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World Refugee Day, 2016

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On June 2016, Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) joined the rest of the world in the commemoration of the World Refugee day 2016, under the global theme, reading: “WE STAND TOGETHER WITH REFUGEES”.

To commemorate the day, at osier refugee camp Namibia, government officers from different ministries, representatives of UN and UNDP, Osier refugee communities, AHA management and staff attended the celebration.

The event commenced with a welcoming remark from Hon. Andrew Ndishishi, who gave a speech on behalf of Hon. Otto Iipinge , Governor of Otjozondjupa Region.

Hon. Pendukeni Iivula Ithana Member of Parliament and Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration also attended the celebration. The Minister recognized the contribution of refugees in the communities, and encouraged the good working relationship between the government and the non-governmental organizations such as Red Cross Society and AHA and others for the well-being of the refugees.

Finding smart solutions to help refugees; encouraging all stake holders to participate in finding durable solutions for refugees; finding humane and dignified means to ensure refugees not to risk their lives and those of their families and working towards a world without refugees, were few of the key points forwarded by presenters at the event.

A total number of two thousand six hundred (2600) people of which one thousand five hundred eighty (1580) aged between o5 -75 years old female and one thousand and twenty (1020) male aged between 05 -71 years old were reached during the celebration.

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In Liberia, Little Wlebo refugee camp, in Harper, Maryland County, AHA also celebrated the day. In commemoration of the day, AHA designed and led a cleaning up campaigns by assigning seventeen community health workers, provided environmental cleaning kits, and tractor and a driver to collect and dispose the garbage.

The cleaning campaign was conducted over three days period, which engaged all thirteen blocks of the camp. In addition, AHA provided hand washing buckets and ensured the hand washing practices throughout the celebration; provided necessary clinical care for guest refugees arriving from Bahn and PTP camps; disseminated health messages and distributed 5, 000 male condoms. To also mark the event, AHA has constructed and handover a disable friendly latrine (DFL) to one visually impaired female refugee.

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