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Educating girls in Africa - One Girl. PHOTOS: International Women's Day 2013: A Celebration of Women. 6 March 2013 - "Women must be full partners in development, so they can lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. " - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population. Stripped of the protection of their homes, their government and often their family structure, women and girls living in exile are vulnerable to violence and abuse. However, despite the challenges of displacement, women courageously rebuild their lives and become valuable members of their communities.

There are many examples of how refugee women's lives have changed for the better where humanitarian organisations have responded to their needs and given them not only a voice but a role in decision making. Refugee advocates worried about Kenya camp closing. Generations growing up in Dadaab: Twenty-year-old mother of two Maryan Ma’alin Abdi, a Somali refugee who was born in Dagahaley camp, Dadaab. Pictured here with her one year old daughter Fowisiyo. CARE / Lucy BeckPhoto Credit: CARE / Lucy Beck International humanitarian agency CARE says it wants the rights of refugees protected as Kenya prepares to close down all refugee camps on its territory.

Earlier this month, Kenyan authorities, citing national security concerns, announced that they plan to close all refugee camps in the country, including the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, near the border with Somalia. Speaking to Radio Canada International on the phone from Dadaab, Calgary-born Rod Volway, CARE’s director of Refugee Operations in Kenya, said such a move could affect more than 350,000 people, mostly Somalis but also refugees from a dozen African countries, living in the sprawling camp.

“We’re very concerned about the announcement,” Volway said. Listen Canadian concerns. Sixty years on, governments still failing refugees. © Nenna Arnold/MSF-- children sit outside makeshift shelter, near Dagahaley refugee camp, Dadaab, Kenya. Briefing paper This week, world leaders will gather in Geneva to commemorate 60 years of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Yet it is an anniversary that the world’s 15.1 million refugees have little reason to celebrate. Today, states are increasingly shutting their borders and restricting the assistance they give to refugees and people seeking asylum.

By Christopher Stokes, MSF Belgium General Director Dadaab is full of children. Too often, national governments circumvent or simply ignore their responsibilities to refugees, with serious medical and humanitarian consequences for those they have committed to protect. At the core of the Refugee Convention lies the idea of asylum. In South Africa, MSF has witnessed Zimbabweans without passports being barred entry at the main border post, denying them the possibility of applying for asylum. Dagahaley Refugee Camp Info. Protection -Dagahaley has a transit centre for protection cases which is also used when refugees are transferred to other locations. - Within a foster home programme, vulnerable children are accommodated with families in the refugee community. - Children can play in Child Friendly Spaces under the supervision of guardians.

-The first voluntary return convoy of 91 persons left Dagahaley on the 8th of December 2014 to mark the start of assisted spontaneous return to Somalia. Connection to Human Rights -Police in Dadaab respond to attacks by abusing anyone who happens to be nearby. -Kenyan police arbitrarily arrested, detained, and beat refugees -A 17-year-old girl, who was at home when the police arrived, said: “They beat me with batons on my arms and back and legs.

-A 50-year-old man said: “They beat me with big sticks and a gun. Data.unhcr.org. Girls' Education Nonprofit - Supporting Girls' Education Programs in Asia & Africa - Room to Read. Dadaab, Kenya: The Biggest Refugee Camp in the World is Full. Dadaab ( Dagahaley )Refugee Camp - kenya 10. WFP's David Orr at Dagahaley Refugee Camp (Dadaab, Kenya) 1. Threshold Concepts: Liminality. References Cousin, G. (2006a), An introduction to threshold concepts, Planet No 17, December 2006, pp 4-5. [ last accessed 25 June 2008] Cousin, G. (2006b) Threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge and and emotional capital: an exploraton into learning about others in: Overcoming Barriers to Student Understanding: threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge, edited by Jan H. F. Meyer and Ray Land, Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, pp 134-147 [book details].

Land, R., Meyer, J.H.F. and Baillie, C. (2010) Editors’ Preface: Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, in: Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, Land, R., Meyer, J.H.F. and Baillie, C., (eds), Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. ix-xlii, [book details]. Land, R., Cousin, G., Meyer, J.H.F. and Davies, P. (2005), Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge (3): implications for course design and evaluation, In: C. Learning in the liminal space: a semiotic approach to threshold concepts | SpringerLink. The Right to Education | Education. Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.

Normative instruments of the United Nations and UNESCO lay down international legal obligations for the right to education. These instruments promote and develop the right of every person to enjoy access to education of good quality, without discrimination or exclusion. Education is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? – Uprooted – Medium. Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know | World Vision. “The children of Syria have experienced more hardship, devastation, and violence than any child should have to in a thousand lifetimes,” says Dr.

Christine Latif, World Vision’s response manager for Turkey and northern Syria. World Vision staff in the region say the situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it. World Vision has worked in Aleppo governorate since 2013. “Civilians have been continually in harm’s way, caught in the cross-fire and changing front lines. Civilian infrastructure has been targeted, leading to mass civilian casualties, including women and children,” says Angela Huddleston, program manager for the organization’s Syria response.

Angela says with high levels of civilian casualties, stores of medical supplies are being depleted rapidly. World Vision plans to increase its response in Aleppo, she says. Vital supplies and services are in short supply in Syria and in surrounding countries where more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled. Fifty Largest Refugee Camps. Hagadera Camp, Dadaab. Photo UNHCR/B.Heger The legacy of the world’s conflicts can be seen in the scores of camps for refugees around the world. This story profiles the 50 most populous settlements administered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Contrary to popular belief, many of these settlements are far from temporary, and most of the largest ones are in Africa and South Asia. In total, these camps are home to over 1.9 million uprooted people. The massive Dadaab complex in Kenya (which includes the Hagadera, Dagahaley, and Ifo camps) has existed for years, even decades.

Boko Haram Victims Trade Sex for Food. Located in the capital and largest city of Borno state, the Bakassi camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) is suffering from a lack of aid, which is driving many females to desperate acts, notes the news agency, citing the medical charity International Medical Corps (IMC) and Nigerian research group NOI Polls. “At times, the food is not enough so the women resort to giving themselves for food and money,” Hassana Pindar of the IMC, which runs support centers for women in the camps, told the news agency.

Boko Haram’s primary stronghold is located in the Sambisa Forest, which covers parts of the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Kano. “Aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced in Borno State,” points out Reuters. The news outlet reports: Reuters spoke to one of the women in Maiduguri’s Bakassi camp, Amina Ali Pulka, a 30-year-old who had sex in exchange for extra food to giver her five children. A U.S. Nothing to Go Back to – From Kenya’s Vast Refugee Camp. Kenya is home to the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, which provides shelter to 360,000 mostly Somali refugees. In May 2016, Kenya’s government disbanded its department responsible for refugees and announced plans to repatriate Somalis and close Dadaab. Human Rights Watch’s Birgit Schwarz talks with Somalia researcher Laetitia Bader about the difficult and desperate lives of some Somalis in Dadaab, where even food is sometimes scarce, and about why returning them to the dangers of Somalia is simply not an option.

How did Dadaab become the world’s largest refugee camp? The camp, in the northeastern Kenya desert not far from the Somalia border, was set up in the early 90’s when the Somali state collapsed. It has been a refuge for generations of Somalis fleeing conflict in their own country. Initially they fled fighting between clans, which led to massive displacement and killings of civilians. At the moment, about 360,000 people live in the camp. Teachers Without Borders. Dagahaley Camp Profile, Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya - Kenya. Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, 20 years on – in pictures | Global development. Inside the world's largest refugee camp where 1,000 babies are born every month but just 2,000 leave a year. Imagine a vast slum the size of Bristol made of tents, sticks and plastic in the middle of an endless baking hot desert where the thermometer hits 45 degrees in the dry season.

The residents cannot work and cannot leave. Permanent structures are forbidden: there must be no bricks, no concrete, no power lines; no proper roads, no sanitation, no drainage and no toilets. The half a million inmates use pit latrines for toilets, and there is a shortage of 35,000. Welcome to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Getty In 2016 Dadaab is 25 years old. From 2010 to 2015, I followed nine people living in the camp, some of whom were born there and have never known another horizon apart from the harsh plain dotted with thorn trees. Thorns are the only thing that grows, and it is the most common building material of the camp, hence the name of my book: City of Thorns. It is a place almost impossible to imagine. The total picked for resettlement to rich nations each year is around 2,000.

Dadaab ( Dagahaley )Refugee Camp - kenya 10. Refugees in the Horn of Africa: Somali Displacement Crisis - Kenya - Dadaab - Dagahaley Ref. Camp.