Secretary-General on Africa

Latest Africa-focused news stories

  • 9 Juillet 2014

    John Kayihula, Congolese refugee in Rwanda: I focus on sport so as to forget my life

    GIHEMBE REUGEE CAMP (RWANDA), 9 July 2014 (IRIN) - Few of the 14,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda's Gihembe camp envisage returning home any time soon. As with Rwanda's total caseload of 75,000 Congolese refugees, most are Tutsis who arrived between 1995 and 1997 from Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, a province which still has a plethora of armed groups, making it too dangerous for the UN to organize refugee returns.

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  • 9 Juillet 2014

    DRC refugees and the limits of durable solutions

    KYANGWALI (WESTERN UGANDA), 9 July 2014 (IRIN) - With around 365,000 DRC nationals dispersed across several countries in the Great Lakes region, many of them for almost two decades, the traditional triad of “durable solutions” - going home, integrating for good locally, or moving to a third country - remain “largely elusive”, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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  • 3 Juillet 2014

    Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers

    THE HAGUE/BUNIA, 3 July 2014 (IRIN) - Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims.

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  • 1 Juillet 2014

    The race to adapt

    AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia's Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina's treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence...

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  • 30 Juin 2014

    Refugee economies - the Ugandan model

    LONDON, 30 June 2014 (IRIN) - When a team from Oxford University's Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in - from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, millers, restaurateurs, transporters and traders in fabrics and jewellery.

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  • 30 Juin 2014

    Analysis: Should Uganda withdraw from South Sudan?

    KAMPALA, 30 June 2014 (IRIN) - As South Sudan's peace process stalls, questions are being raised about Uganda's military involvement, with some analysts saying it is impeding regional efforts to broker a peace deal.

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  • 27 Juin 2014

    Madagascar back in the US trade fold

    ANTANANARIVO, 27 June 2014 (IRIN) - As anticipated, the US government has reinstated preferential trade status for Madagascar on its 54th independence day anniversary, providing hope for the country's embattled economy.

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  • 25 Juin 2014

    Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

    KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.

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  • 24 Juin 2014

    Rwanda: move to a new camp transforms life for resilient amputee

    Even on crutches, a Congolese mother managed to lead her three children to safety. Now she's been rewarded with a safer home in a new refugee camp.

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  • 18 Juin 2014

    Mozambique Fact Sheet

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