UN holds walk in Nairobi to support refugees


UN holds walk in Nairobi to support refugees
UNHCR holds walk in support of refugees. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The Step for Safety public walk held in Nairobi today is under the UNHCR LuQuLuQu Campaign, in support of refugees.
  • The campaign was drawn from the Ubuntu/ Ujamaa African philosophies as a collaborative effort to promote the principles and values of sharing responsibility for one another in support of the displaced people in Africa.

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Sunday held a walk in support of refugees. The Step for Safety public walk held in Nairobi was set to highlight the plight of refugees.

This is in light of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) LuQuLuQu Campaign.

The UNHCR on its website says the campaign that was launched in Accra, Ghana last year was drawn from the Ubuntu African Philosophy, as “a collaborative effort by the UN Refugee Agency and prominent African personalities and companies to promote the principles and values of sharing responsibility for one another, and sharing resources, in support of the displaced people in Africa.”

According to UNHCR Kenyan Representative Raouf Mazou, Africa hosts the highest number of forcibly displaced persons, at over 24 million.

In raising awareness of the plight for refugees, Mazou said the Step for Safety public walk draws attention to the perilous journeys refugees have taken to find safety.

A number of refugees from 13 African countries including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other affected countries have participated in the walk.

The walk brought together Kenyans from all walks of life including government officials, UNHCR partners, members of the diplomatic corps and celebrities such as Pinky Ghelani.

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