Refugees -
  • Foreign refugees out of control in Malawi
    31 july 2006 18:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi Department for Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Rehabilitation said it was facing difficulties confining foreign refugees and asylum seekers to designated areas in the country. Full text...

  • 102 Liberian refugees leave for home
    25 july 2006 09:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Another batch of 102 Liberian refugees has left Nigeria for their home country under the ongoing voluntary repatriation exercise of the UN refugees agency (UNHCR), an official of the refugee community confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberian delegation visits Ghana on refugees
    14 july 2006 12:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A high-level Liberian ministerial delegation is visiting Ghana to have an insight into the situation of Liberian refugees and plans to repatriate them as peace and stability return to their country. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 491 Rwandan refugees from Burundi
    10 july 2006 16:25:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) - – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) repatriated 491 Rwandan refugees last week from the Musasa and Ngozi camps in northern Burundi, the UN agency said in a statement Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR notes 'modest landmark' in taking southern Sudanese home
    09 july 2006 13:59:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said the number of refugees repatriated to southern Sudan under a UN- backed program has passed 10,000, describing it as a "modest landmark" in bringing home some 350,000 refugees from the region. Full text...

  • 6,000 Burundian refugees return home
    07 july 2006 22:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 5,917 Burundians returned home this year, mainly from neighbouring Tanzania, Penagnini Touré, a spokesperson of the UN Operation in Burundi, said Thursday. Full text...

  • 40 Liberian refugees on trial for misconduct in Freetown
    29 june 2006 22:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- More than 40 Liberian refugees including men and women with their babies, who were arrested on 8 June by Sierra Leonean police at the UNHCR offices here and charged with riotous conduct, malicious damage and conspiracy, are still detained at maximum Pademba Road Prison awaiting trial. Full text...

  • Unlettered refugees in Congo lack assistance
    23 june 2006 14:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Most refugees living in Congo are not registered with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, "because they don't know how to fill in the asylum application forms", chairman of the refugees from DR Congo, Pierre Blaise Kazadi, said here Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR urges Liberian refugees in Cote d'Ivoire to return
    21 june 2006 12:24:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The head of UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Antonio Guterres, is urging some 160,000 Liberian refugees in Cote d'Ivoire to return to their country, where stability has been restored. Full text...

  • Refugees in Zambia face harassment
    20 june 2006 21:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Refugee Day amidst charges that aliens in the country are being harassed by immigration officers seeking bribes. Full text...

  • Funding still major challenge - UNHCR official
    20 june 2006 21:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A top UN refugee agency official Tuesday cited shortage of funding for key "baseline needs" and the lack of proper laws across Great Lakes region as among the main challenges facing those uprooted from their countries by military and political conflicts. Full text...

  • Refugees in Senegal complain for assistance
    20 june 2006 09:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Female Refugees and Asylum Seekers Committee in Senegal has deplored administrative bottlenecks toward achieving official refugee status and lack of assistance from the office of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Dakar. Full text...

  • UNHCR sees end to refugee crisis in Africa
    19 june 2006 21:11:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has declared on the eve of the celebration of the World Refugee Day on Tuesday that there is hope for a final solution to the refugee problem, notably in Africa. Full text...

  • 48 Liberian refugees detain in Freetown for "rioting"
    19 june 2006 14:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police in Sierra Leone have arrested and detained 48 Liberian refugees, including 24 women, for "riotous conduct" at the UNHCR office in Freetown. Full text...

  • As world refugee numbers decrease, IDPs increase, says UN
    10 june 2006 15:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- While the number of refugees worldwide has reached a 26-year low, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' annual global count of uprooted people rose last year to nearly 21 million, according to a report released on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • 129 Liberian refugees repatriated from Nigeria
    04 june 2006 12:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria(PANA) -- Some 129 Liberian refugees were repatriated from Nigeria to their home country Saturday under the voluntary repatriation programme of the UN refugee agency UNHCR, agency programme officer Bridget Eno told PANA here. Full text...

  • Malian refugees arrive in eastern Mauritania
    29 may 2006 17:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 300 Malian families have in the past week arrived in eastern Mauritania to flee fighting in the north of their country between government troops and former Tuareg rebels. Full text...

  • WFP pleas for relief aid in Chad, CAR
    26 may 2006 17:31:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- As insecurity in Chad continues to make international headlines, WFP has urged the international community not to lose sight of the suffering of some 50,000 displaced people in the troubled northwest region of neighbouring Central African Republic. Full text...

  • UNHCR accuses Darfur rebels of recruiting refugee fighters
    17 may 2006 11:15:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has accused rebels in Sudan's war-torn western Darfur region of recruiting thousands of male fighters from refugee camps in neighbouring Chad. Full text...

  • UNHCR relocates protesting Congolese refugees
    04 may 2006 22:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has transferred a group of 67 Congolese asylum-seekers from Bujumbura to a new reception centre in Giharo, southeastern Burundi, the UN agency said in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Refugees face new restrictions in northern Kenya
    29 april 2006 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have put in place tough new travel restrictions on refugees housed in the three northern Kenya-based UN High Commissioner for Refugees camps, who wish to seek advanced treatment outside the North Eastern administrative region. Full text...

  • UNHCR report delves into dynamics of displacement
    19 april 2006 14:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The return of millions of refugees to their home countries over the past five years contributed to a sharp decline of asylum seekers around the world, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Refugees shunning health services due to mistrust - Official
    13 april 2006 20:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The provision of health services to refugees living in Kenya is hindered by perceived misconception, mistrust and language barriers that the refugees have when seeking such services, Dr. Full text...

  • UNHCR prepares 3,000 Liberian refugees for return home
    03 april 2006 14:07:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Monday announced plans to sensitise Liberian refugees residing in Conakry about their voluntary imminent repatriation. Full text...

  • Repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Uganda under cash threat
    27 march 2006 20:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – The UN refugee agency, UN-HCR, warned Monday that plans to repatriate some 170,000 Sudanese refugees from Uganda could be scuttled by lack of funds. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau army distress Casamance refugees
    27 march 2006 14:34:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Refugees from Casamance living in Guinea-Bissau villages along the border with Senegal have suffered a great loss after soldiers of the Guinea-Bissau completely burnt their dwellings, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Thousands of Guinea-Bissau refugees arrive in Senegal
    23 march 2006 10:19:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 2,178 Bissau Guineans have crossed into Senegal's southern city of Ziguinchor after fleeing clashes between two rival factions of the Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), according to a senior Senegalese official here. Full text...

  • Senegal forms welfare committee for displaced people
    22 march 2006 21:39:00
    Bissau- Bissau Guinea (PANA) -- Authorities in Senegal have set up a management committee to coordinate the welfare of displaced people fleeing fighting between the Guinea Bissau army and fighters loyal to Salif Sadio, head of the military wing of the rebel Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • Fresh fighting uproots 3000 Somalis
    21 march 2006 21:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – The number of Somalis flee-ing renewed fighting between the Transitional government and Mogadishu-based warlords has risen to some 3000, relief agencies and Kenya government officials confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Somali refugees flee into Kenya
    20 march 2006 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 500 Somalis have entered Kenya in the past five days, after fleeing heavy fighting between the Somali transitional government forces and militia of local warlords, according to refuge agencies here. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees in Nigeria leave for home
    18 march 2006 19:56:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Another batch of 120 Liberian refugees living in Nigeria left for Monrovia on Saturday under the voluntary repatriation programme of the UN refugee Agency, UNHCR, according to Lawrence Yegwa, commandant of the refugee camp in Oru, southwest Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN agency chiefs on visit to Africa Great Lakes region
    27 february 2006 22:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Gutteres, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), James Maurice, and his UNICEF's counterpart Ann Veneman, have arrived in the DR Congo, as part of their joint mission to the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia clears way for Sudanese refugees heading home
    27 february 2006 12:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday sign a tripartite agreement here to facilitate the repatriation of some 73,000 Sudanese refugees currently in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • IGAD refugee meet roots for greater support for IDPs
    21 february 2006 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) ministerial conference on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the IGAD region Tuesday called on the international community to fulfil its commitments, particularly in continuously providing aid to large groups of displaced persons in the region. Full text...

  • EU supports Saharawi refugees in Algeria
    21 february 2006 14:07:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted 900,000-Euro humanitarian aid to Saharawi refugees living in Algeria's Tindouf camps, an EU statement said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees to visit DR Congo
    16 february 2006 23:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Gutteres, is expected in Kinshasa 25 February on a working visit to DR Congo, official sources announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Famine drives Burundians towards Tanzania
    15 february 2006 20:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 4,000 hungry villagers from the northeastern region of Burundi have applied for asylum in Tanzania since the early 2006 due to the famine in their country, the local UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 2,000 Liberian refugees repatriated from Guinea in January
    13 february 2006 14:28:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Some 2,106 Liberian refugees living in camps in southern Guinea were repatriated home last month, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said in a statement here Monday. Full text...

  • Danish agency to assist refugees in northern Uganda
    13 february 2006 13:17:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) will finance a three-year development programme to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities in north-western Uganda, an official source said in Kampala. Full text...

  • Repatriation of Sudanese refugees starts Friday
    02 february 2006 09:53:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- The first plane load of Sudanese refugees leaves the Central African Republic for home on Friday under a voluntary repatriation exercise, whose tripartite agreement was signed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 Congolese, Sudanese exiles to return home in March
    01 february 2006 08:23:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Arrangements are being finalised for the repatriation of more than 20,000 Sudanese and Congolese refugees to their respective countries in March under a tripartite agreement signed here. Full text...

  • Wade: problem of Mauritanian refugees in Senegal is complex
    31 january 2006 17:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The problem of Mauritanian refugees residing in Senegal is "very complex" and "cannot be resolved within a 19 month-transition," Senegalese head of state, Abdoulaye Wade declared in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • UNHCR falls far below 2005 Burundi refugee repatriation target
    26 january 2006 17:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 68,000 Burundian refugees returned home in 2005, mainly from Tanzania, far less than the 150,000 initially expected, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees in Nigeria set for home
    19 january 2006 20:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first batch of 118 Liberian refugees in Nigeria, will leave for home Sunday under a voluntary repatriation programme of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), according to Lawrence Yegwa, commandant of the refugee camp in Oru, Ijebu Ode, near Lagos. Full text...

  • Five Congolese refugees die of hunger in Burundi
    15 january 2006 15:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Five refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have died of hunger in the past week while living in the northwest of Burundi due to lack of food, the private radio Isanganiro (Crossroads) reported Sunday here. Full text...

  • UNHCR pursues return of 70,000 refugees to South Sudan
    12 january 2006 20:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday signed the first of seven expected tripartite agreements that will clear the way for some 70,000 refugees to return to South Sudan in the first half of this year. Full text...

  • Kenya, Sudan, UN sign deal on repatriation of refugees
    12 january 2006 17:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya, Sudan and the UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, Thursday signed an agreement here for the voluntary repatriation of thousands of Sudanese refugees in Kenya. Full text...

  • 900 DR Congo refugees return from Congo Brazzaville
    07 january 2006 11:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 960 DR Congo refugees returned home from neighbouring Congo Brazzaville between November and mid-December 2005, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR said in a report. Full text...

  • HRW urges Egypt to halt deportation of Sudanese refugees
    05 january 2006 17:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should prevent the deportation of hundreds of Sudanese demonstrators arrested following the 30 December police attack on their encampment in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, Human Rights Watch said here Thursday. Full text...

  • 459 Liberian refugees in Nigeria ready for return home
    31 december 2005 13:24:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The repatriation of the hundreds of Liberia refugees from the Oru Camp in southwest Nigeria, under the UNHCR voluntary repatriation programme, will resume in January 2006, according to camp commandant Lawrence Yegwa. Full text...

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