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UNHCR deplores violence in Gambella, applauds Ethiopia’s continued protection of refugees
UNHCR, 26/04/2016
Addis Ababa, Tuesday 26th April 2016 UNHCR deplores violence in Gambella, applauds Ethiopia’s continued protection of refugees UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the recent violent incidents in and around Gambella town, western Ethiopia, and is calling for calm in this difficult situation. It is regrettable that lives have been lost during these violent incidents and UNHCR extends its deepest sympathies to all individuals and families who have lost their loved ones and urges all concerned groups to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation of the situation. The UN Refugee Agency also expresses profound gratitude to the Ethiopian government for reinforcing security in Gambella town and in the refugee camps, which has significantly helped to prevent further tragedy. The Gambella region has a long history of hosting refugees from South Sudan. Currently the...
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Aiming for the skies, refugee girl must first finish school
UNHCR, 11/02/2016
Aiming for the skies, refugee girl must first finish school KULE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, Feb 11 (UNHCR) – Before the war came and she and her family fled, Nyahok Reath loved watching United Nations aid planes taking off from the airport near her home in South Sudan. The 13-year-old decided she would do all she could to become a pilot. "I would like to go to different parts of the world, and help people in need," said Nyahok, who is in primary school in the refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia where she now lives. She certainly has the determination, and her teacher says she could make the grades. But along with the other 127,500 refugee children in Gambella, a lack of funding for full education means that her dreams may never take flight. Currently, UNHCR and its partners can only teach up to ninth grade, the first year of secondary school, in the two high schools at which m...
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Aiming for the skies, refugee girl must first finish school
UNHCR, 01/01/1970
KULE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, Feb 11 (UNHCR) – Before the war came and she and her family fled, Nyahok Reath loved watching United Nations aid planes taking off from the airport near her home in South Sudan. The 13-year-old decided she would do all she could to become a pilot. "I would like to go to different parts of the world, and help people in need," said Nyahok, who is in primary school in the refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia where she now lives. She certainly has the determination, and her teacher says she could make the grades. But along with the other 127,500 refugee children in Gambella, a lack of funding for full education means that her dreams may never take flight. Currently, UNHCR and its partners can only teach up to ninth grade, the first year of secondary school, in the two high schools at which most new arrivals here enrol. Without tenth, eleventh, or twelfth...
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South Sudan to mark 4th anniversary with more than 2.25 million displaced, continued conflict
UNHCR, 07/07/2015
In South Sudan, which on Thursday this week will mark its 4th anniversary of independence, refugee and internally displaced numbers have continued to rise. As of today, more 730,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries and some 1.5 million people have become internally displaced. In addition, South Sudan continues to receive refugees from neighbouring Sudan - almost 250,000 people, mostly from Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. South Sudan’s civil war and violence started in mid-December 2013. Political efforts so far have failed to bring an end to the conflict, and the outlook for the affected populations remains grim. Recent weeks have seen an escalation in violence in Unity and Upper Nile states, with heavy fighting forcing tens of thousands of people to flee to the bush and swamplands, to areas that are difficult to reach. This and a volatile and insecure situat...
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Almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes as UNHCR marks World Refugee Day 2015
UNHCR, 18/06/2015
As the UNHCR prepares to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the agency’s report, released today, shows that worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest levels we have recorded, and accelerating fast. UNHCR’s new annual Global Trends report shows a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with 59.5 million people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 compared to 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago. The increase since 2013 was the highest ever reported for a single year. In Africa alone there are 3.7 million refugees and 11.4 million displaced people, 4.5 of these were newly displaced in 2015. In Ethiopia, there were 698,687 refugees at the end of May 2015, more than 100,000 of them newly displaced during the past one year. “We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in wh...
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South Sudan fighting triggers new displacement, including into neighbouring countries
UNHCR, 04/06/2015
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 2 June 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Heavy fighting in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states over the last two months has displaced more than 100,000 people and blocked humanitarian aid deliveries for some 650,000 people as aid organizations were forced to withdraw. Since the beginning of the year, some 60,000 South Sudanese have fled the country, mostly to Sudan (30,000), Ethiopia (15,000) and Uganda (15,000) bringing the total South Sudanese who fled the country since December 2013 to some 555,000, while some 1.5 million are internally displaced in the country. Refugees cite the upsurge in fighting, but also growing food insecurity as the main reasons for fleeing their homes. It's estimated that more than 3.8 million people, ...
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South Sudanese flee to Ethiopia amid escalation of tensions
Press TV, 15/05/2015
South Sudanese flee to Ethiopia amid escalation of tensions http://www.presstv.ir/Video/2015/05/13/410928/Addis-Ababa-Africa-Ethiopia-Sudan-...
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ARRA, UNHCR launch relocation of South Sudanese refugees to new camp
UNHCR, 11/05/2015
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, 11 May 2015 (UNHCR): The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have launched the relocation of thousands of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas in the Gambella region to a new refugee camp located about 18 kilometres from Gambella, western Ethiopia. The relocation exercise to Jewi Refugee Camp was launched on Friday, 8 May with the first convoy of 1,376 refugees arriving in the new camp. Over the weekend, more than 4,200 refugees had been relocated from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps. More than 1600 have departed from Leitchuor this morning and are on their way to Jewi camp The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office Ms. Angele Djohossou and the ARRA Zonal Coordinator Ato Teferi Bekele welcomed the first batch of refugees to Jewi camp and assured them of protection and better hu...
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The IKEA Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign raises €10.8¬ million for UNHCR
UNHCR, 10/04/2015
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, thanks IKEA customers and co-workers for supporting ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’, a global cause-related campaign that raised €10.8¬ million for refugees this year. The campaign ran in IKEA stores globally from 1 February to 29 March 2015. During this period, for every LED light bulb purchased by an IKEA customer, the IKEA Foundation donated €1 to UNHCR. The funds raised by the campaign will help improve the lives of 380,000 refugees in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia and Jordan by providing education opportunities, solar street lights, solar lanterns and other renewable energy solutions. Among other activities, with the money raised since the campaign first started in 2014: • 11,000 Syrian refugees living in Azraq camp in Jordan are able to move around safely after approximately 500 solar street lights and LED street lights were installed. ...
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UNECA Executive Secretary visits South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
UNHCR, 12/03/2015
Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), visited Tierkidi refugee camp in western Ethiopia, home to nearly 50,000 refugees who fled the ongoing war in South Sudan. He held focus group discussions with refugee representatives and toured some key camp amenities including a health center, a child-friendly space and a grinding mill managed by different agencies in the camp. http://data.unhcr.org/SouthSudan/download.php?id=1849...
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