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Report Launch: Stuck in Limbo: Refugees, Migrants, and the Food Insecure in Djibouti

April 26, 2017 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

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Please join the Human Rights Initiative and the Global Food Security Project for a report launch and discussion on the linkages between human rights, food security, migration, and displacement in Djibouti. With unprecedented levels of displacement, the international system is at a breaking point -- its creaky infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle the 95.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide. Fears of reduced international assistance are growing, even as partners currently operate on less than half of what they need to serve the most vulnerable and food insecure populations.

Djibouti provides a window into the stresses and opportunities facing the international humanitarian assistance community. As a frontline country in a volatile region, Djibouti has dealt with a protracted refugee situation and high levels of poverty and food insecurity for decades, which is now exacerbated by an influx of Yemeni refugees and migrants and asylum seekers from Ethiopia and Somalia. Yemen and Somalia are both on the brink of a famine with incredibly high levels of food insecurity. Limited funding and attention have complicated solutions for these challenges. The U.S. government alongside other actors must find the gaps in their current response as well as what opportunities this moment of crisis may create.
Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food and Water Security Program

Shannon N. Green

Ciaran Donnelly

Vice President, International Programs, International Rescue Committee

Jeremy Konyndyk

Former Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Deborah Saidy

Vice President, Public Policy, World Food Program USA