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UNHCR thanks Algeria for her assistance to the Saharawi refugees




The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) thanked Algeria for the big efforts it deploys in assisting the Saharawi refugees.

The Saharawi refugees "live in dire conditions but better than in many places in the world, and this is due to the material and moral assistance of the Algerian people and government", declared the interim representative of the UN HCR in Algiers, Mr. Abdelkrim Ghoul, to the Forum of the Algerian newspaper, El-Moudjahid.

"I would like to express, on behalf of the UNHCR, my most sincere thanks to Algeria", he added, on the occasion of the international day of the refugees.

Algeria, "which has given more than one million martyrs to get its freedom and has suffered colonialism, knows the values of humanism", the UN official, from Lebanese origins, said.

Mr. Ghoul stressed that the "situation of the Saharawi refugees is not ideal", but it is "better, comparing to the situation of the refugees in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Sudan and others".

He also hailed the "good organisation" in the Saharawi refugee camps.

On the other hand, he announced the decision of the UN HCR to increase the number of food to provide for "125.000 most vulnerable refugees", rather than 90.000 currently provided for.

More than 165.000 Saharawi refugees live in five camps near the Algerian city of Tindouf, it should be recalled.

The Saharawi refugees rely completely on the international humanitarian aid, of which 50% is actually provided by Algeria.



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