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Darfur Refugees in Egypt: Suffering out of the Spotlight

The armed conflict in Darfur has led to a large scale population movement to Egypt and other neighboring countries. The vast majority of Darfur refugees in Egyptare not officially registered with the UNHCR, and they have been living in miserable conditions lacking basic health, education and social services. They have been subjected to racism, discrimination and bad treatment by the Egyptian and Sudanese authorities. They are also being subjected to torture and killing by the traffickers while trying to cross the borders to Israel or shot and killed by the Egyptian border guards.

This paper focuses on this forgotten tragedy of Darfur refugees in Egypt, trying to understand the circumstances which led to their miserable situations, describing and criticizing the role of UNHCR, the Egyptian and theSudanese governments, and proposing recommendations that can be considered by those entities as a way to alleviate and end the suffering of the refugees.


Ezzan Kunna

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