Too Many, Too Long: African Refugee Crisis Revisited


  • Ogenga Otunnu



African refugees, colonialism, neo-colonialism, natural disasters, voluntary repatriation, resettlement


Africa is being annihilated by wars, gross violations of human rights, economic ruin and ecological disasters. Events in Somalia, Liberia, Mozambique, Angola, Zaire, Uganda,the Sudan,Chad, Aigeria, South Africa, Malawi and Kenya demonstrate the enormity of this tragedy. Indeed, many African states are disintegrating in the wake of these problems, thus exacerbating the refugee crisis on the continent. What factors are responsible for uprooting millions of refugees and internally displaced persons from their communities? Why does the African refugee crisis persist? Why have the traditional permanent/ durable solutions of voluntary repatriation, local integration and resettlement in third countries failed to address the plights oftoo many refugees for too long?


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Otunnu, O. (1992). Too Many, Too Long: African Refugee Crisis Revisited. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 12(3), 18–26.

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