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CALL UPON THE CHANGE OF ADVOCACY STRATEGY FOR THE PROTECTION OF REFUGEES IN EASTERN DRCONGO

We should advocate at the UNHCR level in order to improve the situation of refugees in Eastern DRCongo
The disaster of refugees in refugees in eastern DRCongo started in 1994 and up to now, not much have been in order to limit and address the consequences. On contrary most of what is being by various actors is to make the situation worse, discourage people by showing them how the situation is complicated, and impossible to solve and to convince them that nothing much can still be done.
The strategy on ground is reduce the value of the refugee status in order to force refugees to give up with the search of protection through a refugee status, and convince them to believe that they are Congolese and do enjoy the rights as Congolese. There are more visible indicator is the abandonment of refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and by other humanitarian agencies.
Since this year begum we seem to have observed a total silence towards refugees by all actors, silence from UNHCR, silence from Humanitarian Organizations, silence from Development Partners and Diplomatic Missions accredited to DRCongo, silence from the Government of DRCongo.
Despite the facts that we have observed some positive statements in favor of refugees in DRCongo by his Excellence President Felix Tshisekendi which we humbly welcome, his vision about refugees needs also to be accompanied by the international community. The real solution to ensure the protection of refugees in eastern DRCongo depends on efforts from the International Community through a clear engagement in terms of Diplomatic approach and financial support.
We do propose more advocacy actions towards UNHCR, Humanitarian Actors and Development partners in DRCongo in order to create awareness and encourage them to be more involved in refugee issues in the country.
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Author: Kuliloshi Pecos