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  • UNHCR repatriates 170 Sierra Leonean refugees from Nigeria
    28 june 2004 14:25:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR Monday repatriated some 170 Sierra Leoneans from the Oru Camp in south-west Nigeria to Freetown, bringing the total number of those so far returned to 278 since December 2003. Full text...

  • Tripartite meeting opens on Burundi refugees
    22 june 2004 23:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A tripartite meeting between Tanzania, Burundi and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) started here Tuesday with focus on the plight of Burundi refugees in neighbouring countries, particularly Tanzania. Full text...

  • Africa needs reconciliation to end refugee crisis
    22 june 2004 11:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Refugees on the African continent are longing to return to their homes but new situations arise each day to keep them on the run for their lives. Full text...

  • 600,000 Sudanese refugees could return home soon
    22 june 2004 10:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane is on the second day of his five-day visit to Sudan where he is discussing the potential return to south Sudan of 600,000 refugees who fled to neighbouring countries during the 21-year civil war. Full text...

  • UK supports repatriation of Angolan refugees
    21 june 2004 23:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The UK has donated 1. Full text...

  • Troubled DR Congo hosts more than 400,000 refugees
    21 june 2004 21:11:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Even as its nationals flee violence in the east of the country, DR Congo currently hosts 403,348 refugees from neighbouring states, the permanent secretary at the National Commission for Refugees, Rigobert Moupondo Mafundji indicated Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to return 17,000 refugees from Cameroon
    21 june 2004 15:36:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian government team left for neighbouring Cameroon Sunday to help repatriate some 17,000 Nigerians who took refuge in that country following clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in northern Taraba State in 2001. Full text...

  • African govts urged to guarantee safety of returnees
    21 june 2004 15:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African countries generating refugees should provide legal and political guarantees for the safety of returnees and internally displaced persons, representatives of the African Union (AU) member States and UN agencies said in a declaration here Monday. Full text...

  • US-based Africans observe refugee day
    21 june 2004 14:22:00
    Louisville- US (PANA) -- Exiled Africans from Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Uganda and Somalia living in Louisville on Sunday observed World Refugee Day in this central US city. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees flock into Burundi
    20 june 2004 20:04:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 29,000 DR Congo refugees fleeing violence in the east of the country, have arrived in neighbouring Burundi in the past two weeks, according to officials in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Harsh life continues for Congolese refugees in Burundi
    20 june 2004 10:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 26,000 Congolese refugees will have to draw on their meagre reserves to leave the Burundese border and reach the host sites. Full text...

  • Congo to repatriate 40 Rwandan Hutu refugees
    18 june 2004 19:17:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- About 40 Rwandan Hutu refugees based in Congo will be repatriated by end of June, the director of the Congolese National Assistance Committee for Refugees (CENAR) Christophe Ackondzo announced here. Full text...

  • UNHCR report shows Africa no longer tops world refugee chart
    17 june 2004 10:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The global number of people of concern to the UN High Commission for Refugees fell by 18 percent to 17. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps resettle Sudanese refugees
    17 june 2004 09:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has unveiled a 100-million US dollar resettlement plan to help avert a looming crisis as Sudanese refugees prepare to return home at the end of 21 years of fighting between the Khartoum government and southern separatists. Full text...

  • UNHCR resumes repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia
    15 june 2004 12:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) has resumed the voluntary repatriation of 500 Angolan asylum seekers from Meheba refugee camp in north-western Zambia, with the support of the International Organisation for Migration. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees arrive in Burundi
    14 june 2004 18:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than 2,800 Congolese refugees have arrived in Burundi since the latest eruption of violence in Bukavu, south-eastern DR Congo, sources close to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees continue to flee into Burundi
    14 june 2004 12:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Hundreds of DR Congolese refugees continue to flee to north-western Burundi, running away from clashes going on between rebel and loyalist soldiers in the country's eastern towns for the past two weeks, administrative and humanitarian sources in the region told PANA. Full text...

  • 265 Burundi refugees return home from Tanzania
    12 june 2004 12:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 265 refugees arrived Thursday in Makamba, Burundi from Tanzania, and would stay put until early next week when they would be transported to their respective villages in the southern province Rutan, official sources said. Full text...

  • UNCHR camps inside Chad host 93,000 Sudanese
    11 june 2004 12:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 93,000 Sudanese refugees are presently hosted in UNHCR camps inside Chad away from the Chad- Sudan border, UNHCR spokesperson told journalists in Geneva Friday. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees flock into Burundi
    10 june 2004 21:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Nearly 4,000 Congolese fleeing ethnic fighting in Bukavu and its surroundings crossed into trooped into Burundi this week. Full text...

  • Zambia, UNHCR to resume repatriating Angolan refugees
    09 june 2004 10:05:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with the support of the International Organisation for Migration, will next week resume the voluntary repatriation of remaining Angolan refugees from refugee camps in Eastern, Western and Northwestern provinces of Zambia. Full text...

  • UNHCR committed to halving African refugees by 2005
    02 june 2004 12:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kamel Morjane, has reiterated the UN agency's commitment to reducing the number of refugees in Africa by half before the end of 2005. Full text...

  • 3,000 Congolese Tutsis flee manhunt into Rwanda
    30 may 2004 15:40:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 3,000 Tutsis originating from eastern DR Congo have sought refuge in Cyangugu, southern Rwanda, to escape persecution following clashes in Bukavu, the administrative headquarters of South-Kivu last Wednesday, sources have said here. Full text...

  • Somali refugees head home from Ethiopia
    27 may 2004 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly 1,000 Somali refugees who found asylum in Ethiopia over the past 16 years are now heading home. Full text...

  • Stranded Liberian refugees back from Cote d'Ivoire
    26 may 2004 21:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Some 85 of the 340 Liberian refugees, who were rescued from a distressed ferry in the Ivorian waters returned home Wednesday on a UN refugee agency, UNHCR flight. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host forum on African refugees in June
    26 may 2004 16:40:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese Parliament announced has announced the hosting of a conference on "the challenges of protection and solutions to the refugee issue in Africa" in Cotonou from 1-3 June. Full text...

  • Burundian refugees quitting UN camps in Tanzania
    22 may 2004 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The number of Burundians remaining in refugee camps in Tanzania has dropped below 300,000 for the first time since 1998, but nearly half a million Burundians now live elsewhere in Tanzania, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said. Full text...

  • Japan props WFP refugee operation in Zambia
    20 may 2004 16:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Japan has donated about 917,431 US dollars to the World Food Programme (WFP) to boost the UN agency's refugee operations in Zambia, a WFP official said. Full text...

  • Kenya to assume full responsibility for refugees
    18 may 2004 15:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will assume full responsibility for all refugees living within its borders once a refugee bill, now in its final stages, is enacted in Parliament, Vice President Moody Awori said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN agency solicits urgent funds to assist Sudanese refugees
    14 may 2004 16:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN refugee agency, UNHCR Friday appealed for urgent new funds to meet the "desperate" needs of more than 120,000 Sudanese who fled into eastern Chad from the fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees to face hunger back home - WFP
    06 may 2004 10:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that tens of thousands of Angolan refugees set to return home face further hardships due to an acute shortage of funding faced by the UN agency. Full text...

  • Refugees' commissioner ends Liberian visit
    05 may 2004 20:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Rudd Lubbers stated here Wednesday that his agency requires US$39. Full text...

  • 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...

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