NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),
a regional bloc, is to convene an international summit Saturday,
to discuss the status of nearly 1 million Somali refugees
displaced by two decades of civil strife and prolonged
humanitarian crises, organizers said Monday.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IGAD, said in a
statement the Nairobi Summit would “marshal a comprehensive
regional approach” to find a lasting solution to the crisis
facing the Somali refugees as they prepare to return to their
homeland to rebuild their lives.
political and the growing security stabilization progress in
Somalia, along with growing pressure in host communities, makes
this a critical moment to renew the process to find durable
solutions for Somali refugees,” the organizers of the summit
said in a statement.
Aid agencies and
government officials say some two million Somali refugees have
been displaced in Somalia, one of the world’s most protracted
political and humanitarian crises nearing its third decade.
A generation of
Somali refugees has never set foot at home and remains at
refugee camps in neighboring countries having been born and
raised during the protracted civil and humanitarian crises.
UN agencies estimate
nearly 1.1 million Somalis are internally displaced inside the
Horn of Africa nation and some 900,000 are refugees in
neighboring countries—Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.
Government says amongst its key priorities have been to deal
with the issue of displaced refugees within the country by
providing basic services before moving to refugees in the
neighboring countries to stem the potential for conflicts over
However, the Somali
government has been decrying its limited ability to provide
peaceful elections in February which saw the election of
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo. The
elections followed December’s election of Members of Parliament,
completing a peaceful transition.
IGAD member states
termed the political transition in Somalia a “milestone” in the
country’s post-conflict transformation, which ushers in an
opportunity to begin work on a number of areas.
involved in the organization of the Summit said Monday
addressing the humanitarian crises and the displacement of
people should remain a priority for the new government.