Refugees -
  • 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...

  • Gambian authorities detain Liberian refugees
    03 september 2004 20:18:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian authorities Friday confirmed the arrest and detention of more than 20 Liberian refugees on a charge of "unlawful assembly". Full text...

  • Nigerian telecoms firm donates items to refugees
    03 september 2004 14:48:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's leading mobile telecommunications company, MTN, has donated relief items worth 500,000 naira to refugees from eight African countries at the Oru camp in south- west Nigeria. Full text...

  • Angolan repatriation receives financial boost
    02 september 2004 15:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia and Namibia is to gain fresh impetus following the release of three million euro by the European Commission for the transport and logistics of up to 45,000 persons from the two countries back to their homeland. Full text...

  • UNHCR, CAR, DR Congo sign accord on refugee repatriation
    02 september 2004 11:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has signed a tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of DR Congo refugees in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Eyewitnesses blame Burundi refugee attack on DR Congo rebels
    31 august 2004 07:42:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- While two UN missions probe the mid-August massacre at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi, Secretary- General Kofi Annan has said that eyewitnesses blamed a rebel group from DR Congo, along with Rwandan elements, for the incident. Full text...

  • UN makes urgent appeal for aid to Sudan's Darfur refugees
    25 august 2004 19:21:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN on Wednesday appealed to donors for urgently needed funds to fill a huge shortfall in humanitarian assistance to the war-affected population of Darfur, in western Sudan. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 215 Angolan refugees from DR Congo
    24 august 2004 19:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR office in Kinshasa announced Tuesday that it repatriated 215 Angolan refugees to Luanda on Sunday. Full text...

  • UNHCR computerises refugee database in Uganda
    22 august 2004 15:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has established a computerised database to improve monitoring and identification of refugees in Uganda, an official said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Burundi to move DR Congolese refugees from border area
    22 august 2004 09:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian authorities will soon move hundreds of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to more secure zones away from the common border between the two countries, in accordance with international agreements dealing with this category of displaced people. Full text...

  • Family members end mourning for victims of Gatumba massacre
    21 august 2004 15:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The families of some 160 Congolese refugees killed last 12 August in a transit camp in Gatumba ended the traditional mourning period Saturday, in a ceremony attended by several Burundi. Full text...

  • Unrest drives more Congolese refugees into Uganda
    17 august 2004 13:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Unrest has forced about 2500 people to flee eastern Democratic of Congo's South-Kivu province and seek refuge in Uganda, officials reported. Full text...

  • 20,000 Mauritanian refugees holed up in Senegal
    16 august 2004 23:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Of some 70,000 Mauritanian refugees registered in 1989 in Senegal, 20,000 are still living in camps on the left bank of the River Senegal, according to a study carried out by the Sahel Club. Full text...

  • More Rwandan refugees repatriated from Uganda
    16 august 2004 17:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Fifty-seven Rwandan refugees have been repatriated home from a camp in Uganda's western Mbarara district, refugee authorities said in Kampala Monday. Full text...

  • US donates cash for refugee projects in Ethiopia
    12 august 2004 13:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- US Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal Thursday handed over a donation of 20,000 dollars in refugee assistance to supplement education programmes in three camps hosting Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Rwanda pledges to help repatriate Congolese refugees
    11 august 2004 19:09:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- DR Congo vice president Azarias Ruberwa said here Wednesday that Rwanda had offered to assist in the repatriation of Congolese nationals of Rwandan extraction, who fled the incidents of last June in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Limited funds undermine resettlement of Angolan refugees
    10 august 2004 13:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- International efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Angolan refugees who have returned home are being hampered by acute shortfall in funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) conceded here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda refugees return to Uganda after repatriation
    04 august 2004 16:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Hundreds of former Rwandan refugees have returned to Uganda shortly after thousands of them had voluntarily returned to Kigali recently, government authorities and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said in Kampala Wednesday. Full text...

  • 364 Burundi refugees back from Tanzania
    28 july 2004 20:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 364 Burundian refugees have returned from neighbouring Tanzania with the support of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, national news agency, ABP, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • MONUC repatriates foreign combatants in DR Congo
    23 july 2004 22:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) has begun the repatriation of some 10,823 Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan, Burundian and other ex-fighters and their dependants in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Minister denies Ghanaians involved in refugee saga
    21 july 2004 18:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- No Ghanaian has been identified among the 37 foreigners picked up by a German ship to Rome awaiting the decision of the Italian authorities over whether to grant them refugee status, the foreign ministry said in Accra Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN decries plight of 50 million displaced persons wordwide
    20 july 2004 19:46:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- As part of efforts to better address the plight of 50 million people uprooted from their homes by war and other emergencies around the world, the UN has created a new office to "fill in the gaps" that previous efforts failed to tackle, a UN official said. Full text...

  • Australia to help repatriate Sudanese, Somali refugees
    20 july 2004 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Australia has pledged to help Kenya repatriate Sudanese and Somali refugees at the conclusions of the ongoing peace processes in the two neighbouring countries Speaking at a meeting with Kenyan foreign minister Ali Chirau Mwakwere, the Australian High Commissioner Paul Comfort also reaffirmed his government's commitment to provide financial and humanitarian assistance to Kenya to help alleviate the suffering among refugees hosted by the East African nation. Full text...

  • WFP alerts food shortage for CAR refugees in Chad
    20 july 2004 10:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) warned Tuesday that it would run out of food by the end of this month for 27,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) trapped in Chad, unless substantial contributions were made. Full text...

  • Over 172 Zanzibari refugees lack shelter in Mogadishu
    15 july 2004 22:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An unidentified group of Somali gunmen has forced 172 refugees from Zanzibar Island in Tanzania to vacate a camp owned by the Mogadishu Water Agency where they had lived since late 2001. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees risk starvation in Uganda, warns UNHCR
    15 july 2004 17:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Thousands of Sudanese refugees displaced by recent rebel attacks on Uganda's north-western Moyo district, could face severe hunger if urgent steps are not taken, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR warned Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees flocking to Uganda
    15 july 2004 16:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 10,000 DR Congo refugees have fled to Uganda's north-western district of Nebbi following renewed fighting last week between ethnic militias of the Lendu tribe and the rebel Forces of Allied People of Congo (FAPC) in the Ituri region, Ugandan local administration officials said. Full text...

  • UNHCR accused of letting refugees harm environment in Kenya
    15 july 2004 10:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A high-ranking government official in Kenya has accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for neglecting the needs of hundreds of refugees in the country, and forcing them to engage in activities that were detrimental to the country's environmental conservation efforts. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees get extended deadline in Liberia
    12 july 2004 18:32:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR in Monrovia has extended from 30 June to 16 July, the deadline for voluntary repatriation of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia. Full text...

  • UNHCR on voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees
    12 july 2004 16:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian government has launched the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from Ukwimi refugee camp in the Eastern province of the country. Full text...

  • More Congolese flock into Uganda
    12 july 2004 11:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Thousands of people fleeing renewed ethnic fighting in northeastern Ituri, DR Congo have flocked into northwestern Uganda, with local authorities in the district of Nebbi confirming the presence of about 2,700 Congolese refugees. Full text...

  • Former Zairian soldiers to be repatriated soon
    11 july 2004 14:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former members of the Zairian army will soon be repatriated from Congo (Brazzaville) where they have lived in exile since 1997, Azarias Manywa Rubery, DR Congo's vice-president in charge of the policy, defence, and security Commission revealed here Saturday. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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