When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal
It was right at the moment Ella thought she was safe that she was kidnapped.
The 17-year-old had just entered eastern Sudan’s Wad Sherife refugee camp with her teenage cousin. The girls had been walking for days, in a desperate bid to escape compulsory, indefinite military service in their birth country Eritrea, which begins as soon as school ends.
Depuis l’été dernier, les équipes de Médecins du Monde présentes autour du Parc Maximilien rapportent régulièrement les violences, intimidations et confiscations dont sont victimes les personnes qu’elles rencontrent. Avec en moyenne deux témoignages chaque jour, l’organisation pointe un problème récurrent et inquiétant. Médecins du Monde craint que les nouvelles actions policières annoncées par les autorités ne mènent à une augmentation de ces violences, et appelle le ministre Jambon à lancer une enquête.
2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.
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Operating environment was marked with small-scale attacks, political tensions between the State of Puntland and ‘Somaliland’ and forced evictions.
Drought, insecurity and conflicts, remain key drivers of displacement and lack of comprehensive land tenure framework remains one of the key drivers for forced evictions.
According to monitoring agencies drought will continue in 2018 and can lead to further increased vulnerability of persons of concern.
A whole-of-society approach – a new improved way of UNHCR response
Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 892,555 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 December 2017.
Since January 2017, 109,851 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (over 75,400), Eritrea (over 25,200) and Somalia (almost 6,700).
Ethiopia formally launched the CRRF, paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York.
Today, UNHCR appealed for more resettlement places for refugees after reports of some 160 new deaths on the Mediterranean. UNHCR renewed its appeal for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. This week alone, some 160 people were reported dead or missing in three separate incidents in the Mediterranean Sea.
A total of 5,686 migrants were deported from eastern Libya last year, up from 2,912 in 2016
BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Authorities in eastern Libya said on Thursday they had arrested and would deport 81 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia who had escaped from smugglers after failing to reach Europe.
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Between 1 January and 31 December 2017, 15,779 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 13% of all sea arrivals in this period. Similarly, 14 per cent of those arriving in the same period last year were UASC. The numbers of UASC arriving by sea, however, have decreased compared to last year, when over 25,846 UASC were registered at landing points.
119,369 Sea Arrivals
15,779 UASC Sea Arrivals
130,180 Asylum applications
183,681 Persons in reception
Overview and developments
Main achievements during the month of December
Number of returnees1 1,596 Somalis returned to Somalia
Core relief items 510 CRI kits to 314 returnee households (1,055 persons)
Reinstallation grants 1,267 refugee returnees provided with reinstallation grants
Shelters 50 shelters and 33 latrines constructed
Community-based projects 1,976 beneficiaries of community-based projects
Updates on achievements
UNCHR will continue investing in housing, education and livelihoods