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UN to plant 1 million trees around the refugee camps to fight deforestation


UN to plant 1 million trees around the refugee camps to fight deforestation

Gambela (Ethiopia), Nov 14 (ANI): This South Sudanese refugee chops wood in the forests everyday to get back to her family. Her family, which consists of six children, depends on the firewood for cooking and boiling water just like thousands of other South Sudanese refugees living in Gambella.

Buk Liy Kang, the South Sudanese Refugee, said: "I usually come back from the forest after two hours or so, and I get so tired. After resting for a short while, I arrange my firewood for home use and for sale." Though it is a necessity for refugees, forest deletion can be destructive for forests.

It also exposes refugee women to the risk of sexual abuse as they have to walk long distances to fetch the wood. In order to address some of the issues, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization is working with the refugees.

The organization will plant a million fast-growing trees around the camps to fight deforestation, while creating income opportunities for the refugees. A forestry officer in Food an

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