More Tanzanian refugees return to Pemba

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Another batch of some 220 Tanzanian refugees returned to Pemba Island from Kenya Friday.
The first group came back Thursday, while a third is expected Saturday.
To welcome the refugees were friends, relatives, politicians and government officials.
The refugees, mainly from Pemba Island, fled to Shimoni in Mombasa, Kenya after the January post-election bloody clash between the police and supporters of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) on Tanzania's federated Island of Zanzibar.
At least 23 people reportedly died from the riots.
The refugees return has been facilitated by the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR), following a guarantee of their safety by the government of Tanzania.
There were also peace negotiations between CUF and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party officials.
The UNHCR hired speed boats to transport the refugees from Mombasa to Pemba.
One of the refugees, Hamisi Abeid Haji, identified as CUF Youth Secretary for Chake Cake District, said he fled to Kenya for fear of being harassed.
Another refugee, who said he fled to Kenya in February, described refugee life as "humiliating and dehumanising.
" Abdul Abdallah, who claimed he was shot in the leg during the January riots, said he was admitted for treatment at Kenya's Kikuyu Hospital.
He plans to return to the hospital for further treatment.
Some 700 other Tanzanian refugees are said to be camped at Daadab in Northern Kenya, but it was unclear if these would be brought home too.

18 may 2001 22:08:00

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