ROME, JULY 26 – Answering to the emergency caused in Somalia by the huge number of returning refugees from Kenya, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mario Giro authorized a multilateral emergency contribution of a million Euros to be used by UNHCR for resettlement initiatives.
The UN refugee agency said in June that it has repatriated some 67,778 Somali refugees from Kenya since the voluntary return exercise begun in December 2014, with over 27,000 returning since the beginning of this year. These are numbers which cause deep concern in the international community.
The Italian contribution will support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to improve its actions in support of the returnees in the Kysmaio, Baidoa and Mogadishu areas. The money will be used to foster small agriculture, fishing and livestock activities and to improve the access to basic services through the practice of cash for work in schools and local clinics.
More than two million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade. An estimated 1.1 million people are internally displaced (IDPs) within Somalia and nearly 900,000 are refugees in the region. Experts say continuing political and security stabilization progress in Somalia, along with growing pressures in hosting countries, makes this a critical moment to renew efforts to find durable solutions for Somali refugees. (@OnuItalia)