UN: Somali refugees unwilling to leave Dadaab to return home

first_imgReady to leave Dadaab from home Related Refugees in Dadaab at a football match.PHOTO/Dinah MatengoThe United Nations says fewer and fewer refugees show interest in leaving the Dadaab refugee camps in Northern Kenya and returning home to Somalia.Some of the refugees say they are concerned about violence, drought and a lack of services in their homeland.As of July, a total of 84,393 Somalis from both Dadaab and Kakuma camps had taken part in the UN’s voluntary return programme since its inception five years ago.In June, CGTN visited Dadaab  to get a look at life inside the complex and to find out what residents plan to do once Kenya makes true its threat to close the camp.Ibrahim Ahmed, a businessman in Hagadera said: “If the camps are closed and there are no solutions in Somalia that will result in a lot of problems. We could have suggested that we be relocated or give us money for resettlement it could be better. The reason we are here is to save our lives and you can see what is happening in Somalia…there’s no safe area.”The total population of the nearly 30-year-old Dadaab refugee complex, have grown up and raised families in this area and for them leaving a place they call home is not tenable.Khatred Ali at her homestead in Dadaab.PHOTO/Dinah MatengoKhatred Ali is part of this first generation of refugees and has similarly expressed concerns leaving.‘’Imagine bringing up a large family in this refugee situation. How do you take back children who have known nowhere else but a refugee camp and were educated here? Even for us adults, it’s close to 30 years since we were last in Somalia. We don’t know where to return to,” she tells us.The Dadaab head count stood at 210,472 at the end of June. That represents a decline of only 84 persons over the past three months.Since the beginning of 2019, 1,395 have been assisted to return to Somalia.Nearly 3,300 Somalis who agreed to go home this year have come back to Dadaab in recent months and are awaiting processing in the camps. They are among a total of 15,302 “undocumented persons” who are living in Dadaab but are apparently not included in the UN agency’s overall count of residents in the camps.Meanwhile, many are waiting to see whether the government will actualize its August 2019 threat to shut down the camp.  The refugees say they won’t leave unless forced to. And the Kenyan government has pledged to respect the rights of refugees, including safeguards against involuntary repatriation.Here’s a link to the video we filmed in June on repatriation; 70,000 Somali refugees willing to return home from Kenya’s Dadaab Burundi government wants refugees to return homelast_img read more

Five million spent on youth development

first_imgLocalNews Five million spent on youth development by: Dominica Vibes News – December 10, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian DouglasMinister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas has told sixty-two (62) graduates of the Hospitality South-West Apprenticeship Module that the government of Dominica has made a five million dollar investment in their future.Douglas, who made the statement at the graduation ceremony on 12 December 2015 at the Point Michel Community Center, noted that the importance government places on youth development is evident by its financial contribution to programs such as these.He noted that the government has spent five million Eastern Caribbean dollars on One hundred and sixty (160) persons who have been trained in hospitality and other skills under the under the National Employment Programme (NEP).“We have allocated and already spent five million dollars on those programs on you. That’s five million dollars that could go into endeavors especially in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, we could use that money to do a whole host of other things; but you and your development is priority to us,” Douglas said.Douglas pointed out that there are several hotel investments across the island which the trainees can gain employment at because of the skill that they have acquired.“We are convinced that through the training programs like these and the embracing the opportunities that present themselves after the training, our goal of reducing unemployment in Dominica will be achieved”.Government, he said, will continue to equip citizens with the requisite skills and create the environment to succeed. “We are making every effort to ensure that unskilled persons around Dominica are prepared to work hard and have the requisite discipline to endure the rigor of this training that we put you through and take advantage of these opportunities…Opportunities that will change your lives,” Douglas said.“We expect that those trainings that we give you will expose your hidden talents and will help you to fulfil your dreams … to build your own homes…businesses, and to be able to feed your children and send them to school,” Douglas added.Douglas called on the graduating class to take advantage of the knowledge that they have acquired.This was the third graduation ceremony of this program, from which a total of one hundred and sixty apprentices have completed. There were forty-six apprentices from the north, fifty-two from the east and yesterday sixty-two from the south-west. Share 256 Views   one commentlast_img read more

CWC 2019: Virat Kohli reminisces U-19 semi-final against Kane Williamson, remind everyone about his…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Cric TrackerAdvertisement 3m2wgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs82zrhtWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E52hd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bs2qlWould you ever consider trying this?😱0Can your students do this? 🌚v8yfuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Roughly after a decade since their first encounter in the semi-finals of the 2008 U-19 World Cup, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will face each other again leading their nations for a potential spot in the World Cup finals.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Cric TrackerThe encounter in Kaula Lampur saw the Men In Blue edge out in a thriller with Virat Kohli dismissing Kane Williamson. The Indian skipper stated that he would remind Williamson about the fact. He said:“I got Kane’s wicket, really??? I don’t think this will happen again,”Advertisement “When we meet tomorrow I’ll remind him. It’s nice to realize that 11 yrs after, we’re captaining our respective nations again in a senior World Cup,”Kohli also proceeded to reflect on the ramifications of that World Cup with several players managing to break through into the senior team. He stated: “A lot of players from that World Cup from our batch, from their batch, from other teams as well, made it to their national teams & are still playing. I think it is a really nice memory. Neither me nor him could have ever anticipated that one day this will happen.”To conclude, the No.1 ranked ODI batsman reminded everyone of his bowling prowess and claimed himself as a lethal bowler unless he doesn’t slip on the pitch.Read Also:CWC 2019: John Cena allies with Team India in a trademark cheeky fashionJadeja and Shami in Tendulkar’s team for the Semi-finals against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

Alan McMahon Named As Big Names Return For Rugby League World Cup Qualifer

first_imgAs the seeded team in the group Ireland are expected to win this game but will be aware of the potential banana skin that a skilful Spanish side hurting from their loss could be. Spain draws its players mostly from the Basque region who play their rugby league between Spain and France.Only the winner of the three-team group qualifies automatically for the World Cup, with the second placed team facing a play-off against Wales, Italy or Serbia.An Ireland team of only domestic players were outmuscled 68-16 by Jamaica in Bray last weekend after good recent wins over Malta and Italy. However, Ireland will be bolstered by big names from the Super League in England and Australia’s NRL when they face Spain.They include the likes of captain Liam Finn of Wakefield, Warrington Wolves brothers George and Toby King, and James Hasson from the Parramatta Eels.Richard Egan, Rugby League Ireland Director, said: “The Spaniards are relatively new to the rugby league fold but have made huge steps in a short time and have been very strong in their European Championship games to date.“With a tough game behind them Spain will be a lot sharper for this match. They have some excellent organisers as well as big aggressive ball carriers.Ireland require a win against Spain to remain favourites in the hunt for qualification.“We expect a very tough game in Valencia this weekend. Our players are already focusing their minds on getting the task done.” Richard Egan said. “We have the team and the ability to qualify from our group but need to be respectful and aware of the progress that Spain have made in recent years.“They will be a huge challenge and although they are new comers to this level we know that they will be well organised and have huge passion to qualify for the World Cup.”Ireland’s 22-man squad to face Spain contains eight domestic players who either play their club rugby league in Ireland or have come through the club system in Ireland.Following their loss to Russia, Spanish head coach Darren Fisher said: “Our focus is now about bouncing back against Ireland and putting some things right, the boys have got to believe in themselves and pick themselves up and that’s what we’ll try and do.”After Spain Ireland will face Russia (October 29th) in Bray. The Rugby League World Cup takes place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea next autumn.Full Irish squad: G Gill (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), C Hall (Belfast Met Scholars), J Keyes (Bradford), J Kelly, M Russell (Dublin City Exiles), A McMahon (Galway Tribesmen), L Ambler (Halifax), S Grix, O Roberts (Huddersfield), M Cahoon (Ireland Students), G McNally (Leigh), C Dunne (Longhorns RL), W Hope (Oldham), J Hasson (Parramatta), D Bridge (Redcliffe Dolphins), M Hadden (Rochdale), S McDonnell (St Helens), L Finn (Wakefield, capt), G King, T King, J Philbin (Warrington), D Allen (Whitehaven)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Wolfhounds take on the Spanish this Saturday in Valencia and victory is vital. Russia has taken an early lead in Group B after beating Spain 40-6 in Moscow last weekend. Galway Tribesmen’s Alan McMahon has been Named in the Irish Rugby League Squad for Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Spain.last_img read more

Galway GAA Results

first_imgWERS Waste U14 Football Division 3St Gabriel’s 5-16 Caltra 6-7 Division 2 LeagueMicheal Breathnach 0-9 Cortoon Shamrocks 0-8 Division 3 LeagueOranmore-Maree 2-15 Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór 1-10John Dunne Cup – Group 2Oughterard 3-16 Moycullen 0-9Gullane’s Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Skehana 1-16 Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-15Sarsfields 3-15 St Mary’s GAA Athenry 1-9Craughwell 5-19 Ardrahan 0-11Gullane’s Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Ballygar 0-1 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-0Gullane’s Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 3St Thomas 2-24 Bearna-Na Forbacha 1-15Meelick-Eyrecourt 2-22 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 2-14WERS Waste U13 Football Division 1ACorofin 1-8 Annaghdown 1-5Caherlistrane 3-9 Mountbellew/Moylough 1-12Oranmore-Maree 9-15 Monivea-Abbey 1-5WERS Waste U13 Football Division 2 BNaomh Anna, Leitir Mór 13-11 Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh 1-1St. James 5-6 Oughterard 4-6Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging Under 12 Hurling League – Group 5Skehana 3-5 Four Roads 3-3Ahascragh/Fohenagh 10-4 Abbeyknockmoy 0-1Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging Under 12 Hurling League – Group 6Ballinderreen 4-8 Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-3Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship – Group 3Padraig Pearses 3-18 Annaghdown 1-14Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship – Group 4Castlegar 0-0 Oranmore-Maree 0-0Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 1Killimordaly 5-20 Ballinasloe 1-10Gullane’s Hotel Junior C1 Hurling Championship – Group 1Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 1-22 Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-10Ard Ri Hotel Division 7 (North)Caherlistrane 4-21 Williamstown 0-11Killererin 1-8 Tuam Stars 0-11Ard Ri Hotel Division 8A League (North)Milltown 3-11 Corofin 2-9print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more