UNHCR Chief meets Congo’s new president amid support for the refugees and IDPs
By Ahmed Abdi-Mareeg.com-Sana’a, Yemen— The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Sunday.
The UNHCR Chief aims to support,” President Tshisekedi’s commitment to creating conditions for the peaceful and voluntary return of Congolese refugees abroad and of the displaced people inside the country.”
“I pledged UNHCR’s support to this important effort,” said Mr. Grandi.
Senior UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s Regional officials including— Raouf Mazou, Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa and Mohamed Abdi Affey, the Special Envoy for the Horn Of Africa joined with Dr. Grandi’s discussion with Mr. Tshisekedi on refugees and IDPs situation.
More than 4,000 people crossed into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, bringing the total number of Congolese refugees displaced in 2017 to 57,000, according to the UNHCR.
The UN agency chief began his Africa tour with president John Magufuli of Tanzania and also met the Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga.
“President John Magufuli’s affirmation that Tanzania remains hospitable to refugees was very encouraging.,” said Mr. Grandi, the refugee chief. “We agreed to work together in a spirit of mutual trust on asylum procedures, voluntary repatriation, support to host communities, more international cooperation.”
Dr. Grandi is in Ethiopia’s capital to attend the 32nd African Union summit in Addis Ababa, titled “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”
However, African refugees and asylum-seekers in Yemen who felt neglected and often ignored their pleas hope a solution to their problem.