Erika Frydenlund

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Congolese refugees sit in a stadium in Rwanda after fleeing from Mount Nyiragongo volcano as it erupted over Goma, Rwanda, on Sunday. (Eugene Uwimana/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR, or United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and World Food Programme recently announced 60 percent cuts to food assistance for refugees in Rwanda. Funding shortages resulting from decades-long refugee hosting, compounded by covid-19 demands, have left the government of Rwanda and humanitarian agencies no choice but to prioritize who will continue to receive assistance.

The last time this happened, in 2018, two successive cuts in food rations led to a protest by 3,000 residents of the Kiziba refugee camp. Security forces dispersed the crowds, killing at least five refugees and injuring 20. More than 20 community leaders of the camp were imprisoned.…  Seguir leyendo »

Colombian migration officials check the documents of a Venezuelan returning home with a toddler in Cúcuta last year. (Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday, the Biden administration granted 300,000 Venezuelan migrants in the United States the possibility of temporary protected status. Last month, Colombia announced a similar move affecting upward of 1 million who have fled Venezuela’s collapse to find work, education, health care and safety in Colombia. The Estatuto Temporal de Protección para Migrantes Venezolanos (ETPV) will provide migrants access to formal employment, hospitals, schools and vaccine programs.

While other countries have moved to regularize migrant status in the past, Colombia’s ETPV comes amid a global pandemic in a post-conflict country. Colombia is second in the world for the number of internally displaced people (some 5.6 million) and struggles to reintegrate ex-combatants into society.…  Seguir leyendo »