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UNHCR, Kenyan Muslims fundraise for refugee education

NAIROBI, May 15, (Xinhua/GNA) - The UN refugee agency and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims said Tuesday they have successfully raised over 15 million shillings (150,000 U.S. dollars) in two hours for refugee education in Kenya.

Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya said the fundraising Iftar dinner was well attended by government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, inter-faith community leaders, and private sector businesses including community leaders.

"I was inspired by the refugee youth speakers at the dinner and was incredibly encouraged to see a diverse group of change-makers gather together for one evening to support the plight of people forced to flee by investing in their education," Abdalla said of the event which was held on Saturday evening. Kenya is host to more than 450,000 refugees, 77 percent of whom are women and children.

The majority of refugee children living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya only have access to primary education.

More than two-thirds of refugee school-age children do not have access to secondary school and 87 per cent of refugee youth do not have access to tertiary education.

Mohamed Affey, UNHCR special envoy for the Horn of Africa said the fundraising Iftar highlighted the unity and community spirit of Kenyans.

"Almost half of refugee school-aged children are not attending school in Kenya. Together, our community responded to this increasing crisis by donating generously to improve refugee access to education," he added.

The Iftar dinner was organized as a part of the greater UNHCR and SUPKEM Ramadan campaign running for the entire period of the holy month.

Yusuf A. Nzibo, SUPKEM chairman said the holy month of Ramadan has brought the Kenyan community together to support this worthy cause. 

GNA


Source: GNA Story (https://ghananewsagency.org/africa/unhcr-kenyan-muslims-fundraise-for-refugee-education-149833)
Published: 2019-05-15 15:08:00
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