Over 60,000 refugees have returned this year from across the region as tensions ease in Burundi, although more aid is urgently needed to help them pick up their lives and start over.
The new steps help reduce fears and risks that many will be pushed into the hands of human smugglers and traffickers, with deadly consequences, when official cross-border channels are shut.
Some 206,346 CAR refugees live in camps and with host communities in DRC’s North Ubangi, South Ubangi and Bas Uele provinces. UNHCR and its partners plan this year to assist 6,500 of them to return.
Health workers are been targeted for providing care, with detainees coerced into confessing to falsified charges, such as possession of weapons or links to anti-junta terrorism.
More than 100,000 residents from Guriel have fled to neighboring villages following clashes in the Somali state of Galmudug, putting a strain on already scarce resources in the nearby villages.
Changes in Sudan’s political leadership should not change commendable policy commitments to protect civilians and ensure aid organisations can still assist people left vulnerable by decades of conflict.
One out of five children surveyed also reported facing a security incident on their way to school that put their life at risk and their education in jeopardy.
Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises and food security has all but collapsed. This winter, millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between migration and starvation.
Heavy rains have affected municipalities located on the coasts of the Mono, Ouémé and Niger rivers, with at least nine flood-related deaths and dozens more due to water-related accidents.
This CERF grant will enable the humanitarian community to sustain the multi-sectoral lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable population at the required levels.