When masses of refugees escape from one developing country and find
sanctuary in another, they invariably place serious pressures on the
people, land, environment, water supply, infrastructure, and public
services of the areas where they settle. And yet the needs of
refugee-hosting communities are all too often unrecognized and unmet.
In Mogadishu, IDP camps are teeming with thousands of families, whereas others consist of just a few dozen people living on private, undeveloped lots. As the city develops, many of these IDPs are being forced from the places that have been their home for years – sometimes decades.
More than a year ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled northern Mali after insurgents there defeated Malian forces. Today, many Malians are choosing to return home. However, tens of thousands remain displaced in the south.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.