Refugees -
  • UNHCR report shows Africa no longer tops world refugee chart
    17 june 2004 10:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The global number of people of concern to the UN High Commission for Refugees fell by 18 percent to 17. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps resettle Sudanese refugees
    17 june 2004 09:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has unveiled a 100-million US dollar resettlement plan to help avert a looming crisis as Sudanese refugees prepare to return home at the end of 21 years of fighting between the Khartoum government and southern separatists. Full text...

  • UNHCR resumes repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia
    15 june 2004 12:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) has resumed the voluntary repatriation of 500 Angolan asylum seekers from Meheba refugee camp in north-western Zambia, with the support of the International Organisation for Migration. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees arrive in Burundi
    14 june 2004 18:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than 2,800 Congolese refugees have arrived in Burundi since the latest eruption of violence in Bukavu, south-eastern DR Congo, sources close to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees continue to flee into Burundi
    14 june 2004 12:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Hundreds of DR Congolese refugees continue to flee to north-western Burundi, running away from clashes going on between rebel and loyalist soldiers in the country's eastern towns for the past two weeks, administrative and humanitarian sources in the region told PANA. Full text...

  • 265 Burundi refugees return home from Tanzania
    12 june 2004 12:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 265 refugees arrived Thursday in Makamba, Burundi from Tanzania, and would stay put until early next week when they would be transported to their respective villages in the southern province Rutan, official sources said. Full text...

  • UNCHR camps inside Chad host 93,000 Sudanese
    11 june 2004 12:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 93,000 Sudanese refugees are presently hosted in UNHCR camps inside Chad away from the Chad- Sudan border, UNHCR spokesperson told journalists in Geneva Friday. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees flock into Burundi
    10 june 2004 21:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Nearly 4,000 Congolese fleeing ethnic fighting in Bukavu and its surroundings crossed into trooped into Burundi this week. Full text...

  • Zambia, UNHCR to resume repatriating Angolan refugees
    09 june 2004 10:05:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with the support of the International Organisation for Migration, will next week resume the voluntary repatriation of remaining Angolan refugees from refugee camps in Eastern, Western and Northwestern provinces of Zambia. Full text...

  • UNHCR committed to halving African refugees by 2005
    02 june 2004 12:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kamel Morjane, has reiterated the UN agency's commitment to reducing the number of refugees in Africa by half before the end of 2005. Full text...

  • 3,000 Congolese Tutsis flee manhunt into Rwanda
    30 may 2004 15:40:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 3,000 Tutsis originating from eastern DR Congo have sought refuge in Cyangugu, southern Rwanda, to escape persecution following clashes in Bukavu, the administrative headquarters of South-Kivu last Wednesday, sources have said here. Full text...

  • Somali refugees head home from Ethiopia
    27 may 2004 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly 1,000 Somali refugees who found asylum in Ethiopia over the past 16 years are now heading home. Full text...

  • Stranded Liberian refugees back from Cote d'Ivoire
    26 may 2004 21:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Some 85 of the 340 Liberian refugees, who were rescued from a distressed ferry in the Ivorian waters returned home Wednesday on a UN refugee agency, UNHCR flight. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host forum on African refugees in June
    26 may 2004 16:40:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese Parliament announced has announced the hosting of a conference on "the challenges of protection and solutions to the refugee issue in Africa" in Cotonou from 1-3 June. Full text...

  • Burundian refugees quitting UN camps in Tanzania
    22 may 2004 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The number of Burundians remaining in refugee camps in Tanzania has dropped below 300,000 for the first time since 1998, but nearly half a million Burundians now live elsewhere in Tanzania, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said. Full text...

  • Japan props WFP refugee operation in Zambia
    20 may 2004 16:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Japan has donated about 917,431 US dollars to the World Food Programme (WFP) to boost the UN agency's refugee operations in Zambia, a WFP official said. Full text...

  • Kenya to assume full responsibility for refugees
    18 may 2004 15:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will assume full responsibility for all refugees living within its borders once a refugee bill, now in its final stages, is enacted in Parliament, Vice President Moody Awori said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN agency solicits urgent funds to assist Sudanese refugees
    14 may 2004 16:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN refugee agency, UNHCR Friday appealed for urgent new funds to meet the "desperate" needs of more than 120,000 Sudanese who fled into eastern Chad from the fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees to face hunger back home - WFP
    06 may 2004 10:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that tens of thousands of Angolan refugees set to return home face further hardships due to an acute shortage of funding faced by the UN agency. Full text...

  • Refugees' commissioner ends Liberian visit
    05 may 2004 20:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Rudd Lubbers stated here Wednesday that his agency requires US$39. Full text...

  • Row erupts over repatriation of Liberian refugees in Nigeria
    05 may 2004 13:22:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The decision by former Liberian warlord Yormie Johnson to bankroll the repatriation of 140 Liberian refugees in Nigeria has sparked a row, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and National Commission for Refugees in Nigeria dissociating themselves from the action. Full text...

  • Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe discuss gender-based violence
    04 may 2004 15:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday began a two-day workshop for its officials from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to map out new strategies to deal with issues related to sex and gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS in refugee camps. Full text...

  • VP says Kenya to address refugees, local conflicts
    04 may 2004 10:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Tuesday said that conflicts between refugees and the communities where they live have been minimised after the government ensured that the same services it offered refugees also benefited the nearby communities. Full text...

  • UNHCR commissioner ends Guinean visit
    03 may 2004 21:58:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers left Conakry Monday for Monrovia, Liberia, the last leg of his two-day tour in the sub-region. Full text...

  • UN refugee agency boss in Conakry
    01 may 2004 14:03:00
    Conakry- Guinea(PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers is in Guinea, on a visit that would include a tour of camps for refugees from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Japan pledges role in African refugees repatriation
    29 april 2004 15:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will assist in repatriating African refugees as a first step towards making the agency's assistance more field-oriented, JICA president Sadako Ogata said here Thursday. Full text...

  • HCR earmarks $8 million to repatriate Angolan refugees
    26 april 2004 22:05:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) has earmarked 8 million US dollars for the second phase this year of the repatriation of more than 300,000 Angolan refugees living in neighbouring countries, sources at the agency indicated here at the weekend. Full text...

  • UN airlifts stranded Liberian refugees
    26 april 2004 13:33:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has commenced repatriation of over 300 Liberian refugees stranded for several months along the Mali-Guinea border en route home from refuge in Ghana, press reports said here Monday. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees flee rebel attacks in Uganda - UNHCR
    26 april 2004 11:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Recent rebel infiltration and attacks in north-western Uganda have forced 20,000 people, mainly Sudanese refugees, to flee for safety from their camps and homes in Adjumani District, 600 km north-west of Kampala, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Kampala Monday. Full text...

  • Over 270 Burundian refugees return home
    21 april 2004 19:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 273 Burundian refugees arrived Tuesday in the eastern Ruyigi province from Tanzania, an official sources said here. Full text...

  • UNHCR to resume repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia
    21 april 2004 19:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR is to resume the repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia in June, the agency's regional representative for Southern Africa, Ahmed Gurbatalla, said. Full text...

  • US gives $11 million for returning Liberian refugees
    20 april 2004 15:59:00
    News York- UN (PANA) -- Following an urgent appeal last week for more funds to prepare for the return of an estimated 150,000 Liberian refugees, the UN refugee agency announced Tuesday that the United States has donated $11 million, but the agency was still $25 million short of its goal. Full text...

  • Kenya pushes for lasting solution to Africa's refugee crisis
    14 april 2004 20:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Vice President Moody Awori said Wednesday that Kenya was working closely with other countries and regional organizations to find a lasting solution to the refugee problem in Africa, particularly in the horn of Africa. Full text...

  • 165 refugees from Congo/Brazzaville return home
    13 april 2004 23:34:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 165 refugees from Congo/Brazzaville have voluntarily returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where they had been living since 1998, official sources said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UN agency launches $115 million appeal for Darfur refugees
    13 april 2004 14:40:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN needs some $115 million from donors to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's war-ravished Darfur region, a five-fold increase of an earlier appeal for help to over 700,000 people uprooted from their homes by civil conflict and an ethnic cleansing campaign against black Africans. Full text...

  • Polygamy: a thorny problem among Burundian returnees
    12 april 2004 09:56:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Several conflicts have erupted within certain families of former Burundian exiles because some husbands have returned with new wives from neighbouring Tanzania. Full text...

  • 165 Congolese refugees return to DR Congo
    08 april 2004 10:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 165 Congolese nationals who found refuge in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1998, accompanied by a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative, returned to Brazzaville through the Beach Wednesday, Radio Congo said Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR maintains Burundi as top priority
    08 april 2004 08:50:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has affirmed that a programme to voluntarily repatriate at least half a million Burundi refugees in Tanzania will remain a top priority in the next two years, as security conditions improve in their home country. Full text...

  • More Eritrean refugees head home from Sudan
    05 april 2004 09:20:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- In the biggest convoy yet in a repatriation scheme sponsored by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), some 1,700 Eritrean refugees left their camps in eastern Sudan last week and made the cross back home, local press reports affirmed here at the weekend. Full text...

  • UNHCR delegation visits Burundi
    01 april 2004 18:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A delegation from the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) arrived here Thursday on a three- day working visit focussing on ways and means to support the return of thousands of Burundi refugees. Full text...

  • UN agency raises alarm over diseases among Sudan refugees
    30 march 2004 17:51:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Civilians in Sudan's Darfur region, who continue to be attacked by armed groups, are further faced with shortages of water and outbreak of communicable diseases such as measles, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees in DRC to resume voluntary return
    25 march 2004 22:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The signatories of the tripartite DR Congo-Angola-UNHCR accord sealed 9 December 2002 have recommended the resumption in 2004 of the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees settled in the central African country. Full text...

  • Border violence pushes 1,000 Congolese into Zambia
    24 march 2004 13:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Congolese men, women and children have crossed into Zambia following fresh outbreak of violence against civilians blamed on the irregular rebel group known as the Mai-Mai, government and UNHCR officials confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Humanitarian actors prepare for more refugees in Chad
    23 march 2004 20:17:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A workshop attended by donors, UN system agencies in Chad and refugees' committees opened here Tuesday to discuss ways of improving the provision of assistance to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing into eastern Chad in 2005. Full text...

  • Guinea refuses Liberian refugees safe passage
    19 march 2004 17:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 300 Liberians from Ghana on voluntary return home via Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea, are marooned in Sikasso (southern Mali) where the regional authorities are trying to assist them with the support of the national and international Red Cross, the Malian News Agency (AMAP) reported. Full text...

  • UNHCR says no plan to repatriate Liberian refugees in Nigeria
    19 march 2004 11:34:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN refugee Agency, UNHCR, has no immediate plans to repatriate Liberian refugees residing in Nigeria, despite agitation by the refugees to return home, an official of the agency has said. Full text...

  • Gambia to revoke refugee status for Sierra Leoneans
    18 march 2004 23:11:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian authorities have written a letter announcing their intention to revoke the refugee status of Sierra Leoneans by June this year, Freetown's High Commissioner to Banjul Foday M. Full text...

  • UN relief agency signals SOS for Ethiopian refugees
    18 march 2004 16:33:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Warning of the deteriorating situation of 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern Ethiopia, the UN relief coordination agency Thursday launched an international appeal for the immediate contribution of $180,000 to begin reintegration efforts and prevent the situation from worsening. Full text...

  • Ex-Nigerian Justice Minister donates to refugees
    18 march 2004 12:06:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former Nigerian Justice Minister Bola Ajibola has donated relief materials worth 200,000 naira (US$1,470) to Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees at the Oru camp outside the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Rwandan official urges compatriots in Malawi to return home
    17 march 2004 21:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A visiting official from Kigali has urged some 6,000 Rwandan refugees in Malawi to return, saying the political climate back home was now a "stable". Full text...

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