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African refugees in Egypt “forgotten”

A “forgotten population” of refugees from across Africa is living in limbo in Egypt according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

People who have fled turmoil and conflict in countries like Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and who are hoping to reach Europe are getting stranded in Egypt, whilst waiting to be certified as asylum seekers.

A large proportion of aid for the region is being directed towards refugees from Syria who have made their way to the North African country.