GENEVA – The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Police in Germany say they’ve arrested a 22-year-old Afghan man on allegations of sexually abusing five children in two cities in recent weeks.
Police spokeswoman Jana Kindt said Wednesday the man, identified only as Hamid F., admitted kissing and touching two girls in Chemnitz in eastern Germany earlier this month. He’s also accused of sexually abusing two girls and a boy last month in the southwestern city of Kaiserslautern.
Hamid F. was arrested in Chemnitz on Monday after a European-wide arrest-warrant had been issued.
Prosecutors in both Chemnitz and Kaiserslautern say they don’t yet have any details on Hamid F.’s legal status in Germany.
The case comes amid continuing concerns about the country’s ability to deal with the 1.1 million migrants who arrived last year.
The U.N. refugee agency is launching an unprecedented appeal to the private sector to help pay for shelters for 2 million refugees worldwide amid a “huge shortfall in funds” for that purpose.
Spokesman Leo Dobbs says the appeal aims to tap philanthropists, companies, foundations and individuals as a potential source of new money because UNHCR hasn’t gotten enough funds from its traditional government sources.
The “Nobody Left Outside” campaign aims to raise funds to build or improve shelter for 2 million refugees by 2018, or about one-eighth of the people UNHCR was helping in mid-2015. UNHCR says housing operations are expected to cost $724 million this year, but only $158 million is currently available.
UNHCR says 60 million people are forcibly displaced now, the highest figure since World War II.