UNHCR said people are now sleeping in the open or public
buildings, with the most significant concentration of displaced
people being 10,000 sleeping in or near the church in Drodro,
Djugu Territory, without any viable assistance.
Nearly 20,000 people have reached Ituri’s provincial capital,
Many more are trying to get to the relative safety of sites
near Bunia but are reportedly blocked by armed youths from both
Others are trying to cross Lake Albert to Uganda.
Just south of Ituri, in North Kivu province, UNHCR has
recently begun an emergency response for nearly 100,000
displaced people in Nobili, near the border with Uganda.
DRC has an estimated 4.5 million internally displaced people,
president expresses continued
commitment in solving forced displacement
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo, who is the Champion of the African Union (AU)
theme of the year on refugees, paid an official visit to refugee
camps in Ethiopia late Tuesday.
Forced population movements caused by various factors is one
of the major challenges facing Africa today, and members of the
AU have been taking different measures to address the issue
Cognizant of the problem, the AU has dedicated this year as
the "AU Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced
Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in
To show support for the theme of the year and as part of
World Refugee Day activities, the President of Equatorial Guinea
on Tuesday undertook a field visit to Tsore refugee camp in
Benishangul Gumuz regional state of Ethiopia.
The visit highlights the situation in Ethiopia, which is
hosting about a million of refugees who have fled conflict,
drought and persecution from neighboring countries such as South
Sudan, Sudan, Somalia.
Visiting one of the refugee camps in Benishangul Gumuz
region, Tsore Refugee Camp, the President of Equatorial Guinea
expressed commitment to continue exerting efforts in searching
durable solution against insensitive situation that can lead to
forced displacement on the African continent.
"My presence in this refugee camp further reinforces my
conviction that we must find together against the root cause of
the increase in number of refugees and internally displaced
persons in Africa," he underlined.
Ethiopia has adopted a law granting refugees the right to
work and live outside the camps, and the AU has lauded it as a
step toward improving their dignity and reducing their
dependence on international aid.