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  • Rwanda pledges to help repatriate Congolese refugees
    11 august 2004 19:09:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- DR Congo vice president Azarias Ruberwa said here Wednesday that Rwanda had offered to assist in the repatriation of Congolese nationals of Rwandan extraction, who fled the incidents of last June in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Limited funds undermine resettlement of Angolan refugees
    10 august 2004 13:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- International efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Angolan refugees who have returned home are being hampered by acute shortfall in funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) conceded here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda refugees return to Uganda after repatriation
    04 august 2004 16:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Hundreds of former Rwandan refugees have returned to Uganda shortly after thousands of them had voluntarily returned to Kigali recently, government authorities and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said in Kampala Wednesday. Full text...

  • 364 Burundi refugees back from Tanzania
    28 july 2004 20:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 364 Burundian refugees have returned from neighbouring Tanzania with the support of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, national news agency, ABP, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • MONUC repatriates foreign combatants in DR Congo
    23 july 2004 22:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) has begun the repatriation of some 10,823 Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan, Burundian and other ex-fighters and their dependants in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Minister denies Ghanaians involved in refugee saga
    21 july 2004 18:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- No Ghanaian has been identified among the 37 foreigners picked up by a German ship to Rome awaiting the decision of the Italian authorities over whether to grant them refugee status, the foreign ministry said in Accra Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN decries plight of 50 million displaced persons wordwide
    20 july 2004 19:46:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- As part of efforts to better address the plight of 50 million people uprooted from their homes by war and other emergencies around the world, the UN has created a new office to "fill in the gaps" that previous efforts failed to tackle, a UN official said. Full text...

  • Australia to help repatriate Sudanese, Somali refugees
    20 july 2004 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Australia has pledged to help Kenya repatriate Sudanese and Somali refugees at the conclusions of the ongoing peace processes in the two neighbouring countries Speaking at a meeting with Kenyan foreign minister Ali Chirau Mwakwere, the Australian High Commissioner Paul Comfort also reaffirmed his government's commitment to provide financial and humanitarian assistance to Kenya to help alleviate the suffering among refugees hosted by the East African nation. Full text...

  • WFP alerts food shortage for CAR refugees in Chad
    20 july 2004 10:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) warned Tuesday that it would run out of food by the end of this month for 27,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) trapped in Chad, unless substantial contributions were made. Full text...

  • Over 172 Zanzibari refugees lack shelter in Mogadishu
    15 july 2004 22:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An unidentified group of Somali gunmen has forced 172 refugees from Zanzibar Island in Tanzania to vacate a camp owned by the Mogadishu Water Agency where they had lived since late 2001. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees risk starvation in Uganda, warns UNHCR
    15 july 2004 17:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Thousands of Sudanese refugees displaced by recent rebel attacks on Uganda's north-western Moyo district, could face severe hunger if urgent steps are not taken, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR warned Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo refugees flocking to Uganda
    15 july 2004 16:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 10,000 DR Congo refugees have fled to Uganda's north-western district of Nebbi following renewed fighting last week between ethnic militias of the Lendu tribe and the rebel Forces of Allied People of Congo (FAPC) in the Ituri region, Ugandan local administration officials said. Full text...

  • UNHCR accused of letting refugees harm environment in Kenya
    15 july 2004 10:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A high-ranking government official in Kenya has accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for neglecting the needs of hundreds of refugees in the country, and forcing them to engage in activities that were detrimental to the country's environmental conservation efforts. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees get extended deadline in Liberia
    12 july 2004 18:32:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR in Monrovia has extended from 30 June to 16 July, the deadline for voluntary repatriation of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia. Full text...

  • UNHCR on voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees
    12 july 2004 16:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian government has launched the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from Ukwimi refugee camp in the Eastern province of the country. Full text...

  • More Congolese flock into Uganda
    12 july 2004 11:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Thousands of people fleeing renewed ethnic fighting in northeastern Ituri, DR Congo have flocked into northwestern Uganda, with local authorities in the district of Nebbi confirming the presence of about 2,700 Congolese refugees. Full text...

  • Former Zairian soldiers to be repatriated soon
    11 july 2004 14:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former members of the Zairian army will soon be repatriated from Congo (Brazzaville) where they have lived in exile since 1997, Azarias Manywa Rubery, DR Congo's vice-president in charge of the policy, defence, and security Commission revealed here Saturday. Full text...

  • 130 Angolan refugees return from DR Congo
    09 july 2004 21:05:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Some 130 Angolan refugees Bas-Congo province in DR Congo were repatriated this week under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR), official sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • UNESCO pledges more assistance to war victims in northern Uganda
    06 july 2004 14:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Koichiro Matsuura has pledged to boost humanitarian agencies' assistance to war victims in northern Uganda. Full text...

  • Angola repatriates 40,000 refugees from DR Congo
    02 july 2004 23:50:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's social assistance and reintegration ministry Friday started the repatriation of some 40,000 Angolan refugees from the DR Congo, in conjunction with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates Somali refugees from Ethiopia
    01 july 2004 21:11:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- What was once the world's largest refugee camp, hosting more than 250,000 Somalis in Ethiopia, has closed after the last return convoy left Wednesday for northwest Somalia, UNHCR said Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR seeks $90 million to resettle south Sudanese
    30 june 2004 20:09:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- As it prepares for the potential return of more than 500,000 people to southern Sudan if the current peace talks succeed in ending the civil war, the UN refugee agency has appealed for $90 million to handle the expected influx. Full text...

  • US to receive 20,000 African refugees in 2004
    28 june 2004 21:38:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- At least 20,000 out of the 50,000 refugees expected to enter the United States in 2004 will be from the African continent, the director of the NGO Catholic Charities Refugees, Becky Jordan, revealed Monday in Washington D. Full text...

  • 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...

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