Mali/Niger : UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears

08/08/2020 – Some 15,000 Malians were moved out of two large refugee camps in western Niger in late 2019 to live in nearby towns where they will be safer from jihadist attacks, the United Nations announced for the first time on Wednesday.

« The closure of the camps in December 2019 was a joint decision (by the UN refugee agency and the government of Niger) and was accelerated last year with the deterioration of the security situation, » Benoit Moreno, a UNHCR official in the capital Niamey, told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears »

Situation in West Africa, Sahel ‘Extremely Volatile’ as Terrorists Exploit Ethnic Animosities, Special Representative Warns Security Council

1/07/2020 – Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by extremists continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region warned the Security Council in a 9 July videoconference meeting*, as delegates called for sustained engagement with all partners to advance a holistic approach to peace. Continuer à lire … « Situation in West Africa, Sahel ‘Extremely Volatile’ as Terrorists Exploit Ethnic Animosities, Special Representative Warns Security Council »

Niger breaks up Sudanese refugees sit-in as fire destroys their camp

06/01/2020 – Niger’s authorities forcibly broke up a sit-in of Sudanese refugees outside UNHCR office in the arid area of Agadez, while some of them reportedly set ablaze the camp once returned by the police. Continuer à lire … « Niger breaks up Sudanese refugees sit-in as fire destroys their camp »

Sudanese refugees in Niger protest, demand relocation

20/12/2019 – Sudanese refugees in Niger have staged a sit-in outside the UNHCR office Agadez town in central Niger to protest their tough conditions and to demand their relocation from the Sahel country.For yearsAgadez on the edge of the Sahara, has been a key stop for refugees and travellers mostly young men in search of better opportunities abroad heading north Africa countries and Europe. Continuer à lire … « Sudanese refugees in Niger protest, demand relocation »

Niger/Sudan – Niger sends Sudanese refugees back to Libya (Exclusive IRIN)

2018/05/11 – Niger has deported at least 132 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers back to Libya, drawing criticism that it is flouting international law by sending them back to dangerous and inhumane conditions from which they recently escaped. Continuer à lire … « Niger/Sudan – Niger sends Sudanese refugees back to Libya (Exclusive IRIN) »

Chad – EU aid for recent Central African refugees in Chad

2018/05/07 – The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations has approved an additional €200 000 in aid for 8 000 Central African refugees in Chad which will be distributed by the Red Cross movement. Continuer à lire … « Chad – EU aid for recent Central African refugees in Chad »

Chad /Sudan : Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return from Darfur

19/12/17- More than 4,000 Chadian refugees are ready to return to their home country after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than a decade.  On 18 December 2018 UNHCR and the Governments of Sudan and Chad began assisting the refugees with transportation and return packages. The first convoy, including some 301 refugee, has left Um Shalya camp in Central Darfur State heading to Chad. Continuer à lire … « Chad /Sudan : Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return from Darfur »