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Sahrawi Red Crescent appeals donor countries and agencies aid following the refugee camps floods

Chahid El-Hafed(Saharawi refugee camps), October, 21 2015 (SPS) -The Saharawi Red Crescent (SRC) appealed  “donor countries, agencies aid, associations of solidarity, as well as civil society and nongovernmental organizations to send “urgent aid” to the Saharawi refugees Camps after heavy floods in the camps on 16 and 17 this month.

SRC statement said the refugees are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, specifically tents, food and medicine pointing out that the Saharawi Red Crescent, in cooperation with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the camps, is conducting a detailed assessment to evaluate the extent of the damage and urgent needs, Both also formed a joint commission with the office of the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, Oxfam and CISP to identify the best way of providing help.

It worth mentioning here that weather forecasts in the camps are still threatened by falling rain until Wednesday.  (SPS)

UNHCR is urgently appealing to donors for emergency funds to respond to the flooding crisis

UN agencies boost aid efforts to flood-hit Tindouf refugees, call for urgent funding

23 October 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are scaling up aid efforts after devastating floods widely damaged Sahrawi refugee camps in southwest Algeria, working to provide food and relief supplies, while urgently appealing for emergency funds to fill the 80 per cent gap in order to reach the most vulnerable.

“UNHCR [Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee] is playing a leading role in the humanitarian response, working with the Sahrawi refugee population, as well as UN agencies [World Food Programme] and [UN Children’s Fund] and other partners,” said Amin Awad, Director of the Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Refugee Coordinator for the Syria and Iraq situations., told journalists in Geneva during a briefing today.

This joint effort is delivering basic food and drinking water, as well as offering shelters to the homeless. Relief needs such as tents, bedding materials, and cooking tools will be airlifted over the next two days, according to UNHCR.

The rains, which began last Friday and are expected to last until Sunday, have flooded all five camps at Tindouf region completely or in part.

As a result, traditional Sahrawi tents and mud-brick homes, as well as other infrastructure, have been destroyed and damaged.

Rebuilding latrines and removing floodwaters, said Mr. Awad, is a priority to avoid water related diseases.

However, “UNHCR is urgently appealing to donors for emergency funds to respond to the flooding crisis,” he said, explaining that “UNHCR’s 2015 budget for the Tindouf operation is around just 20 per cent, leaving a huge funding gap and restricting operational activities.”

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The African Union Commission donates 200.000 US$ to assist Saharawi refugees

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, donated Today 200.000 US$ to assist the Saharawi refugees victims these days of serious torrential rain and floods.

Here is the complete text of the Press Release:

Press Release

AU Commission donates USD 200,000 to Sahrawi Republic Floods Victims

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 25 October 2015: The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has announced a USD 200,000 donation to alleviate the plight of flood victims in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Sahrawi Republic). The AU Commission Chairperson made the announcement following reports that over 10-days of torrential rains brought heavy floods that destroyed several public buildings, community centres, and homes of refugees in all the Wilayas of the camps.

Sending her good wishes to the people of Sahrawi Republic, while announcing the donation, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said that the amount will go towards providing urgent humanitarian assistance, particularly tents, food and medicine, given the potentially devastating impact of water-borne diseases resulting from water contamination.

For over 40 years, the Sahrawi refugees have lived in make-shift houses and tents while in exile owing to the illegal occupation of their country, Sahrawi Republic by Morocco. Decisions of the AU Assembly have consistently condemned this illegal occupation, calling for the right to self-determination of the people of Sahrawi Republic

Amazing drone footage over desert of Western Sahara drilling protest

 Footage recorded from the air by a drone shows incredible images of thousands of Saharawi refugees protesting against exploratory drilling by the San Leon oil company.

The Saharawi people staged their demonstration against seismic surveying by the Anglo-Irish energy company in the disputed territory, that was once Spain’s colony in North Africa before being annexed by Morocco.

“We completely reject the activities of those companies which are plundering our resources on a daily basis. As you can see, the people live in exile in brick-houses and tents. So we strongly, condemn the illegal exploitation of our resources,” said a young Saharawi woman taking part in the protest.

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