NGOs Consortium issue appeal to provide urgent additional funding for Sahrawi refugees

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Shahid El-Hafed (Refugee Camps), 7 March 2016 (SPS) - The NGOs Consortium in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps has issued appeal to provide urgent additional funding for the UN agencies and NGOs, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, a copy of it received Monday by Sahrawi News Agency SPS.

 

“The international community must provide urgent additional funding for the UN agencies and NGOs, as it is getting harder to match basic requirements in terms of food, nutrition, health, water and education,” underlined the NGOs Consortium in Sahrawi Refugee Camps in their letter to the UN Secretary-General.

 

“As you mentioned in your last report, the severe living conditions of the Sahrawi refugees have declined further as a result of reductions in international humanitarian aid.”

 

“Your visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps is a major opportunity to convey UN concern at the highest level and to raise awareness about their alarming situation,” they added.

 

The NGOs Consortium in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps expressed their full support for the mission of the UN Secretary-General and his mandate, to ensure the rights of the Sahrawi refugees are fully respected.

 

Below is the full text of the Letter:

 

“March 1st

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General

United Nations Headquarters

New York, NY 10017

 

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

 

In advance of your upcoming trip to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria, we would like to express you our full support for your mission and your mandate, to ensure the rights of the Sahrawi refugees are fully respected.

 

After 40 years of exile, this protracted crisis remains forgotten. We are talking about entire generations growing old in the camps. The frustration at the socio-economic situation within the camps grows all the more when faced with the struggle to understand the status quo at the international level. In this vulnerable region, the patience of many young Sahrawis has never been thinner.

 

As you mentioned in your last report, the severe living conditions of the Sahrawi refugees have declined further as a result of reductions in international humanitarian aid. The international community must provide urgent additional funding for the UN agencies and NGOs, as it is getting harder to match basic requirements in terms of food, nutrition, health, water and education.

 

Your visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps is a major opportunity to convey UN concern at the highest level and to raise awareness about their alarming situation.

 

The status quo is no longer an option for the refugees.

 

Sincerely,

 

The NGOs Consortium, Sahrawi Refugee Camps.” (SPS)

 

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