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Refugee Family’s Grant Card Rejected

A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) family, who are refugees in South Africa, were left cash-strapped for months after their children’s social grant card was rejected several times at South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

The father, who is concerned that someone was fraudulently collecting his family’s grants, says his five South African-born children aged between 10 months and 10 years were approved to receive the grants, but have not received anything for months.

​Increase in Mozambicans Taking Refugee in Zim

According to newspaper reports, at least 2 600 people have fled unrest in Mozambique and are now living in makeshift camps in Chipinge district of south-eastern Zimbabwe where food is running short.

The latest figure is a sharp increase on the early August tally of 712 Mozambicans who are reported to have fled into Zimbabwe in recent months to escape alleged attacks by opposition Renamo fighters.

According to the Manica Post newspaper, conditions are often grim for those arriving in Chipinge, with water and food shortages at a camp in Mutoki Village.

​SA Criticised Over HIV/AIDS Treatment

South Africa is widely-known for its red-tape, especially with its general treatment of African migrants trying to formalise their stay.

Mxolisi Ncube, in his article titled ‘HIV/AIDS prevention gives different face to SA health system’, notes that for those with no legal travel documents, the police, refugee reception officials, justice system and even hospitals, can be very brutal, adding that when it comes to the roll-out of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes, the stringent laws seemingly have some bounds.

UN Rallies Behind Refugees

With World Refugees Day being observed today, the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency “believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees.”

“In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency will launch its #WithRefugees petition [today] to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees,” UN Refugee Agency says.

​Significance of World Refugee Day Emphasised

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has marked World Refugee Day by urging government to tackle the backlog of refugee applications and provide basic services to all asylum seekers.

The commission noted that the United Nations’ (UN) theme for the 16th anniversary of the day was to ‘Recall Our Common Humanity’‚ celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere.”

​Refugees, Migrants: A Crisis of Solidarity

More than 60 million people have fled violence or persecution and are now refugees and internally displaced persons.
 
This September, the United Nations General Assembly will bring together world leaders to address one of the leading challenges of our time - responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.
 
According to the UN, war, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are leading more people to leave their homes than at any time since it has reliable data.
 

Malawi to Re-Open a Refugee Camp Despite Protest

According to a report on the Zitamar News website, Malawi will re-open a refugee camp despite a reported ‘strong protest’ from the Mozambican government.

Mozambique government, which wishes to see the refugees returned to Mozambique, tried to stop the re-opening of the camp, which would allow non-governmental organisations to provide 11 000 Mozambicans with ‘minimum humanitarian conditions’.

South Africa Could Deport Refugees

About 2 000 Angolan refugees - many of whom have been living in South Africa for as long as 18 years - face deportation following the withdrawal of their refugee status.

Nationals of at least three other African countries are next on the list in what is believed to be government’s new strategy to repatriate refugees once peace and stability have returned to their countries.

The Department of Home Affairs officials confirmed this week that refugees from Liberia‚ Rwanda and Sierra Leone could also face deportation.

UN Calls for Safe, Legal Channels of Migration

The United Nations is appealing to all governments to expand safe and legal channels for migrant refugees forced from their homes by conflict.

According to Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Europe is currently experiencing an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.

Bryce-Pease states that European Union Interior Ministers are due to meet at an extraordinary meeting on 14 September 2015 to seek policy solutions to the escalating crisis as the death toll reaches beyond 2 500, many drowning in large numbers trying to cross the Mediterranean sea.

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