Refugees -
  • 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...

  • Congolese refugees flock into Uganda
    19 january 2005 22:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 5,000 Congolese, mainly women and children from North-Kivu province have since last weekend taken refuge in Uganda, UN sources affirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Violence pushes thousands into Uganda from DR Congo
    15 january 2005 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of Congolese have arrived in Uganda in recent days, fleeing fighting in the Ituri region of neighbouring DR Congo, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Thousands flee fresh fighting in DR Congo to Uganda
    14 january 2005 21:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Between 5,000 and 7,000 persons fleeing fighting in Ituri have crossed the border into the Ugandan village of Nkondo, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Jubilant Sudanese refugees welcome peace in homeland
    11 january 2005 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Cheered by the formal end to more than 21 years of a vicious war, hundreds of Sudanese refugees broke into song and dance in a Nairobi stadium on Sunday as the Khartoum regime and the southern rebels who fought it for years put their signatures to a comprehensive peace agreement to end the carnage. Full text...

  • Over 15,000 Sudanese refugees return after peace deal
    11 january 2005 10:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 15,000 refugees from Sudan have already returned home since Sunday's signing of a peace agreement that ended the long divisive war in southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan, UNHCR to repatriate 500,000 refugees
    11 january 2005 09:08:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) plan to repatriate some 500,000 refugees to southern Sudan from neighbouring countries within a period six months, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • UNHCR needs $60 million for Southern Sudan
    09 january 2005 18:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says it needs about $60 million for 2005 to facilitate the return and reintegration of Sudanese refugees after authorities in Khartoum and John Garang signed a comprehensive peace pact Sunday in Nairobi, ending the civil in South Sudan "The voluntary return of refugees will be a long process that requires much aid, particularly in the light of the lack of facilities and basic services in the Sudanese southern regions," UNHCR notes in press release issued here at the weekend. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 17,000 Angolan refugees from DR Congo
    28 december 2004 18:37:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, repatriated 17,244 Angolan refugees from DR Congo in 2004, the agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • New wave of refugees from Darfur requires more supplies - UNHCR
    21 december 2004 14:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is continuing efforts to prepare for any potential new movements of refugees from Sudan's Darfur region to neighbouring Chad. Full text...

  • Nigerian relief agency gives 17m naira food items to refugees
    21 december 2004 14:16:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Christmas arrived early for African refugees in Nigeria Monday, when the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) delivered food items worth 17 million naira (127,000 dollars) to the Oru camp hosting thousands of refugees. Full text...

  • UNHCR says refugees face acute food shortages in Africa
    21 december 2004 13:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than a million refugees face the prospect of hunger and malnutrition in the New Year due to food shortages while several hundred thousand others around the world are already struggling to survive on drastically reduced food rations, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • More Liberian refugees return home
    20 december 2004 21:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 300 Liberian refugees arrived here Monday by sea from Ghana. Full text...

  • 60 refugees complete free computer training in Nigeria
    19 december 2004 11:56:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sixty of the hundreds of African refugees residing at the Oru Refugee Camp in southwest Nigeria have completed a year-long free computer training programme at the camp. Full text...

  • WFP wants 'immediate' cash, food for refugees in Kenya
    17 december 2004 14:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned here Friday that thousands of refugees in Kenya would go hungry unless it receives immediate donations of cash or food commodities. Full text...

  • Islamic group to provide water for refugees in Uganda
    16 december 2004 18:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO) has pledged to provide safe drinking water to the Kyangwali Refugee Resettlement Camp in the western Ugandan district of Hoima at a cost of 350,000 US dollars. Full text...

  • 350 Liberian refugees sail home from Ghana
    15 december 2004 18:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- About 350 Liberian refugees on Wednesday left for home via the Tema harbour under a voluntary repatriation scheme organised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with other partners. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates last batch of Liberian refugees from Nigeria
    10 december 2004 13:12:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repatriated 85 Liberian refugees from the Oru camp in south-western Nigeria, bringing to 673 the number already ferried home under the agency's voluntary repatriation programme which began last month. Full text...

  • WFP sends SOS for refugees in Ethiopia
    08 december 2004 09:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned Wednesday it would be forced to make a drastic cut in food rations for 118,000 refugees in camps in Ethiopia, unless donations of $4. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Refugees

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