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Rep. Bass Statement on Millions Displaced in Africa

June 30, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am discouraged that there are currently more than 32 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Africa. Since last year, three million more people have lost their homes due to conflicts, government repression against citizens, violent extremism, and the militarization of politics. Eighty-eight percent of all IDPS in Africa come from just 10 countries. Ethiopia saw the most significant increase in IDPs from last year with an estimated 1.8 million people displaced due to the current conflict in Tigray.

"I urge the international community to uphold the international laws for protection rights of displaced persons such as the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol and hold all responsible parties accountable. Citizens in countries such as Mozambique, Somalia, CAR, Burkina Faso, and the DRC are losing their homes and livelihoods, and without support from the international community, they will continue to suffer and pay the ultimate price.”