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Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola

The brutal conflict in Congo’s previously peaceful Kasai region has already displaced more than one million civilians within the country since it began in mid-2016

A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola. Border points and villages inside the Southern African nation have seen a sharp increase in refugee arrivals with over 9,000 arriving so far…

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UN experts mark third anniversary of Nigeria kidnapping with new plea for “forgotten” Chibok girls

The girls were among 276 students abducted at gunpoint on 14 April 2014 by the Boko Haram militant group

A fresh appeal is being made to the Nigerian Government by UN human rights experts* to take all necessary measures to rescue 195 girls still missing after they were kidnapped in 2014 from their secondary school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria.   “It is deeply shocking that three years after this…

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UNHCR says death risk from starvation in Horn of Africa, Yemen, Nigeria growing, displacement already rising

This warning is in light of droughts that are also affecting many neighbouring countries and a funding shortfall that has become so severe that an avoidable humanitarian crisis in the region, possibly worse than that of 2011, is fast becoming an inevitability

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among…

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UNHCR concerned over the deteriorating South Sudan situation

Uganda’s northern Lamwo district has received over 6,000 South Sudanese since Monday (April 3)

UNHCR is alarmed at the ongoing deterioration of the security situation inside South Sudan as a recent attack in the town of Pajok in the Eastern Equatoria region is forcing more refugees to flee for safety. Uganda’s northern Lamwo district has received over 6,000 South Sudanese since Monday (April 3).…

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In light of the Brussels conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, UNHCR Egypt launched this week an extensive aid plan in a joint event with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations to respond directly to both refugee and host community needs

The Egypt appeal for US $348 million aims to address the needs of 1.2 million members of the host community in addition to 113,000 targeted Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR and living in different governorates in Egypt

UNHCR, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations jointly launched, early this week, the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which is the programme strategy to respond to refugee protection and humanitarian needs, and strengthen the resilience of the host community, and state…

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UNHCR and Japanese Embassy in Sudan Press Briefing: Welcoming Japan’s grant funding to UNHCR in Sudan in support of refugees and internally displaced persons

The people and Government of Japan is granting UNHCR over USD 2.5 million to support the response to the South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, particularly in White Nile State, and East and South Darfur

Speakers: Ms. Noriko Yoshida, UNHCR Representative in Sudan, H.E. Hideki Ito, Japanese Ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Hamad El-Gizouli,  the Commissioner for Refugees.  Place: White Nile Conference Room at UNHCR’s Office in Khartoum (Ahmed Kheir St.; near to Ozone)   Date/time: Thursday 6th April 2017 at 01:00 pm (event will be…

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60,000 new South Sudanese arrivals in Sudan in first three months of 2017

The number of new arrivals has surpassed expectations, signalling a likely worsening situation in South Sudan

Over 60,000 South Sudanese refugees have newly arrived in Sudan’s border states in the first three months of 2017. The number of new arrivals has surpassed expectations, signalling a likely worsening situation in South Sudan. UNHCR’s Representative in Sudan, Noriko Yoshida, appealed to the international community to continue its support…

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IGAD Summit: UNHCR appeals for continued and strong support to Somalia and countries hosting Somali refugees

UNHCR called for global responsibility sharing with the region, where communities have been hosting and sharing limited resources with Somali refugees for years

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for support for efforts aimed at bringing greater stability inside Somalia, and to the countries hosting Somali refugees.  Speaking at the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Special Summit of Regional Heads of State on durable solutions for the protracted Somali refugee situation in…

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Joint statement on behalf of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR: ‘Breaking Point’ imminent: Government of Uganda, UNHCR say help for South Sudan refugee inflow urgently needed

This year alone, more than 172,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda, with new arrivals in March averaging more than 2,800 daily

The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today jointly appealed to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive to Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.  Uganda…

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Sudan seeing significant increase in refugees arriving from South Sudan

Initial expectations were that 60,000 refugees may arrive through 2017, but in the first two months alone, over 31,000 refugees arrived

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has seen a significant increase in South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Sudan since January this year. Initial expectations were that 60,000 refugees may arrive through 2017, but in the first two months alone, over 31,000 refugees arrived. Refugees are…