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African leaders agree on renewed efforts to end refugee crisis



United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who attended the African Union summit, says the world can learn from Africa’s humane treatment of refugees.


FILE: Refugee children from South Sudan walk in Bidibidi resettlement camp. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA – African leaders have agreed to step up efforts to end the displacement of populations and end the refugee crisis on the continent.

Their final statement after their 32nd summit in Addis Ababa calls on the United Nations to show solidarity and assist in providing funds for peace and security in Africa.

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African union’s 32nd ordinary conference focused on the refugee crisis in Africa : KTN News


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President Uhuru Kenyatta flies back to Nairobi tonight after two days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia attending the 32nd ordinary conference of the African union. This year, the conference focused on the refugee crisis in Africa. But just what is Kenya’s take away from the conference, and are African countries really committed to end the refugee crisis? 


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African Union seeks ′durable solutions′ to the continent′s refugee crisis | Africa | DW


Africa’s refugees are on the move. They flee on foot, by car, by boat, within countries and across borders. In 2018, the continent again recorded large numbers of refugees, but the African Union (AU) has not managed to get to grips with the problem. It is the main topic at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, titled “Refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: Towards durable solutions for forced displacement in Africa.” The problem should have been on the agenda for a long time, says Erol Yayboke, deputy director of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). However: “The fact that the AU is addressing this issue makes me optimistic. We Americans and Europeans believe that boatloads of refugees come to us, but that’s not the case. Most people stay in…

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African Leaders Address Refugee Problems


As the number of displaced persons in Africa reaches 17 million, leaders on the continent and representatives of international organizations are attending a refugee summit in Ethiopia.

Khabele Maltosa, head of the African Union Commission on Political Affairs, says Africa needs to tackle what he sees as the causes of the crisis.

“The majority of forcibly displaced are a result of violent conflict. So, we need to address the root causes of conflict in the continent,” he said. “We have to address inequality, poverty, unemployment that generate tension in the continent. … A lot of political violence comes as a result of [the] election, so we need to address the issue … to make sure that the elections are democratic, credible and peaceful.”

FILE – A U.N. worker monitors…

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This NCC grad’s remarkable journey from African refugee camp to patients’ bedside


Growing up during Liberia’s first civil war as a member of an ethic minority meant that Roosevelt Totaye called a refugee camp home.

The camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana were cruel places to live; illness and violence were commonplace. Tents and, later, makeshift shacks provided the only shelter.

Totaye vividly remembers how the camps would change when American Red Cross or International Rescue Committee nurses arrived to administer immunizations. Mothers were smiling with relief, filled with the hope that their children could grow up healthy, he said Thursday.

“I grew up knowing nurses to be my heroes,” Totaye, 36, of Allentown, said. “One day, I want to be like them. I want to help people.”

On Saturday, Totaye gets to become one of those people, a nurse. He is one of 600 students…

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UNHCR renews offer to Curacao on Venezuelan refugee response


GENEVA, Switzerland — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the request this week from Curacao to the Netherlands for support in responding to the ongoing influx of Venezuelan refugees and migrants to the Caribbean island. The Curacao authorities estimate there are around 26,000 Venezuelans currently residing there. It is urgent that they have access to protection and assistance.

UNHCR reiterated its offer to provide immediate operational and legal support to both Curacao and the Netherlands in line with their laws and international obligations.

More than 2.3 million Venezuelan citizens have left their country since 2015 as a result of the ongoing political, human rights and socio-economic developments in Venezuela. In recent months, UNHCR has observed a worrying…

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