Refugees -
  • 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...

  • 17,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon to head home
    15 march 2004 12:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The federal government has set up a technical committee to work out the modality for the repatriation of 17,000 Nigerian herders from Cameroon. Full text...

  • UNICEF regional director expected in Chad Sunday
    12 march 2004 19:03:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- UNICEF director for West and Central Africa, Rima Salah is expected Sunday in Chad on a weeklong visit to ascertain the condition of children among Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad, UNICEF announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Guinea fears incursion at border with Mali
    12 march 2004 10:50:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea has sent a ministerial delegation to the country's border with Mali and deployed army personnel to prevent what it fears could result to a military incursion by some 220 stranded Liberians, state radio has announced. Full text...

  • Chad gets 55 million FCFA Taiwanese grant for refugees
    11 march 2004 20:32:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Taiwan has granted 100,000 US dollars 55 million FCFA to help Chad cope with an influx of Sudanese refugees fleeing from fighting in the western Darfur region, PANA leant from the embassy of the Republic of China in N'jamena. Full text...

  • President Toure to tour Ivorian refugees' camp in Mali
    11 march 2004 20:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure Thursday began a four-day tour of the country's southern region that would take him to the Loulouni camp holding Ivorian refugees in the Sikasso region, official sources said in Bamako. Full text...

  • UNHCR counts Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad
    10 march 2004 13:42:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is taking a census of refugees in eastern Chad fleeing fighting in Sudan's Darfour region between government forces and rebel groups, an official of the UN agency revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • US funds repatriation of Sudanese refugees
    09 march 2004 09:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Washington has released 2. Full text...

  • UNHCR to set up working group for Africa's returnees
    09 march 2004 08:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has been tasked with setting up a working group to support the return and reintegration of millions of refugees in at least nine African countries. Full text...

  • UNHCR: No special status for returnees in home country
    08 march 2004 14:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- As the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) seeks the commitment of African States and partner agencies to meet the challenges of refugee repatriation, it asserts that returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) should not be treated as a special group in their home countries. Full text...

  • UNHCR needs US$20.8m to assist Sudanese refugees in Chad
    06 march 2004 09:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR requires 20. Full text...

  • Hunger could hit refugees in Eastern, Central Africa
    04 march 2004 10:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday that it will reduce basic food rations to refugees throughout eastern and central Africa unless immediate donations were received. Full text...

  • 2,000 DRC's soldiers seek return home
    02 march 2004 20:13:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Over 2,000 soldiers from the DR Congo who fled to Congo-Brazzaville during the conflict years, have appealed to authorities in Kinshasa and the UNHCR to facilitate their return home. Full text...

  • Refugees return to Somalia amid call for fresh aid
    02 march 2004 09:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somali refugees are returning home from neighbouring Djibouti with the start of repatriation convoys under the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees return home Tuesday
    01 march 2004 17:14:00
    Dakar- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia resumes Tuesday following the deployment of UN peacekeepers along the road to the Liberia-Sierra Leone border. Full text...

  • Millions of Africa's refugees head home soon - UN official
    28 february 2004 10:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Millions of Africans uprooted by war are in sight of the day when they can return to their countries, UNHCR's head of operations in Africa, David Lambo, has said. Full text...

  • 350 refugees to be repatriated from DR Congo's Kimaza
    27 february 2004 20:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 350 refugees will voluntarily return to Congo (Brazzaville) from the Kimaza camp, Lower-Congo region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first tripartite meeting involving the two countries and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has decided. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for more food aid for refugees in Ethiopia
    26 february 2004 18:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for 10 million US dollars with which to buy some 19,000 tons of food to feed refugees in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Over 86,000 DR Congo refugees live in Congo (Brazzaville)
    25 february 2004 20:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Over 86,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are "scattered" in various parts of Congo-Brazzaville, an official source has revealed. Full text...

  • Starvation stares at quarter million refugees in Kenya
    25 february 2004 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Refugees in Kenya face food shortages in coming months unless the UN World Food Programme (WFP) gets immediate cash infusions or further food donations, the UN agency warned here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees return as UNAMSIL troops deploy
    23 february 2004 16:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- As troops of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) extend their deployment in the country's western Grand Cape Mount County on the border with Sierra Leone at the weekend, hundreds of Liberian refugees have started returning home. Full text...

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