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  • UN: UNHCR agency reports on growing number of Nigerian refugees
    17 october 2014 21:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an intensifying campaign of violence committed by insurgent groups in north-eastern Nigeria, the number of refugees fleeing the conflict into the West African country’s neighbouring states has steadily increased significantly, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday.Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. hails naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania
    15 october 2014 12:53:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government has said it is satisfied with the issuance of Tanzanian citizenship to some 162,000 Burundians who had taken refuge in Tanzania since the 1970s. Full text...

  • Niger: Thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram war find refuge in eastern Niger
    03 october 2014 16:33:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Thousands of people fleeing from clashes between the Nigerian Army and insurgents of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have in recent weeks flocked to Niger's easternmost region of Diffa, the International Red Cross Society (IRCS) said in Niamey Friday.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR raises alarm on high casualties among migrants to Europe
    03 october 2014 09:14:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has said new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR renews commitment to Africa's refugees
    01 october 2014 13:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom) made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR warns on humanitarian crises in Africa
    29 september 2014 17:58:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres has called for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement especially on the African continent. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR relocates 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
    23 september 2014 20:01:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesay announced that it is stepping up efforts to relocate some 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon away from a border town amid ongoing cross-border attacks by insurgents.Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency, partners appeal for US$34 million for Nigerian refugees
    16 september 2014 20:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on Tuesday issued an urgent joint call for US$34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency.Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Large influx of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram into Cameroon'
    01 september 2014 22:26:48
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The Cameroonian authorities are worried about the arrival of about 40,000 Nigerians who have fled their country because of the activities of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, between July and August, PANA learned on Monday from humanitarian sources.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East Africa ministers agree open-border policy for Somali refugees
    21 august 2014 08:41:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers in charge of refugee affairs in the Horn of Africa region have agreed to maintain a policy of open borders to Somali refugees until the conditions are ripe for their return to their country.Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host
    19 august 2014 21:14:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July.Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR, partners appeal for US$113m for fleeing South Sudanese
    19 august 2014 07:39:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR, has appealed for US$113 million to enable it respond to need of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who escaped the conflict in their country and took refuge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR repatriates 120,000 DRC refugees
    05 august 2014 14:12:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Congo.Full text...

  • UN: Official says Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan
    23 july 2014 22:18:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, and appealed for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians want to adopt 100 Palestinian orphans
    23 july 2014 16:42:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A group of Mauritians have asked their government to facilitate the adoption of 100 Palestinian orphans from Gaza, aged less than 12 years, PANA learnt Wednesday from members of the "Free Palestine Mauritius", a social movement that is pro Gaza inhabitants, who are victims of the latest Israeli aggression. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency renews call on donors to support CAR refugees
    22 july 2014 18:24:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sudanese govt accused of forcing IDPs to leave camps
    17 july 2014 16:46:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An international refugee rights body has accused the Sudanese government of forcing thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to leave camps and return home to renewed Janjaweed atrocities.  Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency scales up assistance for Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram
    12 july 2014 09:10:38
    New York, US (PANA) - With thousands of families being driven from their homes by the violence spreading through north-eastern Nigeria, UN refugee agence, UNHCR, and its partners are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped and crossed the border into Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency seeks US$658 million for South Sudanese refugees
    11 july 2014 19:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) appealed on Friday for US$658 million Full text...

  • UN: Relief agencies issue urgent appeal for 800,000 refugees in Africa
    01 july 2014 18:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The heads of two UN Nations humanitarian agencies on Tuesday issued an urgent appeal as food shortages hit nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID supports CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 20:07:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted US$5 million (F CFA 27.5 billion) to the Cameroon office of the World Food Programme (WFP) to meet urgent food needs of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID to give US$5m for CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 17:06:24
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will give US$5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon, the US embassy in Cameroon said Friday.Full text...

  • US: UN says global population of displaced tops 50 million
    20 june 2014 15:52:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking the World Refugee Day on Friday, with a new report revealing that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally-displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faults UN over refugees plight
    20 june 2014 13:09:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR refugees in Congo sue for return of peace in their country
    20 june 2014 12:45:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in Brazzaville, Congo, have called on authorities back home to restore peace to their country, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees agency appeals for safe haven for CAR civilians
    13 june 2014 19:27:37
    New York, US (PANA) - As ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to drive civilians to seek safety elsewhere, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) is appealing to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and allow access to safe haven for people on the run.Full text...

  • Congo: WFP, HCR warn CAR refugees in Congo in alarming situation
    13 june 2014 15:54:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) representative in Congo and the UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) say refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) here are in need of assistance following a joint survey carried out in Likouala, northern Congo, where they are about 16,000 refugees, local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body urges SA police to stop attacks on Somalia refugees
    12 june 2014 14:21:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Unprecedented refugee emergencies exert enormous pressure on UNHCR’s resources
    11 june 2014 15:23:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The unprecedented refugee emergencies in many parts of the world - such as Syria and neighbouring countries, Central Africa Republic and Sudan - have exerted enormous pressure on UNHCR’s resources, hence the need for donors to come forth and help. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan for keeping borders open to S/Sudanese refugees
    03 june 2014 11:19:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday welcomed Sudan's reaffirmation, at last month's Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan, to keep its borders open to South Sudanese fleeing violence and insecurity in their country. Full text...

  • UN: Thousands of South Sudanese continue to flee renewed fighting
    27 may 2014 20:35:29
    New York, US(PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said about 70,000 more people have fled their homes in South Sudan since the 9 May agreement signed to end the fighting that has ravaged the world’s youngest nation for over six months. Full text...

  • US: UN Humanitarian chief meets CAR refugees
    06 may 2014 20:09:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on Tuesday visited a transit site for refugees, comprising mostly women and children fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) located in Gaoui, near the Chadian capital, N'Djamena. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency calls for safety for displaced CAR people
    29 april 2014 18:22:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday renewed its calls for the protection of displaced people in the Central African Republic (CAR) after two people were killed and six others injured following an attack on an 18-truck humanitarian convoy relocating 1,300 Muslims to safety in the country’s north region. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. to grant financial aid to Libyan refugees in Tunisia, Egypt
    24 april 2014 15:36:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government will grant financial aid, totalling 50 million Libyan dinars (about US$ 45 million) to Libyan families that took refuge in Tunisia and Egypt during the 2011 revolution which overthrew the dictatorial regime of Muammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Kenya: 281 refugees taken back to refugee camps
    19 april 2014 16:27:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenya government has transferred 281 refugees from Nairobi to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. Full text...

  • US: UN expresses concern over detention of Somali refugees in Kenya
    17 april 2014 14:27:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month. Full text...

  • UN: Agencies, partners seek emergency funds for CAR refugees
    16 april 2014 21:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian agencies and their partners on Wednesday launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last December.Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, international organizations warn of hard times for refugees in S. Sudan
    11 april 2014 21:55:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have warned in separate reports about hard times for thousands of refugees or people displaced by the current conflict in South Sudan, particularly with the approach of the rainy season.Full text...

  • Zambia: Canada contributes US$2.7m to integrate former Angolan refugees
    09 april 2014 13:15:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Canada has announced a contribution of US$2.7 million to support Zambia, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the implementation of the local integration programme for former Angolan refugees and Zambians. Full text...

  • Kenya: Refugees ordered back to camp over security concerns
    26 march 2014 12:21:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government on Wednesday directed all refugees living in urban areas to return to designated camps. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR supports CAR refugees in Cameroon
    16 march 2014 10:00:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners said they are stepping up efforts to help the growing numbers of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees arriving ill in Cameroon due to hunger and exhaustion during their arduous flight from their war-torn country. Full text...

  • Mali: UNHCR to repatriate 25,000 Malians in 2014
    13 march 2014 20:41:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ) is considering the repatriation of some 25,000 Malian refugees in 2014 and another 42,000 by the end of 2015.Full text...

  • UN: 'More people fleeing deadly attacks in north-east Nigeria'
    11 march 2014 17:49:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said it is increasingly alarmed at the humanitarian impact of continuing violence in North-eastern Nigeria and stressed the importance of protecting civilians. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR wants more support for CAR, South Sudan refugees
    04 march 2014 21:42:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed for increased support to meet the needs of people fleeing the crises in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, especially those who have arrived in Chad, Cameroon and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNHRC commends Zambian women for being champions in hosting refugees
    04 march 2014 14:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has commended the pivotal role Zambian women have played in hosting refugees. Full text...

  • Mali: IPDs returning to their homes in Mali
    28 february 2014 20:03:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mali following the conflict in 2012 in the north of the country when Islamist militants took control of the area, has dropped as people return to their homes, according to a report released by the International Migration Organization (IMO).Full text...

  • Congo: WFP alarmed at the mass exodus from CAR since 2013
    28 february 2014 11:31:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed concern over the consequences of the mass exodus from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighboring countries, saying that some 102,000 Central Africans have deserted their country since the violence started in March 2013. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Some 13,000 Mauritanians still reside in Senegal'
    17 february 2014 21:36:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - There are some 13,000 Mauritanian refugees still residing in Senegal after the repatriation of 24,333 of them a couple of years ago, Barry Ousmane, former coordinator of the Mauritanian Refugees Associations in Senegal, said in Dakar on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Voluntary repatriations from DRC to Congo ends June
    17 february 2014 13:46:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Voluntary repatriations for DR Congolese refugees from Congo's northern town of Likoula will end 30 June, according to a statement issued after a meeting involving the two countries and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Full text...

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