Refugees -
  • Ugandan officials demand sex from female asylum seekers - Report
    16 june 2005 16:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Refugee Law Project report has alleged that Uganda government officials have been demanding sex from female asylum seekers from neighbouring countries to endorse their status. Full text...

  • Zambia hosts over 150,000 DRC, Angolan refugees
    16 june 2005 08:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 150,000 refugees continue to live in the border areas of Zambia in spite of official repatriation programmes. Full text...

  • Burundian, Rwandan officials discuss asylum seekers
    12 june 2005 13:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Senior Burundian and Rwandan officials on Saturday held a closed-door bilateral meeting north of here to discuss the rising number of asylum seekers crossing the common border between the two countries. Full text...

  • Over 450 'Banyamulenge' refugees return to DR Congo
    10 june 2005 17:02:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 450 Banyamulenge refugees (Congolese citizens of Tutsi origin) have voluntarily returned to the DR Congo from Rwanda since 23 May, UN sources said. Full text...

  • Germany helps Togolese refugees in Benin
    07 june 2005 10:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Germany has granted over 300,000 Euros to Togolese refugees in Benin for basic needs, the German Embassy here said Tuesday in a release. Full text...

  • Rwandan refugees in Burundi get army supervision
    01 june 2005 21:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A Burundi army officer has been appointed to administer the transit camp in northern Burundi for Rwandan asylum seekers who have been in a precarious administrative and humanitarian situation for several months. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees leave DR Congo to return home
    31 may 2005 23:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities on Tuesday repatriated some 1,142 Angolan refugees from Katanga province, official sources told PANA in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Germany donates 300,000 euros to Togolese refugees
    30 may 2005 22:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Germany has donated more than 300,000 euros to the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to cater for the basic needs of Togolese refugees in Benin, the German embassy here announced Monday in a press release. Full text...

  • 114 Liberian refugees leave Nigeria for home
    28 may 2005 16:18:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 114 Liberian refugees left Oru camp in southwestern Nigeria on Saturday for home under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' voluntary repatriation programme. Full text...

  • African refugees seek improved living condition in Nigerian camp
    26 may 2005 17:31:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Refugees from seven African countries at the Oru Camp in south-western Nigeria have appealed to host the government and the international community to help improve their living condition. Full text...

  • Influx of Rwandan asylum seekers in Burundi worries UN
    21 may 2005 11:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern for thousands of Rwandans living along the Burundian border who are desperate to escape retribution by village "Gacaca" courts set up to try the 1994 Rwanda Genocide suspects. Full text...

  • US donates $1mn to UNHCR for refugees in Congo
    19 may 2005 19:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The United States has contributed one million dollars to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help fund the UN agency's activities in Congo, diplomatic sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda to deport over 15,000 Rwandans
    19 may 2005 11:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda is to deport over 15,000 unregistered Rwandan refugee seekers after denying them refugee status in the country. Full text...

  • 236 Angolan refugees return from Zambia
    18 may 2005 19:41:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Some 236 Angolan refugees have returned from Zambia this week as part of a joint programme by the Angolan government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), official sources said in Luanda Wednesday. Full text...

  • France assists Togo refugees in Benin
    13 may 2005 21:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France has approved a 100,000-Euro grant for Benin to help meet the needs of Togolese refugees in the neighbouring West African country, the Benin Foreign Minister Rogatien Biaou announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Benin urges international help for Togo refugees
    13 may 2005 20:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has called on the international community to support the country and the UN towards meeting the needs of thousands of Togolese refugees in Benin, State radio reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Last batch of Angolan refugees set to leave Zambia
    11 may 2005 11:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, working in conjunction with the Zambian and Angolan governments, has launched the final phase of the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees estimated at 34,500, from Zambian refugee settlements. Full text...

  • Togolese refugees in Benin get WFP food
    06 may 2005 15:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing Togolese refugees in Benin with some 53 tons of food, including rice, maize and beans, official sources said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • More refugees arrive in Ghana from Togo
    05 may 2005 12:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's immigration services said on Thursday that it had registered 12,933 refugees streaming in from Togo, comprising mainly women and children, but the situation was under control. Full text...

  • More Togolese refugees register in Ghana
    01 may 2005 09:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Local authorities in Ghana have confirmed that they were registering more Togolese refugees who had been fleeing their country into Ghana following violence that erupted after last Sunday's controversial presidential elections. Full text...

  • UN agencies cater for first batch of Togolese refugees in Benin
    28 april 2005 15:33:00
    Ilacodji- Benin (PANA) -- Hundreds of Togolese fleeing post-election riots following the release of Sunday's presidential polls results have arrived in Beninese border villages of Ilacodji, Agoue, Djeta and Agokpame, and are being cater for by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and UNICEF, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN agencies cater for first batch of Togolese refugees in Benin
    28 april 2005 15:33:00
    Ilacodji- Benin (PANA) -- Hundreds of Togolese fleeing post-election riots following the release of Sunday's presidential polls results have arrived in Beninese border villages of Ilacodji, Agoue, Djeta and Agokpame, and are being cater for by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and UNICEF, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees seek national reconciliation
    28 april 2005 11:21:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 2,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Nigeria's main refugee camp at Oru, some 120 km from the commercial city of Lagos, have called for true reconciliation in their country, which is gradually recovering from years of devastating civil war. Full text...

  • Burundi hosts meeting on Rwandan refugees
    27 april 2005 21:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A meeting of Rwandan and Burundi officials opened here Wednesday on the plight of Rwandan refugees camped for more than a month now in northern Burundi. Full text...

  • Nigeria repatriates nationals from Cameroon
    22 april 2005 16:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has started repatriating about 35,000 of its nationals who fled across the border to neighbouring Cameroon in 2001 because of deadly ethnic violence in some parts of the country, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • Angolan refugees to start leaving Zambia in May
    22 april 2005 12:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is to resume voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from settlements and camps in Zambia on May 4, Kelvin Shimoh, public information assistant at the UNHCR office in Lusaka, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR plans to repatriate 60,000 DR Congo's refugees
    21 april 2005 19:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The repatriation of some 60,000 refugees from DR Congo, who settled in neighbouring Congo since 1998, may start at the end of this month, a source close to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi moves 931 Rwandan refugees from common border
    19 april 2005 23:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian authorities on Monday moved 931 Rwandan refugees to transit centres far from the common border three weeks after they fled their country for fear of being charged for alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide. Full text...

  • UNHCR sends Rwandans home from Zambia
    18 april 2005 17:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Monday repatriated seven Rwandan refugees to Kigali under the UN agency's voluntary repatriation programme. Full text...

  • Cameroon to start repatriating Nigerian refugees
    15 april 2005 22:06:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, Nigeria and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed an agreement to repatriate 10,000 Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon to their homeland. Full text...

  • Somalis, Sudanese asylum seekers walk for months to reach Malawi
    13 april 2005 18:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Forty-two Somalis and a Sudanese have arrived in the southern Malawi district of Phalombe after walking for two months and 15 days on foot without proper food, water or sleep, they claimed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda genocide suspects flee to Burundi
    13 april 2005 15:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A large number of Rwandans have sought refuge in Burundi due to fears of facing trial for their alleged role in the 1994 genocide, Burundi border area administrators reported. Full text...

  • Conditions worsen for Congolese refugees in Burundi
    05 april 2005 22:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Living conditions have severely deteriorated in a camp inhabited by Congolese refugees in Burundi (Banyamulenge) since several NGOs that supplied them with basic necessities were forced to withdraw last Saturday. Full text...

  • Stable Burundi to attract 150,000 returnees in 2005
    01 april 2005 15:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Favourable social and economic conditions would serve as incentives for some 150,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring Tanzania to return home this year, judging by current voluntary repatriation rates, an official of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said. Full text...

  • UNHCR closing down Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia
    17 march 2005 13:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced Thursday that it was winding down its operation in eastern Ethiopia as the remaining few thousand refugees from neighbouring Somalia would go home in the next two months. Full text...

  • Somalis, Ethiopians feared drowned in Yemeni boat mishap
    10 march 2005 17:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Thursday expressed fears that over 100 mainly Somalis and Ethiopians may have died at sea in the past week while attempting to reach Yemen aboard boats operated by smugglers of illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • Japan props return of Liberian refugees
    08 march 2005 19:19:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Japan and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Tuesday in Accra signed a three-million-dollar grant agreement to support the repatriation and reintegration of Liberian refugees. Full text...

  • UNHCR reports return of 350,000 African refugees
    08 march 2005 11:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 350,000 African refugees have returned home during the last one year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone demand release of detained colleagues
    05 march 2005 10:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Liberian refugee community in Sierra Leone has criticised the UN refugee agency, UNHCR for allegedly facilitating the arrest and detention of some of the community members, and demanded their immediate release. Full text...

  • Ordeal of Mauritanian refugees troubles opposition party
    25 february 2005 08:09:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The opposition Alliance for Justice and Democracy (AJD) here has appealed to the Mauritanian and Senegalese governments, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and donor countries to help find a "fair and lasting solution" to problems faced by Mauritanian refugees in Senegal. Full text...

  • NGOs alarm plight of Mauritanian refugees
    24 february 2005 20:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Two Mauritanian NGOs Thursday urged the government in Nouakchott to quickly stop the "deterioration" of the living conditions of Mauritanian refugees in Senegal by implementing key African and international decisions and recommendations against racial discrimination. Full text...

  • DR Congo seeks help to repatriate refugees
    18 february 2005 21:57:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Interior minister Théophile Mbemba Fundu has appealed to the international community for funds to repatriate 412,869 refugees. Full text...

  • Rwandans reject voluntary repatriation
    14 february 2005 23:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Rwandan community in Pokola, more than 1,000 km north of Brazzaville has rejected a proposal for voluntary repatriation made by the chairman of the national committee of assistance to refugees (CNAR), Jean Christophe Ackondjo. Full text...

  • Tanzania MPs want refugees sent home
    12 february 2005 16:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party have called on the Tanzanian government to repatriate all refugees, claiming that they were "increasingly becoming a security risk" to the country. Full text...

  • Over $34 million needed for DR Congo's IDPs
    10 february 2005 23:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Requires US$34. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief Lubbers ends Liberian visit
    03 february 2005 21:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, ended a two-day visit to Liberia Thursday, after visiting Lofa in the south-west, one of the seven Counties declared safe this week by the UN peacekeeping Mission, UNIMIL. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 815 Liberian refugees from Nigeria
    03 february 2005 09:29:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has repatriated 815 Liberians from the Oru refugee camp in southwest Nigeria in 2004, agency officials said. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief tours West Africa to monitor refugee repatriation
    28 january 2005 19:55:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- With West Africa now at the centre of a huge repatriation movement, Ruud Lubbers, head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR begins a six-day mission to the region Sunday for talks with stakeholders and returnees themselves. Full text...

  • UNHCR moves to repatriate 65,000 DR Congo refugees
    26 january 2005 11:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) is set to implement a plan for the return of some 65,000 DR Congo refugees in neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville, sources confirmed here. Full text...

  • 150,000 Congolese refugees in Tanzania prepare return
    24 january 2005 23:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says preparations are underway for over 150,000 refugees from DR Congo living in Tanzania to return home in early March. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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