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Published On: Wed, Jun 21st, 2023

Gambia celebrates Word Refugee Day

The Gambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the globe to celebrate the 2023 World Refugee Day.The day celebrated under the theme “Solutions for Refugees and the Power of Inclusion” was held at the Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) premises.

Speaking at the occasion, the Finance and Administrative Manager, Alhagie Ebou Joof who spoke on behalf of Mr. Yusufa J. Gomez, Executive Director-Gambia Food and Nutrition Association.

He revealed that the commemoration Demonstrates the strong bond of the partnership and support that exist between the United Nations and High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and other development partners in the drive to making refugees in the country feel at home since their arrival in the Gambia.

He stated that this year’s theme is anchored with the objectives to show how and why the world can do more to include refugees generating hope and action.

It also aimed to communicate the need for solutions and the power of inclusion, paving the way to the Global Refugee Forum.

Joof advanced that it is evident that the majority of the refugees are faced with enormous challenges ranging from livelihood, health, social protection after departing their countries of origin in emergency situation.

He revealed that GAFNA as a national development NGO has built partnership with UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in order to reduce their vulnerability and improve their socio-economic status as they continue to live in the Gambia.

He thanked the US Embassy and UNHCR for providing GAFNAwith financial resources to supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

For his part, Famara Fadera, Commissioner for Gambia Commission for Refugees, noted that at the end of 2022, the latest report on UNHCR’s Global trends official statistics on refugees, asylum seekers, internationally displaced and stateless people globally indicates that 108.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflicts, violence, human rights violation and events seriously disturbing public orders.

Assan Tangara, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior assured that “Gambia would always be a safe haven for refugees and other persons of concern. My ministry is committed through the Gambia Commission for Refugees to assist your search for appropriate durable solutions.”

Mbai Mboob, Commissioner, representative from the Immigration Department noted that the Immigration Department said “my department aligned itself with the fundamental principle in diligent execution of our duties in providing the enabling protection environment for every refugee and persons of concern.”

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