UNHCR closes office in southern Guinea

Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR Saturday announced the closure of its offices in Kissidougou, southern Guinea, from where it had operated since 1997.
It said the decision followed the successful voluntary repatriation of Liberian refugees, which started two years ago, and the transfer of the remaining 2,000 refugees to the Kouankan camp, near Nzérékoré.
Between March 2005 and August 2006, the office repatriated some 16,000 Liberian refugees out of a total 18,000.
From the region, the UNHCR had assisted thousands of Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees in three sites.
Some of camps were closed in 2004.
The agency explained that its departure from the Kissidougou region, is to help rationalise its financial and human resources.
Meanwhile, ahead of its departure the agency donated school uniforms, tables, chairs, lamps, sewing machines, fans, megaphones, drugs and other sundry items to the local population.

30 september 2006 20:37:00

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