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First International Organization for Migration (IOM) International Charter Flight from Ethiopia Brings 154 Refugees to New Homes in Germany

IOM has supported the German Resettlement Programme in their efforts to resettle 500 refugees living in Ethiopia to Germany since March

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia organized on Tuesday its first international charter flight carrying 154 Somali refugees to be resettled in Germany.  The group had been residing in Jijiga and Dolo Ado refugee camps in southern Ethiopia. They included 63 males and 91 females, 47 of whom are minors.  IOM has supported the German Resettlement Programme in their…

Source: UN Watch |

Tyrants celebrate as U.N. elects Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya, Sudan to top rights body

The council already counts China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Qatar, Somalia, Cameroon and Pakistan among its members

The U.N.'s election today of serial abusers of human rights —Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya and Sudan — to its highest human rights body drew sharp criticism from the non-governmental human rights group UN Watch, which is based in Geneva at the seat of the 47-nation Human Rights Council. "Electing the oppressive Venezuelan regime of Nicolás…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

UN High Commissioner for refugees and SA government discuss refugees and asylum

The High Commissioner held a range of discussions with refugees and asylum seekers in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and had a videoconference with some in Cape Town

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to South Africa. He met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, and other senior Government representatives, with whom he discussed the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Grandi commended South…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

UNHCR High Commissioner starts two-day visit to South Africa

According to government statistics, South Africa is home to 268,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner Filippo Grandi arrived in South Africa on Monday 14 October for a two-day visit. Grandi will be in the country until Wednesday morning, and will have a series of meetings with state authorities, business leaders, UN and NGO partners and others. At his request,…

Africa Oil & Power Conference
Source: Africa Oil & Power Conference |

Somalia Open for Business, says Petroleum Minister: 15 Licenses on Offer

Minister invites investors to enter the country’s exploration and development industry

Rich in hydrocarbons and possessing a favorable geological structure, Somalia holds huge opportunities for investors looking to enter the East African market, said the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Hon. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed at the Africa Oil & Power conference. “Nowhere is the contribution that the energy industry…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Second life-saving evacuation of vulnerable refugees from Libya lands in Rwanda

UNHCR has assisted 1,663 vulnerable refugees out of Libya in 2019

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. At around 11:20pm last night, a group of some 123 vulnerable refugees arrived at Kigali International Airport,…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to Provide Bridging Loan to Somalia

Technically, this is a loan to Somalia, but the funds will be transferred to a World Bank account

The Government has proposed that Norway should provide a short-term bridging loan of NOK 3.135 billion to Somalia in 2020 to clear Somalia’s debt arrears to the World Bank’s International Development Association. Technically, this is a loan to Somalia, but the funds will be transferred to a World Bank account.…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

UNHCR and South African government continue to collaborate on refugees and asylum seekers’ issues

South Africa is hosting close to 268,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia, among others

Some refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children, have been gathering in front of UNHCR offices in Pretoria and Cape Town since 08 October. We acknowledge the issues they raised, including employment and self-reliance, documentation, and personal security concerns. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working closely with the…

Africa Oil & Power Conference
Source: Africa Oil & Power Conference |

Energy is “the Economic Engine of the African Continent”; Africa Oil & Power Conference Opens Today

The AOP conference and exhibition continues until October 11 at the CTICC 1, in Cape Town, South Africa

The fourth annual Africa Oil & Power (AOP) (https://AfricaOilandPower.com/) conference commenced in Cape Town, South Africa today: Industry elites gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s energy sector and engage in a dialogue that will see the sector empower greater economic growth: Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power,…

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Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief, Kuwait support Somalis returning from Yemen

The movement was made possible through funding from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) and the Government of Kuwait

This week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted 143 Somali returnees stranded in Yemen to return home. A total of 46 men, 41 women, 26 boys and 30 girls set of by boat from Aden, Yemen, on Monday 30 September and arrived the next day at the port of…