ISSN 1710-6931 October 28, 2005 Issue 59

The Challenge Is On!

Logan Cochrane, of the University of Victoria in British Colombia, Canada will soon be leaving the university and passing on his RESPECT work to a new volunteer. However, he plans to leave behind something worth continuing - a letter exchange of at least 100 pen pals.

Logan has been involved with RESPECT for some years, first at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where he is still in contact with the new, highly active RESPECT volunteers. Now volunteering at the University of Victoria, he runs a letter exchange as well as being involved with the HIV Education program. Pen Pals

Refugee Life In Cameroon

This article is the first in a series. Though not representative of a particular group or community, it will present moments of daily refugee life in Cameroon. The author, Nestor Nga Etoga, based in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, is a professional journalist, volunteering for RESPECT. He offers a look at issues faced by the urban refugees he meets.

Together, the Cameroon Red Cross (CRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) offer assistance to refugees in diverse fields such as education, health, and social assistance. In theory, services should also be extended to asylum seekers (refugees waiting for regular papers). Yet, most of them struggle to survive in precarious conditions. Life

Refugee Status Determination

Cameroon, located at the junction of West and Central Africa, benefits from political stability, and carries an image of prosperity. Hence, Cameroon's economical radiance attracts many refugees who have fled their country in search of safety and a better life.

Cameroon currently has approximately 60,000 refugees and more than 6,000 asylum seekers. They come from border countries but also, for many of them, from the Great Lakes Region. However, daily life for most of these asylum seekers is disappointing. The economic crisis that hit Cameroon, has pauperized a part of the population and refugees are often the last ones to be able to afford their livelihood. Status


Report on RESPECT Nigeria

Francis Abayomi, the country coordinator for RESPECT Nigeria, has recently reported on progress in the Oru refugee camp in the past few months.

He first expressed his gratitude in his report to all of the volunteers and people involved in the projects. "I appreciate your contributions financially, morally and for great support. […] You are very important and you are making it possible for RESPECT Nigeria to grow." Nigeria

Human Rights Classes To Begin At Refugee Camp

Students frequently use their time at university as an opportunity to develop new skills and get involved in issues that matter to them. Two students at New York University (NYU) in Accra, Ghana, Jessica Ballou and Scott Lea, are doing exactly that at a refugee camp in Buduburam.

The two students, who both have backgrounds in international advocacy and are studying human rights, first got involved in RESPECT looking for volunteer activities in refugee camps around Ghana. After a discussion with Fred Ayifli, the RESPECT Ghana Country Coordinator, they agreed to set up a series of human rights workshops with teenagers at the camp. Classes



Jessica and Scott meet with refugees

Jessica Ballou (far left) and Scott Lea (on Jessica's left) meet with refugees at the Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana.

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