Is The Refugees Crisis Out Of Sight Out Of Mind?

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As western countries build barriers against refugees, Uganda is welcoming 2000 every day.

Via: News Trust

As western countries build barriers against refugees, Uganda is welcoming 2000 every day

World leaders met for a Solidarity Summit for Refugees in Uganda’s capital Kampala. Strong words about “responsibility sharing” now need to turn into action.

So far, we have not seen this happening. Instead, richer and more stable countries seem to do their uttermost to keep refugees away. At the same time, they are not adequately funding reception of refugees in poorer host countries.

65.6 million people are displaced worldwide, according to new displacement figures launched this week. For the fifth year in a row, the number continues to increase from an already historically high level.

The system protecting refugees will collapse if we do not step up our support to countries like Uganda, countries that still provide a safe haven for a large number of people forced to flee. No other country received more new refugees last year than this relatively poor country in East Africa.

 

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