Refugees

PHOTOS: 500 Burundian refugees repatriated

Joselyne Mukamusoni is a mother of seven. She, like many other thousands of Burundians, fled her motherland in 2015 seeking refuge in neighboring countries due to security tensions that were in Burundi. On Thursday, August 27, Mukamusoni was repatriated among the 493 Burundians - the first group...

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 7:22am

First group of Burundian refugees to be repatriated on Thursday

The first group of Burundian refugees living in Rwanda is set to be repatriated on Thursday, the Ministry of Emergency Management said. “The group, ranging between 500 and 600, will be repatriated on Thursday, August 27,” the ministry said in a statement. According to the...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 11:26am

117 more refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

A group of 117 more refugees from Libya on Sunday night touched down at the Kigali International Airport, a third evacuation that Rwanda has carried out with other partners. The refugees of different African nationalities are being evacuated from Libya where they have been stranded for months,...

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 2:17pm

EU announces Rwf10bn support to African refugees in Rwanda

European Union has announced a €10.3 million (Rwf10.4bn) support to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Rwanda that accommodates refugees evacuated from Libya. The centre, which is located in Gashora, in Bugesera District, currently accommodates close to 200 refugees from...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:59pm

Africa sets an example to humane treatment of refugees

Addressing the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, held on February 10-11, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the generosity, solidarity and commitment exhibited by the African Union (AU) for humane treatment of refugees, returnees and...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 9:55am

Europe’s refugee scandal

LONDON – It has long been known that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is plagued by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and rampant violence, including riots that have left many injured. But when aid workers reported in April that children as young as ten were attempting...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:34pm

The missing link of refugee response

It was heart-rending to witness this faint semblance of proper schooling – all the more so because the children clearly valued their education. Without it, their future, and that of their communities, will be irreparably damaged. More than half of the world’s refugees are children; yet...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:42am

Prevention is the best migration cure

PARIS – With newspapers full of stories about the challenges migrant families face, it might be tempting to assume that the causes of displacement are also being addressed. In most cases, however, such an assumption would be wrong. Today, solutions to forced migration focus almost exclusively...

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:51am

WFP, Ethiopia urge more funding to address refugees' humanitarian needs

The Ethiopian government and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday called for more funding to address the humanitarian needs of refugees relocated in Ethiopia. They made the joint call on Monday as the East African country currently struggles in its efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:08am

How to resolve Europe’s political crisis over migration

BRUSSELS – Since the European Union’s migration crisis peaked in 2015, the number of illegal migrants arriving in the EU has fallen by 95 per cent. Migration challenges remain, and reform of the EU’s methods for managing immigration is desperately needed, as the recent scandalous...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 12:37am

Jordan launches campaign to help displaced Syrians

Jordan Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Sunday launched a nationwide campaign to provide aid to the displaced Syrians inside the Syrian territories. In a post on his official Twitter account, Razzaz said the campaign seeks to reduce pressure on the Syrians and deliver aid to those in need. "We...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:02am

UNHCR urges jobs for refugee youths in Uganda to curb violence

The United Nations refugee agency in Uganda on Wednesday urged for the creation of jobs for refugee youths to curb violence. Joel Boutroue, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Uganda, in a statement urged partners to prioritize labor-intensive initiatives to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:29am

Uganda’s introduction of diarrhea vaccine to reduce child deaths: UN

KAMPALA– United Nations and other agencies in Uganda have hailed the country for including rotavirus vaccine in its national immunization program in a bid to protect under-five-year-old children from the deadly diarrhea. Rotavirus diarrhea accounts for almost 40 per cent of diarrheal cases...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:26am

When TEDx brought home the refugee message

Many will be familiar with the TED Talks online forum, and particularly with the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed and thought-provoking 2009 talk on ‘The danger of a single story.’ The single story creates stereotypes, she explains in the talk, and the problem...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:36pm

Confronting the migrant threat to the EU

MADRID – The European Union loves giving itself ultimatums, whether it is the two-year deadline for Brexit negotiations or European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s declaration, upon taking office, that his was a “last-chance commission.” Unfortunately, European...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:30pm

UN says some 220 people drowned off Libya while attempting to reach Europe

GENEVA, (Xinhua) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday said that some 220 people drowned off Libya in recent days while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. UNHCR cited survivors as saying that a wooden boat carrying an unknown number of refugees and migrants capsized...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 6:05pm

AU Chair calls for global solidarity to support refugees

Many African countries have demonstrated remarkably high level of solidarity providing asylum to refugees at a time of greater anxiety, xenophobia, and closure of borders and denial of asylum in many parts of the world. Yet, the Chairperson of African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat observes...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:29pm

World Refugee Day: UNHCR head flies to Niger with abused migrants

Niamey – In the early hours of Wednesday, 122 refugees, mostly nationals of Eritrea and Somalia, landed at Diori Hamani Airport in Niamey, Niger’s capital. It is the UN’s World Refugee Day, and Filippo Grandi, the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees, is on the...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:08pm

US contributes Rwf5.6 billion towards refugee relief in Rwanda

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional humanitarian assistance worth $6.5 million (approximately Rwf5.6bn) to provide food assistance for refugees in the country. According to an announcement made over the weekend, the assistance will go to the...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

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