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i. am 60 minutes. sure people will go for information. the want to express. your facebook and twitter today in touch. from the us. this is news africa coming up in the next 15 minutes africa's unwanted people on a denny's wide who are born refugees in kenya. said they are still refugees it's a fate shared by millions of africans and many have lost hope. my friends are problem solvers because of what they are going through in order to stop them several times in the car sometimes i think about killing myself because of the
hardship of going through. and broken promises thousands of gambians take to the streets to call on the president to step down. hello i'm christine one the welcome to news africa it's good to have you along a global summit aimed at finding ways to support the wolves growing number of refugees is underway in switzerland it's the 1st meeting off its kind bringing together the politicians business leaders and refugees a day to get at that summit but 1st the majority off africa's refugees on the continent and many faced adverse conditions in their host countries they're denied citizenship and sometimes basic human rights report is in kenya home to one of the
biggest refugee camps in the world. mohamed he has come to pray at his father's grave hidden away in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world. he's here to honor the memory of his father but the site is also yet another painful reminder of his own suffering. in his i feel sorry for the times still living in the camp where my father got sick passed away. mohammed's parents fled their still conflict ridden home country somalia almost 3 decades ago to see graph huge in neighboring kenya and mohammed was a child he would have never threw it at the age of 28 he his wife and 3 children would still be refugees here according to crimean rule they are confined to life inside the camp and are not allowed to walk.
both my wife and i were born here our children were born here it's very difficult to stay where you are born for your entire life we don't have the freedom of movement which is a basic universal human rights. i feel like i'm in prison i'm not able to leave. mohamed is one of more than 200000 refugees here. because unwanted in kenya the government has been threatening for years to close the camp heightening his feelings of uncertainty he also feels neglected by the international community which has shifted its attention to other humanitarian crises elsewhere. dubbed was never meant to be a long term solution yet for most people life as a refugee here in the camps is all they know there's drawn out encampment that is here 18 level of humanitarian assistance and the only distant prospect of
a settlement has collectively taken a severe mental health. toll on thousands of residents. here one of the n.g.o.s operating here says the protracted crisis in the camp has caused a growing number of refugees to develop mental health conditions. depression is one of the illnesses we treat. becoming increased amongst depression is serious because most of the time you get refuges attempting suicide it's actually due to depression. mohammed says he suffers from anxiety and insomnia and he's not alone he says many of his former school friends have given up hope some of them drifted into drug addiction yet the others have been committed suicide and played with. my friends have hung themselves because of what they are going through it's happened several times in this camp sometimes i think about
killing myself because of the hardship i'm going through but then i think of my children they always say for me. mohammed says he's not ready to give up just yet he wants to fight on his children so that they can have a better future so they can get an education and enjoy the freedoms he never had for him self his the wish is to leave the camp before he dies so that he doesn't have to be buried next to his father as a refugee. my guest today is now i'll be able to deal she's a former refugee from south sudan and works with various immigrant and refugee organizations she joins me from the refugee summit in geneva welcome to africa it's lovely to have in your mouth so you you've been a refugee yourself you work with refugee organizations what do you think of places like the camp in kenya. well thank you for having me and
just being able to share refugee stories i can say i could have never been to that particular camp but i can speak of my own experience and other camps where our. refugee isolation is problematic where refugees are not integrated with the host community then isolation does happen and conflict between refugees and host communities to happen and as that's really problematic so host communities are doing a better job now at least they're thinking about how to trick or eat these refugees with in the communities as well because again you can't isolate people that's when the. despair happens because in most refugee most refugees don't work they're pretty much just wasting their human potential for countries that are doing a great job of integrating the refugees are migrants into their communities are actually thriving even better because our own unit heals that the refugees are
again they have obtained in their country i mean i'll just broadly speaking looking at the continent of course you have this one example with the campaign kenya but is africa fading people who off persecution in their home countries bearing in mind that most of the migration on the continent happens within its borders. i would say that's the africa it is and it's not only i would say africa it's failing because again they should be there's many people migrating that's where i would say that africa is failing its people because conflict should be prevented so that people stay in their own countries but in terms when migration does happen and that's where i said it's nothing when because a lot of countries like. uganda for example has taken so many subsidies for fiji's and ethiopia i was recently in ethiopia a week ago with my nonprofit the united and foundation to keep menstrual pratt's to
the refugee camp here where it was very easy for me to access the refugees because they realize that you were right then and now you're returning though i would say that the only reason africa it's mainly refugees is by not preventing conflict so now i'm all individuals and these factors are absolutely i must ask you this we are running out of time to very quickly you are at the summit about refugees in geneva what's been said there that's most relevant to africa quickly if you can. so there are just so many events happening and a lot of them i i was not able to go to this morning in the main plenary that you thought the end defeated prime minister to him and to speak about what is obvious do weigh in their refugees into gratian in their community where ethiopia smell one of those countries to allow refugees to work. but they are so many other relief agencies are in the swarm that are focusing on african refugees in particular and then also the syrians and all the other populations i have referred to it's
a massive form and there's a lot of worse that are from the continent that are here representing the continent also about over 60 refugees are south corner of you and so forth we're here speaking surely to her story so that reality makers do realize that there is a place there is a human being hind those numbers and for them to keep that in mind when the russians are being made about people thank you for that that's nam i'll be able to tale thank you. while we're on the topic of the movement of people recent floods in somalia have forced thousands from their homes heavy rains bested the 7 parts of the country destroying people's houses and washing away crops many lost most of their possessions and are now in makeshift this. in some affected areas the
floodwaters are receding but rebuilding will be challenging. or. could have otherwise ordination was the damaged roads. we were destroyed by the flooding. the town has no roads or put over they were totally destroyed. the roads linking the farms have been destroyed ridge including the bridges with no roads extensible to warm him. it is important to restore the roots linking the farms. and the areas close to the river. or the borders of oprah to the governor of here and region in somalia speaking bad now thousands of protesters took to the streets in capital bundjalung demanding that president adama barrow respects his pitch to quit after 3 years in office the president defeated former autocrat yeah jamey in the elections in the tiny west
african state in 2016 he promised to rule for 3 years before stepping down but he has since said he will govern until 2021. 3 years he has written on their posters translated from the local language wall of this says 3 years are up 10 thousands of gambians took to the streets in the capital ben jewel they want the president out of a barrow to step down in january. and now the president is written in utah i'm not going to zones if i feel that my piece is going to talk this is why we're here for the 30 minute i just wanted to sort of use argument going to work on to the argument that will go by electors in a document you know you were going sort of supported. barrow confirmed after a swearing in that he would be the head of a transitional government and would make way for general elections after 3 years but now he wants to serve a full 5 year term as guaranteed by the constitution. gambians are divided about
barrows achievements the work of a truth and reconciliation commission is seen widely positive witnesses speak out and the country is trying to get over the trauma of the 22 year long brutal regime of the former dictator ya-ya main. but the unemployment rate is still very high especially among young people the civil society is gaining strength the proof for these demonstrations in the 3 years of barrow's presidency gambians have learnt it is now possible to speak out for their own beliefs and convictions. and that is it news africa as always you can catch all out stories on our website and facebook page today will leave you with some pictures of refugees in africa and now till next time it's nice and out.
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