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Worldwide, 70.8 million people have been displaced by war, conflict and persecution. For reasons outside of their control, these individuals are forced to leave their homes in order to survive.

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In the summer of 2019, Refugees International learned of a Kenyan government proposal at the United Nations that would have effectively crippled the international humanitarian effort in Somalia and put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.

In particular, the Kenyan proposal—focused on the militant group al Shabaab—would have replaced an already-effective sanctions regime that permitted carefully administered humanitarian exceptions with a draconian regime that would have put humanitarian assistance delivery at risk. Refugees International led a coalition of prominent individuals and humanitarian organizations and engaged UN Member States in an advocacy effort that helped thwart the misguided proposal.



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