to be done to make them feel at home Aylara said Abdon Mawere commissioner for refugees in Zambia s Ministry of Home Affairs said the transit center is receiving between 50 and 100 asylum seekers a day and that 5 890 people are now accommodated 60 per cent of them aged from 18 years and below It is now urgent that we quickly move these people so that we provide them with all the basic needs required he said At the center some asylum seekers complained of inadequate food supply They give us small rations The food is not enough Albert Kalengo one of the asylum seekers said adding that some people only have one meal a day However Disaster Management Manager of the Zambia Red Cross Society Wisford Mudenda denied that the asylum seekers are not getting enough food Food has been distributed in line with World Food Program WFP procedures and standards he said Mudenda said the camp has been divided into sections for easy distribution of food Because some of them do not have pots we decided to come up with this program in order to ensure that they are catered for he said Mudenda however attributed some of the problems regarding the food situation to some section leaders who sell food supplies to nearby local communities Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    UNHCR urges international community to put DRC refugee crisis on top of agenda
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    UNHCR urges international community to put DRC refugee crisis on top of agenda

    UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday urged international community to put the refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) high on the agenda as it was degenerating into humanitarian crisis.

    UNHCR Country Representative in Zambia Pierrine Aylara called for more assistance to Zambia and other countries hosting DRC asylum seekers.

    Countries like Zambia require urgent assistance due to the increasing numbers of people being received on a daily basis, Aylara told newsmen in Nchelenge, a district in Luapula province, during a visit to Kenani Transit Center for asylum seekers.

    She thanked the Zambian government for accommodating the asylum seekers and some cooperating partners for providing assistance.

    “We would like to thank the government for the generosity because it is not easy to look after such a huge number of people but still more needs to be done to make them feel at home,’’ Aylara said.

    Abdon Mawere, commissioner for refugees in Zambia’s Ministry of Home Affairs, said the transit center is receiving between 50 and 100 asylum seekers a day and that 5,890 people are now accommodated 60 per cent of them aged from 18 years and below.

    “It is now urgent that we quickly move these people so that we provide them with all the basic needs required,’’ he said.

    At the center, some asylum seekers complained of inadequate food supply.

    “They give us small rations. The food is not enough,’’ Albert Kalengo, one of the asylum seekers said, adding that some people only have one meal a day.

    However, Disaster Management Manager of the Zambia Red Cross Society Wisford Mudenda denied that the asylum seekers are not getting enough food.

    “Food has been distributed in line with World Food Program (WFP) procedures and standards,’’ he said.

    Mudenda said the camp has been divided into sections for easy distribution of food.

    “Because some of them do not have pots, we decided to come up with this program in order to ensure that they are catered for,’’ he said.

    Mudenda, however, attributed some of the problems regarding the food situation to some section leaders who sell food supplies to nearby local communities.

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

  •  UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR on Tuesday said 3 9 million Internally Displaced Persons IDPs were living in several key regions of Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a news conference that the agency was worried as the number doubled since 2015 adding that 428 000 people were displaced in the past three months Edwards said some 100 000 Congolese had fled to neighbouring countries as refugees He added that in all there are currently some 621 711 refugees from DRC in more than 11 African countries and funding is urgently needed With widespread militia activities and unrest and violence fueled by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas the risk of further displacement is high The challenge of getting aid to people in need is growing rapidly In the eastern province of Tanganyika where some 584 000 people are internally displaced intercommunal conflict between the Twa and Luba groups spilled into neighbouring Haut Katanga province earlier this year Clashes with the army continue and there is wide prevalence of armed militia Scores of civilians have been forced to flee and there have been reports of murders looting and extortion and torture or other inhumane treatment With people finding it difficult to sustain their livelihoods more are becoming dependent on aid Refugees crossing from DRC into neighbouring Zambia are hosted temporarily at the Kenani transit centre close to the border where over 5 400 people are currently staying said UNHCR Further north in the east of DRC violence involving mostly local armed groups is plaguing North and South Kivu provinces In North Kivu alone over one million people are displaced while in South Kivu 545 000 people are internally displaced Meanwhile in the Kasai region in central southern DRC displaced people and refugees who fled the violence that started over a year ago have begun to return although 760 000 people remain displaced As of Oct 23 over 710 000 people had gone back but many were finding their property in ruins and family members killed due to the situation in the three DRC regions UNHCR and partners recently upgraded the situation in the country to level three the highest level of emergency Edited by Fatima Sule Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    DR Congo has 3.9m IDPs, UNHCR says
     UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR on Tuesday said 3 9 million Internally Displaced Persons IDPs were living in several key regions of Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a news conference that the agency was worried as the number doubled since 2015 adding that 428 000 people were displaced in the past three months Edwards said some 100 000 Congolese had fled to neighbouring countries as refugees He added that in all there are currently some 621 711 refugees from DRC in more than 11 African countries and funding is urgently needed With widespread militia activities and unrest and violence fueled by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas the risk of further displacement is high The challenge of getting aid to people in need is growing rapidly In the eastern province of Tanganyika where some 584 000 people are internally displaced intercommunal conflict between the Twa and Luba groups spilled into neighbouring Haut Katanga province earlier this year Clashes with the army continue and there is wide prevalence of armed militia Scores of civilians have been forced to flee and there have been reports of murders looting and extortion and torture or other inhumane treatment With people finding it difficult to sustain their livelihoods more are becoming dependent on aid Refugees crossing from DRC into neighbouring Zambia are hosted temporarily at the Kenani transit centre close to the border where over 5 400 people are currently staying said UNHCR Further north in the east of DRC violence involving mostly local armed groups is plaguing North and South Kivu provinces In North Kivu alone over one million people are displaced while in South Kivu 545 000 people are internally displaced Meanwhile in the Kasai region in central southern DRC displaced people and refugees who fled the violence that started over a year ago have begun to return although 760 000 people remain displaced As of Oct 23 over 710 000 people had gone back but many were finding their property in ruins and family members killed due to the situation in the three DRC regions UNHCR and partners recently upgraded the situation in the country to level three the highest level of emergency Edited by Fatima Sule Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    DR Congo has 3.9m IDPs, UNHCR says
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    DR Congo has 3.9m IDPs, UNHCR says

    UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said 3.9 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were living in several key regions of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

    UNHCR Spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said at a news conference that the agency was worried as the number doubled since 2015, adding that 428,000 people were displaced in the past three months.

    Edwards said some 100,000 Congolese had fled to neighbouring countries as refugees.

    He added that “in all, there are currently some 621,711 refugees from DRC in more than 11 African countries and funding is urgently needed.

    “With widespread militia activities, and unrest and violence fueled by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas, the risk of further displacement is high.

    “The challenge of getting aid to people in need is growing rapidly.’’

    In the eastern province of Tanganyika, where some 584,000 people are internally displaced, intercommunal conflict between the Twa and Luba groups spilled into neighbouring Haut-Katanga province earlier this year.

    Clashes with the army continue and there is wide prevalence of armed militia.

    Scores of civilians have been forced to flee, and there have been reports of murders, looting and extortion, and torture or other inhumane treatment.

    With people finding it difficult to sustain their livelihoods, more are becoming dependent on aid.

    Refugees crossing from DRC into neighbouring Zambia are hosted temporarily at the Kenani transit centre, close to the border, where over 5,400 people are currently staying, said UNHCR.

    Further north in the east of DRC, violence involving mostly local armed groups is plaguing North and South Kivu provinces.

    In North Kivu alone, over one million people are displaced, while in South Kivu, 545,000 people are internally displaced.

    Meanwhile, in the Kasai region in central-southern DRC, displaced people and refugees, who fled the violence that started over a year ago have begun to return, although 760,000 people remain displaced.

    As of Oct. 23, over 710,000 people had gone back, but many were finding their property in ruins and family members killed due to the situation in the three DRC regions.

    UNHCR and partners recently upgraded the situation in the country to level three — the highest level of emergency.

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  The Australian Government has allocated an additional 15 million Australian dollars 11 41 million dollars as humanitarian support for Afghanistan and Pakistan the nation s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said Bishop announced the package on Tuesday saying it was part of the country s gesture to mark the World Refugee Day She said the UN estimates over 3 3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan Australia s assistance of 15 million Australian dollars will provide vital protection services healthcare and nutrition to Afghan refugees in Pakistan people returning from neighbouring countries people displaced by conflict and host communities in Pakistan It will focus on protecting the most vulnerable including women and children and people with disabilities She said the assistance would be allocated to and provided by the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR the UN Children s Fund the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Population Fund The minister s announcement came just hours after the Australian government announced a similar 1 million Australian dollar 750 000 dollar humanitarian assistance package for Filipino civilians caught up in the conflict in Marawi City Our support includes the provision of tarpaulins sleeping mats mosquito nets and water and sanitation kits through the Philippine Red Cross to assist 1000 displaced families We are providing over 500 tonnes of pre positioned rice through the World Food Programme which will help feed 60 000 children over the next three months We are also providing hygiene items torches and whistles for protection sanitary supplies and clothes and clean birthing kits through the UN Population Fund to assist over 6 400 women and girls Bishop said Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Australia announces .4m humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan
     The Australian Government has allocated an additional 15 million Australian dollars 11 41 million dollars as humanitarian support for Afghanistan and Pakistan the nation s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said Bishop announced the package on Tuesday saying it was part of the country s gesture to mark the World Refugee Day She said the UN estimates over 3 3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan Australia s assistance of 15 million Australian dollars will provide vital protection services healthcare and nutrition to Afghan refugees in Pakistan people returning from neighbouring countries people displaced by conflict and host communities in Pakistan It will focus on protecting the most vulnerable including women and children and people with disabilities She said the assistance would be allocated to and provided by the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR the UN Children s Fund the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Population Fund The minister s announcement came just hours after the Australian government announced a similar 1 million Australian dollar 750 000 dollar humanitarian assistance package for Filipino civilians caught up in the conflict in Marawi City Our support includes the provision of tarpaulins sleeping mats mosquito nets and water and sanitation kits through the Philippine Red Cross to assist 1000 displaced families We are providing over 500 tonnes of pre positioned rice through the World Food Programme which will help feed 60 000 children over the next three months We are also providing hygiene items torches and whistles for protection sanitary supplies and clothes and clean birthing kits through the UN Population Fund to assist over 6 400 women and girls Bishop said Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Australia announces .4m humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan
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    Australia announces $11.4m humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan

    The Australian Government has allocated an additional 15 million Australian dollars (11.41 million dollars) as humanitarian support for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the nation’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, said.

    Bishop announced the package on Tuesday, saying it was part of the country’s gesture to mark the World Refugee Day.

    She said “the UN estimates over 3.3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “Australia’s assistance of 15 million Australian dollars will provide vital protection services, healthcare and nutrition to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning from neighbouring countries, people displaced by conflict and host communities in Pakistan.

    “It will focus on protecting the most vulnerable, including women and children and people with disabilities.”

    She said the assistance would be allocated to and provided by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund, the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Population Fund.

    The minister’s announcement came just hours after the Australian government announced a similar, 1 million Australian dollar (750,000 dollar) humanitarian assistance package for Filipino civilians caught up in the conflict in Marawi City.

    “Our support includes the provision of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water and sanitation kits through the Philippine Red Cross to assist 1000 displaced families.

    “We are providing over 500 tonnes of pre-positioned rice through the World Food Programme, which will help feed 60,000 children over the next three months.

    “We are also providing hygiene items, torches and whistles for protection, sanitary supplies and clothes, and clean birthing kits through the UN Population Fund, to assist over 6,400 women and girls,’’ Bishop said.

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

  •  The African Union AU on Wednesday launched its first Humanitarian Law and Policy Training Initiative in Livingstone Zambia The initiative which is in partnership with the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has Transforming Africa s Humanitarian Architecture as its theme At the launch Mr Abdon Mawere the Zambian Commissioner for Refugees Ministry of Home Affairs said the three day training aimed to address the specific needs and situation of forced displacements in Africa while maintaining the fundamental principles of international law He said the need for the training was initiated in 2016 by the UNHCR as a key component of AU s 10 year Plan of Action on humanitarian effectiveness 2016 to 2026 He said Africa was facing an increased challenge of forced human displacement from conflicts and natural disasters which had taken heavy toll on human lives and development So there is the need to meet and share experiences to know how best to tackle the problem holistically He also said that Zambia had a long history of taking care of refugees saying that in 2016 the country had 200 000 refugees from Angola Mozambique and DR Congo In an opening remark Lamine Baali the Ambassador Saharawi Arab Republic recalled the instruments and conventions of the AU These include the 1969 OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa the Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to tackle humanitarian problem Baali who is also the Chair Partner Representative Committee on Refugees noted that in spite of the conventions and instruments the humanitarian problem in Africa was huge and could get worst if unchecked He said the training initiative was therefore to sensitise AU member states and policy implementers to the need for proactive measures to tackle the situation Mr Chanda Cosmos the UNHCR Representative to AU and Economic Commission for Africa said the training was to take a closer look at available instruments for African countries to manage migration forced displacement and Internally Displaced Persons Earlier Mr Olabisi Dare the Director AU Department of Political Affairs said the union recently adopted a new humanitarian architecture contained in the union s Humanitarian Policy Framework and the Common African Position as blueprint on humanitarian effectiveness in Africa He said the new approach was to move away from norm setting to implementation emphasising that the African Peace and Security Architecture was basically for warning signs to conflicts and natural disasters so as to mitigate a problem even before it happened He recalled the recent election impasse in The Gambia where the architecture was positively used to nip an imminent crisis in that country in the bud He reiterated the new AU approach for implementation saying states should be encouraged to be responsive to humanitarian problems in their areas and to offer solutions to negative occurrences even before they happened Africans cannot continue to leave the tap open and assume to mop after the flood We cannot continue to watch things happen and begin to respond afterwards We should be able to mitigate even before negative things happen he said Dare also said that the training was intended to deepen existing understanding of AU instruments on humanitarian problems and to encourage their ratification domestication and implementation and contribute to effective protection and assistance of forcibly displaced populations The training which will close on Friday has as participants AU officials officials of UNHCR partners in handling humanitarian situations foreign affairs ministry officials ECOWAS and journalists Edited Sadiya Hamza
    AU launches first humanitarian law, policy training initiative
     The African Union AU on Wednesday launched its first Humanitarian Law and Policy Training Initiative in Livingstone Zambia The initiative which is in partnership with the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR has Transforming Africa s Humanitarian Architecture as its theme At the launch Mr Abdon Mawere the Zambian Commissioner for Refugees Ministry of Home Affairs said the three day training aimed to address the specific needs and situation of forced displacements in Africa while maintaining the fundamental principles of international law He said the need for the training was initiated in 2016 by the UNHCR as a key component of AU s 10 year Plan of Action on humanitarian effectiveness 2016 to 2026 He said Africa was facing an increased challenge of forced human displacement from conflicts and natural disasters which had taken heavy toll on human lives and development So there is the need to meet and share experiences to know how best to tackle the problem holistically He also said that Zambia had a long history of taking care of refugees saying that in 2016 the country had 200 000 refugees from Angola Mozambique and DR Congo In an opening remark Lamine Baali the Ambassador Saharawi Arab Republic recalled the instruments and conventions of the AU These include the 1969 OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa the Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to tackle humanitarian problem Baali who is also the Chair Partner Representative Committee on Refugees noted that in spite of the conventions and instruments the humanitarian problem in Africa was huge and could get worst if unchecked He said the training initiative was therefore to sensitise AU member states and policy implementers to the need for proactive measures to tackle the situation Mr Chanda Cosmos the UNHCR Representative to AU and Economic Commission for Africa said the training was to take a closer look at available instruments for African countries to manage migration forced displacement and Internally Displaced Persons Earlier Mr Olabisi Dare the Director AU Department of Political Affairs said the union recently adopted a new humanitarian architecture contained in the union s Humanitarian Policy Framework and the Common African Position as blueprint on humanitarian effectiveness in Africa He said the new approach was to move away from norm setting to implementation emphasising that the African Peace and Security Architecture was basically for warning signs to conflicts and natural disasters so as to mitigate a problem even before it happened He recalled the recent election impasse in The Gambia where the architecture was positively used to nip an imminent crisis in that country in the bud He reiterated the new AU approach for implementation saying states should be encouraged to be responsive to humanitarian problems in their areas and to offer solutions to negative occurrences even before they happened Africans cannot continue to leave the tap open and assume to mop after the flood We cannot continue to watch things happen and begin to respond afterwards We should be able to mitigate even before negative things happen he said Dare also said that the training was intended to deepen existing understanding of AU instruments on humanitarian problems and to encourage their ratification domestication and implementation and contribute to effective protection and assistance of forcibly displaced populations The training which will close on Friday has as participants AU officials officials of UNHCR partners in handling humanitarian situations foreign affairs ministry officials ECOWAS and journalists Edited Sadiya Hamza
    AU launches first humanitarian law, policy training initiative
    Foreign6 years ago

    AU launches first humanitarian law, policy training initiative

    The African Union (AU), on Wednesday, launched its first Humanitarian Law and Policy Training Initiative in Livingstone, Zambia.

    The initiative, which is in partnership with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has “Transforming Africa’s Humanitarian Architecture” as its theme.

    At the launch, Mr Abdon Mawere, the Zambian Commissioner for Refugees, Ministry of Home Affairs, said the three-day training aimed to address the specific needs and situation of forced displacements in Africa, while maintaining the fundamental principles of international law.

    He said the need for the training was initiated in 2016 by the UNHCR as a key component of AU”s 10-year Plan of Action on humanitarian effectiveness (2016 to 2026).

    He said Africa was facing an increased challenge of forced human displacement from conflicts and natural disasters which had taken heavy toll on human lives and development.

    “So, there is the need to meet and share experiences to know how best to tackle the problem holistically.”

    He also said that Zambia had a long history of taking care of refugees, saying that in 2016, the country had 200,000 refugees from Angola, Mozambique and DR Congo.

    In an opening remark, Lamine Baali, the Ambassador, Saharawi Arab Republic, recalled the instruments and conventions of the AU.

    These include the 1969 OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, the Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to tackle humanitarian problem.

    Baali, who is also the Chair, Partner Representative Committee on Refugees, noted that in spite of the conventions and instruments, the humanitarian problem in Africa was huge and could get worst if unchecked.

    He said the training initiative was therefore to sensitise AU member states and policy implementers to the need for proactive measures to tackle the situation.

    Mr Chanda Cosmos, the UNHCR Representative to AU and Economic Commission for Africa, said the training was to take a closer look at available instruments for African countries to manage migration, forced displacement and Internally Displaced Persons.

    Earlier, Mr Olabisi Dare, the Director, AU Department of Political Affairs, said the union recently adopted a new humanitarian architecture, contained in the  union’s Humanitarian Policy Framework and the Common African Position as blueprint on humanitarian effectiveness in Africa.

    He said the new approach was to move away from norm setting to implementation, emphasising that the African Peace and Security Architecture was basically for warning signs to conflicts and natural disasters so as to mitigate a problem even before it happened.

    He recalled the recent election impasse in The Gambia, where the architecture was positively used to nip an imminent crisis in that country in the bud.

    He reiterated the new AU approach for implementation, saying states should be encouraged to be responsive to humanitarian problems in their areas and to offer solutions to negative occurrences even before they happened.

    “Africans cannot continue to leave the tap open and assume to mop after the flood.

    “We cannot continue to watch things happen and begin to respond afterwards. We should be able to mitigate even before negative things happen,” he said.

    Dare also said that the training was intended to deepen existing understanding of AU instruments on humanitarian problems and to encourage their ratification, domestication and implementation and contribute to effective protection and assistance of forcibly displaced populations.

    The training, which will close on Friday, has as participants AU officials, officials of UNHCR, partners in handling humanitarian situations, foreign affairs ministry officials, ECOWAS and journalists.

    Edited /Sadiya Hamza

  •  Angry UN members of staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7 5 per cent cut to their salaries the equivalent of almost a month s pay and called for strike if it is implemented The proposal came from the International Civil Service Commission ICSC a group of independent experts which surveyed the cost of living in eight UN locations It said that the salary cut for Geneva based staff due to take effect in August would align them with colleagues in New York where purchasing power had dropped Hundreds of personnel at the UN European headquarters raised their hands to support a resolution rejecting the plan and marched through the building chanting No Pay Cuts The staff resolution urged UN agencies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR and the World Health Organisation not to implement the pay cuts It called for regular protracted and escalating collective actions including demonstrations and work stoppages If we play that last card of a strike we need to be damn sure we can turn out everybody I mean everybody Right now we re not sure if the ICSC is willing to negotiate with us They won t meet with us Daniel Cork Vice Chairman of the International Labour Organisation ILO staff union told a cheering crowd Alessandra Vellucci the UN spokesperson in Geneva said UN Geneva is taking very seriously the actions proposed by the unions against the possible pay cuts We are exploring in collaboration with the UN Headquarters the best way forward Heads of UN agencies based in the Swiss city in joint letters to ICSC chairman Kingston Rhodes had questioned the calculations and called the cuts to be deferred We see no proper justification for imposing such a significant real cut to the remuneration of our staff said a letter seen by Reuters Staff federations argue that the experts lowered their calculations of the city s cost of living by including rental prices from neighboring France They added the option to reside in France is only open to staff of certain nationalities Ian Richards the Executive Secretary of the Staff Coordinating Council said the average monthly salary subject to the proposed cut was 10 000 to 12 000 dollars The UN has said it needs top experts such as energy economists climate change scientists patent lawyers and medical practitioners so it can help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals The world body has invoked public service to attract such experts from the private sector However no one in their right mind will leave their job for an organisation that from one day to the next can cut pay by one month a year for existing staff he said Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Ese E Ekama NAN
    U.N staff in Geneva angry over pay cut plan, call for strike
     Angry UN members of staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7 5 per cent cut to their salaries the equivalent of almost a month s pay and called for strike if it is implemented The proposal came from the International Civil Service Commission ICSC a group of independent experts which surveyed the cost of living in eight UN locations It said that the salary cut for Geneva based staff due to take effect in August would align them with colleagues in New York where purchasing power had dropped Hundreds of personnel at the UN European headquarters raised their hands to support a resolution rejecting the plan and marched through the building chanting No Pay Cuts The staff resolution urged UN agencies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR and the World Health Organisation not to implement the pay cuts It called for regular protracted and escalating collective actions including demonstrations and work stoppages If we play that last card of a strike we need to be damn sure we can turn out everybody I mean everybody Right now we re not sure if the ICSC is willing to negotiate with us They won t meet with us Daniel Cork Vice Chairman of the International Labour Organisation ILO staff union told a cheering crowd Alessandra Vellucci the UN spokesperson in Geneva said UN Geneva is taking very seriously the actions proposed by the unions against the possible pay cuts We are exploring in collaboration with the UN Headquarters the best way forward Heads of UN agencies based in the Swiss city in joint letters to ICSC chairman Kingston Rhodes had questioned the calculations and called the cuts to be deferred We see no proper justification for imposing such a significant real cut to the remuneration of our staff said a letter seen by Reuters Staff federations argue that the experts lowered their calculations of the city s cost of living by including rental prices from neighboring France They added the option to reside in France is only open to staff of certain nationalities Ian Richards the Executive Secretary of the Staff Coordinating Council said the average monthly salary subject to the proposed cut was 10 000 to 12 000 dollars The UN has said it needs top experts such as energy economists climate change scientists patent lawyers and medical practitioners so it can help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals The world body has invoked public service to attract such experts from the private sector However no one in their right mind will leave their job for an organisation that from one day to the next can cut pay by one month a year for existing staff he said Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Ese E Ekama NAN
    U.N staff in Geneva angry over pay cut plan, call for strike
    Foreign6 years ago

    U.N staff in Geneva angry over pay cut plan, call for strike

    Angry UN members of staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7.5 per cent cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month’s pay, and called for strike if it is implemented.

     

    The proposal came from the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a group of independent experts, which surveyed the cost of living in eight UN locations.

     

    It said that the salary cut for Geneva-based staff, due to take effect in August, would align them with colleagues in New York, where purchasing power had dropped.

    Hundreds of personnel at the UN European headquarters raised their hands to support a resolution rejecting the plan and marched through the building chanting “No Pay Cuts”.

     

    The staff resolution urged UN agencies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organisation not to implement the pay cuts.

     

    It called for “regular, protracted and escalating collective actions including demonstrations and work stoppages.

     

    “If we play that last card of a strike, we need to be damn sure we can turn out everybody, I mean everybody.

     

    “Right now we’re not sure if the ICSC is willing to negotiate with us.

    “They won’t meet with us,” Daniel Cork, Vice Chairman of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) staff union told a cheering crowd.

     

    Alessandra Vellucci, the UN spokesperson in Geneva, said: “UN Geneva is taking very seriously the actions proposed by the unions against the possible pay cuts.

     

    “We are exploring, in collaboration with the UN Headquarters the best way forward.”

     

    Heads of UN agencies based in the Swiss city in joint letters to ICSC chairman Kingston Rhodes, had questioned the calculations and called the cuts to be deferred.

     

    “We see no proper justification for imposing such a significant real cut to the remuneration of our staff,’’ said a letter seen by Reuters.

    Staff federations argue that the experts lowered their calculations of the city’s cost-of-living by including rental prices from neighboring France.

     

    They added; “the option to reside in France is only open to staff of certain nationalities.”

     

    Ian Richards, the Executive Secretary of the Staff Coordinating Council, said the average monthly salary subject to the proposed cut was 10,000 to 12,000 dollars.

     

    “The UN has said it needs top experts such as energy economists, climate change scientists, patent lawyers and medical practitioners so it can help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

     

    “The world body has invoked public service to attract such experts from the private sector.

    “However, no-one in their right mind will leave their job for an organisation that from one day to the next can cut pay by one month a year for existing staff,” he said.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

     

     

  •  The Humanitarian Aid Commission HAC said neighbouring Sudan s White Nile State is now hosting 140 000 South Sudanese refugees Mohamed Al Sheikh HAC commissioner in White Nile state made this known while addressing newsmen Al Sheikh said The White Nile State has established eight camps to accommodate the continuing influxes of refugees from South Sudan He reiterated that local authorities are providing all services including food education health and water to the refugees The official also said there were no security problems inside the refugee camps in White Nile denying previous reports about spread of diseases such as watery diarrhoea because of the intensive presence of refugees The White Nile State has been witnessing continued influxes of refugees fleeing the war and famine in South Sudan Al Alagaiya refugee camp of al Jabalain locality some 110 km south of Rabak the capital city of White Nile State is accommodating some 15 000 South Sudanese refugees About 5 000 South Sudanese families live in the camp making a total of around 15 000 refugees Abbasher Al Nour deputy chairman of Al Alagaiya refugee camp told Xinhua The HAC provides all necessary services for the population in the camp where until now matters are progressing well without any security problems There is a high level of coordination between all the security bodies the HAC authorities the commission of refugees the UN and national organisations he noted Meanwhile Martha Simon a South Sudanese refugee living in Al Alagaiya camp told Xinhua that her family are feeling at home at the camp We have been living in this camp for about three years Everything is good and we do not feel like strangers because we were part of Sudan and we still feel like we are home she said Adam Joub another South Sudanese refugee also expressed contentment We headed to Sudan which received us without any complications We receive all the necessary services and security is available Our children receive proper education We thank the Government of Sudan for this generosity he said On Monday the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR said around 20 000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan s border areas within one week to flee the violence at the Upper Nile area near Sudan s White Nile state Nearly 20 000 South Sudanese refugees reportedly arrived in White Nile and South Kordofan states between April 29 and May 6 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said in its most recent report citing latest refugee figures by UNHCR About 1 300 refugees arrive daily in White Nile from Shilluk area through Joda and Migainis areas in Upper Nile according to the report OCHA expected arrival of 180 000 new refugees in Sudan by the end of 2017 Sudanese authorities put the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan at about 600 000 and expect continued influxes from its violence plagued neighboring country SH
    Sudan hosting 140,000 S. Sudanese refugees: Aid commission
     The Humanitarian Aid Commission HAC said neighbouring Sudan s White Nile State is now hosting 140 000 South Sudanese refugees Mohamed Al Sheikh HAC commissioner in White Nile state made this known while addressing newsmen Al Sheikh said The White Nile State has established eight camps to accommodate the continuing influxes of refugees from South Sudan He reiterated that local authorities are providing all services including food education health and water to the refugees The official also said there were no security problems inside the refugee camps in White Nile denying previous reports about spread of diseases such as watery diarrhoea because of the intensive presence of refugees The White Nile State has been witnessing continued influxes of refugees fleeing the war and famine in South Sudan Al Alagaiya refugee camp of al Jabalain locality some 110 km south of Rabak the capital city of White Nile State is accommodating some 15 000 South Sudanese refugees About 5 000 South Sudanese families live in the camp making a total of around 15 000 refugees Abbasher Al Nour deputy chairman of Al Alagaiya refugee camp told Xinhua The HAC provides all necessary services for the population in the camp where until now matters are progressing well without any security problems There is a high level of coordination between all the security bodies the HAC authorities the commission of refugees the UN and national organisations he noted Meanwhile Martha Simon a South Sudanese refugee living in Al Alagaiya camp told Xinhua that her family are feeling at home at the camp We have been living in this camp for about three years Everything is good and we do not feel like strangers because we were part of Sudan and we still feel like we are home she said Adam Joub another South Sudanese refugee also expressed contentment We headed to Sudan which received us without any complications We receive all the necessary services and security is available Our children receive proper education We thank the Government of Sudan for this generosity he said On Monday the UN High Commission for Refugees UNHCR said around 20 000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan s border areas within one week to flee the violence at the Upper Nile area near Sudan s White Nile state Nearly 20 000 South Sudanese refugees reportedly arrived in White Nile and South Kordofan states between April 29 and May 6 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said in its most recent report citing latest refugee figures by UNHCR About 1 300 refugees arrive daily in White Nile from Shilluk area through Joda and Migainis areas in Upper Nile according to the report OCHA expected arrival of 180 000 new refugees in Sudan by the end of 2017 Sudanese authorities put the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan at about 600 000 and expect continued influxes from its violence plagued neighboring country SH
    Sudan hosting 140,000 S. Sudanese refugees: Aid commission
    Foreign6 years ago

    Sudan hosting 140,000 S. Sudanese refugees: Aid commission

    The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) said neighbouring Sudan’s White Nile State is now hosting 140,000, South Sudanese refugees.

    Mohamed Al-Sheikh, HAC commissioner in White Nile state, made this known while addressing newsmen.

    Al-Sheikh said: “The White Nile State has established eight camps to accommodate the continuing influxes of refugees from South Sudan.”

    He reiterated that local authorities are providing all services, including food, education, health and water, to the refugees.

    The official also said there were no security problems inside the refugee camps in White Nile, denying previous reports about spread of diseases such as watery diarrhoea because of the intensive presence of refugees.

    The White Nile State has been witnessing continued influxes of refugees fleeing the war and famine in South Sudan.

    Al-Alagaiya refugee camp of al-Jabalain locality, some 110 km south of Rabak, the capital city of White Nile State, is accommodating some 15,000 South Sudanese refugees.

    “About 5,000 South Sudanese families live in the camp making a total of around 15,000 refugees,” Abbasher Al-Nour, deputy chairman of Al-Alagaiya refugee camp, told Xinhua.

    “The HAC provides all necessary services for the population in the camp, where until now, matters are progressing well without any security problems.

    “There is a high level of coordination between all the security bodies, the HAC authorities, the commission of refugees, the UN and national organisations,” he noted.

    Meanwhile, Martha Simon, a South Sudanese refugee living in Al-Alagaiya camp, told Xinhua that her family are feeling at home at the camp.

    “We have been living in this camp for about three years. Everything is good and we do not feel like strangers because we were part of Sudan and we still feel like we are home,” she said.

    Adam Joub, another South Sudanese refugee, also expressed contentment.

    “We headed to Sudan which received us without any complications. We receive all the necessary services and security is available. Our children receive proper education. We thank the Government of Sudan for this generosity,” he said.

    On Monday, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said around 20,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan’s border areas within one week to flee the violence at the Upper Nile area near Sudan’s White Nile state.

    “Nearly 20,000 South Sudanese refugees reportedly arrived in White Nile and South Kordofan states between April 29 and May 6,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its most recent report citing latest refugee figures by UNHCR.

    About 1,300 refugees arrive daily in White Nile from Shilluk area through Joda and Migainis areas in Upper Nile, according to the report.

    OCHA expected arrival of 180,000 new refugees in Sudan by the end of 2017.

    Sudanese authorities put the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan at about 600,000 and expect continued influxes from its violence-plagued neighboring country.

    SH

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