Africa: Worsening refugee situation across Africa (Deutsche Welle)

| June 27, 2016

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More than 65 million people around the world have had to flee their homes due to war, persecution, violence, and human rights violations in the past year, and African countries were not immune.

The ongoing conflict in Somalia, and between South Sudan and Sudan, caused many people to flee. The chaos in Burundi and the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria also drove a large number of refugees to neighbouring countries.

Refugees in camps face another set of challenges. Doctors Without Borders is an international NGO that provides humanitarian assistance at refugee camps. The organization is warning of food and water shortages at a camp in northeast Nigeria which is sheltering refugees fleeing Boko Haram. Nearly 200 refugees have died of starvation and dehydration.

The main African host countries for refugees in 2015 were Ethiopia and Kenya, although Uganda saw a major increase in refugees from Burundi.

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