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  • UNHCR assists new refugees in S/Sudan's Upper Nile State
    07 march 2013 11:05:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN refugees Agency (UNHCR) said hundreds of Sudanese have walked for five days on foot to South Sudan, where they are now being sheltered by the agency. Full text...

  • 100,000 Horn of Africa people reached Yemen in 2012 after risky sea crossing
    16 january 2013 18:10:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency announced on Wednesday that some 107,500 African refugees and migrants made the perilous sea journeys from the Horn of Africa to Yemen in 2012. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees flee conflict into Ethiopia
    09 january 2013 19:05:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An influx of Sudanese and Somali refugees has been recorded in five camps in Ethiopia, with fresh arrivals expected due to the crisis in Sudan's Blue Nile state, aid agencies warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia relocates 195 Congolese refugees
    31 december 2012 12:52:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) in Zambia has announced the relocation of 195 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who recently fled into the country to seek safety. Full text...

  • UNHCR, AI decry Kenya's plans to confine asylum seekers to refugee camps
    25 december 2012 11:53:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Amnesty International (AI) have expressed concern over Kenya's recent plans to confine asylum seekers to refugee camps in the northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • 10,000 former Angolan refugees to be integrated in Zambia
    20 december 2012 13:02:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Some 10,000 former Angolan refugees are to be integrated locally in Zambia, a development that has been described by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, as a landmark decision that will bring hope and durable solutions to the former refugees who have opted to remain in Zambia at the end of the voluntary repatriation. Full text...

  • DRC refugees pour into South Sudan, UN says
    19 december 2012 20:41:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations says thousands of people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been pouring into South Sudan since last week following a deterioration of security in their home country. Full text...

  • Fresh DR Congo refugees arrive in Rwanda
    18 december 2012 21:33:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A new group of about 250 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday after a fresh outbreak of violence in several localities of eastern DRC, official sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Malawi arrests 42 Ethiopian refugees trying to flee to South Africa
    16 december 2012 14:33:16
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Police in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, Sunday arrested 42 Ethiopians as they tried to flee to South Africa. Full text...

  • Last batch of Barundi refugees in Tanzania returns home
    14 december 2012 10:03:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania has successfully completed its role to ensure the orderly return of the last batch of Barundi refugees it hosted for the last two decades, leaving the challenge in the hands of authorities in Burundi to resettle them in their areas of origin. Full text...

  • Donors pledge US$ 550 million for UNHCR's global operations in 2013
    11 december 2012 16:36:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Faced with expanding humanitarian crises in the Middle East and parts of Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, donor nations Tuesday pledged US$ 550 million towards the work of the UN refugee agency in 2013 in helping millions of people worldwide, the agency said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Over 1,000 Nigerians, fleeing Boko Haram violence, take refuge in Niger
    07 december 2012 15:44:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - More than 1,000 Nigerians, fleeing violence blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic sect, arrived in Diffa region, 1,500 km east of Niamey, between 30 November and 5 December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its newsletter. Full text...

  • Malawi President threatens to expel refugees
    30 november 2012 12:20:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda has said the southern African country should re-consider the future of refugees and asylum seekers because they are monopolising businesses, a statement analysts said could trigger xenophobia. Full text...

  • IOM appeals for funds to return Burundi ex-refugees from Tanzania
    27 november 2012 16:16:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday appealed for US$ 2.8 million to assist in the voluntary return and reintegration of 37,000 former refugees from Burundi, currently living in Tanzania. Full text...

  • ICRC alerts on influx of Sudanese refugees into South Sudan
    16 november 2012 13:57:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the agency is expecting an influx of refugees, fleeing Sudan, as the rainy season subsides, PANA reported on Friday, quoting an ICRC brief statement. Full text...

  • Over 900 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania
    05 november 2012 13:26:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Since 31 Oct., 963 Burundians who found refuge in Tanzania have been repatriated, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR Zambia's budget not enough, says UNHCR official
    02 november 2012 15:06:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Zambia's 2012 programme and operational budget of US$ 9.6 million is not adequate to provide both essential services and durable solutions for the refugees, outgoing UNHCR Representative in Zambia, Joyce Mends-Cole, disclosed Friday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • IOM appeals for funds to help Malian IDPs, refugees
    30 october 2012 14:34:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Tuesday launched an appeal for funds, totalling US$ 6 million, to enable it provide a range of emergency relief services to hundreds of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and impoverished host families in Mali. Full text...

  • Number of Somali refugees in south eastern Ethiopia hits 170,000
    23 october 2012 18:27:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of Somali refugees in a series of camps in an arid, harsh area of south-eastern Ethiopia has passed the 170,000 mark, making Dollo Ado the world's second largest refugee complex, the UN refugee agency says in a news dispatch from Dollo Ado. Full text...

  • EU ambassadors visit Darfur
    22 october 2012 17:38:00
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - Ambassadors of seven European countries have paid a visit to the Darfur region where they met with internally-displaced persons (IDP), representatives of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Sudanese government officials, the European Union (EU) said in a statement Monday. Full text...

  • Hepatitis E claims dozens of lives in South Sudan refugee camps
    10 october 2012 14:29:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed that Hepatitis E has caused the death of 22 people in South Sudan, mainly in camps of internally-displaced persons and refugees. Full text...

  • UNHCR assists over 25,000 DRC refugees to return home
    03 october 2012 09:37:27
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 25,000 Congolese refugees have returned to their homes in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a voluntary repatriation programme that was launched in May by the UN refugee agency, the agency said in a statement received by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN refugee chief raises the red flag over financial strain
    01 october 2012 14:58:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, warned Monday that the UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies are under increasing strain from a combination of simultaneous major new conflicts and unresolved old ones. Full text...

  • Over 3,000 Congolese flee to Uganda to escape fighting
    28 september 2012 08:34:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said fighting between rebel fighters and a militia group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced 3,000 people to flee across the border into southern Uganda's Kanungu district over the past 10 days. Full text...

  • IOM takes hundreds of Ethiopians home, says more stranded in Yemen
    21 september 2012 10:31:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said it is airlifting over 900 Ethiopian nationals stranded in Yemen, but said thousands remain behind in need of similar assistance. Full text...

  • Liberian immigration officials in Nigeria to issue ECOWAS passports to integrated refugees
    20 september 2012 11:30:39
    Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria (PANA) - Officials of the Liberian government have arrived in Nigeria's South-west city of Ijebu-Ode to issue the new ECOWAS passports to Liberian refugees who have opted for local integration, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania closes last camp for refugees from Burundi
    20 september 2012 09:17:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 15,000 refugees from Burundi remaining in Tanzania will be repatriated before the end of this year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • Somalia’s former refugee wins 2012 Nansen Refugee Award
    18 september 2012 16:25:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The 2012 Nansen Refugee Award has been won by Hawa Aden Mohamed, the founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia, the Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • More Liberian refugees in Nigeria opt for repatriation
    17 september 2012 14:23:12
    Oru, Nigeria (PANA) - After staying in Nigeria for close to two decades as refugees, many Liberian citizens have opted to return to their homeland under the voluntary repatriation programme of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • WFP to reduce humanitarian aid to Congolese refugees in Rwanda
    07 september 2012 22:03:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The World Food programme (WFP) is to reduce by 25% its humanitarian aid to Congolese refugees in Rwanda because of low levels of its stock.Full text...

  • DRC hailed for steps to repatriate citizens in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
    28 august 2012 22:02:51
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Permanent Secretary of the National Committee for Refugees (CNR) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mrs. Berthe Zinga Ilunga, has hailed the government's political will to ensure the voluntary repatriation of Congolese living in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.Full text...

  • WFP warns on fate of Congolese refugees in Rwanda
    27 august 2012 16:09:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a letter to Rwandan officials, which was made available to PANA here, the resident representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kigali, Abdoulaye Balde, on Monday warned against the spread of hunger in the four camps hosting a growing number of Congolese refugees in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN agency worried by refugees' health situation in South Sudan
    24 august 2012 19:04:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Friday expressed alarm about the health situation of more than 100,000 refugees spread out across two states in South Sudan.Full text...

  • ECOWAS, partners evaluate refugee resettlement project in Guinea
    22 august 2012 14:02:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A tripartite mission to Guinea, to evaluate regional projects for the resettlement and reintegration of Community citizens displaced by conflicts in the region, has rounded off after nine days, an ECOWAS Commission statement said. Full text...

  • WFP drops life-saving supplies for refugees in South Sudan
    16 august 2012 09:50:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) said it had carried out the first in a series of airdrops to replenish diminishing food stocks for more than 100,000 families in South Sudan, who have fled fighting in Sudan. Full text...

  • Lack of funds to force IOM out of operations in South Sudan
    10 august 2012 17:54:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said it might be forced to close shop in South Sudan because of lack of funds, leaving hundreds of displaced persons to their fate. Full text...

  • UN mid-year report says progress made in Dafur conflict zones but....
    08 august 2012 16:36:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some 178,000 people have returned to their homes in Darfur following the relative stability in many parts of the area since January 2011, according to a Mid-Year Review (MYR) of the UN and Partners' Sudan Humanitarian Work Plan. Full text...

  • Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp surpasses 100,000 capacity
    07 august 2012 18:37:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya''s Kakuma Refugee Camp has surpassed its capacity of 100,000 residents, creating serious concerns as more refugees continue to arrive, the UN refugee agency reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR partners tackle health issues in South Sudan refugee camps
    03 august 2012 16:11:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are scaling up efforts to reverse the "alarming” rates of malnutrition, disease and death in two camps hosting Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, as they also struggle to cope with logistical problems amid the rainy season. Full text...

  • WFP to airdrop food assistance to refugees in South Sudan
    02 august 2012 20:01:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday announced it plans to airdrop lifesaving assistance to refugees located in parts of South Sudan which have limited infrastructure. Full text...

  • UN refugee chief calls for more support for displaced Malians
    01 august 2012 15:13:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has urged the international community to boost support for the hundreds of thousands of Malian refugees, who have fled to neighbouring countries due to recent violence in their country. Full text...

  • UN to assist fleeing Sudanese refugees
    28 july 2012 08:07:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) on Friday said it is providing US$20 million to help alleviate the suffering of Sudanese civilians who have fled conflict and hunger and sought refuge in South Sudan Full text...

  • UNHCR moves 4,000 refugees away from South Sudanese camp
    26 july 2012 19:06:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has moved some 4,000 refugees from the waterlogged and overcrowded Jammam refugee camp in South Sudan's Upper Nile state to a site some 50 kilometres away.Full text...

  • IOM seeks US$ 177 million for urgent humanitarian needs
    24 july 2012 14:25:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization on Migration (IOM) has appealed for some US$ 177 million to help 16 countries, many of them in Africa, to meet vital needs for internally-displaced persons (IDP) and refugees. Full text...

  • Somali refugees in Horn of Africa surpass 1 million mark
    17 july 2012 15:30:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's population exodus has crossed a new threshold, hitting the one million mark as more people continue to flee to the surrounding region, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN, partners to discuss ways to enhance resettlement of 800,000 refugees
    06 july 2012 19:09:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners will meet next week in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how to help the more than 800,000 refugees who are seeking resettlement. Full text...

  • UNHCR raises red flag over South Sudan refugees operations
    04 july 2012 18:05:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, warned Wednesday that the situation for refugees fleeing Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states had become critical. Full text...

  • Why Somalis flee their homes - UNHCR
    27 june 2012 08:38:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said many displaced Somalis have been citing difficulty in providing for themselves as the main reason for fleeing their homes. Full text...

  • UN agency seeks funds for refugee situation in South Sudan
    23 june 2012 14:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed for more funding to scale up its assistance to refugees in South Sudan, describing the situation there as among the “most critical” it now faces. Full text...

  • World Refugee Day: UN spotlights plight of 42 million displaced persons worldwide
    20 june 2012 14:27:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday marked the World Refugee Day by focusing on the more than 42 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and raising awareness of the dilemmas facing this vulnerable group of people. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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