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To celebrate International Migrants Day, on the 18th December, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that considers infrastructure resilience and migration in sub-Saharan East Africa. Today, record numbers of people have been driven from their homes in search of safety due to conflict, persecution, human rights violations and natural disasters.
Speaking earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a crisis of solidarity”
Globally, 65 million people have been forcibly displaced both within and across borders, a record high since World War II. This amounts to 0.8% of the global population, or more than the entire population of the United Kingdom.
Kenya is home to one of the largest refugee populations in Africa and some of the world’s oldest refugee camps. The UNHCR asserts that there are total of 562,357 people of concern in the country and 14,829 unaccompanied minors and separated children. Almost $227 million has been requested to combat the situation.
To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or have disappeared while trying to reach safety. IOM invites people all over the world to hold the first global Candlelight Vigil on 18th December to commemorate the migrants whose lives have been lost this year. For more information and how to get involved please visit: http://iamamigrant.org/
Hear about infrastructure resilience and migration challenges at the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, on 28 February - 1 March in Nairobi, Kenya. International and regional experts, including Conor Phillips, Country Director, Kenya, International Rescue Committee, Stephen Ingles, Head of Procurement, UNHCR and Dr Omekara Lilian, Regional Head, Community Social Humanitarian Project (COSHUP) will gather to discuss the latest technological innovations, initiatives and best practice in aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. They’ll join Anthony Mwawana, Fleet Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council and Ida Jeng, Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United (REFUNITE), to share insight into camp management, emergency shelter and supporting resilient livelihoods and safety of displaced people.
To view detailed agenda, please visit http://africa.aidforum.org/agenda
To register your participation, click here http://africa.aidforum.org/register