, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a new campaign dubbed ‘LuQuLuQu’, a major funds drive for refugee support in Africa.
Speaking during its launch, UNHCR, Kenya Spokesperson Yvonne Ndege said the campaign is a call on Africans to take action to solve the continent’s worsening refugee crisis in the wake of diminishing donor funds.
“We are seeking a home-grown solution to the ever increasing Africa refugee crisis. It is centred on the African philosophy of “Ubuntu” or “Ujamaa” that promotes the principles and values of shared responsibility, shared resources, and caring for one another, inherent to African culture and belief,” said Ndege.
The LuQuLuQu campaign is scheduled to run in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.
At least 20.2 million people are displaced on the continent with Kenya hosting nearly half a million of these (489,239).
Some 78 per cent are women and children while 57pc are under the age of 18 years.
“Despite the rising number of refugees across the continent, we have so far only received 35 percent of the critical funding required to assist refugees in Africa.”
“UNHCR seeks to engage Kenyans and other Africans to partner in bringing solutions to the displaced in Africa,” Ndege added.
According to the United Nations, developing countries, mostly in Africa, are taking in a disproportionate number of refugees – currently 80pc of the world’s refugee population.
Refugees hosted in developing countries put enormous pressure on water and health care systems in host communities.
The Office of the UNHCR states that the world is currently facing the highest levels of displacement ever in history, with an unprecedented 65.3 million people forced from their homes by war, internal conflicts, drought or poor economies.
People are forcibly displaced at a rate of 34,000 per day due to conflict or persecution.
Currently there are also 10 million stateless people worldwide who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement.
The LuQuLuQu campaign is a social movement that will seek to create a community of supporters.
With a goal to change the narrative and conversation around the fate of the displaced in Africa, the aim is to demonstrate that Africans can play a transformative role in the lives of refugees and the uprooted.
Donations can be made through the online donation page donate.unhcr.org/luquluqu and pay bill number 329378, account name LuQuLuQu.