Ethiopia: UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sudan as new refugee arrivals cross 43,000 (27.11.2020)

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, is visiting Khartoum as the country receives a growing number of refugees from Ethiopia.

Since the start of fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November, more than 43,000 refugees have crossed into Sudan seeking protection and shelter. Even before this influx the country was hosting nearly one million refugees, mainly from South Sudan.

Grandi will review UNHCR operations in support of the government-led response to the latest influx. He is also scheduled to meet with refugees.

In eastern Sudan, UNHCR continues to ramp up its relief effort together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges.

Aid is being mobilized to help refugees almost half of whom are children. Humanitarian agencies continue to provide shelter and other facilities to help refugees but more resources are required and Sudan needs international support urgently.

UNHCR has helped relocate nearly 10,000 refugees to the Um Rakuba site, 70 km further from the border inside Sudan, as work continues to put up shelters and improve services.

Family tracing services have been established and these have already reunited many separated refugees.

This morning, a plane carrying 32 tons of UNHCR emergency aid from our global stockpile in Dubai landed in Khartoum. Another airlift is scheduled to leave Dubai on Monday with 100 tons of additional relief items. UNHCR’s global stockpile is hosted by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC). In total, we plan to send four airlifts.

Today’s cargo included 5,000 blankets, 4,500 solar lamps, 2,900 mosquito nets, 200 plastic sheets and 200 plastic rolls. A second airlift will carry 1,275 family tents and 10 prefabricated warehouses. This aid will meet the immediate shelter needs of more than 16,000 people. The transportation costs of both flights were generously covered by the Government of United Arab Emirates.

Inside Tigray region concerns are growing for the safety of civilians in the conflict, particularly in its capital of Mekele, home to more than 500,000 people.

UNHCR remains concerned as the humanitarian situation continues to worsen in Tigray, including for those displaced and for some 96,000 Eritrean refugees who will run out of food as soon as Monday if supplies cannot reach them. We join other humanitarian agencies to reiterate our call for the protection of civilians and immediate humanitarian access in order to resume the delivery of life sustaining assistance.

Ethiopia: Humanitarian Task Force of Canadians against the Ongoing Genocide in Ethiopia letter to Michael Chong MP – Re: Barbaric Genocide of Extreme Savagery in Ethiopia (23.11.2020)

Ethiopia: International Rescue Committee (IRC) – As tensions rise in Mekelle, Ethiopia, IRC warns of impending humanitarian disaster (27.11.2020)

New York, NY, November 27, 2020 — The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned about an impending humanitarian disaster as tensions rise in Mekelle, Ethiopia. With loss of civilian life and mass displacement, the cost to 500,000 people living in the region could be devastating.

George Readings, IRC Lead crisis analyst said

“500,000 people are at risk as violence in Mekelle escalates. Ethiopia is already reeling from a year of multiple disasters, including locust outbreaks, severe flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that all sides protect civilians and allow impartial humanitarian assistance to reach those in need.”

The IRC is working in Tigray to support 90,000 refugees in four camps with a range of services, including clean water, sanitation, primary healthcare and education.

African Union: Communique on the Visit of the African Union Envoys to Ethiopia (27.11.2020)

Opinion: Brexit was doomed to fail…

Since the vote on the referendum on the 23rd June 2016, which issued the Brexit. The start of the end of membership status of United Kingdom within the European Union. The UK leaving Europe and becoming a third-party state or a non-member state of the EU.

The dream of many conservatives, even more radical right members of society. Who fought for sovereign state and being less connected to the rest of Europe. Not answering some random bureaucrat in Brussels and the regulations put the UK from the various of entities within the EU.

The UK was supposed to be freed from this and have their own liberty back. However, the lofty dreams has backfired. The realities of the modern world is hitting the fan. It was a reason why David Cameron dipped out and went into the backbenches. Since, he knew inside his heart. That this was a failed enterprise.

Theresa May took over and she eloped a government filled with hard-liners or Brexiteers who served the cause of leaving the EU. However, they didn’t do much or anticipate what was happening. They we’re promising to leave on own terms, that it would rain-money and everything would work without any real consequences.

Nevertheless, that was never true. It was a nice story. Prime Minister Theresa May gave up the cause and being the leader. Left the mantle for Boris Johnson. Another Tory and Brexiteer. A man who easily lies and promised a oven ready deal. While we now close to only a month left to final cession of arrangements. The deal is still not signed and with the official seals.

Brexit has been a mess, the Tories have stifled their own work. They have worked on dreams, but delivering nightmares. They said the Remainers was scaremongering in 2016. However, their warnings and speculated effects are coming into fruition. The industries, City of London and exporters are dipping, closing or has already left. They anticipate the hardships of transferring funds, exporting and other issues that will come with the new reality.

The UK will suffer because of this. The devolution of government in combination of leaving the EU will also hurt London more. As the Scottish and Northern Irish might see more reasons to leave the UK and join the EU. They rather be directly in the EU Common Market, than just being internally in the UK. The Northern Irish after getting into the hectic mess of being in a limbo, because of their placement in the UK and their relations with Dublin. Might give an edge for total unification of Ireland. So, the UK might loose two territories quickly and God knows what happens to Gibraltar. They might hold a referendum and join Spain.

Boris Johnson has shown so much flexing and arrogance. Nevertheless, that is not enough to carry the recession, coronavirus crisis and Brexit. He has three hurdles in the midst of hands. His failure to secure and ensure the Brexit. Is already straining the trust in the UK and the economy itself. It is a reason why companies has left already. Because they could not anticipate what last minute resolves might be. They are in it for profit and cannot risk losing that over a political gambit from Whitehall and Downing Street No. 10.

The Brexit was bound to fail from the jump. They came in on a wrong premise. It was supposed to be easy and without costs. It was supposed to be a quick fix and have no serious ramifications. However, it will and the UK will still have to play along to the EU. While they are outsiders looking in. They are losing the advantage of being a member, but still have to play to get the pay. It is like the UK didn’t know what they was apart of and only could the perks after leaving.

That is naive and shows how these Conservatives played with people’s mind and not being honest about what it would entail to leave. They said they had them covered and it would be fixed by just clicking their fingertips. However, it was never that easy. That is why so many ministers have come and gone. That is why the prolonged agony of the negotiations are still lasting to this day. The UK still think they can bushwhack a good deal. However, the EU has already set the bar and they cannot push that. Even if the Tories believe they have enough leverage. That bargain is very over. As the UK have lost before they even started. As they come with a fake premise and you cannot win anything on a bluff, except in poker… but not with Brexit. Peace.

Opinion: H.E. calling the “Free Bobi Wine” riots…. nonsense

“I was going for a meeting like this, they told me that something (protests) was happening in Kampala and that I should ring there and also stop my campaigns. I said I won’t interrupt my plans with that nonsense. I said they will handle them………I was sure no one can disorganise Uganda because I know we have a strong army” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kapchorwa in Sebei Sub Region (27.11.2020).

The President sends a clear message to the grand public. That their grievances and their suffering isn’t important part of his plans. They are just nonsense and an interference to his plans. This says a lot about how he values the citizens and the civilians.

When a man in power, who is the commander-in-chief and the head of state can say this about the civilians protesting. You know that he doesn’t see the public as important. They are just useful pawns and underlings to him. These are the peasants that are supposed serve him and acknowledge the big-man. They are not supposed to raise their voice or even question his orders.. Since his the colonial overlord currently reigning over this enclave.

The President who is in-charge of the army and police. The ones taking up weapons, using tear-gas and directly ordering law enforcement on the streets to quell the riots and demonstrations. That man calls the expression and frustration with the system “nonsense”.

The old man with the hat still doesn’t send condolences or any sort of grief to all the families that lost their loved ones during those days. Not, these deaths and extra judicial killings by the state isn’t worth his time. These lives could just die, because they interfered with his plans…

Does this old man hear himself and talk to his handlers before he speaks at all?

This is garbage. This is actually hot-garbage. The sort of infuriating and insulting attitude that only serves his own agenda not the betterment of the Republic. A sort of arrogance, that isn’t worthy of his office. No accountability or acceptance of blame for what went down. Where he doesn’t care about the voices or the reason for why it happened.

Just calling it nonsense. Shows his hubris… which is always important to show. Never show any humility or grace towards the ones who got caught in the cross-fire, hit by a stay-bullet or was directly aimed at during the riots. No, these people are worthy of his time. They are just nonsense anyway and the army can handle them. Because, who needs to have their civil rights and their rights to demonstrate. No…

Civilians and peasants needs to extend their tax-base, earn money to feed the army, but not be shielded from that same army. No, that is nonsense. This army isn’t there to protect the civilians, no it is there to protect the elite and the President. The people should know that and it is clearly evident by how they have acted during the recent days.

It is not the Republic for all the people, but a Republic serving Museveni. Peace.

Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Prime Minister Abiy meets AU Envoys (27.11.2020)

Phillippines: UN extends call for help to Typhoon Vamco-affected areas in Northern Luzon (27.11.2020)

Tchad: Procureur Général lettre de SYNAPGREF – Objet: Lettre d’excuses (26.11.2020)

Bobi Wine blocked in Migyera from accessing the Hotels [forced to be sleeping by the roadside tonight]

“The DPC Nakasongola Patience Namara and a one OC Byaruhanga have blocked Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine from accessing a hotel which he earlier booked in Migyera” (Uganda Diaspora Eye, 26.11.2020)

Just as a long and terrible day on the campaign trail is over. The National Unity Platform who has been blocked from entering towns and campaign venues.

There has been reports that the Presidential Candidate and his team tried to get a place at any hotel in Migyera in Nakasongola District. However, the got blocked from doing so.

Just like I wondered yesterday. What laws are stopping Bobi Wine from riding his convoy on the main roads to Hoima. Which laws said he needed to travel on the feeder roads?

Also, what law is stopping him from participating and talking on Spice FM earlier in the day?

Is there a law and any legalities can be reasonable to stop Bobi Wine finding shelter and sleep on the road for the campaigns?

On our way to Kyankwanzi via Hoima, all roads were blocked by police saying they had orders not to allow us through. We decided to spend the night in Migera but DPC Patience Namara and OC Byarugaba ordered all hotels not to host us. We’re now stuck and sleeping by the roadside” (Bobi Wine, 26.11.2020).

I know, the authorities cannot find any law, which is directly making it legal to block the roads for Bobi Wine and his team. Neither, can there be any wisdom in the blocking him for accessing and sleeping in hotels.

I wonder, what sort of law does the DPC and OC have and how can they defend doing this? Since, I doubt there is any sort of justice behind this. This is just more impunity and injustice.

The authorities are really foolish with this. Letting a Presidential Candidate sleep roadside. Block the roads so he can travel across the Republic and also blocking all his engagements. They stops his radio shows and stop his venues.

There is nothing in his way that is allowed. That is evident. They are now doing everything, but arresting him. Peace.