UN in funding fix over refugee crisis
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A HUGE shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle what is emerging as the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II.
Sub-Saharan African is worst affected.
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UHNCR), Some 60 million people are today forcibly displaced, almost 20 million of them refugees who have been forced to flee across international borders and the
rest people displaced within their own countries.
Operations to provide these vulnerable members of the community are expected to cost US$724 million in 2016, yet only $158 million is currently available.
Without a major increase in funding and global support, millions of people fleeing war and persecution face homelessness or inadequate housing in countries such as Lebanon, Mexico and Tanzania.
“Shelter is the foundation stone for refugees to survive and recover, and should be considered a non-negotiable human right,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
“As we tackle worldwide displacement on a level not seen since World War II, no refugee should be left outside.”
Forced displacement, most of it arising from war and conflict, has risen sharply in the past decade.
It has emerged the region most in need of assistance is sub-Saharan Africa where $255 million is needed but $48 million available.
– CAJ News
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