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  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia
    08 march 2018 18:01:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of those in Africa. Full text...

  • Rekindled tension in DRC’s Kasai region poses new threat to civilians, displaced - UNHCR
    06 march 2018 11:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply concerned at the situation in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continuing instability poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Full text...

  • Uganda launches biometric refugee verification exercise
    02 march 2018 06:48:16
    Mbarara, Uganda (PANA) - The Government of Uganda has launched the biometric refugee verification exercise in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement located in Mbarara District in the South-West of Uganda. Full text...

  • Top UN aid official calls for urgent support for Chad
    28 february 2018 22:30:40
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - A senior United Nations aid official has called for urgent funding to support 4.4 million people in Chad, including refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons, as well as the communities hosting them. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'shocked' over reports of refugee deaths in Rwanda
    23 february 2018 12:28:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging authorities in Rwanda to ensure safety and protection for refugees after protests led to the tragic deaths of at least five refugees and the injury of many others – including the members of the police force – on Thursday. Full text...

  • Bilateral donors, World Bank visit Uganda refugee settlement
    22 february 2018 10:54:17
    Kyaka, Uganda (PANA) – UNHCR Representative in Uganda, Bornwell Kantande, officials from Uganda’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat, and the WFP Country Director in Uganda, Elkhidir Daloum, on Thursday concluded a two-day visit to Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, some 200 km from the capital Kampala, accompanying a delegation of development actors. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for calm, restraint after Rwanda refugee camp protests
    22 february 2018 10:41:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for calm and restraint after worrying reports of a refugee protest turning violent in Rwanda’s Kiziba refugee camp. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme
    21 february 2018 05:56:05
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise. Full text...

  • About 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but figure could be higher
    15 february 2018 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR says evacuated over 1,000 refugees from Libya
    15 february 2018 10:25:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since November last year, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. Full text...

  • Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan
    15 february 2018 10:12:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday.Full text...

  • DRC refugees perish as growing numbers seek safety in Uganda - UNHCR
    13 february 2018 11:32:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday expressed sadness about reports of four DR Congo refugees who drowned as they were seeking safety in Uganda, after their boat capsized on Lake Albert. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Uganda’s commitment to fight corruption in refugee programmes
    10 february 2018 10:18:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alert as fresh violence in DR Congo’s Ituri province displaces thousands
    07 february 2018 05:52:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), creating new displacement over the last four days. Full text...

  • Burundi risks becoming 'forgotten refugee crisis' without support - UNHCR
    06 february 2018 10:08:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is on Tuesday launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief praises Uganda's 'model' treatment of refugees
    31 january 2018 15:39:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Renewing a strong appeal to regional leaders to make peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has praised the “open border” policy of Uganda which is currently receiving up to 500 refugees a day. Full text...

  • Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo
    30 january 2018 19:07:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of people into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Italy, Libya to release refugees trapped in misery
    30 january 2018 17:53:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of Italy signing a deal with Libya to put in place measures to stop refugees and migrants from travelling to Europe, thousands of people remain trapped in abusive Libyan detention camps where torture is rife, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • DRC refugees in Zambia relocate to permanent site
    22 january 2018 09:39:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Government, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners, has started the relocation of Democratic Republic of Congo refugees to a permanent site. Full text...

  • Concern grows for women, children fleeing Cameroon - UNHCR
    19 january 2018 11:52:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With the number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria growing, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly concerned at the plight of women and children among them. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals for more resettlement after 160 reported Mediterranean deaths
    12 january 2018 11:08:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is renewing its appeal to countries for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. Full text...

  • UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration cuts for refugees in Rwanda
    11 january 2018 19:52:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday called for more donor funding to reverse a 25 per cent reduction in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Universities spotlight hands-on approach to integrating refugees
    10 january 2018 22:44:06
    New York, US (PANA) – At a special summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, universities, led by De Montfort University (DMU), have spotlighted ideas for practical ways they can use the skills, experience and voluntary power on their campuses to support those in need in their local areas. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals to Israel over forced relocation policy
    09 january 2018 17:31:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday again appealed to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese to sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • UNHCR announces first evacuation of 162 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy
    22 december 2017 18:07:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced on Friday the evacuation of 162 highly vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy, including unaccompanied children and women who had been held captive for extended periods of time. Full text...

  • Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return home from Darfur
    22 december 2017 07:47:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - More than 4,000 Chadian refugees are ready to return to their home country after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than a decade, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • 'Refugees pressured to leave Kenya's Dadaab return to insecurity, drought, hunger'
    21 december 2017 06:38:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Thousands of Somali refugees who were pressured into leaving the Dadaab camp in Kenya are now facing drought, starvation and renewed displacement in Somalia, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
    20 december 2017 06:49:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger
    15 december 2017 06:53:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday night evacuated 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UNHCR
    12 december 2017 19:58:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations. Full text...

  • Rights group says EU gov'ts complicit in horrific abuse of refugees, migrants in Libya
    12 december 2017 06:36:18
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, says European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya. Full text...

  • Zambia’s Kenani transit centre hosts more than 10,000 refugees
    11 december 2017 14:55:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The number of refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and being hosted at the Kenani transit centre in the north of Zambia has now passed the 10,000 mark since August this year. Full text...

  • Massive underfunding hampering relief efforts for the displaced in DRC, Zambia – UNHCR
    02 december 2017 12:20:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With millions displaced within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and thousands more forced to flee across the border into Zambia, the United Nations refugee agency is appealing for urgent resources to make sure that relief programmes – hanging on by threads – do not collapse. Full text...

  • Some 12,000 Congolese flee to Zambia
    01 december 2017 09:48:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The number of refugees fleeing militia violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and arriving in neighbouring Zambia has crossed the 12,000 mark – with more than 8,400 arrivals in the last three months, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC). Full text...

  • Global leaders call for action to help young refugees, IDPs
    16 november 2017 13:25:54
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – An international panel on education has called for action to help young refugees and internally displaced youths.Full text...

  • Civilians must be protected against brutal attacks in CAR - NRC pleads
    14 november 2017 10:46:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Marianne Irion has again urged the United Nations to strengthen UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians in the troubled country. Full text...

  • 'Failure to broker peace' hinders solutions to displacement, says UN refugee chief
    02 november 2017 19:49:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world's conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. Full text...

  • Unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions sends thousands fleeing to Nigeria – UN agency
    31 october 2017 20:05:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency is scaling up efforts with partners to provide humanitarian assistance to thousands of Cameroonians who have fled violence in that country's Anglophone regions to south-eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies
    28 october 2017 14:03:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In a historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern over humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum
    26 october 2017 19:14:26
    Khartoum, Sudan, (PANA) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday expressed concern over what it described as “the inadequate response to the humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum” Full text...

  • Refugees can be a driver of development in Morocco, says UNHCR
    26 october 2017 19:06:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - UNHCR’s protection chief, Volker Türk, has praised Morocco for its efforts to protect refugees, on a visit to the capital, Rabat. Full text...

  • Widespread militia activities, political unrest drive millions from homes in DRC - UN
    24 october 2017 19:44:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Some 3.9 million people across several regions of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced from their homes, and amid growing violence and unrest, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that the number could rise even further. Full text...

  • Continued instability likely to force more South Sudanese to seek safety elsewhere - UNHCR
    22 october 2017 04:27:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and humanitarian agencies are warning that without an imminent resolution in sight for the crises in South Sudan, more South Sudanese are likely to become refugees in 2018. Full text...

  • Smugglers holding refugees, migrants in deplorable conditions in Libya - UN agencies
    17 october 2017 20:33:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Asylum, refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best’ - senior UN official
    05 october 2017 22:36:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief on Thursday stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda. Full text...

  • Switzerland: DRC violence drives more than 3,300 refugees into Zambia in a month
    03 october 2017 10:11:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about growing violence in parts of south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has driven more than 3,360 refugees into northern Zambia since 30 August. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan for hosting South Sudanese refugees
    28 september 2017 09:30:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended Sudan for opening up its borders to receive South Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict in their country.Full text...

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