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Microsoft Partners with Sesor & Other News

We are proud to announce that on  Wednesday June 15, Microsoft Corporation partnered with Sesor to support our educational programme for disadvantaged children, including survivors of emergencies.

Through their Corporate Citizenship efforts to help create opportunities and transform communities, they made a donation in Microsoft software worth $26,291.00 to us in support of IT educational programme support for internally displaced youths.

We are very excited about this new development.

 

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In the last few days, we have marked two very important days on the calendar! First The Day of the African Child(commemorated annually on 16 June by Member States of the African Union), which was observed under the theme Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights.

During the commemoration event at the Jewi Refugee Camp, Gambella, Ethiopia, the African Union recalled that all children in Africa including refugee and displaced children and others affected by crisis and conflicts have the right to survive, learn and be protected from violence, abuse and neglect, and that these rights are protected by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international and regional human rights instruments (AU).
Click the link to read more; http://www.au.int/en/newsevents/30782/day-african-child
Yesterday (June 20, 2016), the world marked World Refugee Day which was themed UNHCR stands together #WithRefugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)Filippo Grandi, appealed to governments across the globe to urgently rededicate themselves to the protection of the increasing number of Refugees in their communities.

Grandi, who made the appeal in a message to mark this year’s World Refugees Day, said:

Today the number, complexity and protracted nature of today’s conflicts mean that forced displacement has now reached a level unprecedented since the founding of the UN itself; substantially over 60 million people are now uprooted around the world. Each day another refugee tragedy is played out in the media; of children, mothers and fathers losing their lives in a desperate bid to escape violence.

Against this tragic backdrop, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements which protect those forced to flee war or persecution.

Instead of burden sharing, we see borders closing, instead of political will there is political paralysis. And humanitarian organisations like mine are left to deal with the consequences, while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets.

Yet, there is cause for hope. In contrast to the toxic narrative repeatedly played out in the media we have often witnessed an outpouring of generosity; by host communities, by individuals, and by families opening their homes

A message was presented in Lagos on his behalf by the UNHCR Deputy Representative on Protection in Nigeria, Brigitte Mukanga-Eno:

“UNHCR sees year 2016 as a watershed moment for the refugee cause.

As wars spiral out of control, we feel that this must be a year to take collective responsibility to end the conflicts that force people to flee.

World leaders can no longer watch passively, as many lives are being needlessly lost,” he said.

During the event (which was organised by the UNHCR and the NCFRMI that brought refugees and asylum seekers from Lagos and Ijebu-Ode), Margaret Ukegbu, Zonal Head of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), said that the theme was an indication of the concern the issue needed.
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/press/2016/6/5767ad104/statement-un-high-commisisoner-refugees-filippo-grandi-world-refugee-day.html
In Nigeria, more than 56% of the total IDP population are children of which more than half are up to 5 years old, displaced as a result of conflicts in Nigeria since 2014 and continue to be in dire need of relief and educational support.

 

 

 

 

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