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  • 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...

  • New UN report says 800,000 people became refugees in 2011
    18 june 2012 18:07:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday that a record 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, more than at any time since 2000. Full text...

  • IOM commences relocation of Sudanese refugees to Ethiopia
    15 june 2012 10:49:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday it had begun the relocation of hundreds of Sudanese refugees from the Al Damazin Transit Centre on Ethiopia's western border with Sudan to a new camp in Ethiopia's north-western region of Benishangul Gumuz. Full text...

  • UNHCR, partners relocate refugees in South Sudan
    13 june 2012 07:18:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have relocated 8,000 Sudanese refugees from a transit site in the north-east of South Sudan to relieve overcrowding, the refugee agency said. Full text...

  • UNHCR warns of massive refugee flow into South Sudan
    05 june 2012 10:30:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has warned of a sharply worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan's Upper Nile state. Full text...

  • UN agency relocates 20,000 refugees on South Sudan border
    02 june 2012 12:50:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is working to relocate an estimated 20,000 refugees, who amassed on the South Sudan border after fleeing conflict and lack of food. Full text...

  • Gambia Immigration Service set to deport five refugees
    01 june 2012 22:57:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Immigration officials in Banjul are preparing to deport five leaders of the refugee community in The Gambia. Full text...

  • UN agency boost services for Sudanese refugees in South Sudan
    26 may 2012 13:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said it was expanding relief operations for refugees in Yida camp in South Sudan, where the number of people fleeing conflict in neighbouring Sudan has risen to more than 35,000. Full text...

  • IOM airlifts 1,890 South Sudanese to Juba
    18 may 2012 10:38:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five days into the airlift of stranded South Sudanese from Khartoum to Juba by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a total of 1,890 South Sudanese have arrived in their nation's capital, Juba. Full text...

  • Zambia, UNHRC continue voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees
    17 may 2012 15:31:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) continue with the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees as cessation of their status approaches on 30 June, 2012. Full text...

  • OCHA situation report on Mali paints gloomy picture
    16 may 2012 15:27:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - About 3.5 million people are affected by the food security and nutrition crisis in Mali, with 175,000 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the West African nation and 385,000 more suffering from moderate acute malnutrition, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report on Mali. Full text...

  • IOM appeals for assistance to transport stranded south Sudanese home
    11 may 2012 13:31:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Friday appealed for urgent monetary assistance to help transport thousands of stranded South Sudanese from the north to the south, as a deadline agreed upon for their relocation is approaching. Full text...

  • UN concerned about fate of South Sudanese stranded in Kosti, Sudan
    01 may 2012 16:54:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, has expressed concern about the plight of South Sudanese people stranded at the Kosti way station, amid reports that they and all international organizations working there will have to leave Kosti by 5 May, 2012, the UN said in a statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fate of South Sudanese in Sudan worries IOM
    01 may 2012 11:07:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has appealed to the government of Sudan to give South Sudanese stranded in Kosti, central Sudan, more time to prepare themselves for a return home in dignity. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees in Zambia to lose status 30 June
    25 april 2012 17:17:52
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government has announced that the refugee status of Angolan refugees in Zambia, who fled Angola as a result of the armed conflicts between 1961 and 2002, will cease on 30 June, 2012. Full text...

  • UN agency: 35,000 people displaced by Sudan/South Sudan border crisis
    24 april 2012 21:35:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 35,000 people have been displaced by the recent fighting near the border between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR concerned over Mali exodus
    04 april 2012 08:44:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed ''deep concern'' about the deteriorating political and security situation in Mali, where thousands of people continue to flee their homes due to fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels in the country’s north. Full text...

  • Kenya urged not to return refugees to Somalia
    30 march 2012 07:40:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have been urged not to return refugees to Somalia because of ongoing fighting and abuses against civilians in areas controlled by Kenyan forces and allied militias. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern over refugee safety at Sudan/South Sudan border
    27 march 2012 19:35:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Tuesday expressed concern over recurring fighting near the Yida refugee settlement in South Sudan, close to the border with Sudan, saying the clashes are putting residents of the camp at risk. Full text...

  • Violence: UNHCR says 3,000 DRC refugees fled to Uganda
    09 march 2012 19:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that more than 3,000 civilians fleeing violence in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have entered Uganda since the beginning of this year. Full text...

  • UNHCR says Malian refugees flood Mauritania, Burkina Faso
    02 march 2012 19:38:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that Mauritania and Burkina Faso continue to receive large numbers of Malian refugees fleeing Full text...

  • UNHRC repatriates Angolan refugees from Zambia
    01 march 2012 13:47:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Thursday recommenced the organised Angolan voluntary repatriation from Zambia, with 37 refugees repatriating to Angola’s Huambo Province on one flight from Mongu Airport in Western part of Zambia. Full text...

  • UNHCR seeks US$35.6 million to support Mali refugees
    24 february 2012 18:35:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday appealed for US$35.6 million with which to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis resulting from the renewed fighting in northern Mali between government forces and Tuareg rebels. Full text...

  • About 23,000 Malians take refuge in Mauritania
    22 february 2012 13:22:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Some 22,889 Malians fleeing the Tuareg rebellion in the North-west of their country have taken refuge in Mauritania, PANA learned Wednesday from a Mauritanian NGO. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support for Malian refugees
    07 february 2012 17:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has deployed its workers to assist some 20,000 people forced to flee fighting between government troops and Full text...

  • Thousands of Malians take refuge in Niger
    07 february 2012 10:24:03
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Tens of thousands of Malians, fleeing violence in the northern part of their country, have been streaming into Niger since 26 January, according to the latest newsletter from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Full text...

  • Atrocities against displaced Congolese alarm UNHCR
    03 february 2012 19:30:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Friday it was alarmed by recent reports that Congolese civilians have been tortured and killed by armed groups entering camps for the internally displaced in the volatile province of North Kivu.Full text...

  • UNHCR recommends to Zambia to invoke refugee status of Rwandan refugees
    02 february 2012 13:41:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has recommended to countries of asylum, including Zambia, to invoke the refugee status of Rwandan refugees who fled between 1959 and 31 December 1998, the agency said in a statement issued here. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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