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Refugee women facing greater violence risk during crisis: UNHCR

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Displaced women and girls are facing a heightened risk of gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday. The UNHCR said they may be forced into “survival sex” or child marriages. Lockdowns imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have restricted movement and led to the …

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Refugee influx increasing human activities on Katonga wildlife reserve

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The degradation of Katonga Wildlife Reserve is being blamed on residents picking firewood for sell to refugee neighboring communities. The chiefwarden Katonga Wildlife Reserve, Richard Godfrey Matanda says that although the communities are dependent on wood fuel for domestic use, there is an emergence …

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Almost 600 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Gisuru, Burundi | AFP | Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were on Thursday repatriated voluntarily, the UN refugee agency and witnesses said. The move came after the Tanzanian government vowed that from October 1 it would start repatriating all Burundians, willing or …

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CARITAS introduces solar cookstoves to refugees in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Catholic Relief Agency CARITAS has intervened in the energy crisis unfolding in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district. Bidi Bidi is the second-largest settlement in the World, hosting more than 27,000 South Sudan refugees fleeing civil wars in their country.   More than 80 …

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DR Congo violence drives 16,000 into Congo-Brazzaville: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Around 16,000 people have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s neighbour after inter-communal clashes erupted last month in the southwest of the country, the UN said on Friday. Violence in Yumbi, in the DRC province of Mai-Ndombe, prompted an exodus to the neighbouring Republic …

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27,000 Eritreans ‘seeking refugee status’ in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | More than 27,500 Eritreans have filed for refugee status in Ethiopia since the two countries reopened their joint border in September, according to EU documents seen by AFP on Friday. More than 24,000 people from northern Eritrea have applied for refugee status at Endabaguna, …

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5.3 million people will have fled Venezuela by end of 2019: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The United Nations on Friday forecast that 5.3 million Venezuelans will have fled the country by the end of next year, an exodus that amounts to “a humanitarian earthquake”. The UN agencies for refugees (UNHCR) and migration (IOM) announced the estimates as they unveiled their …

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