Refugees -
  • HRW accuses Guinean soldiers of endangering Liberian refugees
    25 november 2002 20:43:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday called on the UN to extend its arms embargo on Liberia to all rebel groups in the country, and to closely monitor compliance by neighbouring Guinea with the embargo. Full text...

  • More Rwandan refugees return from Tanzania
    22 november 2002 07:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Some 591 Rwandan refugees returned Thursday from camps in eastern Tanzania, bringing to 2,000 the number of refugees back home since the beginning of November, officials said in Kigali. Full text...

  • Partners sign aid pacts with UN agencies for Liberian refugees
    21 november 2002 22:49:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The WFP and the UNHCR have signed two agreements with implementing partners -- Arch Diocesan Development Office, Norwegian Refugee Council and International Refugee Committee -- to distribute food and other relief items 13,000 Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone's southern Bo district. Full text...

  • HRW accuses Kenya, Uganda of neglecting refugees
    21 november 2002 12:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tens of thousands of refugees in the capitals of Kenya and Uganda are living in "dire and dangerous conditions, and national governments are taking insufficient steps to address their plight," Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged in a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Over 640 Rwandan refugees return from Tanzania
    14 november 2002 16:17:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A group of 641 Rwandans on Wednesday returned home from the Tanzanian refugee camps of Lokole and Katale where they have been living since the 1994 genocide, official sources said. Full text...

  • Zambia seeks more UN assistance to tackle refugee problems
    13 november 2002 21:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Zambia Wednesday appealed to the international community for more assistance to deal with the refugee crisis in the country caused by displaced persons from neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • UNHCR faces problems in repatriating Eritrean refugees
    13 november 2002 16:49:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Tedesti, 35, left her home village in Eritrea 25 years ago in the heat of heavy fighting between the Ethiopian army and the Eritrean rebels fighting for independence. Full text...

  • 631 Burundi refugees return from Tanzania
    10 november 2002 18:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 631 Burundi refugees returned home Saturday from Tanzania where they had fled the October fighting in central and eastern parts of their country, officials said in Bujumbura Sunday. Full text...

  • UNHCR faces problem to return Eritrean refugees from Sudan
    09 november 2002 15:05:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Tedesti, 35, left her home village in Eritrea 25 years ago in the heat of heavy fighting between the Ethiopian army and the Eritrean rebels fighting for independence. Full text...

  • Red Cross repatriates 237 Ethiopians from Eritrea
    08 november 2002 18:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A total of 237 Ethiopians were on Friday voluntarily repatriated from Eritrea with the help of the International Committee of the Red cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • DR Congo rebels occupy refugee camps
    29 october 2002 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rebels operating in the eastern and northern DR Congo have occupied areas reserved for Congolese and Sudanese refugees. Full text...

  • Burundians move to Tanzania for refugee status cards
    23 october 2002 23:07:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Several scores of villagers have been travelling from north-eastern Burundi's Muyinga province to Tanzania to collect refugee status cards, which qualify them for assistance packages that they sell to obtain money. Full text...

  • More Congolese flee ethnic fighting into Uganda
    23 october 2002 16:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 2,000 people fleeing ethnic fighting in eastern DR Congo crossed into Uganda on Tuesday, bringing to about 15,000 the number of refugees that have since last year escaped recurrent clashes between the Lendu and Hema tribes. Full text...

  • Rwanda and UNHRC count Congolese refugees at Gihembe camp
    22 october 2002 19:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan officials and their counterparts from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) on Tuesday started a head count to establish the exact number of Congolese refugees still at the Gihembe camp, in the northern Byumba province. Full text...

  • Congolese rebel leader urges refugees to return home
    20 october 2002 19:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A Congolese rebel leader, Adolphe Onusumba has urged refugees who fled to Burundi following recent fighting to return to their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Govt orders registration of DRC refugees in western Uganda
    20 october 2002 14:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In view of escalating land conflicts between host communities and refugees, authorities in Uganda have instructed spontaneous asylum seekers from the Democratic Repulic of Congo to organise themselves and get registered for possible resettlement. Full text...

  • 8,000 Congolese refugees cross into Burundi
    15 october 2002 22:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 8,000 Congolese refugees have crossed into Burundi, fleeing violent clashes between different militias fighting for the control of eastern DR Congo, official sources at reception centres said. Full text...

  • More Namibian refugees leave Botswana for home
    14 october 2002 16:16:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees and the Botswana government are to repatriate 490 Namibian refugees from Botswana starting Tuesday, UNHCR sources in Gaborone indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana ready for returnees, refugees from Côte d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 19:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As insecurity in Côte d'Ivoire continues to generate a wave of refugees from the rebel-held city of Bouake, Ghana has said it is ready to accommodate Ivorians escaping fighting in their country. Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate 70,000 Angolan refugees from Zambia
    12 october 2002 18:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to begin organised voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from camps in Zambia in April next year, an official of the agency said here Saturday. Full text...

  • 70,000 displaced Angolans return to home areas
    10 october 2002 15:40:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- More than 70,000 people displaced during the Angolan war officially returned Wednesday to their home province of Kwanza-North in northern Angola, following the end of hostilities in the protracted civil war. Full text...

  • 4.4 million internally displaced in Sudan
    02 october 2002 17:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 4. Full text...

  • US-bound Somali Bantu relocated to new Kenyan refugee camp
    02 october 2002 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A last group of 302 Somali Bantu arrived last Sunday at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya after being re-located from Dadaab camp near the Somali border. Full text...

  • Over 1.000 Ivoirian refugees recorded in Mali's Zegoua
    27 september 2002 20:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Ivorian refugees have been recorded in Zegoua, Mali's last township before reaching Cote d'Ivoire, after the mutineers reappeared in Pogo, the country's last village before its border with Mali. Full text...

  • Swazi government still stuck with troublesome refugees
    16 september 2002 11:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Authorities in Swaziland have pardoned three of the 39 refugees who recently protested against conditions in the country and demanded asylum status in a third country of their choice. Full text...

  • Congolese rebel group helps resettle returning refugees
    11 september 2002 13:46:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rebels of the Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) distributed food and farming implements on Tuesday to Congolese refugees returning from Rwanda. Full text...

  • 18 Liberian refugees die in Sierra Leone
    10 september 2002 17:21:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Eighteen Liberian refugees, mainly women and children, have died at the Jembe Refugee Camp in Sierra Leone's south-eastern Bo District, Police spokesman Philip Wellington, said in Freetown Tuesday. Full text...

  • Massive return of DRC refugees from Rwanda
    03 september 2002 11:53:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A vast operation started over the weekend to repatriate thousands of Congolese refugees of Tutsi origin from Rwanda to their home areas in Masisi And Rutshuru in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 2,000 Congolese refugees await repatriation
    02 september 2002 23:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Two thousand Congolese refugees at Kiziba camp in the Rwandan province of Kibuye Province were Monday awaiting repatriation to North-Kivu Province in DR Congo controlled by the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD/Goma), official sources indicated. Full text...

  • 69 Sierra Leonean refugees return from Nigeria
    30 august 2002 16:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 69 Sierra Leonean refugees has returned to Freetown from Nigeria under a voluntary repatriation programme, officials of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR said in the Sierra Leonean capital Friday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees expected back from Nigeria
    28 august 2002 08:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 64 Sierra Leonean refugees in Nigeria is expected at the Lungi International Airport Wednesday under a voluntary repatriation programme, a UN refugee agency spokesperson, Francesca Fontanini, said in Freetown. Full text...

  • Namibia guarantees rights of returnees from Botswana
    16 august 2002 18:45:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Namibian government says it would respect the rights of its citizens returning from exile in Botswana, the independent newspaper Mmegi reported Friday in Gaborone, quoting Namibian deputy home affairs minister, Loide Kasingo. Full text...

  • Fire razes Congolese refugee camp in Burundi
    13 august 2002 22:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 1,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are without shelter after an accidental fire at the weekend razed their thatched huts at Rugombo camp in Cibitoke province of northwest Burundi. Full text...

  • Thousands of Burundi refugees return home from Tanzania
    13 august 2002 16:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 16,000 Burundian refugees from neighbouring Tanzania have returned home since the launching last February of a scheme for their voluntary repatriation, official sources disclosed Monday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • 16,000 Burundians repatriated from Tanzania
    12 august 2002 23:56:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 16,000 Burundian refugees have returned from Tanzania under a voluntary repatriation campaign launched on 28 February, official sources said in Bujumbura Monday. Full text...

  • Namibian refugees return home from Botswana
    12 august 2002 12:05:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some 800 Namibian refugees in Botswana have agreed to return home voluntarily in a repatriation exercise that started Monday and ends Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR to close Rabasso camp in Ethiopia after repatriation
    09 august 2002 20:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday said that it would close of one of its oldest refugee camps in Ethiopia following a successful voluntary repatriation of thousands of Somali refugees to north-west Somalia. Full text...

  • 800 Namibian refugees in Botswana to return home Thursday
    07 august 2002 19:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some 800 Namibian refugees living in Botswana's Dukwi refugee camp since 1994 are to return home voluntarily Thursday. Full text...

  • Death toll, casualties of Sudanese refugees remain unclear
    06 august 2002 22:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A day after the deadly attack on a Sudanese refugee camp in northern Uganda by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), details of the death toll and casualties remained shrouded in mystery. Full text...

  • 14,000 Sudanese refugees miss in rebel attack - UNHCR
    05 august 2002 21:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 14,000 Sudanese refugees have gone missing after they fled from a horrific attack by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels Monday morning on their northern Uganda Acholi'pii settlement camp, UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Malik Bushra said in Kampala Monday. Full text...

  • UN demands access to Somalis displaced by fighting
    18 june 2002 21:48:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Security Council members expressed concern Tuesday over the worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia, calling on parties involved in fighting, particularly in the Gedo region to provide access and guarantee safety for humanitarian personnel. Full text...

  • Refugees' minders in Kenya sigh as saga ends on happy note
    18 june 2002 19:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UNHCR staff in Kenya will observe this year's African Refugee Day (20 June) in high spirits for more reasons than one. Full text...

  • A day in the life of a refugee in Tanzania
    18 june 2002 08:45:00
    Kanembwa- Tanzania (PANA) -- At the zenith of his professional career Barnabas Busera, now riding a bicycle on the dusty streets of Tanzania's Kanembwa refugee camp, served his country as First Secretary in the Burundian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Refugees in Tanzania take up challenge of conflict resolution
    18 june 2002 08:19:00
    Karago- Tanzania (PANA) -- Among the multitudes of Burundians that crossed the border seeking safe havens in Tanzania was Bazira Venus, 31. Full text...

  • Potential Burundian returnees develop cold feet
    18 june 2002 07:54:00
    Kibondo- Tanzania (PANA) -- The number of Burundian refugees returning home from camps in western Tanzania under an accord the two countries and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) signed last year, is declining for want of confidence in the ongoing peace process in Burundi, UNHCR officials told PANA. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone concerned over influx of armed Liberian refugees
    13 june 2002 21:23:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Vice-President Solomon Berewa said the country "is seriously concerned about the increasing number of Liberian armed soldiers who either surrendered or are captured by the Sierra Leonean Army along the border". Full text...

  • Liberian refugees arrested in Guinea
    13 june 2002 17:35:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Some 23 Liberian refugees, including children, were arrested Wednesday at a police checkpoint in Kaka, about 60-km from Conakry, a reliable source at the Guinean Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Security, said Thursday. Full text...

  • 4,000 Angolan refugees return home from Zambia
    13 june 2002 17:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- About 4,000 Angolan refugees have voluntarily returned home from Zambia following the cease-fire agreement in April between the Angolan Army and UNITA, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) disclosed Thursday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Kenya urged not to repatriate refugees
    08 june 2002 17:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged Kenyan authorities to avoid repatriating hundreds of Ethiopian and Somali refugees rounded up in a police sweep in Nairobi on 30 May. Full text...

  • 20,000 Liberian refugees register in Sierra Leone
    08 june 2002 15:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- At least 20,000 Liberian refugees including local chiefs and government officials have been registered in Sierra Leone after escaping fighting between rebels and the national army. Full text...

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