Refugees -
  • Minister roots for the tackling of refugees' woes
    01 september 2005 17:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Ali Mwakwere Thursday stressed the need to tackle the root causes of instability and the subsequent influx of refugees in Africa. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees' return set after rainy season
    01 september 2005 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, UN High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres promised that thousands of people driven from their homes in Southern Sudan by two decades of fighting could return to the region after the rainy season ends in October. Full text...

  • UNHCR establishes programme for Sudanese refugees
    31 august 2005 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UHCR) Wednesday said here that it had established a reintegration programme to help the Sudanese refugees move back to their country of origin. Full text...

  • UNHCR registers African refugees in Nigeria
    30 august 2005 14:26:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has started fresh registration of African refugees at the Oru camp, located some 140 kilometres from Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, for the purpose of issuing new identity cards to them. Full text...

  • WFP struggles to feed 90,000 refugees in eastern Sudan
    27 august 2005 15:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme is struggling to feed 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees in eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • UNHCR urges Sudan govt, rebels to end conflict in Darfur
    27 august 2005 11:41:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Visiting UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the Sudanese government and rebels in the country's war -ravaged western region of Darfur to quickly reach a peace deal that will enable the two million refugees to return home. Full text...

  • UNHCR conducts census of refugees in Rwanda
    27 august 2005 09:33:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has launched a census to determine the number of refugees living in Rwanda on the bases of their age, sex, academic levels, profession and countries of origin. Full text...

  • CEEAC ministers to meet on security, refugees
    26 august 2005 09:55:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- A major meeting of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) opens Monday in Brazzaville, Congo gathering ministers of homeland security, defence and foreign affairs from member states to discuss regional security. Full text...

  • Nearly 50,000 Rwandans still living in exile
    23 august 2005 13:03:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- Rwanda, 11 years after the genocide that left 800,000 people dead, still has 48,640 refugees living in 22 African countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Full text...

  • US extends temporary status for Liberian refugees
    21 august 2005 09:38:00
    New York (PANA) -- The US Department of Homeland Security has extended for another year, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Liberians who have lived in the country over the years under that status. Full text...

  • UNHCR boss to assess operations in Sudan, Chad, Kenya
    19 august 2005 21:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Tuesday begins a ten-day mission to Sudan, Chad and Kenya to assess the UN agency's operations in these countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees in Gambia protest over resettlement
    17 august 2005 13:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Scores of Sierra Leonean refugees in Gambia on Wednesday began protesting over a purported UNHCR resettlement programme by refusing to vacate a closed refugee camp located in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 59 Somali refugees from Kenya
    17 august 2005 09:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the first organised repatriation to Somalia from Kenya in two years, the UN refugee agency on Tuesday returned home 43 Somali refugees. Full text...

  • Voluntary repatriation planned for Congolese refugees from Tanzania
    16 august 2005 18:57:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A voluntary repatriation of some 152,000 DR Congo refugees from Tanzania is expected to begin 5 September, according to Robert Moupondo Mafundji, a senior official of the Congolese National Commission for Refugees. Full text...

  • Benin threatens to expel Togolese refugees
    13 august 2005 16:50:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Benin's minister of information and new communication technologies, Frédéric Dohou, threatened after an audience with President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé here Friday to repatriate Togolese refugees because "there is no persecution in their country". Full text...

  • UNHCR needs $4.7 million for Togolese refugees
    04 august 2005 08:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested donors to give $4. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees return home from Tanzania
    03 august 2005 23:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 9,662 Congolese refugees living in Tanzania, including 2,280 women and 5,114 children, returned home to South Kivu between October 2004 and July 2005, the Congolese National Commission for Refugees (CNR) said on Wednesday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UNHCR officials visit refugee camp in Nigeria
    27 july 2005 16:32:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- An official of the UN refugee agency's office in Geneva, accompanied by a medical doctor from the agency's regional office in Ghana, has arrived at the Oru refugees camp in south-western Nigeria on an assessment visit, UNHCR sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania parliament unhappy with refugees
    23 july 2005 16:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Refugees have once again taken centre stage in the Tanzanian Parliament in the central Tanzanian city of Dodoma, with MPs calling on the government to deal with the problem once and for all. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees' tales of hardship in Kenya
    21 july 2005 22:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite the comfort provided by the relative security and safety of Kenya, Sudanese refugees say life in Nairobi is unbearable and they will do everything possible to enable them to return home anytime soon to start a new life. Full text...

  • UN says cut in food rations putting African refugees at risk
    20 july 2005 15:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Continued food ration cuts are forcing Burundian and Congolese refugees in western Tanzania to engage in activities that put them at risk in an effort to ward off hunger, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Second batch of Liberian refugees return home
    17 july 2005 11:52:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Another group of 124 Liberian refugees left Oru camp in southwestern Nigeria for home on Saturday under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s voluntary repatriation programme. Full text...

  • More Burundi refugees return home from Rwanda
    12 july 2005 19:09:00
    Butare-Akanyaru- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 100 refugees from Kirundo region in northern Burundi have returned home from a camp in Nyamure in Rwanda's southern region of Butare, with assistance from the NGO "Africa Humanitarian Action", sources revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya extends refugee registration deadline
    30 june 2005 16:01:00
    Nairobi Kenya- (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has extended a deadline for the registration of refugees living in the country to 15 August this year. Full text...

  • WFP seeks US$6.7m to feed refugees in Kenya
    30 june 2005 11:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With the number of refugees in Kenya rising despite peace moves in Somalia and Sudan, the World Food Programme WFP is appealing for 6. Full text...

  • EU donates 688 million FCFA to Benin-based Togolese refugees
    29 june 2005 18:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has decided to release 688 million FCFA in emergency aid through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) to assist Togolese refugee who fled post-election violence in th neighbouring country. Full text...

  • UNHCR closes refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia
    29 june 2005 12:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday announced the closure of a refugee camp housing Somalis in eastern Ethiopia. Full text...

  • African ambassadors discuss refugee problems
    28 june 2005 23:43:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African refugees and displaced persons were the focus of the first day of discussions by the committee of permanent representatives of African Union member countries ahead of the AU executive council's meeting, African diplomatic sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • More African refugees arrive Nigeria
    22 june 2005 19:07:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- About 50 refugees from the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have arrived at the Oru refugee settlement in southwestern Nigeria, according to camp commandant Lawrence Yegwa. Full text...

  • Uganda bans filming in refugee camps
    21 june 2005 15:25:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government has slapped a ban on filming in refugee camps by human rights activists, saying their documentaries portray "a negative image" to donors, media reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African refugees in Nigeria seek more assistance
    20 june 2005 20:53:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- African refugees in Nigeria marked Monday's World Refugee Day with a call for more humanitarian assistance to improve their living conditions. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees appeal to UNHCR for aid
    20 june 2005 20:02:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- As the world observed Africa Refugee Day on Monday, Liberian refugees in the Gambia pleaded for assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugee's office in Banjul. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO pleads for rights of refugees
    20 june 2005 16:11:00
    Nairobi Kenya- (PANA) -- The executive director of the NGO Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK), Judy Wakahiu on Monday alerted the Kenya government to promote and respect the rights of refugees in the country by actively advocating for their recognition in and out of the formal judicial system. Full text...

  • Burundi, Rwanda 'forced return' of asylum seekers irks Canada
    20 june 2005 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting Canadian foreign minister Pierre Pettigrew has expressed concern over the treatment of asylum seekers in both Burundi and Rwanda. Full text...

  • Konare says Africa must put its house in order
    18 june 2005 10:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Political and administrative systems in Africa need overhauling to enable the engine of government to beat and function properly, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has said. Full text...

  • 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...

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