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  • Atrocities against displaced Congolese alarm UNHCR
    03 february 2012 19:30:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Friday it was alarmed by recent reports that Congolese civilians have been tortured and killed by armed groups entering camps for the internally displaced in the volatile province of North Kivu.Full text...

  • UNHCR recommends to Zambia to invoke refugee status of Rwandan refugees
    02 february 2012 13:41:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has recommended to countries of asylum, including Zambia, to invoke the refugee status of Rwandan refugees who fled between 1959 and 31 December 1998, the agency said in a statement issued here. Full text...

  • UNHCR: DRC refugee children in Tanzania learning basics of art
    01 february 2012 20:43:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) on Wednesday Full text...

  • IOM transported 100,000 displaced Somalis to Camps in Kenya, Ethiopia
    31 january 2012 15:09:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has said that, in cooperation with partners, it provided transport assistance, over the last eight months, to 100,000 Somalis fleeing to Kenya and Ethiopia because of the war and famine in their country. Full text...

  • UNHCR condemns air raids on refugee site in South Sudan
    25 january 2012 06:23:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday condemned two air raids near a refugee transit centre in South Sudan, saying 14 people went missing during the attacks and that a teenage boy was injured. Full text...

  • Over 100,000 flee fresh violence in eastern DRC since November
    20 january 2012 18:35:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency is concerned about fresh violence in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has forced more than 100,000 civilians to flee their homes since November. Full text...

  • UNHCR Chief ends Sudan visit with relief for 'old' refugees
    15 january 2012 17:35:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN refugee agency chief António Guterres has ended a visit to Sudan, hailing efforts towards lasting solutions for thousands of long-staying refugees in eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • UN refugee chief seeks massive humanitarian support for S/Sudan
    10 january 2012 19:23:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has called on the international community to provide "massive" humanitarian support for South Sudan, which faces major forced displacement crises. Full text...

  • HRW urges Somaliland to stop forced return of refugees
    06 january 2012 09:08:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Somaliland authorities to cease forcibly returning refugees and asylum seekers to possible persecution in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Donors pledge US$ 482m for UNHCR operations
    17 december 2011 10:12:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Donor governments Saturday pledged US$ 482 million for the UN refugee agency's (UNHCR) operations in 2012 to help forcibly displaced and stateless people worldwide.Full text...

  • Donor govts pledge US$ 482 million to help displaced people
    16 december 2011 15:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Donor governments on Friday pledged US$ 482 million for the UN refugee agency’s operations in 2012 to help forcibly displaced and stateless people worldwide. Full text...

  • Chopper service guarantees food relief to Somalia refugees in Ethiopia
    06 december 2011 18:15:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The WFP has started a helicopter service linking the refugee camps in Dolo Ado with the town of Gode, in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, a critical connection that will keep heavy rainfall from disrupting humanitarian services to the camps. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern about refugees' safety at Sudanese borders
    18 november 2011 21:04:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday that it was working to move refugees, who had fled fighting in southern parts of Sudan and crossed over into neighbouring South Sudan away from the border, to safer areas due to security concerns. Full text...

  • Refugee influx in South Sudan border areas worries UNHCR
    18 november 2011 19:47:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed concern about the security of thousands of refugees in South Sudan border areas as fighting in neighbouring Sudan continues to drive civilians across the frontier. Full text...

  • 4,000 Burundian exiles back home
    17 november 2011 17:00:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 4,057 Burundian refugees have returned from exile since January, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bujumbura announced Thursday. Full text...

  • 200 Angolans repatriated from DRC resettle in areas of origin
    10 november 2011 15:06:45
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A total of 252 Angolans repatriated from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as part of the process of voluntary repatriation, were resettled in their areas of origin, PANA learnt Thursday from an official source here. Full text...

  • First group of Angolan refugees arrive home from DRC
    05 november 2011 17:21:24
    Mbanza Kongo, Angola (PANA) - The first group of Angolan citizens living as refugees in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Friday arrived in the Angolan city of Mbanza Kongo, Zaire Province, in the ambit of a recent voluntary repatriation process.Full text...

  • UN refugee agency provides succour for Somali IDPs
    04 november 2011 15:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Friday said it provided emergency assistance to thousands of displaced Somalis, who were affected Full text...

  • UN says aerial bombings driving more Sudanese refugees into Ethiopia
    28 october 2011 19:14:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Friday that aerial bombings in Sudan’s Blue Nile state were driving a new wave of refugees into Ethiopia, with nearly 2,000 arriving in the last four days alone. Full text...

  • Voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees in Congo begins next week
    24 october 2011 18:34:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees in Congo would begin on 3 November, according to a communiqué of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (HCR) released on Monday. Full text...

  • Over 0.3 million civilians fled Somalia this year
    21 october 2011 20:34:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia forced almost 320,000 Somalis to flee their country so far this year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said Friday. Full text...

  • UN agency calls for financial support for Ivorian refugees
    20 october 2011 17:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday that more funds are needed to provide vital aid to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • UN agency condemns Sudan over deportation of Eritrean refugees
    18 october 2011 16:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday Full text...

  • Rights group demands repatriation of Mauritanian refugees in Mali
    14 october 2011 16:30:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Human Rights Organizations Forum (FONADH), a group of 15 Mauritanian NGOs, has called for a tripartite agreement between the governments of Mauritania and Mali and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the repatriation of Mauritanian refugees in Mali. Full text...

  • Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, UNHCR sign agreement on repatriation of refugees
    06 october 2011 20:26:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday signed an agreement in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, for the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees in Ghana. Full text...

  • Displacement crises multiplying, becoming more unpredictable, UNHCR warns
    03 october 2011 14:38:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned Monday that an increasingly complex international environment was making it harder to find solutions for the world’s over 43 million refugees, internally-displaced and stateless people. Full text...

  • More refugees flee air raids in Sudan's Blue Nile State
    28 september 2011 19:59:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A fresh wave of air strikes in Sudan's Blue Nile State since last Wednesday has sent increasing numbers of refugees fleeing into Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Thousands of Darfur IDPs, refugees return home
    28 september 2011 14:45:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The relative calm recently witnessed in the region of Darfur has encouraged thousands of internally-displaced persons and refugees to embark on the journey back home, according to a PANA report here. Full text...

  • UN agencies, partners seek US$ 18.3m for Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    27 september 2011 14:45:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies and their aid partners on Tuesday appealed for US$ 18.3 million to help tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees, who fled to western Ethiopia to escape violence in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.Full text...

  • Somali camp deaths decline as refugee influx continues
    19 september 2011 19:28:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Deaths amongst the Somalia's new arrival refugees at the various camps in Ethiopia have reduced drastically over the past weeks as a result of improved feeding programmes initiated by relief agencies, a UN bulletin revealed. Full text...

  • Sudan's violence: UN says over 80,000 people flee to South Sudan
    17 september 2011 09:05:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Saturday said more than 8,000 civilians have fled to Republic of South Sudan to escape fighting in the state of Southern Kordofan in neighbouring Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees flock to Ethiopian border
    13 september 2011 19:20:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An influx of refugees from the Southern Blue Nile State of Sudan into Ethiopia is threatening to push aid agencies into a crisis point as fighting continues between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and SPLM/North. Full text...

  • Conflict: UN agencies to assist 20,000 Sudanese refugees
    06 september 2011 15:26:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies are mobilizing to assist some 20,000 people who have fled the fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state and arrived in neighbouring Ethiopia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • 230 Angolan refugees return from Zambia
    05 september 2011 17:07:07
    Menongue, Angola (PANA) - No fewer than 230 Angolans who lived in the neighbouring Zambia as refugees returned home at the weekend through the south-eastern Kuando Kubango province, under the organised volunteer repatriation process, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • 553 Congolese refugees return after 10 years in Gabon
    02 september 2011 12:14:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Some 553 Congolese refugees were repatriated from Gabon in August, according to a monthly report on the voluntary repatriation published Thursday in Brazzaville by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Tanzania to close down last camp for Barundi refugees
    30 august 2011 07:12:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Tanzania government has reaffirmed its intention to close down its last camp for refugees from neighbouring Burundi this year. Full text...

  • Maternal Health: UNFPA chief to visit refugee camps in Kenya
    29 august 2011 17:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), will Friday visit the refugee camps in Kenya, to address the urgent needs of women affected by the famine in the Horn of Africa.Full text...

  • UN refugee agency launches campaign on plight of 12 million stateless people
    25 august 2011 15:04:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Thursday launched a campaign to highlight the plight of up to 12 million stateless people worldwide who are denied basic rights, including access to jobs, housing, education and health care. Full text...

  • 78 Angolan refugees return from Zambia
    12 august 2011 12:29:46
    Lumbala-Nguimbo, Angola (PANA) - Some 78 Angolan refugees returned home from Zambia Thursday, according to the Angolan Press Agency, ANGOP.Full text...

  • Around 180,000 Ivorian refugees remain scattered in West Africa
    11 august 2011 12:28:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 178,899 Ivorian refugees remain in 13 West African states as at the end of July, despite the gradual restoration of peace to the country, which was wracked by a prolonged post-election crisis that ended only when former President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested in April. Full text...

  • AU chief visits Somali refugees
    11 august 2011 11:13:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission President Jean Ping was expected to lead a high-profile delegation to visit the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Southern Ethiopia Thursday, as part of efforts to raise awareness on the drought and famine crises that has hit the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Congolese refugees urged to leave Gabon
    02 august 2011 13:33:02
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - About 50,000 Congolese who fled the civil war in their country to seek refuge in Gabon between 1997 and 2003 have been told by the Gabonese government to return home as their refugee status expired Sunday, 31 July, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • UN allocates US$2.1 million for Ivorian refugees in Ghana
    01 august 2011 21:39:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$2,121,502 to boost a joint UN system humanitarian response to the Cote d’Ivoire refugee situation in Ghana. Full text...

  • Congo to repatriate nationals from Gabon
    01 august 2011 21:31:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese minister of Social Affairs, Mrs Emilienne Raoul, announced on Monday that US$660,000 has been released to facilitate the repatriation of Congolese nationals who have been living in Gabon since the 1997 Congolese civil war. Full text...

  • 98% of asylum seekers in Burundi are from DRC - UNHCR
    01 august 2011 12:40:45
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has said 42,680 asylum seekers, out of the 43,708 in Burundi, are believed to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where insecurity has persisted for years.Full text...

  • DRC urges refugees in Congo to return home
    29 july 2011 11:03:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - DR Congo's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security Adolphe Lumanu Mulenda Bwana N'sefu has urged the country's refugees in Congo to return home. Full text...

  • UN agency condemns Sudan's deportation of Eritrean refugees
    26 july 2011 19:22:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Tuesday Full text...

  • UN welcomes opening of new camp for Somali refugees in Kenya
    15 july 2011 19:49:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, on Friday welcomed the decision by Kenya to open a new camp set up to ease congestion in the Dadaab refugee settlement, where an influx of people fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia has swelled the refugee population to nearly 380,000. Full text...

  • Global charity urges Kenya to open refugee camp for drought victims
    13 july 2011 21:54:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – International charity Christian Aid on Wednesday called on the Kenyan government to open a refugee camp that is currently standing empty in order to cope with the 1,400 new arrivals daily, mostly women and children, fleeing drought and conflict in neighbouring Somalia. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief alarmed by rising child deaths in Kenyan refugee camp
    11 july 2011 17:59:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the worst drought in 60 years gripping huge swathes of east Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has toured the vast Dadaab refugee camp in north eastern Kenya. Full text...

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