Oxfam has called on the leaders of the world to honour their lawful responsibilities and offer safety to refugees.
Pan Africa Director at Oxfam International Apollos Nwafor has called upon countries neighbouring conflict and violence to keep their borders open so that refugees can find protection and security.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 32nd ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, he said refugee crisis can be solved if the root cause and its consequences are established.
“It is also crucial to think particularly about the fate of women, girls, the disabled and the elderly. These refugee categories are more exposed to violence during and after their migration routes. Their access to legal protection, safety, hygiene, a dignified life and respect for their rights are often further compromised,” he said.
Currently, the African Union estimates that there are at least 6 million internally displaced persons in the continent and this figure keeps growing due to the increasing conflicts in the continent.
Whilst the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that about 1.2 million people are vulnerable and in need of resettlement, the number of places offered each year is only around 100,000.