Ida Jeng

Palestinian girls nab science prize in Silicon Valley, praise at UN headquarters


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with students from UNRWA school 18 May 2010 – Three Palestinian girls educated in a United Nations-funded school in a refugee camp have made history by winning a top spot at an international science fair in Silicon Valley for a revolutionary walking cane for the blind which they demonstrated today for Secretary-General Ban […]


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Ida Jeng


Here’s what’s gonna be a brief update from East Africa after a busy day full of meetings focusing on how we best bring the access to register and search on the refunite platform to the many refugees living in Nairobi and the Dadaab refugee camp in cooperation with our local partner organizations. Things are progressing […]


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Internet promotes African freedom


Malou Mangahas of the Philippines, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Uganda and Brenda Burrell of Zimbabwe accepted the Breaking Borders award on behalf of their organisations in Santiago, Chile. Two African organisations are among the three winners of the inaugural Breaking Borders awards, given by Google and alternative media group Global Voices to those fighting for free expression […]


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Bringing Families Together Again in Haiti


30 Apr 2010 – There’s no telling how many children became orphaned or separated by Haiti’s earthquake on January 12, but there are no doubt many thousands.  Some have been taken in by caring neighbors or strangers in homes still standing or in the hundreds of makeshift settlements scattered across Port-au-Prince and other devastated cities. Others have been placed […]


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Jambo!


We arrived in Nairobi yesterday, all excited about the coming week. Over the next seven days, we are going to kick-start the East Africa outreach project with our many committed partners here in Kenya. So, we started out today with a fruitful and super-productive planning meeting with our main partners from the Refugee Consortium Kenya (RCK). […]


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Ethiopia: Refugees and their hosts benefit from UN water and electricity project


Somali refugees queue for water in Kebribeyah camp. 5 May 2010 – In a bid to improve the lives of thousands of Somali refugees and the community hosting them in eastern Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency has completed an innovative project to make water and electricity available to residents of the semi-arid region prone […]


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Nairobi: Commission allocates 3 million euros for displaced Somali refugees in Kenyan refugee camps


  A tented section of Dadaab refugee camps The European Commission has allocated 3 million euros in humanitarian aid for programmes to support refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab camps. Around 267,0000 refugees are currently accommodated in Dadaab, which was designed for just 90,000 people. The refugees have fled Somalia due to the ongoing insecurity caused by […]


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SOMALIA: From refugee camp to university campus


Young people in Dadaab (Cecila Prete Martinez/IRIN) NAIROBI, 28 April 2010 (IRIN) – They spent most of their lives in crowded refugee camps after their families fled violence in Somalia but now 22 men and six women have won scholarships to study in Canada.  “I have waited for this day since 2006 [when he graduated […]


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Tanzania welcomes new nationals from refugee settlements


For any family or community, addition of a new member is something that usually brings joy and extra responsibilities.  Then imagine what the horde of newly naturalised citizens of Tanzania can do to the East African nation that is already struggling to overcome numerous hurdles on its path to socio-economic development. Thanks to the legacy […]


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Hard times for Iraqi newcomers


Awatif Albadri and her son, Anas Alhamdani (left), spoke with interpreter Bashier Doss in Chelsea District Court last month concerning her family’s efforts to avoid being evicted. (Pat Greenhouse/ Globe Staff) CHELSEA — Awatif Albadri survived the Iraq War and the deaths of her husband in a car crash and her son by assassination. On […]


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