Refugees -
  • 358 Congo refugees return home
    23 august 2003 12:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 358 Congolese who fled the 1997 civil war to Kimanza in neighbouring DR Congo returned home on Friday through the river port of Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNHCR resumes repatriation of Sierra Leoneans from Liberia
    21 august 2003 21:00:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has resumed the repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia, an official of the agency said in Freetown Thursday. Full text...

  • HCR to help repatriate Congolese refugees
    21 august 2003 20:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) is ready to help Congolese refugees return to their country following the setting up of a transitional government of national unity, UNHCR official Ruud Lubbers indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 8,000 Angolan refugees return from DR Congo
    20 august 2003 18:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 8,000 Angolan refugees have voluntarily returned home from DR Congo assisted by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Full text...

  • 431 Burundian refugees return from Tanzania
    19 august 2003 19:01:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 431 Burundian refugees have retured from Tanzania to Ruyigi province east of Burundi, according to Thacien Masharabu, supervisor of the committee for the reception, assistance and reintegration of disaster victims. Full text...

  • UN, Burundi, Tanzania discuss repatriation of refugees
    18 august 2003 22:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian and Tanzanian governments along with the UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) began meeting here Monday to discuss the voluntary repatriation of some 500,000 Burundian refugees, some of whom have been holed up in neighbouring Tanzania for more than 30 years. Full text...

  • Angola rejects HRW report on refugees' resettlement
    17 august 2003 19:00:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan Ministry in charge of Assistance and Social Reintegration has rejected a report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) suggesting that the Luanda government and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) were forcing refugees and displaced persons to leave the transit centres. Full text...

  • HRW says Angola's resettlement process flawed
    15 august 2003 20:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Angolan government and the United Nations are failing to ensure the safe and voluntary return of millions of Angolans to their homes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report released Friday. Full text...

  • Chadian government, UNHCR train relief workers
    07 august 2003 16:18:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian government and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, have launched capacity-building training for aid workers managing refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in Chad as well as internally displaced Chadians. Full text...

  • Burundian refugees flee camp hardships in Tanzania
    05 august 2003 17:05:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Some Burundian refugees are fleeing camps in western Tanzania for home, driven by difficult living conditions and a cutback in food rations, according to relief agency sources. Full text...

  • Italy donates food to refugees in Kenya
    03 august 2003 12:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed on Sunday that a food crisis in Kenyan refugee camps has been averted following a timely response from donor communities. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for food aid for refugees in Ethiopia
    31 july 2003 08:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Food aid for 130,000 refugees in Ethiopia would run out by October unless contributions from international donors were received in time, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. Full text...

  • More Burundian refugees return from Tanzania
    31 july 2003 07:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 16,441 Burundian refugees have returned home from neighbouring Tanzania through the north-eastern border town of Kobero since the beginning of this year, according to local administration officials. Full text...

  • Evacuation of Sierra Leoneans from Liberia aborted
    28 july 2003 19:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- As shells and mortar fire continued to rock the Liberian capital Monrovia, the UN refugee agency Monday expressed grave concern for thousands of displaced people and refugees, including some 300 Sierra Leoneans whose evacuation by sea was aborted on Sunday. Full text...

  • UNHCR to step up repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia
    28 july 2003 19:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is to increase the number of Angolan refugees leaving Zambia, to some 1,500 persons per week, the UN agency's spokesperson, Kelvin Shimo said in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees in Kenya sidelined by peace process
    26 july 2003 16:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- As the Sudanese peace process reached what many are calling the make-or-break stage, many southerners who fled the country's civil war are wondering how it is going to affect them. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Uganda sign refugee repatriation pact
    24 july 2003 21:53:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda, Uganda and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR have agreed to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of some 18,000 Rwandan refugees from Uganda. Full text...

  • Mass repatriation of Congolese from Gabon in August
    23 july 2003 13:59:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A mass repatriation of over 13,000 Congolese refugees from Gabon has been set for 1 August, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative Ibrahim Traore disclosed here. Full text...

  • 80 Somali refugees return home
    22 july 2003 20:44:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 80 Somali refugees from Dadab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya have returned to the Somali central town of Galka'yo, 800 km north of the capital Mogadishu, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nine abandoned Rwandan children leave Congo for home
    21 july 2003 09:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Nine unaccompanied Rwandan children aged between five and ten years have left the Congolese capital to rejoin their families in Gisenyi, Rwanda, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) source revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees leave Zambia for home
    17 july 2003 14:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Over 500 Angolan refugees eager to return home left Meheba refugee settlement in north-western Zambia on Thursday for the Angolan town of Cazombo from where they will be scattered to their home areas. Full text...

  • Home-bound Angolan refugees sell off belongings in Zambia
    12 july 2003 18:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Angolan refugees in Zambia's Meheba settlement have been selling off their belongings, including houses, farms and livestock, as they make their way home. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates first batch of Angolans from Zambia
    11 july 2003 17:37:00
    Solwezi- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Friday repatriated a batch of 500 Angolans from the Meheba refugee camp in north-western Zambia after nearly four decades of living in exile. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees in Zambia set for repatriation Friday
    08 july 2003 19:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) may repatriate the first group of 440 Angolan refugees starting next Friday, UNHCR official Kelvin Shimo hinted here Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP suspends operations in Guinea over broken bridge
    04 july 2003 21:07:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended operations in Guinea, following the collapse of a wooden bridge on the road linking Gueckedou to Macenta, southern Guinea, the UN agency confirmed here Friday in a press release. Full text...

  • NGO warns Uganda against mass encampment of refugees
    03 july 2003 21:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A non-governmental legal advocacy organisation, Law Reform Project (LRP), has warned the Ugandan government against confining large numbers of refugees in one place, saying they could easily turn hostile. Full text...

  • 4 refugees nabbed for attacking UNHCR Conakry office
    03 july 2003 20:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Four West African refugees have been detained at the Coronthie prison for allegedly attacking the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) offices in Conakry, official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Future uncertain for Sudanese refugees in Egypt
    02 july 2003 17:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's civil war, Africa's longest, has led to the deaths of an estimated two million people. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees pour into Ivorian town of Tabou
    01 july 2003 15:50:00
    Tabou- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least 30,000 Liberians fleeing the war in their country have sought refuge in the Ivorian border town of Tabou, 812 km northwest of Abidjan, according to local administrators. Full text...

  • Kenya reports return of calm at restive refugee camp
    25 june 2003 21:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government said Wednesday it had restored calm at the Kakuma refugee camp, where fighting between Sudanese refugees and the local population left 11 people dead. Full text...

  • Over 10 people killed at Kenyan refugee camp
    24 june 2003 16:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Members of Parliament on Tuesday pressed the government to take urgent measures to end a raging conflict that has killed 11 refugees and locals at a refugee camp in the country's north. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates more Rwandan refugees from Zambia
    24 june 2003 14:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, Tuesday repatriated 15 Rwandan refugees from Zambia to their country under an on-going voluntary repatriation programme. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 60 Congolese refugees from Gabon
    21 june 2003 19:29:00
    Pointe Noire- Congo (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) on Friday repatriated 60 Congolese refugees from neighbouring Gabon. Full text...

  • 3,000 Congolese refugees in CAR await repatriation
    21 june 2003 17:46:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Three thousand refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) living in the Molangué camp, 120-km from here took advantage of Friday's World Refugee Days to press for their repatriation. Full text...

  • New Liberian refugees swell Nigerian camp
    21 june 2003 16:59:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hundreds of Liberians fleeing fresh hostilities in their country have started arriving at the Oru refugee camp in south-western Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zambia marks World Refugee Day
    20 june 2003 21:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Friday joined in marking the third World Refugee Day, under the theme 'refugee youth building the future' which is designed to recognise 20 million men, women and children who are refugees. Full text...

  • US govt donates $2.5m to refugee children in Zambia
    20 june 2003 17:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The US government will this year provide US$2. Full text...

  • 300 refugees enter Malawi monthly
    20 june 2003 16:29:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Between 200 and 300 refugees and asylum seekers enter Malawi every month, threatening the government's meagre resources and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' capacity to house them all comfortably. Full text...

  • World Refugee Day marked in Cape Town
    20 june 2003 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of refugees gathered in Cape Town on Friday to mark World Refugee Day, set up by the UN to remind the world of the plight of these fellow unfortunate people. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau puts refugee count at 9,449
    20 june 2003 09:35:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau is hosting 9,449 refugees, all from the West African sub-region, the executive secretary of the National Commission for Refugees, Alsau Sambou, affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Fresh cholera outbreak in Ugandan refugee camp
    19 june 2003 19:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Eleven new cases of cholera have been reported in Kyangwali refugee camp in Hoima district, 240 kilometres Northwest of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up in Zambia for Refugee Day
    19 june 2003 11:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UNHCR office in Lusaka was on Thursday winding up preparations to mark World Refugee Day coming up Friday. Full text...

  • AU donates $50,000 to displaced people in Congo
    18 june 2003 20:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has donated $50,000 for displaced people from Congo's violence-prone Pool region, state radio announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • New batch of 1,806 returnees arrive in eastern Burundi
    18 june 2003 20:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Ruyigi province in eastern Burundi continues to receive compatriots on a voluntary homeward journey from refuge in neighbouring Tanzania, the latest being about 1,806 returnees, relief officials said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania recants hostile stance against refugees
    16 june 2003 13:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa assured a UN Security Council delegation visiting several African capitals that Tanzania would continue giving sanctuary to thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Uganda plans complete census of refugee population
    15 june 2003 10:48:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In a move to update their database on refugees, Ugandan authorities Sunday announced plans to do a head count of all refugees in the country. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees due repatriation from Gabon
    13 june 2003 22:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees in Gabon, starting 20 June. Full text...

  • Over 90 Congolese refugees resettled in Ugandan camp
    10 june 2003 16:02:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 97 refugees from the ethnic violence-rocked Ituri in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been resettled from Uganda's Bundibugyo district. Full text...

  • Refugees from DR Congo arrive in Bangui
    10 june 2003 13:19:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The first batch of about 70 Central Africans who sought refuge in DR Congo has arrived in Bangui under a voluntary repatriation operation organised by UN refugee agency and the Central African Republic government. Full text...

  • Embattled Congolese refugees settle in Zambian camps
    09 june 2003 16:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 200 displaced persons who fled the ethnic fighting in Bunia, DR Congo into Zambia have been resettled in Mwange and Kala refugee camps in northern Zambia. Full text...

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