Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga is appealing to world leaders to solve the main driver of refugees in order to end the crisis.
Kadaga’s appeal is contained in a press statement issued on Friday as the world prepares to commemorate World Refugee day on Saturday.
“I take this opportunity as we commemorate this year’s World Refugee Day, to urge the whole of humanity, especially world leaders that we should stop the main driver of the refugee crisis by addressing conflicts,” Kadaga says.
She adds, “In the same vein, I also remind world leaders that haven’t fulfilled the pledges they made at the 2017 Kampala Solidarity Summit on Refuges to do so. This is the time we need such support to refugees as their lives have been greatly impacted due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
World Refugee Day, international observance observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
“Last year, while addressing the 10th Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments and Senates at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa, I reminded my fellow leaders and other technocrats of the pledges they made in the 2017 Kampala Solidarity Summit on Refugees towards addressing the refugee crisis in Uganda,” Kadaga adds.
The United Nations (UN) describes a refugee someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) June 2018 report notes that Africa has the highest number of forced migrants in the world. The continent accounted for nearly one third of the world’s 68 million forced migrants, including 6.3 million refugees and 14.5 million internally displaced persons. Uganda is the second biggest refugee hosting country in the world and the first in Africa.