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South Sudan: South Sudan Emergency: Regional Overview of Refugees from South Sudan - New Arrivals since 15 Dec 2013 | as of 21 May 2015

Uganda - Maps - 1 hour 54 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

South Sudan: South Sudan Emergency: Regional Overview of Refugees from South Sudan - New Arrivals since 15 Dec 2013 | as of 21 May 2015

Sudan - Maps - 1 hour 54 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

South Sudan: South Sudan Emergency: Regional Overview of Refugees from South Sudan - New Arrivals since 15 Dec 2013 | as of 21 May 2015

Ethiopia - Maps - 1 hour 54 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

Yemen: Fierce fighting in Yemen as peace hopes fade

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 1 hour 56 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 11:35 GMT | 655 words

by Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari in Aden

Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

Clashes raged in the country's third city Taez, sowing panic after Shiite Huthi rebels bombarded several districts with rocket and tank fire.

"There's a real massacre going on in Taez, the city that spearheaded the revolt" against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who now supports the Huthis, one resident said.

"Saleh has aligned himself with the rebels to take revenge," Bassam al-Qadhi added.

Saleh quit in early 2012 after bloody year-long protests against his rule, and was replaced by Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who has taken refuge along with his government in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Monday's clashes in Taez came just four days before a new UN effort was to have been held, aiming to resolve the conflict in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation.

But there had been growing uncertainty over which of the warring parties would attend the talks slated for Thursday in Geneva.

"I can confirm that the meeting has been postponed," a UN official told AFP on Sunday, without providing further immediate explanation.

The postponement is another blow to UN efforts to broker peace in a country where nearly 2,000 people have been killed since March.

Hadi's demands

Hadi had laid out his government's demands in a pre-talks letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, insisting that the rebels must withdraw from territory they have seized.

He reiterated his position on Sunday during talks in Riyadh with Ban's special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

In a bid to restore Hadi's authority, Saudi Arabia has led an air campaign against the Huthis since March 26.

Coalition aircraft bombarded targets across the country at the weekend, including the airport in second city Aden and its northern suburbs, officials said.

On Monday, residents and an official in Taez said fierce fighting had killed and wounded dozens of people.

The clashes, which erupted on Sunday and raged overnight, have killed at least 30 Huthi rebels and allied forces, the official told AFP.

He said a provisional toll showed at least five Hadi loyalists were also killed.

For a second consecutive day, rebels and their allies targeted several Taez neighbourhoods with rockets and tank shells, residents said.

Medics and residents told AFP late Sunday the bombardment had killed 10 civilians and wounded 80.

Officials in neighbouring Daleh province said pro-Hadi fighters had retaken several positions from the rebels, including a military camp, in dawn fighting on Monday.

Aid deliveries

They said clashes were ongoing, especially at a now rebel-held base of the 33rd Armoured Brigade where pro-government forces have seized six tanks.

Clashes were also reported in other southern provinces on Monday, including Shabwa and Abyan as well as Aden.

The fighting followed a day of intense raids by Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeting rebel arms depots and positions, witnesses said.

More than 545,000 people have been displaced in the conflict, and although some aid trickled in last week during a five-day ceasefire, people still lack basic needs, including water, electricity and fuel.

A ship carrying 460 tonnes of Emirati humanitarian aid docked on Sunday in Aden.

The shipment, including medical and food supplies, is the second from the United Arab Emirates following the delivery of 1,200 tonnes of aid last week, said local aid coordinator Ali al-Bikri.

Another ship carrying 400 tonnes of diesel also arrived on Friday, said Bikri, who was appointed by Yemen's government in exile.

"Aden needs urgently at least 200,000 food rations for the displaced," Bikri added.

Fierce fighting has raged in Aden between the rebels and their allies and southern fighters allied with Hadi.

Hadi has demanded full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 calling on the Huthis to relinquish territory they seized and surrender weapons they took from the army and other state institutions.

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Philippines: Philippines: The uncertainty of displacement

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 31 min ago
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Philippines

In central Mindanao, thousands of people have been living precariously due to recurrent fighting. Pockets of skirmishes often erupt that result in civilian displacement.

The hostilities between armed groups in February resulted in around 4,000 families fleeing to safety in evacuation centers in Pagalungan, Maguindanao and in Pikit, North Cotabato.

At the height of the fighting, affected civilians managed to bring only few belongings with them and limited supplies of food.

For over three weeks, 74-year-old Sadiya Makayaw stayed with her relatives in a cramped makeshift shelter in the village of Gligli, Pikit. She recalled that before the fighting began in early February, all her neighbors left at dawn when armed men were sighted near their village.

"We heard loud gunfire. We didn't have a choice but to leave," she said in Maguindanaoan, the local dialect.

Sadiya had been living alone in her home in the village of Kabasalan, also in Pikit, after her husband and two children passed away more than a decade ago.

Grabbing what she could, Sadiya joined her neighbors to "bakwit" (evacuate), unsure of when they would return. She was left with nothing – even the clothes she wears now are borrowed.

Providing life-saving assistance

Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC assisted 2,335 families in Pikit and 1,732 in Pagalungan who have been in evacuation centers for close to a month.

Displaced people were given food rations (enough for two weeks), hygiene items and tarpaulins. Potable water was also delivered daily from 27 February to 5 March to the two largest evacuation camps in Pagalungan, in order to help safeguard the health and sanitation needs of the communities.

"Our support supplements the help being provided by the authorities. The violent situation and lack of security hamper already vulnerable communities from going back to their homes. As such, they were forced to stay in evacuation centers for quite some time," explained Maria Carmen Echezarreta Inurritegui, ICRC head of office in Cotabato.

The majority of people living in the areas affected by conflict live in poverty, relying heavily on farming and fishing as their main sources of income. Due to the volatile situation and the presence of improvised explosive devices, evacuees couldn't go back to tend their farms. The difficulty thus increases each day for displaced families as they have to put food on the table to survive.

Fortunately, Sadiya's family received assistance in Pikit. The support, however, is not enough to put her worries to rest, as she fears nothing will be left of her belongings when she finally returns to her village.

At the evacuation center, Sadiya heard stories of damaged houses. She hopes the small farm where she grows corn will be spared.

"I can no longer count how many times I have evacuated. It is something I do not want to keep doing now that I'm old," says Sadiya, with a weak smile on her face.

In March, a month-long armed fighting between government forces and armed groups occurred and caused further displacement in several areas of Maguindanao.

"The prolonged dry season is affecting the health of displaced families and reducing their incomes. Each day in these temporary sites is a major struggle for them, and the future remains unclear," said Pascal Mauchle, head of the ICRC in the Philippines.

Remaining responsive to the needs of the displaced, the ICRC and the PRC currently provide clean water every day to approximately 24,000 people in 24 evacuation centers, in the municipalities of Datu Salibo and Mamasapano. We are preparing to launch targeted food distributions in May.

Philippines: DILG bolsters Sarangani Police security efforts and disaster preparedness with new patrol jeeps

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 59 min ago
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is confident that the seven patrol jeeps turned over to Sarangani will not only address the province’s security concerns but will also help boost tourism and investment in the area.

After a simple turnover ceremony on Friday of the vehicles to each of the seven municipalities in Sarangani, Roxas placed his high hopes for faster growth and development brought about by a safe and secure environment.

“Kung maaayos natin ang seguridad dito, dadaloy din ang mabilis na kaunlaran,” Roxas explained.

He also reminded Sarangan local and police officials that the government has never forgotten about their plight.

“Don’t ever think na nakalimutan na kayo dahil nasa laylayan kayo ng Mindanao. Hindi ko kayo malilimutan,” he stressed.

The patrol jeeps are just seven out of the 1,470 vehicles recently purchased by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strengthen the mobile capacity of the police not only in responding to crime situations, but also in addressing disaster and other emergency situations.

He emphasized that all municipalities in the country will receive their patrol car within two to three months, as part of a deliberate (hindi bara-bara), programmatic (hindi kanya-kanya), and sustained (hindi ningas-cogon) approach in combatting crimes.

Afterwards, Sarangani Governor Steve Solon thanked Roxas for the patrol jeeps.

“These are the things that we really need as some of our vehicles are as old as late ‘90s,” Solon explained.

“Ang mga patrol jeeps namin mahigit 20 years na. Sira-sira na at malaki na ang nagagastos namin sa maintenance,” Malapatan Mayor Alfonso Singcoy said.

Pakistan: 70% reduction in polio cases in Pakistan

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 3 min ago
Source: Government of Pakistan Country: Pakistan

Islamabad May 22, 2015 - Pakistan has witnessed 70 % reduction in polio cases this year. In terms of point in time comparison, there is 70% reduction in cases from 78 in 2014 to just 23 polio cases in 2015.

National EOC Coordinator, Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar while commenting on the positive progress of the Polio Program mentioned that the reduction in polio cases was made possible due to a paradigm shift at tactical and strategy level of the program. Program is now focusing on high quality campaigns and pockets of continued missed children who pose a serious risk for poliovirus transmission if not tracked properly.

Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar further added that the number of inaccessible children has been reduced from over 600,000 to less than 50,000 only and the cumulative coverage has gone up from 94% in 2014 to over 99% in 2015.

Recently held meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board – IMB has also expressed its appreciation over the recent steps of the Government of Pakistan including post campaign monitoring through LQAS and 3rd Party monitoring that is showing gross quality enhancement. IMB also declares the recent negative environmental samples from reservoir areas of Karachi and Killa Abdulla as a great achievement of the Pakistan Program.

In 2014, FATA alone reported 179 cases but in 2015 due to effective strategies of the Government in reaching out the children caused optimum vaccination drives and dip in polio cases to 6 cases. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 68 cases from 12 districts in 2014 while in 2015, only 10 cases are reported from 5 districts so far. 4 polio cases from 3 districts in Sindh has been reported this year as compare to 30 cases from 15 districts last year. Balochistan, on the hand, had reported 24 cases from 9 districts in 2014 and this year 3 cases has been surfaced from 3 districts. Punjab is polio case free at this point in time as compare to 4 cases last year.

Nepal: Nepal Relief Assistance, 24th May 2015

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 5 min ago
Source: Government of Pakistan Country: Nepal, Pakistan

Islamabad :

In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another two C-130 sortie were sent today carrying Tents120, Rice 13 ton and Tarpaulin 2000.

A total 17xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 14925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

Nepal: Nepal Relief Assistance, 24th May 2015

Nepal - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 5 min ago
Source: Government of Pakistan Country: Nepal, Pakistan

Islamabad :

In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another two C-130 sortie were sent today carrying Tents120, Rice 13 ton and Tarpaulin 2000.

A total 17xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 14925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

Iraq: UNFPA Iraq responds to the needs of women and girls fleeing Al-Ramadi city of Iraq

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 49 min ago
Source: UN Population Fund Country: Iraq

Erbil, 24 May 2015 - Close to 55,000 people have fled Al-Ramadi, the provincial capital city of Anbar province of Iraq, following ISIL attacks and fierce fighting in the city. Most of the displaced persons are fleeing towards Baghdad,

With many trying to enter through security checkpoints. An estimated 4,000 families (24,000 individuals) arrived from Khaldiyah in Amiriyat al-Fallujah on 23 May and another 3,000-5,000 families are expected to arrive in the coming hours and days.

UNFPA's local partners (Al Tajdeed) and Al Ataa Women Community Center conducted a quick assessment to establish needs of women and girls fleeing Ramadi and among other issues, preserving women dignity and safety was identified critical . For the Ramadi women, their immediate needs are clothing and sanitary items.

In response to urgent requests from Iraqi authorities, the United Nations population fund (UNFPA) has distributed 2,173 dignity kits to IDPs in Baghdad Governorate through Its local partners. Additional dignity kits have been dispatched to other areas and were distributed on 21 and 22 May. 150 dignity kits were also distributed to newly displaced women and girls in Qurato Camp, Sulimaniyah Governorate. On May 23rd, An additional 2,800 dignity kits were deployed by Relief International, with support from UNFPA, to Habbaniyeh tourist city in Anbar and will be distributed during the upcoming hours.

UNFPA has distribute 66,000 dignity kits to women and girls displaced by war in Iraq since June 2014.

Currently Iraq has over 2.9 million IDPs, out of which 725,000 are women in reproductive age and an estimated 116,000 are pregnant, and around 1.5 million people in conflict affected areas and 250,000 Syrian refugees.

UNFPA is among the UN agencies whose mandate is to serve and protect the dignity and safety of women and girls in the Iraq Humanitarian Response

For further information, please contact: Shayda Hessami,Communication Consultant UNFPA Iraq hesammi@unfpa.org (m) +9647712933333

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
Public Information Office (PIO) - Baghdad Phone: +39 083 105 2640 or +39 083 105 2644

Sudan: European Union Helps Treat Malnutrition Among Sudan’s Most Vulnerable

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 35 sec ago
Source: World Food Programme Country: Sudan

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €9 million (US$9.7 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to its emergency operations in Sudan.

The funds will help WFP prevent hunger and treat malnutrition among the most vulnerable people in Sudan. WFP will use the contribution to provide life-saving food assistance to more than 152,000 displaced people in West and South Darfur for two months, as well as to more than 193,000 newly displaced people across Darfur for four months. This includes people who were displaced in 2014 and have not been able to return home, in addition to those who have been displaced since January this year.

The contribution will also be used to buy Super Cereal Plus (a nutritious porridge) for the treatment of malnutrition in about 58,000 children aged under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the Darfur region and in the states of Kassala, Red Sea.

"The humanitarian situation in Sudan remains critical following years of conflict, natural disasters and underdevelopment. The response to acute malnutrition is one of the main strategic pillars of intervention of the European Commission in the country, with the purpose of saving the lives of children under the age of five,” said ECHO Head of Office in Khartoum Jeroen Uytterschaut. “The European Commission and the EU as a whole is among the main donors for humanitarian assistance in Sudan and thanks to our partnership with the World Food Programme, hundreds of thousands of Sudanese will continue receiving life-saving food aid.”

The EU is a major donor to WFP Sudan, providing €22.9 million in support of emergency operations from 2014 to 2015. Since 2012, ECHO has contributed more than €67 million towards WFP’s emergency operations and a further €9.8 million towards the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), managed by WFP, which provides safe and reliable passenger and light cargo services to the entire humanitarian community in Sudan.

“We are very grateful to ECHO for their continous support to WFP’s operations in Sudan. This latest contribution will help us reach vulnerable groups in the country through both life-saving and nutritional asistance, especially during the lean season when food stocks are depleted and children and mothers in need could easily slide into malnutrition,” said WFP Sudan Country Director Adnan Khan.

In 2014, ECHO’s contribution enabled WFP to assist some 80,800 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers mostly in Kassala and Red Sea states. It also supported some 38,350 refugees in Kassala state, 149,500 vulnerable people in South Kordofan and another 35,000 internally displaced people in North Kordofan through food voucher programmes.

In 2015, WFP plans to assist 3.7 million people across Sudan, of whom 2.7 million live in the conflict-affected region of Darfur, internally displaced people in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, refugees in Kassala state and other food insecure vulnerable groups elswhere in the country.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2114), Mob. +249 912174853 Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055

Nepal: One month on: Children must be heard as Nepal recovers from twin earthquakes

Nepal - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 1 min ago
Source: Plan Country: Nepal

Children’s concerns and voices must help shape nation’s recovery, says Plan International

23 May 2015: The voices of children must be heard and acted upon as Nepal begins the difficult task of rebuilding and recovering from a powerful earthquake that killed thousands and left many more homeless one month ago.

Many of the people most affected by April’s powerful earthquake – and the strong tremor that followed on 12 May – are children, who are frequently vulnerable as they are separated from their families or thrust from the familiar securities of their homes and schools and into makeshift tent cities.

“In any disaster, it is always children who are the most vulnerable. For the youngest kids, especially, it can be difficult to understand and cope with the upheaval that a powerful earthquake can bring. And the second earthquake mid-month revives all their initial fears, and that can be tough to process,” says Mattias Bryneson, Plan Nepal Country Director.

“But children also have a voice and they have answers. As adults, we often assume that we know best and that we already know what children need in the face of disaster. But frequently when we ask children themselves, their needs and concerns are not what we expect,” Bryneson says.

“Children have great ideas and often have a strong understanding of how they can help change the world around them. That means we shouldn’t be just offering them solutions – we should and will be asking them for their own ideas and solutions,” he says.

Consulting children

To support children in their right to be heard and to find out their needs and concerns, Plan International, in collaboration/partnership with other agencies have begun consulting with children in Nepal. The results of those consultations will help shape the organisation’s recovery plans as Nepal rebuilds after the earthquakes.

The results will also be shared with the government, the UN and other humanitarian agencies, urging them to incorporate the needs and concerns of children into their own recovery plans.

“Children have a right to be consulted in decisions that affect them. The burden of the recovery will be as much their task as it will be adults’, so they must be given the opportunity to play an important role in the recovery. That’s why it is crucially important that we speak with – and listen to – children right now,” Bryneson says.

“It is also important not to forget girls. Girls are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, forced prostitution, sexual violence, forced labour and increased early and forced marriage. It can be more difficult for girls to make their voices heard, so we will ensure the most vulnerable can be heard – including girls,” he says.

Child-friendly spaces

Plan has supported children in its relief work since the 25 April earthquake, establishing child-friendly spaces where children can go to start their path to recovery through songs, dance and games. Plan will also be establishing temporary learning spaces so that children whose schools have been destroyed or damaged will be able to continue their studies.

“When schools are closed there is an increased risk of children dropping out, potentially permanently. Children are also at increased risk of exploitation and trafficking when not in school. This makes it all the more crucial that we get temporary schools opened and provide a safe and secure environment for children,” Bryneson says.

Distributing relief aid

Plan’s support for communities also continues, with distribution of relief aid to some of the worst affected areas of Nepal, including Sindupalchowk, Dolakha and Makwanpur districts. So far Plan has delivered more than 24,400 tarpaulins, plus ropes, blankets, mattresses and mosquito bed nets, to provide emergency shelter for families forced to sleep in the open. Altogether, we have reached over 112,000 people in need of support, including more than 47,000 children.

Plan has also distributed more than 10,400 food packs, over 42,600 water purification tabs and close to 4,700 water kits.*

Bryneson says that aid distributions will continue, even as recovery plans are established and put into action. “One of the greatest needs right now is the need for shelter. We have already delivered thousands of temporary shelters and we will deliver thousands more to help house people as they rebuild their lives.”

occupied Palestinian territory: Healthy bodies, healthy minds

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 9 min ago
Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory

Gaza

Almost 1,000 UNRWA schoolboys from 35 elementary schools participated in the annual UNRWA sport festival held in the Gaza Middle Area, displaying their talent and skills in sports such as karate, basketball and gymnastics. The schoolboys’ festival is one component of a larger project that targets both girls and boys.

“This is a sport gathering that includes all sports teams at UNRWA schools in an attempt to draw a smile on the faces of our students at UNRWA elementary schools and to help them heal after the recent conflict,” said festival supervisor Tayseer Abdel Jawwad during his opening speech. The event was attended by UNRWA education staff, school principals, community notables and the participating sports teams.

The annual sports festival forms part of UNRWA efforts to mitigate the psychosocial effects of armed conflict on the Palestine refugee student population and is generously funded by the Emirates-based Dubai Cares charity organization under their ‘Supporting access to education and mitigating psychosocial effects of armed conflict on the Palestine refugee student population’ project, worth US$ 3 million.

In the past seven years, the average UNRWA primary school student has lived through three cycles of military conflict, witnessing displacement, destruction and death; most have never left the Gaza Strip, except maybe for medical purposes. The Dubai Cares project began in January 2015 and includes the recruitment of 364 female and male sports and arts teachers through the UNRWA Job Creation Programme. These teachers work in 190 UNRWA schools and aim to develop children’s positive coping mechanism through sports, arts and psychosocial support. Over 175,000 male and female students receive weekly arts and sports classes structured around themes and concepts that reinforce psychosocial counselling efforts. The project runs until November 2016.

“Sport is about morals and respect for others. It is all about good things,” said 11-year-old Mua’ath Abu El Kas from Bureij Elementary ‘A’ school. His Karate tutor Mohamed Al Ashqar agreed: “This project gives the students a chance to release the stress many of them feel since last summer’s conflict. In my karate training, I focus primarily on the strengthening of their characters, to learn to be calm, open and tolerant with others.”

According to the tutors and counsellors, the weekly sports exercises have already had a positive impact on the children’s performance in school and their social behaviour. “We use sport to build not only healthy bodies, but also healthy minds, no matter what the challenges are,” concluded UNRWA Education Programme Deputy Chief Fadel Al Saloul.

Kenya: Repatriation of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp set to continue

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 16 min ago
Source: Kenya Daily Nation Country: Kenya, Somalia

By NATION REPORTER

The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.

The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.

So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.

Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes next week.

Up to 200 people will be returned per convoy to speed up the process and ensure as many refugees as possible go back home by the end of the year.

The repatriation is being done through a framework agreed upon in a tripartite agreement among Kenya, Somalia and the United Nations.

The Kenya government has supported the exercise and wants the refugee camps closed following increased attacks attributed to Al-Shabaab militant group from Somalia.

Speaking on the repatriation exercise at the department’s headquarters in Lavington on Friday, Mr Komen said refugees from Baidoa, Luug and Kismayo should be more than willing to return home as the areas have been liberated by Amisom and the Somali National Army.

Updated statistics from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government show that the current population of documented refugees is 589,994, a slight increase from 585,363 in 2014.

The estimated number of Somali refugees in the country is 423,244.

Kenya: Repatriation of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp set to continue

Kenya - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 16 min ago
Source: Kenya Daily Nation Country: Kenya, Somalia

By NATION REPORTER

The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.

The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.

So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.

Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes next week.

Up to 200 people will be returned per convoy to speed up the process and ensure as many refugees as possible go back home by the end of the year.

The repatriation is being done through a framework agreed upon in a tripartite agreement among Kenya, Somalia and the United Nations.

The Kenya government has supported the exercise and wants the refugee camps closed following increased attacks attributed to Al-Shabaab militant group from Somalia.

Speaking on the repatriation exercise at the department’s headquarters in Lavington on Friday, Mr Komen said refugees from Baidoa, Luug and Kismayo should be more than willing to return home as the areas have been liberated by Amisom and the Somali National Army.

Updated statistics from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government show that the current population of documented refugees is 589,994, a slight increase from 585,363 in 2014.

The estimated number of Somali refugees in the country is 423,244.

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