Africa housed 17.8 million internally displaced persons

The information from ACNUR was revealed during the meeting to review the activities of the AU, which includes a commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Convention of the Organisation for African Unity for Refugees, and the visit by the leader of the issue in 2019, “Refugees, returnees and the internally displaced: towards lasting solutions for forced displacement in Africa”, the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to the Tsore refugee camp in Ethiopia, where he donated 30 million Franco CFA.

Members of the Permanent Representative Committee of the African Union, Donors and Associated Agencies, recognised the magnitude of displacements in Africa, and reiterated their commitment to seek lasting solutions in a quarterly updating session held in Addis Abeba. There was also a round table on the deep causes of displacement and the training of officials regarding refugees and human rights, in Livingstone, Zambia, and a meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa in Morocco.

The ACNUR figures show that, in 2018, the number persons displaced by force surpassed 70 million on a global level. Africa is home to some 7.4 million refugees and asylum seekers, and 17.8 million internally displaced persons, representing over one third of the forcibly displaced in the world.

In the open session they debated issues such as the role of women in the prevention of conflicts and in the construction of peace after conflicts, the contribution of women refugees, the internally displaced and the returnees, and the special session in Johannesburg during which the parliamentarians discussed matters of refugees and migration.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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