Tag: displaced

Shelter “urgently needed for displaced from Syria’s Aleppo” (Podcast)


UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the UN is boosting its presence in western Aleppo. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré


Some 30,000 people who fled fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo in recent days are getting humanitarian aid, but hundreds of thousands more need help, the UN has warned.

Speaking in Geneva on Thursday, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said that 400,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Aleppo so far.

In eastern Aleppo, humanitarian workers are still unable to reach those where opposition forces remain.

Daniel Johnson has more.

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters a significant threshold has been reached regarding the number of people internally displaced by the violence – otherwise known as IDPs:

“Today in Aleppo there are 400,000 IDPs, 400,000, can you imagine, this is basically the equivalent of Syrian refugees in all of Europe.”

The latest influx of around 30,000 people to government-held western Aleppo and the Kurdish-controlled city of Al-Qamishli comes amid an upsurge in violence in recent weeks.

These new arrivals are now receiving aid from the United Nations and partners.
In addition, Mr de Mistura said that the UN is moving what he called a “substantive team” into Aleppo to help with aid delivery, but also to prevent against “mishandling” of the displaced as they move across the front line.

On Wednesday, the UN’s humanitarian chief warned that Aleppo risked becoming “one giant graveyard.”

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

Duration: 0’59″

Mosul displaced faced “numbing degradation” at hands of ISIL (Podcast)


In Gogjali, on the eastern fringes of Mosul, a young girl stands by her family’s belongings after fleeing the city earlier that morning. They are waiting for the Iraqi military to take them to a camp for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

Harrowing stories are emerging from Mosul in Iraq of life under the ISIL terrorist group, four weeks into the campaign to retake the northern city.

Some 60,000 people have been displaced so far, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency’s Joel Millman has travelled close to Mosul.

Daniel Johnson asked him what Iraqi people have been saying about life under ISIL.

Duration: 3’33”

South Sudan refugees reach one million mark

The number of people who have fled South Sudan because of the country’s civil war has passed the one million mark, the UN refugee agency says.


More than 185,000 people have fled since July, and more continue to leave

Fighting that broke out in the capital, Juba, in July is responsible for the latest surge in those fleeing, it says.

More than 1.6 million people are also displaced within South Sudan, meaning about 20% of the population have been made homeless since December 2013.

A fragile peace deal signed last year is on the brink of collapse.

“The violence in July came as a major setback to peace efforts in South Sudan,” the UNHCR spokesman Leo Dobbs said in a statement.

The UN says more than 185,000 people have fled South Sudan since July.

“The fighting has shattered hopes for a real breakthrough and triggered new waves of displacement and suffering, while humanitarian organisations are finding it very difficult for logistical, security and funding reasons to provide urgent protection and assistance to the hundreds of thousands in need,” Mr Dobbs said.

South Sudan refugees:

Uganda: 373,626 – more than a third of these have arrived since July; 20,000 over last week. New arrivals report fighting in south, attacks on civilians by armed groups, who loot, sexually assault women and girls and recruit boys

Ethiopia: 292,000 – 11,000 crossed into Gambella over the past week. New arrivals are from the Nuer group, including 500 children travelling alone, fearing renewed conflict after seeing troop movements

Sudan: 247,317 – 1,800 arriving each month in White Nile state, floods preventing others

Kenya: 90,000 – 300 a week fleeing insecurity, economic instability and drought

DR Congo: 40,000 – current influx is to Ituri province.

Many of the refugees arriving in Uganda, which hosts the most South Sudanese, are “exhausted after days walking in the bush and going without food or water. Many children have lost one or both of their parents”, the UNHCR says.

A fall-out between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Machar – the most powerful members of their respective Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups – led to the civil war which erupted in December 2013.

They only agreed to settle their differences under intense international pressure, signing a peace deal in August 2015 – and Mr Machar returned to Juba as vice-president in a unity government in April.

But battles then broke out between his bodyguards and presidential guards three months later, prompting him to flee.

Another member of his party has been appointed as vice-president, a move Mr Machar does not recognise.

Earlier this week, a report funded by George Clooney accused both Mr Kiir and Mr Machar, as well as their officials, of personally profiting from the war. Both men have denied the allegations.

The UN wants to deploy a 4,000-strong regional protection force for Juba which would have a more robust mandate than the 12,000 UN soldiers already in the country, however the mandate and size of the force still have to be agreed.


Source: BBC News

Nigeria Boko Haram: Scores of refugees starved to death – MSF

Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says.


Aid workers say one in five children is severely malnourished

A “catastrophic humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.

Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF says.

The Islamist group’s seven-year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.

Nigeria’s military has carried out a large-scale offensive against them but Boko Haram still attacks villages in the north-east, destroying homes and burning down wells.

Displaced people in Bama say new graves are appearing on a daily basis, according to a statement from MSF.


MSF’s visit to the camp was only possible with an army escort

It quoted inhabitants as saying about 30 people died every day due to hunger or illness.

Although the area has been unsafe to travel through, MSF says one of its teams reached Bama on Tuesday.

It went in with a military convoy from the city of Maiduguri in Borno state.


“This is the first time MSF has been able to access Bama, but we already know the needs of the people there are beyond critical,” said Ghada Hatim, MSF head of mission in Nigeria.

“We are treating malnourished children in medical facilities in Maiduguri and see the trauma on the faces of our patients who have witnessed and survived many horrors,” he said.

Source: BBC News

Christians who escaped from ISIS, tell their stories.


In this very powerful and moving video below from Kings School of Media, we have real life interviews with Christian refugees from Iraq who escaped certain death at the hands of IS. Many of these Christians were comfortably off with families, homes, good careers, etc. The easy option for them would have been to deny their faith in Jesus Christ and convert to Islam. But they refused to abandon their faith even though it meant losing everything they owned. Now they’re faced with having to start from scratch to rebuild their lives.