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  • UN agency gears up support for Ivorian refugees
    21 december 2010 19:28:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday it was boosting its contingency plans to cope with the more than 6,000 people who fled Cote d'Ivoire due to the tense political stand-off. Full text...

  • UNHCR says more Ivorians seeking refuge in Liberia
    15 december 2010 16:14:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of Ivorians taking refuge in Liberia has risen to about 3,500 with scores of people arriving every day in Liberian villages along the border. Full text...

  • ICRC distributes food to IDPs, refugees in CAR
    09 november 2010 16:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (IC RC) will scheduled to begin, on Tuesday, the distribution of food to 55,000 Inte r nally Displaced People (IDP) and refugees in the districts of Upper-Mbomou and M b omou in eastern Central African Republic, ICRC said a statement which was made a v ailable to PANA in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Angola repatriates 100 illegal migrants to DRC
    04 november 2010 15:32:00
    Cabinda- Angola (PANA) -- Almost 100 citizens from the Democratic Republic of Con go (DRC), living illegally in northern Cabinda province of Angola, were repatria t ed in October, a press release issued by the Migration and Foreigners Service (S M E) here Thursday disclosed The release, made available to the country's news agency, ANGOP said during the period, the SME took six people to court for trial on alleged criminal acts. Full text...

  • UNHCR urges Kenya to stop forced return of Somali refugees
    03 november 2010 16:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency on Wednesday called on the Kenyan government to immediately halt its returns of Somalis from a border camp in the n orth-east of the country. Full text...

  • Uganda, DRC, UNHCR sign repatriation pact for over 30,000 Congolese refugees
    30 october 2010 19:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Citing conducive conditions for voluntary repatriation, United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) is to facilitate the repatriation of over 30,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda who are wishing to return. Full text...

  • 173 Congolese refugees repatriated from Burundi
    29 october 2010 12:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 173 Congolese refugees were repatriated Thursda y from Burundi to their home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations High Commis sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. Full text...

  • 119 Mauritanian refugees arrive back home
    26 october 2010 23:07:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) â" A group of 119 Ma-uritanian refugees repatriate d from Senegal arrived in Rosso, 200 kilometres south of Nouakchott, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees arrive from Zambia
    17 october 2010 15:55:00
    Luena- Angola (PANA) -- At least 64 Angolans who lived in Zambia arrived in the c ity of Luena, eastern Moxico province, on Sunday, as part of a repatriation process organised by the UNHCR and the Angolan authori ties. Full text...

  • Repatriation of Burundian refugees from DR Congo continues
    14 october 2010 12:43:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The repatriation of Burundian refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo is continuing, with the latest batch of 228 refugees repatriated recently, according to a source close to the UNHCR office in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • 244 Burundian refugees repatriated from RD Congo
    05 october 2010 19:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 244 Burundian refugees were repatriated Tuesday from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where some of them had been living since 1972 after fleeing the first major civil war in their country, humanitarian sources in Bujumbura told PANA. Full text...

  • 40,000 Congo refugees repatriated from Zambia since 2007
    29 september 2010 17:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The number of Congolese refugees repatriated from neighb ouring Zambia by UNHCR since 2007 has topped the 40,000 mark. Full text...

  • Band Aid, UNHCR link to help Somali, Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    20 september 2010 18:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Band Aid Charitable Trust, set up by rock music lege nds Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, in 1985, has given 55,000 pounds (US$ 86,000) to U NHCR to help Somali refugees in eastern Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency said in a news dispatch from London. Full text...

  • DRC to issue refugees with ID cards
    16 september 2010 09:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo h as decided to introduce identity cards for refugees, in a move to protect them and give them more freedo m of movement, it was announced Wednesday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UNHCR to vet refugees in Kenya
    10 september 2010 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has said it will review the condit ion of the refugee camps in the country, even as it pledge to continue to honour its obligation of hosting refugees from countries f acing turmoil in the region. Full text...

  • Tanzania hosts regional confab on south-bound mixed migration
    02 september 2010 17:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Representatives of government and civil society from 12 countries in East Africa and the Great Lakes region will meet here next week to devise strategies for responding to an effective, coordinated and protec t ion-sensitive manner to the growing irregular migration of people from the regio n to southern Africa, the UN Refugee Agency said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN agency assists Central African refugees
    28 august 2010 18:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is ass isting about 1,500 Central African refugees scattered along the border with the D emocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • France gives 200,000 euros for DRC refugees
    27 august 2010 11:57:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The French government has given 200,000 euros for th e purchase of drugs for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are settled in the department of Likouala, in the northern part of Congo Brazzaville, a source close to the Congolese Minis ter of Social Affairs and Solidarity told PANA here. Full text...

  • Darfur: UNAMID says aid restored to IDPs' camp
    19 august 2010 14:22:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said aid workers were Wednesday allowed back into the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Kal m a, South Darfur. Full text...

  • UN refugee agency gives relief to Chadian flood victims
    15 august 2010 19:08:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has given su ccour to thousands of flood victims in Chad, where villages have been destroyed and cultivated land ruined by the countryâ?s heavi est rainfall in 40 years. Full text...

  • UN refugee agency gives relief to Chadian flood victims
    15 august 2010 10:28:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has given su ccour to thousands of flood victims in Chad, where villages have been destroyed and cultivated land ruined by the countryâ?s heavi est rainfall in 40 years. Full text...

  • US grants nearly US$3 million aid to refugees in Mauritania
    02 august 2010 21:34:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The US government has approved US$2,899,420 for Mauritanian refugees repatriated from Senegal and refugees originally from other countries present in Mauritanian, a statement from the US embassy to Nouakchott s aid on Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC assists 53,000 refugees affected by violence in North-Kivu
    22 july 2010 23:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the branch of the Red Cross in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursd a y began distribution of food to some 53,000 refugees who have fled the civil war in North-Kivu in the east of the country, according to a statement from the huma n itarian organization. Full text...

  • UN Refugee agency donates items worth $94,000 to Tanzania govt.
    16 july 2010 11:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Refugee Agency on Thursday reaffirmed it s commitment to support Tanzania through various national and local structures i n providing leadership to make sure that refugees in the country are protected wi t hin the framework of the international protection regime. Full text...

  • Conflict with Uganda rebels displaces 20,000 in DRC North Kivu province
    15 july 2010 08:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An estimated 20,000 people have been displaced in Beni area of North Kivu Province of DR Congo (DRC) as a result of an armed conflict last week between the national army and the Uga ndan armed opposition group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), according to a UN report made available to PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Refugee agency urges protection for north-based southern Sudanese
    30 june 2010 09:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two million southern Sudanese living in north Sudan are at a great risk of targeted violence and statelessness if the south votes to secede in a referendum planned for next April, a global refugee agency, Refugees International, has warned in a report published here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angola sheltering 14,000 refugees
    20 june 2010 17:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola currently shelters 14,734 refugees from various countries, including 11,900 from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), most of whom have been in the country for 30 years, the Angolan News Agency, ANGOP, reported. Full text...

  • Repatriated Angola citizens get assistance
    18 june 2010 11:52:00
    Saurimo- Angola (PANA) -- Sixteen Angola families who were repatriated from the refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia and settled in Muangueji ward, in Saurimo City,eastern Lunda Sul Province, will soon be given a proper accommodation, the Angola press agency, ANGOP,reported. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch says Kenyan police abuse Somali refugees
    17 june 2010 21:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Kenyan police have abused Somali refugees, forcing some to return to Somalia when they could not pay large bribes, a Human Rights Watch report said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Kenyan Police routinely abuse Somali asylum seekers'
    17 june 2010 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police officers routinely abuse Somali asylum seekers and refugees fleeing the fighting in the Horn of Africa nation, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Humanitarian organisations under fire for neglecting Somali refugees
    17 june 2010 07:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A non-governmental relief agency, Refugee International, has criticised humanitarian organisations in the Horn of Africa for ignoring the plight of Somali refugees living in camps and urban settings in neighbouring countries,according to a report published here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angolan citizens in Zambia, Congo to lose refugee status in 2011
    15 june 2010 22:54:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ang ola, Bohdam Nahajlo, said on Tuesday in Luanda that Angola would from late 2011 n o longer refer to its citizens residing in Congo, Zambia and other countries as r efugees. Full text...

  • UN agency says number of refugees returning home drops
    15 june 2010 18:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday, said the number of refugees voluntarily returning home declined in 2009, describing the development as "the lowest since 1990. Full text...

  • More than 114,700 DRC refugees in Congo Brazzaville to return home
    12 june 2010 10:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) – More than 144,700 refu-gees from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Congo Brazzaville will be able to return to their country following an agreement signed between the two countries and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), sources have told PANA. Full text...

  • African refugee ministers meet over IDP protection
    04 june 2010 11:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African ministers in charge of forced displacemen ts kicked off a meeting here Friday to draw up a plan for the implementation of a landmark treaty signed in April 2009, during a special S ummit of African leaders on the protection of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) held in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

  • UN Food Aid for Cassamance Refugees
    31 may 2010 10:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with The Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA), has embark on a six-day food distribution exercise to extend aid to the Cassaman c e refugees in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Ghana, Togo agree number of refugees in Togo
    26 may 2010 21:46:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) â" Ghana and Togo on Wednesday- agreed that about a 1,000 Gh anaians, and not 3,500, were sheltering in Togo after fleeing ethnic conflict in Ghana's Northern Region. Full text...

  • UN emergency relief coordinator visits Sudan
    25 may 2010 18:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes is due in Khartoum Wednesday for a five-day visit to assess conditions in Southern S udan and evaluate the humanitarian situation in the restive Darfur Region, accor d ing to a UN brief, made available to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • About 3,500 Ghanaians take refuge in Togo
    25 may 2010 16:15:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Nearly 3,500 Ghanaians, mostly women and children, have fled their communities in Ghana to settle in the Tandjoare community, in northern To g o, according to the Togolese television, which covered a visit of the Togolese M i nister of Security, Colonel Atcha Titikpina, to Tandjoare. Full text...

  • ICRC transfers 44 Sudanese troops from rebel group to govt side
    24 may 2010 11:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (I CRC) Monday facilitated the handover of 44 members of the Sudanese armed forces t o government authorities close to Nyala, South Darfur. Full text...

  • ICRC transfers Sudanese army personnel freed by rebel group
    19 may 2010 07:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (I CRC) said Wednesday it has facilitated the liberation and transfer of 44 Sudanes e armed forces personnel to the Sudanese authorities in El Fasher, the capital ci t y of North Darfur State. Full text...

  • UNHCR seeks funds to alleviate plight of Somali refugees
    12 may 2010 19:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- In the face of a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situat ion, the United Nations refugee agency has called for increased funding to help t hose displaced both inside and outside Somalia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, UNHCR seek funds to ease plight of Eritrean, Somali refugees
    12 may 2010 11:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Amid a wave of refugees from Somalia and Eritre a, the Ethiopian government and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) an n ounced Wednesday that they need an additional US$13 million to be able to assist almost 25,000 refugees from Somalia expected to enter Ethiopia in the next few m o nths. Full text...

  • EU grants DRC refugees euros 6.9m
    10 may 2010 15:23:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The European Union will grant 6. Full text...

  • UNHCR plans integration exercise for Liberian refugees
    09 may 2010 08:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ) and the National Commission for Refugees (NCFR) will from 18-21 May begin a ca m paign and profiling exercise for â?no fewer than 5,263 registered Liberian refug eesâ? in the country, according to a statement from the UN Information Centre in Lagos made available to PANA. Full text...

  • EC allocates 3m euros for displaced Somali refugees in Kenyan
    03 may 2010 09:32:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The European Commission Monday announced an allocation of 3 million euros in humanitarian aid for programmes to support Somali refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab camps. Full text...

  • Mauritanian body deplores condition of repatriated refugees
    26 april 2010 12:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLA M), a Diaspora organisation, has deplored the condition of the refugees who were repatriated from Senegal fro m January 2008. Full text...

  • Tanzania keeps to tradition in welcoming refugees as nationals (feature)
    23 april 2010 09:01:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- When Tanzania proclaimed the naturalisation of 162,256 erstwhile Barundi refugees 15 April, the East African nation was only keeping to the tradition of being a haven of peace shielding the roily neighbourhood of the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Burundi hails Tanzania for granting citizenship to refugees
    20 april 2010 10:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The government of Burundi has welcomed with "gratitu de and relief" the decision by Tanzania to naturalize 162,000 Barundi refugees living in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania grants citizenship to 162,000 former Barundi refugees
    19 april 2010 08:38:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzania government has granted citizenship to 162,000 former refugees from Burundi, affirming its commitment to integrate them into the local society. Full text...

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