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Oral statement on the situation of refugees in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

, Index number: AFR 01/5067/2016

Conflict and crisis has displaced millions of people in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa had a total of 4.4 million refugees as at the end of 2015. Five countries (CAR, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan) accounted for 80% of the refugees on the continent. Five of the 10 countries hosting the largest number of refugees in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa. These are: Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Some of these countries, such as Kenya and Ethiopia, have hosted thousands of refugees for decades. This statement highlights the plight of refugees from or seeking refuge in the following six countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya.

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