ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday its
only received 15 percent of the 335.8 million U.S.
dollars it needs to meet the needs of refugees in
In a press
statement sent to Xinhua, UNHCR said the funds are
needed to meet the basic nutritional needs, as well as
the education, health and accommodation needs of
refugees in Ethiopia.
has as of April 30 registered 915,073 refugees in
Ethiopia, most of whom are housed in refugee camps in
six regional states.
currently hosts the second largest refugee population in
Africa, next to Uganda. Refugees in Ethiopia primarily
come from Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan,
according to figures from the Ethiopian government.
drought in neighboring countries continues to force
people to seek refuge in Ethiopia, which has a long
tradition of hosting refugees. In the first fourth
months of 2018, Ethiopia received 24,775 refugees.
displaces over 5.5 mln people across Africa in 2017:
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
More than 5.5 million people have been
internally displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa
in 2017, a new study released on Wednesday reveals.
by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s Internal
Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) says that
Sub-Saharan Africa, a continent which only makes up 14
percent of the world’s population, accounted for nearly
half of the 11.8 million people displaced by conflict in
Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018) reveals that
the Democratic Republic of the Congo was hardest hit,
with almost 2.2 million new displacements, more than
three worst-affected countries—South Sudan, Ethiopia and
Central African Republic—combined, which together
accounted for 2.1 million.
Bilak, Director of IDMC, said the scale of this
displacement is dishearteningly familiar.
shows why we need a new approach to address the huge
costs of internal displacement, not only to individuals,
but also to the economy, stability and security of
affected countries,” Bilak said.
the report, almost 15,000 people a day fled within their
own their countries to escape conflict and violence.
displacement often heralds the start of broader crises.
While we have seen some useful policy progress since the
adoption of the Guiding Principles on Internal
Displacement 20 years ago, it is nowhere near enough to
cope with, much less reduce, the scale of the problem,”
the Boko Haram insurgency, ethnic violence and clashes
over diminishing resources led to more than 415,000 new
displacements in the Lake Chad Basin, 65 percent of them
in Nigeria’s north-eastern states.
388,000 new displacements associated with conflict and
an additional 892,000 due to drought in Somalia.
report says the complex situation in Somalia means that
the causes of flight are closely interlinked and hard to
NRC’s Secretary General, said the staggering number of
people forced to flee from their homes due to conflict
and violence must serve as an eye opener to all.
getting better at providing emergency aid, but we need
to put a lot more effort into preventing displacement,
protecting people, and finding long-term solutions,”
IDMC, storms and floods forced an additional 2.6 million
people to flee their homes across the region.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s population growth and urbanization
rate to increase in the coming decades, warning that
unless this is carefully managed, more people are
expected to become displaced by more frequent and
renewed action, we risk failing millions of internally
displaced people worldwide, and holding back the
development of the countries which host them,” Bilak
says with a unique legal framework in the Kampala
Convention, incomparable natural resources and huge
economic capital and human potential, Sub-Saharan Africa
has the potential to become a global leader in
addressing internal displacement associated with both
conflict and disasters.
Flooding affects 1.2
million people in East Africa: global charity
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
About 1.2 million people have been
affected by flooding due to heavy rains pounding parts
of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, an international charity
said on Tuesday.
Vision International said heavy rains have submerged
homes, schools and businesses, displacing more than
700,000 people from their homes, and they are now camped
out in tents on higher ground, in schools or other
Omollo, World Vision’s Vice President for East Africa
said the charity’s emergency response teams in
partnership with local governments, in-country
humanitarian agencies, and communities themselves, are
working to address the immediate life-saving needs of
the flood affected children and their families.
multi-country flood response, we are working to ensure
access to food, water, shelter, and sanitation,” Omollo
said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
World Vision, 718,000 people are affected by flooding
and 220,000 displaced in Somalia, some 170,000 have been
displaced in Ethiopia while 311,000 others have been
displaced by flooding in Kenya.
thousands of children are at risk. They don’t have food,
and the water they’re drinking is dirty. Their schools
have been damaged, and their parents’ means of earning
an income has been destroyed by successive disasters,”
first was the drought, and now flooding is wreaking
havoc and will impact the lives of people for several
months to come.
World Vision is distributing shelter kits, blankets,
clothes, cooking material and hygiene kits to