Least Protected, Most Affected: Migrants and refugees facing extraordinary risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Geneva, 10 September 2020 –The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for people from all walks of life, but an absolute “catastrophe” for the world’s vulnerable migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees. Already weak social safety nets are eroding, migrants are being stuck, stranded without access to support, in some cases unable to move or return, as well as exposed to increasing risks of unwarranted deportation and detention, and heightening stigma and discrimination. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and…

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COVID-19 – Global response Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 – September 9, 2020

KEY DEVELOPMENTS • Since the emergence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in early 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of State (DoS), the National Security Council (NSC), and other parts of the interagency to lead the U.S. Government’s global response, track the spread of the outbreak, and direct assistance to affected countries. Since its establishment on March 9, USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force has led the Agency’s efforts to protect the safety and security of USAID’s global workforce, ensure the…

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Statement from the first ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council meeting

As Members and Partners of the Facilitation Council of the ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ (ACT- Accelerator), on the occasion of the Council’s launch meeting; We share the vision of the ACT-Accelerator as a unique international collaboration to fast-track the development and equitable deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics globally while strengthening related health systems; We thank the World Health Organization and the European Commission for their leadership in co- convening this first meeting of the Facilitation Council at this crucial time, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have…

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DAFI Annual Report 2019 – Refugee Students in Higher Education (Short Report)

Over its 28-year history, the DAFI programme has supported more than 18,000 young refugee women and men to pursue their undergraduate degrees. DAFI remains the longest running and largest standalone tertiary scholarship programme for refugees and returnees, currently serving students in 54 countries. The idea underpinning the DAFI programme is simple but powerful: that talented, passionate students should be supported to thrive, pursue their dreams and become leaders in their fields of study and their communities. DAFI scholars have done just that and they continue to succeed beyond expectation. In…

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World Bank Provides $130.8 Million to Upgrade Road Infrastructure in Areas Hosting Refugees in Uganda’s West Nile sub-region

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 – The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a grant of $130.8 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to ease the movement of goods and people and improve access to social services and job opportunities in the refugee hosting districts in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. It is financed through the IDA18 Window for Host Communities and Refugees. The Uganda Roads and Bridges in the Refugee Hosting Districts Project will upgrade 105 kilometre (km) Koboko-Yumbe-Moyo road from gravel to bitumen and strengthen the…

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Release of Torture Videos Prompts Denials by Mozambican Authorities

WASHINGTON/MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – A video that appears to show Mozambican security forces torturing and possibly killing militants is prompting calls for investigations, as well as denials from government officials. Amnesty International obtained five videos and three photos it says were taken in the restive Cabo Delgado region. The images have been analyzed by the group’s Crisis Evidence Lab, which believes they are authentic and were taken in the first six months of 2020. Brian Castner, Amnesty International’s senior crisis adviser for arms and military operations, told VOA that one video…

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Cameroon Military Sweeps Northwest City to Weed Out Separatists

YAOUNDE – Cameroon’s military this week launched an operation to weed out anglophone separatists in the northwestern city of Bamenda.  Locals say the commercial hub is eerily quiet after the military banned motorcycles, and rebels responded by demanding all vehicles stay off the streets.  Civilians have been escaping the renewed fighting to neighboring towns and villages. Twenty-seven-year-old nurse Rachel Ngobising arrived in Yaoundé late Wednesday after escaping heavy fighting in Cameroon’s northwestern city of Bamenda. “I struggled and I trekked for a very long distance before I could find a…

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