The Government of Ghana has hinted of plans aimed at supporting some 13,000 refugees in the country. This is in line with government’s commitment to promote the rights of refugees in the country and provide them with a source of livelihood.
Statistics available on resident refugees in Ghana indicate that there are almost 15,000 refugees living under various conditions in Ghana, with some 4,600 of them who are children needing immediate assistance. As part of activities to commemorate the Day of the African Child, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection joined the Ghana Refugee Board, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, Plan Ghana and other partners in a day’s event to deliberate the future of child-refugees in the country.
The theme for this year’s celebration, – “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First”, is aimed at championing the rights of children across the continent of Africa and in realization of the total liberation of vulnerable children.
The celebration is also closely linked to creating awareness for the soon to be observed World Refugee Day and the 30th Anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Children by the United Nations.
According a statement from the Ministry, the government together with other partner agencies has advanced plans to assist over 13,000 refugees with about 4,600 children currently taking shelter in the country. The move is intended to safeguard the rights, dignity and welfare of refugees in Ghana is improved.
“The Ghana Refugee Board, working closely with the UNHCR and Partners in assisting over 13,000 refugees with a child population of about 4,600 (representing about 34% of the refugee population) refugee children in Ghana, ensuring that their rights, dignity and welfare are improved” – the presser said.
Adding to that, some members of the refugee community that were affected by the rains have been cleared to receive emergency support from National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP).
“The Government of Ghana is doing so much to create a conducive atmosphere for children to grow up in a protected environment in situations. There is a very strong legal and institutional framework to protect and respond to situations of violence. Through agencies such as NADMO and Ghana Refugee Board children and their families from both Ghana and other nationalities have been supported to get back on their feet. Emergency LEAP has been given to victims of disaster to improve their welfare” – the Ministry emphasised.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection further called on all agents of contact in the country to protect and safeguard the rights of children in the country.
“As we join our children in celebrating this day, we wish to call on all stakeholders including parents, traditional authorities, community leaders, teachers, heads of all institutions which handle children and the general public to unite in providing protection to our children. We must all unite to ensure that, even in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, the rights of children are adequately protected” – the statement concluded.