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Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of the Congo: UNHCR Update on COVID-19 Response

Across DRC, UNHCR is putting in place prevention measures in refugee camps

As of 1 April, there were 123 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the DRC, with 11 reported deaths. No new cases of Ebola have been recorded since 17 February; should this trend continue until 12 April, the epidemic can be declared over. On 25 March, UNHCR declared a global L2…

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Coronavirus - UNHCR Niger: Staying and delivering for refugees amid the COVID-19 crisis

UNHCR’s top priority in the COVID-19 crisis is to ensure that people we serve are included in the Government’s response plan and are properly informed

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niger. Refugees are at the same risk of contracting and transmitting the COVID-19 virus as local populations. To date and based on available evidence, there have been no reports of COVID-19 infections among refugees and asylum-seekers in Niger. However, there is no reason to…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Message to all refugees in Ethiopia on COVID-19

This communication is to inform you how UNHCR and its partners are responding to COVID-19 in Ethiopia

Dear refugees, As you are aware, the world today is facing a serious health crisis caused by COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this a pandemic, which means that it is affecting the whole world, and Ethiopia now has confirmed…

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UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from…

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Humanitarian agencies seek US$290 million to support Burundian refugees

The Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan aims to provide critical support in 2020 to some 326,000 refugees, in need of shelter, healthcare and schooling

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with its 36 humanitarian and development partners, today launched a funding appeal of US$290 million to assist more than 300,000 refugees from Burundi in the neighbouring countries. As the Burundi refugee crisis approaches its sixth year, some 367,000 Burundian refugees are being generously hosted…

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Mohamed Salah joins up with Vodafone and UNHCR as first Instant Network Schools Ambassador

There are 36 Instant Network Schools currently operating across eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan

Mohamed Salah has become the first Ambassador for Instant Network Schools – which connect refugee and host country students to a quality digital education – as the programme prepares to expand into his home country of Egypt for the first time. Instant Network Schools was set up in 2013 by…

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In 12 months, Sahel violence displaces more than 700,000 in Burkina Faso

People fleeing the violence report attacks on their villages by militant groups, killing, raping, pillaging

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners are facing severe challenges in accessing and responding to the…

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First major group of Ethiopian refugees return home from Kenya

The returnees were flown from Kakuma to the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa in two UNHCR-chartered flights

A group of 76 Ethiopian refugees have voluntarily returned home from Kenya’s Kakuma camp today. This marks the first major voluntary repatriation program for Ethiopian refugees in the country. The movement, supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, is part of a growing…

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A new Partnership, “Prospects” changes the ways of supporting displaced groups and their host communities in Sudan

The Partnership is a four-year, multi-country initiative aimed to help refugees and forcibly displaced individuals with sustainable solutions to support better integration and inclusion

The Netherlands launched the Prospects Partnership in Sudan today, in partnership with the United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank. In a context of refugee and forced displacement situations being increasingly…

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Refugee athlete takes part in Tokyo Marathon 2020

He comes from Ethiopia, the country of the famous “barefoot runner” Abebe Bikila

A refugee athlete has been selected as an elite runner for the Tokyo Marathon for the first time in the event’s history. Yonas Kinde, who currently lives in Luxembourg, will take part in the Marathon on 1 March 2020. Yonas participated at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as a member…