Refugees -
  • 9,000 Rwandan refugees back home in 2005
    23 december 2005 20:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Some 9,078 Rwandan refugees voluntarily returned home in 2005, mainly from neighbouring DR Congo and Uganda, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office has said here. Full text...

  • WFP hails voluntary return of Sudanese refugees
    20 december 2005 14:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday welcomed the first official voluntary repatriation by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to southern Sudan from Kakuma Camp in northeastern Kenya with the departure of some 150 refugees by road and air. Full text...

  • Human rights violation puts Eritreans to flight
    20 december 2005 09:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- State violation of human rights was not only driving young Eritreans out of their country, but also puts pressure on Ethiopia to meet their needs, according to the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate over 500,000 Sudanese exiles
    20 december 2005 09:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency is preparing its biggest repatriation programme in Africa that could see more than 500,000 refugees returning to Southern Sudan at a cost of $60 million, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has announced here. Full text...

  • WFP hails voluntary return of refugees to Sudan
    18 december 2005 11:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme has welcomed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' first official voluntary repatriation of 150 refugees by road and air from Kakuma Camp in northeastern Kenya to southern Sudan, the food agency has said. Full text...

  • Southern Sudan repatriation to starts Saturday
    16 december 2005 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said the long-awaited official voluntary repatriation of refugees to southern Sudan begins Saturday from Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees' sit-in protest enters Day 2
    13 december 2005 21:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 100 refugees from DR Congo Tuesday continued a sit-in for the second day running at the local offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) here to protest the lack of relief assistance and the slow pace of efforts to resettle them in Europe and the US. Full text...

  • 32 Liberian refugees to resettle in US
    12 december 2005 12:53:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty-two Liberian refugees Sunday left the Oru camp, located 140 km from the commercial city of Lagos, for the USA under the resettlement programme of the US government. Full text...

  • WFP needs US$20 million to feed newly displaced in east DR Congo
    10 december 2005 10:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said it required additional 20 million US dollars to boost mobilisation of food aid for tens of thousands of DR Congo refugees fleeing their homes in fear of fresh militia attacks in the eastern region of Katanga. Full text...

  • 200 DR Congo refugees repatriated from Congo Brazzaville
    29 november 2005 11:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 200 DR Congo refugees have been repatriated home from Congo Brazzaville, the Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action Ministry said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2,000 DR Congo refugees in Congo Brazzaville want to go home
    22 november 2005 21:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 2,244 DR Congo refugees in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville, now want to return home, the National Refugee Commission said in Kinshasa Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi seeks $12 million to repatriate refugees
    21 november 2005 14:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian government needs at least 12 million dollars by the end of the year to complete the repatriation of its nationals who sought refuge in the region and other parts at the height of the country's civil war, official sources revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo wants its refugees back from Congo-Brazzaville
    09 november 2005 07:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's deputy interior minister Patrick Mayombe on Wednesday continues a campaign initiated by his government to convince thousands of its citizens living as refugees in Congo- Brazzaville to return home before the general elections scheduled in 2006. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees to be identified in Sudan
    07 november 2005 22:30:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Kinshasa government mission has travelled to Sudan for the identification and possible return of DR Congo refugees from that country, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda wants 3,400 remaining refugees return from Malawi
    07 november 2005 13:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Rwanda has launched a campaign to repatriate some 3,400 remaining refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi back home 11 years after nearly one million Rwandans were killed in a genocide, a senior official of the UN refugee agency said here Monday. Full text...

  • More DR Congo exiles leave Brazzaville for home
    02 november 2005 18:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Voluntary repatriation of refugees from DR Congo continued here Wednesday with the departure for Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, of a second group of 160 people, including about 50 soldiers, official sources revealed. Full text...

  • 550 ex-DR Congo soldiers leave Brazzaville
    02 november 2005 11:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 550 former DR Congo soldiers and their families, who fled to neighbouring Congo Brazzaville, left Tuesday for Kinshasa aboard a ship chartered by the Kinshasa authorities. Full text...

  • Ex-DR Congo soldiers begin to leave Brazzaville Tuesday
    01 november 2005 11:28:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The repatriation of 913 former soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and their families begins on Tuesday, the Congolese government spokesman, Alain Akouala, announced in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNHCR asks Morocco to discern refugees from migrants
    20 october 2005 23:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Thursday asked Morocco authorities to keenly scrutinise the "illegal immigrants" grouped in several places in that country, in order to separate refugees for the agency. Full text...

  • Tanzania-based DR Congolese to return next Thursday
    20 october 2005 20:01:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The repatriation of Congolese refugees from Tanzania begins on 27 October, the National Refugees Commission (CNR) said in a press release issued here on Thursday. Full text...

  • WFP needs additional funds to feed CAR refugees in Chad
    19 october 2005 22:43:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) requires additional 930,000 US dollars from the international community to feed Central African Republic (CAR) refugees flocking into Chad, the UN agency said. Full text...

  • WFP pleas for refugees in Chad
    18 october 2005 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Thousands of refugees who have fled violence and banditry in the Central African Republic (CAR) gathered in and around camps in neighbouring Chad, need emergency aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Issue of Burundian and Rwandan refugees turns political
    18 october 2005 20:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The remaining rebel groups still active in Burundi and Rwanda were to blame for the continued flow of Rwandan asylum seekers in the neighbouring southern country for recruitment of new fighters, according to Kigali's minister of territorial administration, Protais Musoni. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates Angolan refugees from Zambia
    14 october 2005 12:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, working through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has resumed the repatriation of Angolan refugees from the western Zambia after the completion of repairs on the only airport in the region. Full text...

  • Chad gets US$3.4m American aid to support refugees
    12 october 2005 19:33:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The US has donated 3. Full text...

  • Vall says Mauritanians abroad are welcome back home
    09 october 2005 20:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian military ruler Colonel Ely Ould Vall says his compatriots abroad including refugees are free to return home. Full text...

  • 90,000 refugees live in Darfur Kalam camp
    08 october 2005 19:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 90,000 refugees live in Kalam camp, in Sudan's western Darfur region, reeling under armed conflict between two rebel groups and Sudan government forces, according to a census released Saturday by World Vision International. Full text...

  • DR Congo hosts a quarter million refugee neighbours
    05 october 2005 17:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- War-wrecked DR Congo is home to some 242,814 registered refugees from neighbouring countries, according to statistics issued by the Congolese Interior Ministry here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Group accuses Botswana of repatriating Angolans
    27 september 2005 12:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Botswana government authorities on Monday allegedly forcefully repatriated 15 Angolan refugees, says the Namibian National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) in a dispatch obtained here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN resettles African refugees in US
    23 september 2005 09:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has embarked on a programme that will see Mozambican refugees settle in the US by the end of September, the UNHCR has said here. Full text...

  • 40,000 Burundian refugees return from Tanzania - UNHCR
    19 september 2005 18:31:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 40,354 Burundian refugees have returned from Tanzania this year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR, WFP call on donors' generosity for help
    15 september 2005 21:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have appealed to donors to be more generous with their funds to prevent the agencies from reducing food rations in refugee camps in Africa, official sources said Thursday here. Full text...

  • UNHCR and WFP appeals for help to Africa's refugees
    15 september 2005 16:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Director of World Food Programme have appealed to donors to give generously to alleviate the funding shortages that are forcing them to cut back survival rations for refugees in camps across Africa. Full text...

  • UNHCR misses Angolan refugee repatriation target
    14 september 2005 11:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Due to logistics and other obstacles, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will repatriate fewer Angolan refugees than targeted for 2005. Full text...

  • Benin needs US$1.5 million to support Togolese refugees
    08 september 2005 11:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin requires additional 1. Full text...

  • Bad roads hamper repatriation of Liberian refugees
    08 september 2005 09:32:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's bad roads have "temporarily stalled" the repatriation of thousands of its refugees from neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry and Cote d'Ivoire, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • Angola resumes refugee repatriation from Zambia
    07 september 2005 15:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Angola, working in concert with Zambia and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has resumed repatriation of refugees from Zambia that stalled over a week ago due to the poor state of the airport in Mongu, regional capital of the Western Province. Full text...

  • 35,000 Burundians return home since January 2005 - UNHCR
    06 september 2005 19:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 35,000 Burundian refugees have returned home since the beginning of the year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) local office announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 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...

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