Tuesday, November 08, 2022

COP27, What about the refugees and displaced?

 “COP27 must equip countries and communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis to prepare for extreme weather, to adapt, and minimize the impact of the climate emergency,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “We cannot leave millions of displaced people and their hosts to face the consequences of a changing climate alone.”

Over 70 per cent of the world’s refugees and displaced people come from the most climate-vulnerable countries including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, and Yemen. 

Inside Somalia, nearly one million people have been displaced by drought and the threat of famine. 

Devastating cyclones in Mozambique have affected tens of thousands of people previously displaced by violence.

While South Sudan and Sudan are battling record floods for a fourth consecutive year. 

More than 3.4 million displaced people and their hosts are facing the consequences of recent destructive flooding in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and the Central Sahel countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali – a region already experiencing one of the world’s worst displacement crises.

In Cameroon’s Far North, inter-communal violence has erupted between herders, fishers and farmers over dwindling water resources as Lake Chad and its tributaries have dried up from drought. Over 100 people were killed or injured late last year, and tens of thousands fled their homes.

UNHCR’s Grandi urges world leaders not to forget displaced people at COP27 [EN/AR] - World | ReliefWeb

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