Refugees -
  • Bangui urges refugees to return home
    14 january 2002 20:34:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Defence Minister Pierre Angoi has called on runaway soldiers of Central African Republic to go back to the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania wants refugees out
    11 january 2002 14:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa has called for a repatriation of thousands of refugees sheltered in Tanzania, local papers reported Friday. Full text...

  • Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania
    10 january 2002 15:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 160 Burundian refugees returned home this week complaining about poor conditions in which they lived for several years in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees face hard times adjusting in US
    09 january 2002 07:55:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Peter Mabil Atem, dark, slender and tall, has been a refugee since the age of seven when the ongoing civil war in southern Sudan separated him from the rest of his family. Full text...

  • Namibia records lower flow of refugees
    08 january 2002 18:06:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Only 142 refugees from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo had entered into Namibia over the past six months, the country's news agency, Nampa reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi refugees flee eastern DR Congo
    07 january 2002 22:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 123 Burundi nationals have since fled back home from DR Congo following recent fighting in the troubled central African country, sources said. Full text...

  • Repatriation of Somali refugees from Ethiopian camp completed
    02 january 2002 17:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Addis Ababa said Wednesday that the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees from Ethiopia's Daror camp had been completed. Full text...

  • 2,000 Sierra Leonean refugees flee Liberia
    28 december 2001 23:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 2,000 Sierra Leonean refugees have fled their camps in Liberia's border town of Jendema, because of the insurgency there, according to the Sierra Leonean police. Full text...

  • Angola wants renewal of laws protecting refugees
    15 december 2001 14:15:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Angolan welfare minister, Albino Malungo, has underscored the need to revitalise the organs responsible for the protection of refugees, the Angolan news agency (Angop) has reported. Full text...

  • Botswana plans to amend Refugee Act
    08 december 2001 12:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana plans to amend its Refugee Act to include provisions for asylum seekers and refugees on transit, a local paper has reported. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UNHCR sign Memorandum
    30 november 2001 20:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African sub-regional group ECOWAS and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for a multi-sectoral co-operation between them. Full text...

  • Appeal for humanitarian aid to Burundi and DR of Congo
    28 november 2001 10:16:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Three high-ranking international civil servants have jointly appealed for humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons and refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • UN, ECOWAS seek support for repatriation of S/Leonean refugees
    21 november 2001 17:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN, ECOWAS and the Sierra Leonean government have asked donor countries to support the UN refugee and related agencies for the repatriation of that country's refugees. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees to be repatriated from Gabon
    20 november 2001 12:04:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A Committee comprising officials from Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has agreed to repatriate home, some 15,000 Congolese who have been living in Gabon since 1998. Full text...

  • Tanzania appeals for repatriation of Burundi refugees
    14 november 2001 11:42:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has appealed to the UN to give priority to the repatriation of more than 800,000 Burundian refugees living in the country. Full text...

  • Experts plan discussing refugee crisis in Africa
    12 november 2001 11:23:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- International experts and facilitators in refugee work have planned to meet in Dar es Salaam beginning 20 November to discuss preparedness for and management of the global refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Malawi authorities debate fate of Somali stowaways
    11 november 2001 15:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has said it would not release a group of 14 Somalis who strayed into Malawi last week, until their fate had been sorted out with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Malawi detains 14 Somalis for using fake travel documents
    09 november 2001 12:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi authorities have detained 14 Somalis for allegedly entering the country illegally. Full text...

  • More Angolan refugees flee into Zambia
    06 november 2001 17:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The influx of Angolan refugees into Zambia's western and north-western provinces is continuing, with an estimated 4,000 having fled fighting in Angola in the last one month. Full text...

  • DRC ranked as seventh source of African refugees
    31 october 2001 18:01:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo, which has 365,000 refugees abroad, is ranked seventh among the ten main sources of African refugees. Full text...

  • Tunisian sending humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees
    23 october 2001 10:51:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali announced Monday that Tunisia would be sending humanitarian relief to Afghan refugees to alleviate their suffering, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Zanzibar refugees prepare for voluntary return
    22 october 2001 13:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Some 400 Zanzibar refugees, who fled to Kenya following the January political disturbances on their Island, are expected to return home this week, reliable sources said in Dar es Salaam Monday. Full text...

  • More than 3,000 Angolan refugees flee into Zambia
    22 october 2001 11:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 3,000 people fleeing fighting in the Angolan localities of Kavaleka and Cilenga have crossed into Zambia's Western province in the past one week, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lusaka. Full text...

  • More Rwandan refugees return from Congo, Tanzania
    17 october 2001 23:21:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- More Rwandan refugees have been repatriated from neighbouring DR Congo and Tanzania since August, a UNHCR monthly report indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • 1,965 Burundian refugees return from Tanzania
    17 october 2001 14:04:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A total of 1,965 Burundian refugees voluntarily returned to the southern province of Makamba from Tanzania in the past nine months, the Burundian news agency reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • SADC asks UN to help resettle fleeing ex-combatants
    04 october 2001 12:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have expressed concern about the security threat posed by ex-combatants mingling with genuine refugees and asylum seekers in the sub-region, and called on UNHCR to review the situation. Full text...

  • Botswana hosts first SADC-UNHCR meeting
    20 september 2001 13:46:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A two day consultative meeting opened in Gaborone Thursday to discuss the worsening refugee situation and related matters in the southern African region. Full text...

  • Nigeria gives Zambia $92,000 for refugees
    19 september 2001 19:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Nigerian government Wednesday gave Zambia 92,000 US dollars to help it cope with refugees in the country. Full text...

  • Refugees In Botswana Camp Threaten Suicide
    12 september 2001 20:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Refugees in Botswana's Dukwi camp have threatened they would commit suicide to protest against what they term as unbearable living conditions. Full text...

  • Tanzanian refugee camps get a break with food rationing
    07 september 2001 19:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The hunger crisis that hit several refugee camps in western Tanzania this year has been eased following increased donations and pledges of food supply from donor countries, a senior official of the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. Full text...

  • Exiled DRC soldiers want to return home
    30 august 2001 22:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Exiled soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday requested authorities in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville to prepare a legal framework for their return home. Full text...

  • Activists join forces to redress US policy on African refugees
    30 august 2001 08:22:00
    Boston- United States (PANA) -- Black lawmakers in the US state of Massachusetts and advocates for African immigrant causes in the country have joined efforts to ensure equity and fairness in US refugee admission policy in respect of Africa. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 Burundian refugees repatriated
    29 august 2001 14:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 20,000 Burundian refugees have been repatriated home from neighbouring Tanzania and given assistance for reintegration, an official disclosed in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • 350 Burundi refugees return home
    20 august 2001 22:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 350 Burundi refugees have returned home from northern Tanzania in the past one week, officials said in Bujumbura Monday. Full text...

  • Central African refugees dread Patasse's regime
    11 august 2001 15:45:00
    Impfondo- Congo (PANA) -- More than 2,000 nationals from the Central African Republic (CAR) who took refuge in Congo Brazzaville in the heat of last May's failed coup have said they cannot return while President Ange Felix Patasse was still in power. Full text...

  • Tanzania, DRC host largest number of SADC refugees
    10 august 2001 08:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania and the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo currently host the largest refugee population within the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, according to new data provided by the UN High Commission for Refugees. Full text...

  • Police clear African refugees from UNHCR office
    09 august 2001 23:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger police have dispersed some 60 African refugees who were occupying the premises of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Niamey, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Emergency plan for new refugees in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 august 2001 11:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN refugees agency and its partners have worked out an emergency plan for resettlement of 1,068 refugees in the Guiglo region of Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • 64 Congolese return from exile in Gabon
    03 august 2001 19:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 64 Congolese who were exiled in Gabon since 1977 returned to Brazzaville Thursday aboard a government chartered aircraft, state radio reported Friday. Full text...

  • Philanthropist wants study of causes producing refugees
    30 july 2001 20:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As industrialised nations face a huge influx of refugees seeking asylum, a French philanthropist Monday urged developed and developing countries to address the root causes of the problem in order to stop the increasing number of refugees worldwide. Full text...

  • Only 288 Chadian refugees appear for repatriation
    29 july 2001 16:49:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Only 288 out of the 500 Chadians registered for repatriation from Cameroon actually turned up at the local offices of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. Full text...

  • Over 4,000 Liberian refugees flee to Cote d'Ivoire
    24 july 2001 11:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 4,300 Liberian refugees have crossed into Cote d'Ivoire since May after escaping from the fighting in the Lofa county on the border with Guinea, a humanitarian source said Tuesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Experts disagree over refugee question
    19 july 2001 14:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian refugees in Tanzania are at the centre of discussions between experts from the two countries, attended by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate 1,000 Chadian from Cameroon
    18 july 2001 22:57:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The voluntary repatriation of some 1,000 Chadian refugees from Yaounde and Douala would begin next Monday, the UNHCR programme officer in Chad, Haoua Sylla said Wednesday. Full text...

  • West Africans fleeing from Liberia arrive in Freetown
    13 july 2001 12:48:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- At least 200 nationals from five West African states have arrived in Freetown by boat after escaping from civil war in Liberia. Full text...

  • UNHCR says 16,000 Liberian refugees in Kailahun District
    09 july 2001 20:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sierra Leone has confirmed the arrival of some 16,000 Liberian refugees in the eastern part of Sierra Leone's Kailahun District. Full text...

  • Burundi refugees return from Tanzania
    30 june 2001 18:49:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 700 Burundi refugees in the last few days returned from neighbouring Tanzania to Rumonge in Bururi Province, official sources in Bujumbura said. Full text...

  • Refugee Ship Yet To Leave Nigeria
    28 june 2001 18:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days after it sailed into Nigeria's main Apapa port with its Liberian passengers, "MV Alnar Stockholm" is yet to leave the country's shores due to some procedural issues being sorted out with owner Henning Kielberg, port officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nine more Ethiopian hunger strikers collapse in Nairobi
    28 june 2001 15:21:00
    NAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- Nine out of 40 Addis Ababa University students living as refugees in Nairobi collapsed Thursday on the fourth day of their hunger strike. Full text...

  • Jaded Liberians Settle Down In Nigeria
    27 june 2001 19:09:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Travel-weary Liberians who arrived in Nigeria aboard a Swedish ship Tuesday, after a 26-day high-seas saga, are settling down at the country's national refugee camp in Oru, in the south-western State of Ogun. Full text...

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