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  • UNHCR repatriates 4th batch of Liberian refugees from Nigeria
    05 december 2004 12:32:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Another group of 118 Liberian refugees at the Oru camp in southwest Nigeria left for home Saturday under the UN refugee agency's voluntary repatriation programme, bringing to 588 the number of those so far repatriated since the exercise started last month. Full text...

  • 'Minority refugees' in Nigeria accuse UNHCR of discrimination
    28 november 2004 13:02:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- A group calling itself 'minority refugees' at the Oru refugees camp in Nigeria has accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of "gross marginalisation and discrimination" against its members. Full text...

  • 150 rights NGOs seek protection for refugees in Africa
    23 november 2004 18:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 150 human rights NGOs participating in the 36th Ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) here Tuesday submitted a resolution to the commission requesting adequate protection for some five million refugees and internally- displaced persons in Africa. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates third batch of Liberian refugees from Nigeria
    23 november 2004 11:09:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repatriated another group of 235 Liberians refugees residing at the Oru camp in southwest Nigeria, bringing to 470 the number of those who have so far returned home since the voluntary repatriation programme started two weeks ago, As usual, the refugees were ferried from the camp, located some 140 kilometres from the commercial city of Lagos, to the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, where they were airlifted home. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugee influx straining Uganda's resources - UNHCR
    20 november 2004 17:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has cautioned that an influx of refugees from south Sudan into Uganda could stretch the resources of a country that already hosts the largest concentration of south Sudanese refugees in Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique hosts 8,000 foreign refugees
    17 november 2004 17:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique is hosting some 8,000 refugees from about 16 countries, mainly from Africa's Great Lake's region, national news agency, AIM reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNCHR settles Sudanese refugees fleeing Ugandan rebels
    16 november 2004 12:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Increased attacks by Ugandan rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) on rural settlements in southern Sudan have forced more than 30,000 Sudanese to flee to northern Uganda. Full text...

  • Another batch of Liberian refugees leave Nigeria for home
    15 november 2004 19:06:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- A second batch of 105 Liberian refugees Monday left their camp in Oru, some 140 km outside the Nigerian commercial city of Lagos for home, bringing the total number of Liberians so far repatriated in the past one week, to 213. Full text...

  • Over 1,000 Congolese refugees return from CAR
    12 november 2004 18:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A total of 1,048 Congolese refugees returned home Thursday from the Central African Republic (CAR), the acting representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mohammed Dayri, revealed Friday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees in Nigeria hail Darfur agreement
    11 november 2004 13:08:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sudanese refugees in Nigeria have hailed Tuesday's signing of the Darfur security and humanitarian protocols by the Sudanese government and the two main rebel groups at the peace talks in Abuja. Full text...

  • UNHCR says 5,000 Ivorian refugees arrive in Liberia
    11 november 2004 12:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- At least 5,000 Ivorian refugees have crossed into northeastern Liberia fleeing recent hostilities in Cote d'Ivoire, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • WFP helps influx of Ivorian refugees into Liberia
    09 november 2004 17:33:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Some 800 Ivorian refugees have crossed into neighbouring Liberia by Monday due to the latest flare up of hostilities in Cote d'Ivoire, the head of World Food Programme (WFP) office in Liberia, Justin Bigirishya affirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 500,000 Liberian IDPs start journey back home
    09 november 2004 09:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- About half million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have began the journey back home after spending many years in camps on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, due to 14 years of civil conflict. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees leave Nigeria for home
    08 november 2004 12:10:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first batch of 108 Liberian refugees Monday left their Oru Camp, some 140 km outside the Nigerian commercial city of Lagos, to board a flight back home under a voluntary repatriation programme organised by the UN refugees agency, UNHCR. Full text...

  • 80,000 Burundians return from exile in 10 months
    29 october 2004 14:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 80,000 Burundians returned home from exile between January and October 2004, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed here. Full text...

  • WFP to buy Nigerian sorghum to feed Sudanese refugees
    28 october 2004 19:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) is to buy 3,000 tons of sorghum from the Nigerian strategic grain reserves to feed Sudanese refugees in Chad, Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry said Thursday in Abuja. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Tanzania discuss repatriation of refugees
    26 october 2004 21:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Congolese government delegation is due in Tanzania this week for talks towards an agreement on the repatriation of Congolese refugees, Kinshasa sources affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • WFP cuts food ration to Congolese, Burundian refugees
    26 october 2004 18:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Faced with severe funding shortages, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced it has been "forced" to cut food rations to some 400,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in 13 camps in western Tanzania. Full text...

  • Zanzibari refugees languish in Mogadishu
    23 october 2004 19:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 184 Zanzibari refugees in Mogadishu have complained of continuous hunger, insecurity, lack of medication and proper shelter, saying the UN refugee agency has forsaken them. Full text...

  • Minister urges Burundian refugees in Rwanda to return home
    22 october 2004 18:00:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Visiting Burundian Minister for refugees Françoise Ngendahayo has called on her compatriots in Rwanda to return home, official sources said in Kigali Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate Congolese refugees in CAR
    20 october 2004 12:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unveiled a programme Wednesday to repatriate Congolese refugees in the Central African Republic to the northwestern province of Equator despite "huge logistic challenges". Full text...

  • Over 1,600 Congolese refugees return from Burundi
    19 october 2004 19:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 1,618 Congolese refugees have returned home from Burundi through the Congo-Burundi border post of Kamvivira in South-Kivu, Congolese deputy interior minister Paul Musafiri announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNCHR set to repatriate Liberian refugees from Nigeria
    07 october 2004 18:17:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR is to begin voluntary repatriation of some 4,000 Liberian refugees at the Oru camp in south-western Nigeria at the end of this month, according to camp Commandant Lawrence Yegwa. Full text...

  • UNHCR official denies allegations by Liberian refugees
    06 october 2004 17:42:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ron Mponda, a representative of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR in Gambia, Wednesday dismissed allegations by Liberian refugees that he had made himself inaccessible and also refused to issue relevant documents to them. Full text...

  • 165 Liberian refugees return from Ghana, Sierra Leone
    01 october 2004 21:06:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Some 165 Liberian refugees returned home Friday by air from Ghana and across the land border from neighbouring Sierra Leone, under a programme by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR to repatriate over 300,000 Liberians from across West Africa. Full text...

  • UNHCR upbeat about repatriation of Liberian refugees
    01 october 2004 20:43:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has welcomed a massive repatriation effort to return home some 340,000 Liberians scattered across West Africa over the next three years as a sign of hope. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees in Ghana return home
    01 october 2004 18:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Another phase in the slow march to end the 14-year bloody civil war in Liberia began Friday with the airlifting of 100 Liberian refugees back home from Ghana. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for funds to feed refugees in Zambia
    30 september 2004 16:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday appealed for 3. Full text...

  • UNHCR urges DR Congo to ensure safety of returnee refugees
    28 september 2004 16:26:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) Tuesday called on DR Congo authorities, particularly local leaders in South Kivu, to ensure the safety of Congolese who choose to return to their country after taking refuge in neighbouring Burundi during fighting in June this year. Full text...

  • UNHCR reschedules repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees
    27 september 2004 22:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees has extended the deadline for voluntary repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees here to 31 December, a release from UNHCR Chief of Mission in Banjul indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Kinshasa moves to repatriate Congolese refugees
    27 september 2004 20:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo government has despatched a delegation to Kigoma, Tanzania as well as to Bukavu, Uvira and Baraka within the country for consultations in view of the return of refugees who fled the instability in Kivu province. Full text...

  • Liberia signs refugee repatriation pact with UNHCR
    27 september 2004 17:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Monday in Monrovia signed a tripartite agreement with Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire for the repatriation of over 300,000 Liberian refugees from the three neighbouring West African countries. Full text...

  • 1,500 Congolese refugees stranded at Burundi border
    27 september 2004 07:57:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 1,500 Congolese Tutsi refugees, representing about 250 families who had fled to Burundi after insecurity erupted in South-Kivu last August, are currently blocked at the closed border in the southern Bukavu town of Uvira, corroborating sources said here. Full text...

  • AU envoys end tour of refugee camps in Sierra Leone
    25 september 2004 09:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) delegation has renewed the Union's commitment to working with African nations to ensure sustainable peace and prevent outbreak of further refugee crisis on the continent. Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate Liberian refugees from Ghana soon
    22 september 2004 22:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana, Liberia and the UN refugee agency on Wednesday signed an agreement in Accra to facilitate the repatriation of some 42,000 Liberian refugees from Ghana. Full text...

  • UNHCR reaches accord to take Congolese home
    22 september 2004 16:30:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday signed a tripartite accord to repatriate DR Congo nationals seeking refuge in Congo Brazzaville, sources have said. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees in Burundi refuse to leave Gatumba
    21 september 2004 23:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who survived last August's massacre at Gatumba near the western outskirts of Bujumbura on Tuesday declined to be moves to central Burundi. Full text...

  • Angola's poor roads hold up UN refugee repatriation programme
    17 september 2004 19:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported Friday that poor roads were hampering its voluntary repatriation programme for Angolans who had sought refuge in Zambia from three decades of civil war, with only a fifth of the expected number going back so far this year. Full text...

  • Rwanda refugee influx sparks fears in Uganda
    17 september 2004 15:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The continued influx of Rwanda refugees into western Uganda is causing worrying times for local district authorities over alleged security threats. Full text...

  • AU mission to assess refugee situation in Sierra Leone
    16 september 2004 11:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A delegation from the African Union (AU) is expected to arrive in Freetown Saturday to assess the refugee situation in Sierra Leone with a view to enhancing its programmes on refugees on the continent. Full text...

  • Burundi authorities relocate Banyamulenge refugees
    14 september 2004 22:49:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 133 Banyamulenge refugees from previously camped on the DR Congo/Burundi border were Tuesday transferred to safer grounds 200 km inland, humanitarian officials told PANA in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees return from Burundi
    13 september 2004 20:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 4,500 Congolese refugee families returned a week ago from neighbouring Burundi, the UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR urged to extend repatriation of Sierra Leoneans
    13 september 2004 15:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- An appeal has been made to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters to consider extending the deadline for the voluntary repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees from the Gambia to their country of origin. Full text...

  • Rwanda removes DR Congo refugees from border area
    10 september 2004 23:38:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan authorities have moved 25 families of Congolese refugees of Rwandan Tutsi origin from a transit centre near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to Kiziba in the country's north-west. Full text...

  • Italy assists refugees in Kenya
    09 september 2004 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Italian government has donated 350,000 Euros to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to assist Sudanese, Somali and Ethiopia refugees in Kenya. Full text...

  • Congo-Brazzaville hosts 120,000 DR Congo refugees
    07 september 2004 22:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congo-Brazzaville is playing host to about 120,000 refugees from DR Congo, more than half of whom hail from the province of Equator, DR Congo minister of Solidarity and Humanitarian Affairs revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR worries over safety of returnees to DR Congo
    07 september 2004 17:48:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Nearly a month after more than 150 Congolese refugees were massacred in Burundi, large numbers appear have returned to DR Congo though the UN refugee agency does not believe conditions in their home areas allow for a safe or sustainable return. Full text...

  • UNHCR to take home 100,000 Somali refugees from Kenya
    06 september 2004 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR plans to repatriate over 100,000 Somali refugees currently living in Kenya should the war-torn country form a new government, the agency said here Monday. Full text...

  • 200,000 Burundese refugees came home since 2002
    04 september 2004 16:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 212,500 Burundese refugees returned home since 2002, according to sources at the UNHCR local office here, which explained that 76,881 of the returnees were repatriated early this year. Full text...

  • HRC seeks funds to repatriate Burundi refugees
    04 september 2004 12:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The voluntary repatriation of Burundi refugees in Tanzania might stop, the UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) warned Friday, citing a shortage in funds for the operation. Full text...

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