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    • © UNHCR/Anne Mimault | Internally displaced Burkinabe Mamouna Ouedraogo, 37, lives with her mother-in-law and seven children, including one-year-old Alexandre, in Kaya, Burkina Faso, November 2020.
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Grim milestone as Sahel violence displaces 2 million inside their countries

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for an end to the unrelenting violence in Africa’s Sahel which has now displaced more than two million people within the borders of their countries for the first time ever. The Sahel – which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger — is…

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    • © UNHCR/Aristophane Ngargoune | Fifty-three-year-old refugee and widow, Aziza Adam Saleh, from Darfur, Sudan, kneels outside a small makeshift shelter in Ardebe, Chad, January 2020.
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Over 100,000 displaced by resurgence of violence in Sudan’s Darfur region

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned by recent violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, which has caused thousands of people to flee their homes seeking safety – including across the border into Chad. The intercommunal clashes, which started on 15 January in West Darfur and spread to South Darfur the…

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    • Children are playing in a street of Adi Harush refugee camp.  © UNHCR/Chris Melzer
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UNHCR finds dire need in Eritrean refugee camps cut off in Tigray conflict

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, regained access to two refugee camps in Tigray and found Eritrean refugees in desperate need of supplies and services two months after conflict forced humanitarian workers to withdraw from the region. UNHCR led the first humanitarian mission to Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps…

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    • © UNHCR/Ghislaine Nentobo | Central African refugee Yvette, 57, sits with two of her children in Ndu village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing Bangassou in the Central African Republic.
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Number of Central African refugees soars as violence intensifies

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for the immediate end to all violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) as nearly 60,000 people have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries since December, a two-fold rise in just one week. Most have fled to the Democratic Republic of…

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Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Last week UNHCR and partners carried out a rapid assessment mission at the two camps with the Ethiopian Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs

I remain extremely troubled by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and its impact on civilians, in particular Eritrean refugees hosted in the region. We have recently seen some positive developments, working with the government to access and assist vulnerable populations, including the transport and distribution of…

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UNHCR concerned about thousands of Central Africans fleeing election violence

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – 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 concerned that violence and insecurity surrounding the 27 December general election in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced over 30,000 people to flee into neighboring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Republic of Congo. Tens of thousands more have…

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UNHCR relocates first Ethiopian refugees to a new site in Sudan

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, continues to register new refugee arrivals at the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. Some 800 people crossed from Ethiopia’s Tigray region into eastern Sudan in just the first few days of the new year. Since early November, more than 56,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to neighbouring Sudan. Latest…

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UNHCR outraged at killing of 100 civilians in Niger attacks, hundreds flee on foot

Armed groups mounted coordinated attacks on the villages of Tchamo-Bangou and Zaroumdareye, in Niger’s Tillaberi region near the border with Mali

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, condemns in the strongest terms the twin attacks in western Niger that killed at least 100 people, injured 25 others, and forced hundreds to flee on 2 January. Armed groups mounted coordinated attacks on the villages of Tchamo-Bangou and Zaroumdareye, in Niger’s Tillaberi region near…

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    • UNHCR East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region COVID-19 External Update #22 (15-28 October 2020)
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Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region COVID-19 External Update #22

Since the first confirmed COVID-19 related death on 21 March, there are now some reported 3,597 deaths in the region

Operational Context The COVID-19 situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes (EHAGL) region is in its eighth month since the first cases were reported in March 2020. As the situation continues to evolve, the region is still relatively less impacted than the rest of the…

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Coronavirus: Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel

The agency said a record 7.2 million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger now require humanitarian assistance: a staggering two-thirds jump in just a year

A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. The agency said a record 7.2 million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger now…