Africa Opinions 

Insecurity is growing in the Sahel region

By Katarzyna Rybarczyk The Sahel region of Africa has been a hotbed of terrorism and instability for many years now, and the violence is showing no signs of stopping. Since the beginning of the year, insurgents have already killed more people than last year. Security is deteriorating at an extremely fast pace, pushing millions into starvation, and forcing them to flee their homes.  The UN recently reported that a record high of twenty-nine million people living in the Sahel region is currently in need of humanitarian assistance, which is five…

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Kenya government orders the closure of refugee camps

– – The Kenyan government has ordered for the closure of refugee camps in the country. The authorities have given the UN refugee agency a 14-day ultimatum to close the camps including Dadaab camp, one of the world’s largest refugee camp. The Kakuma camp in the north-west is also among those the government wants the UNHCR to close within the 14-day period. According to Kenya authorities, the closure of the camps has become necessary due to national security threats posed by some of the refugees. It said some of the…

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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of water,…

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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of water,…

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Ethiopia: 25,000 flee conflict in Tigray region to Sudan

– – The conflict in Tigray region in Ethiopia continues to deepen, forcing some 25,000 Ethiopians to flee into neighbouring Sudan. According to the state news agency SUNA “The number of Ethiopian refugees who have arrived in Gadaref and Kassala states since Saturday has reached 24,944.” UN refugee agency officials toured the border region on Saturday and discuss the influx with Sudanese officials. The UNHCR assistant representative in Sudan Jan Hansmann has said that the priority of hi agency was to provide the refugees with shelter, food and water. The…

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590 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Almost 600 refugees on Thursday left Tanzania to return to their home country of Burundi as part of a mass repatriation. In August this year Tanzania and Burundi announced that they have agreed for some 200,000 Burundian refugees to return home. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move of mass repatriation from October. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. The government of Tanzania insists Burundi “is peaceful” but there are fears over forced return of these refugees. In 2015 hundreds…

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At least 40 feared dead in shipwreck off Libya

The U.N. refugee agency has said that at least 40 people are feared dead or missing after a boat disaster off the coast of Libya. The boat was carrying migrants headed for Europe. About 60 people are reported to have been rescued. Libyan coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said on Tuesday that the bodies of five migrants had been recovered. 65 other migrants were rescued about 9 miles off the coast of the city of Khoms. Reuters quotes Qassem as saying that three of those found dead were from Morocco, one…

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Malawi: Refugees Soon To Have A New Home In Katuli, Karonga

The United Nations Refugee Agency in Malawi, UNHCR has said preparations for the moving of Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa to Katuli in Karonga District is at an advanced stage. UNHCR Country representative Mornique Ekoko said in an interview on the sidelines of a donation of medical drugs and equipment worth over K33 Million at the camp’s health Centre on 4th November 2016.

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News from Libya getting worse by the day as 16 migrants found dead on countries beach

More bad news coming out of Libya state that bodies of 16 migrants yet to be identified, have been found on a beach near the western Libyan town of Zwara, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Sunday. The migrants had been attempting to reach Europe, Khames el-Boussefi, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, told International Media outlets. “We have not been able to verify their nationalities, but they are presumed drowned after their boat sank,” he said, adding that none of the migrants had identity documents.

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Rwanda 

The duty of the protector, the chagrin of the perpetrator

By: Mutuyimana Manzi Rwanda pretends that it would like its refugees to return. But many of these citizens are scared of the Kigali regime, which is known to target refugees for assassination or abduction. Meanwhile, Rwanda continues to create new refugees as the tyrannical state cracks down on critics and Hutus back home Since 2009, Rwandan rulers have pressured for the ‘premature’ and ‘ungrounded’ application of the cessation clause on the refugee status of Rwandan refugees. The lack of justifiable grounds to invoke the cessation clause brought about a reduction…

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