Africa must address root causes of refugee problem: Nandi-Ndaitwah

09 Feb 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – Africa must address the root causes of refugees, returnees and internal displacement of persons, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.
The challenges include political instability, weak governance, conflicts, wars, lack of access to education as well as job and economic opportunities, especially among the youth, she noted.
Speaking at the 34th African Union Ordinary Session of the Executive Council on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nandi-Ndaitwah said addressing the root causes on a sustainable basis requires concerted efforts from all Africans.
These include to promote peace and stability, access to education and creating economic opportunies.
She added that the theme ’Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to forced Displacement in Africa’ places a political and moral obligation upon all Africans to find durable results.
Nandi-Ndaitwah emphasised that African states should continue to engage in international protection for safeguarding the right of refugees and people of concern to nationality, through granting asylum as well as developing and implementing national, regional and global policies on refugees.
“Thousands of Africans, in particular our youth, continue to make the dangerous and deadly journey across the Mediterranean Sea in search for a better life and opportunities elsewhere,” she cautioned.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia is fully aware of the degraded human situation and of the continuing enormous challenges faced by the refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons.
Equally, she noted that a crisis in one country can turn an entire region into turmoil, therefore it remains a collective commitment to find sustainable and practical ways at national, regional and continental levels to address once and for all the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons.
“The instruments that we have adopted and the laws that we have passed in our individual countries are good. But if these laws remain unimplemented, they are as good as having no laws,” she highlighted.