Refugees -
  • Over 137,000 Angolan refugees in neighboring countries
    04 may 2011 12:21:50
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola has 137,918 refugees in neighboring countries, including 111,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Minister of Assistance and Social Reintegration, Joao Baptista Kussuma.Full text...

  • Insecurity delays return of Ivorian refugees, ICRC says
    03 may 2011 20:55:37
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday that for tens of thousands of displaced persons in Western Côte d'Ivoire and most of the refugees in neighbouring Liberia, their return home is being delayed by tension and risks. Full text...

  • 50,000 refugees flee Somalia in first quarter in 2010, says UN
    03 may 2011 19:23:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said an increasing number of Somali civilians were fleeing their country amid the deteriorating security situation, with 50,000 arriving in neighbouring countries in the first quarter of this year, compared to 23,000 in the same period in 2010. Full text...

  • Some 162,620 African refugees live in DRC
    15 april 2011 22:00:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – About 162,520 refugees from various African countries are residing in DR Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Oxfam launches US$16m appeal fund to help Ivorians
    05 april 2011 18:10:23
    New York, US (PANA) - International NGO, Oxfam, on Tuesday launched a US$ 16 million appeal to support its work in helping Ivorians caught up in the political violence in their country. Full text...

  • 16,000 Ivorian refugees arrive in Mali
    05 april 2011 12:04:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Some 16,914 refugees, fleeing from the post-election crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, arrived in Zegoua, a border town in Mali, between 18 and 31 March, the Malian Press Agency (AMAP) reported.Full text...

  • UN officials raise alarm on living conditions of Somali refugees in Kenya
    04 april 2011 15:47:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The heads of three UN agencies have expressed deep concern over the living conditions of more than 314,000 Somali refugees in Kenya. Full text...

  • UN concerned over impact of Ivorian crisis on Liberia
    03 april 2011 12:56:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary General responsible for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has expressed fears over the effect that the influx of Ivorian refugees could have on the humanitarian situation in Liberia. Full text...

  • 'Facilities at Ivorian refugee camp under stress'
    02 april 2011 09:56:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Facilities at the Ivorian refugee camp at Ampain in south-west Ghana are overstretched as hundreds of people fleeing the fighting in Cote d'Ivoire continue to arrive at the camp.Full text...

  • UN official says one million people flee Cote d'Ivoire
    25 march 2011 21:28:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Full text...

  • Violence: UN refugee agency says thousands flee Abidjan
    22 march 2011 16:43:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said thousands of residents of Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city, following the escalation of violence in the city. Full text...

  • EU provides emergency humanitarian aid for Ivorian refugees
    17 march 2011 21:15:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has released 25 million euros for emergency humanitarian aid for 380,000 displaced people in Côte d'Ivoire.Full text...

  • 4,742 Burundian refugees returned home in 2010
    17 march 2011 11:11:44
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 4,742 Burundian refugees, including 3,609 from the DR Congo, were repatriated from exile in 2010 with material and logistical assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), according to the latest monthly newsletter of the UNHCR office in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • 'Nearly 30,000 Rwandan refugees still live in North-Kivu'
    14 march 2011 21:39:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Nearly 30,000 Rwandan refugees still live in the North-Kivu province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the provincial unit of the National Refugee Committee (NRC), Laingulia Njewa, said on Monday.Full text...

  • WFP scales up operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia
    11 march 2011 16:19:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said it would scale up operations to provide food to the growing number of people fleeing from violence in Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Togo grants refugee status to Ivorians fleeing crisis
    10 march 2011 09:50:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo has decided to grant refugee status to Ivorians fleeing post-election violence in their country, according to a statement issued Wednesday evening in Lome, after the Council of Ministers' meeting. Full text...

  • UN says 20,000 Sudanese flee Abyei region
    09 march 2011 16:17:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday said that an estimated 20,000 people had fled from the urban centre in the contested Sudanese territory of Abyei since fighting broke out in the area last week. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Ivorian refugees stream into Togo
    02 march 2011 16:39:22
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Several hundreds of Ivorian refugees have arrived in Togo following the post-election crisis that has hit the country, PANA learned Wednesday from sources close to the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • '22,000 people flee to Liberia due to Ivorian crisis'
    01 march 2011 09:56:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Twenty-two thousand people have fled to Liberia and tens of thousands have been displaced in the latest clashes resulting from the post-election violence in Cote d'Ivoire, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • UNHCR, partners assisting Tunisian refugees in Italy
    16 february 2011 19:09:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are assisting authorities in southern Italy to manage the recent influx of Tunisians. Full text...

  • UN steps up humanitarian aid to displaced Ivorians
    16 february 2011 16:19:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Wednesday it had begun setting up a new camp in western Cote d’Ivoire for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing their homes following the lingering political crisis in the country.Full text...

  • 98,678 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC
    16 february 2011 13:33:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A total of 98,678 Rwandan refugees had been were repatriated from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1 August, 2007, according to statistics from the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) sent to PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • 1 dead, several injured in clashes at Liberia refugee camp
    14 february 2011 13:45:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - One woman died and several people were injured when two factions at a Liberia refugee camp just outside the Ghanaian capial, Accra, clashed on Sunday, the state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwandan minister tells compatriot refugees: 'Go home, there's peace in Rwanda'
    11 february 2011 20:11:42
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Rwandan Disaster Management and Refugees Minister General Marcel Gatsinzi, on an official visit to Malawi, has urged Rwandan refugees still in Malawi, to return home because there is peace in the Great Lakes district. Full text...

  • Refugees stream into Ghana from Cote d'Ivoire
    09 february 2011 09:03:36
    Cape Coast, Ghana (PANA) - The National Disaster Management Committee (NADMO) in Ghana has announced that 558 Ghanaians and 20 Ivorian refugees have arrived at Moree in the Central Region by boat from troubled neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • UN urges Kenya not to turn back Somali refugees
    07 february 2011 17:28:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) has expressed concern over the rising insecurity in Somalia, saying it would worsen the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing drought in the region. Full text...

  • UN says 18,000 displaced in Western Cote d'Ivoire
    04 february 2011 19:37:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said here Friday that 18,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) had been identified in the western areas of the country. Full text...

  • UN says Ivorian refugees in Liberia to hit 100,000 by April
    01 february 2011 19:24:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Tuesday warned that refugees fleeing the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire to neighbouring Liberia could top the 100,000 mark by the end of April.Full text...

  • 12,000 DRC refugees in Congo Brazzaville back home
    13 january 2011 14:34:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Twelve thousand Congolese who took refuge in Ipfondo, in the Republic of Congo, following inter-ethnic violence, have gone back home in Dongo, in the district of South-Ubangi, Equator province, north-west of DR Congo following the stabilization of peace and security in the area. Full text...

  • UN agency says 25,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia
    11 january 2011 17:27:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that there were now some 25,000 Ivorian Full text...

  • UN seeks humanitarian support for 16,000 Ivorian refugees
    11 january 2011 07:11:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is seeking immediate medical aid, food, shelter and protection for more Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up aid delivery to Liberia as Ivorian refugees top 22,000
    06 january 2011 17:31:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the number of registered Ivorian refugees in Liberia topping 22,000 this week, UNHCR is about to step up delivery of food and other aid to new arrivals. Full text...

  • Mauritanian refugees in Senegal uncertain about return home
    03 january 2011 18:17:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - More than 5,000 Mauritanian refugees, intending to return home following a tripartite agreement between the governments of Senegal and Mauritania and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), signed in November 2007, have expressed uncertainity in the move, PANA learnt Monday from some refugees. Full text...

  • WFP airlifts emergency food rations to Ivorian refugees
    31 december 2010 18:22:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said it had airlifted emergency food assistance into Liberia to feed refugees fleeing the political crisis in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire.Full text...

  • More Ivorian refugees stream into Liberia
    29 december 2010 15:12:16
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Ivorian refugees continued to flee into eastern Liberia in Nimba County with the UNHCR and local authorities recording a total of 15,120 refugees from villages between Danane and Guiglo in western Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • UNHCR, Congo, Gabon sign agreement to repatriate 9,000 refugees
    24 december 2010 17:27:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese nationals who found refuge in Gabon following the war of 1997 will soon go back to their country, according to a tripartite agreement signed Friday in Brazzaville between the Republic of Congo, Gabon and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • HRW asks Saudi Arabia to stop deporting Somalis to Mogadishu
    22 december 2010 17:29:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the government of Saudi Arabia to immediately stop deporting Somalis to war-torn Mogadishu, saying deporting anyone to a war zone like Mogadishu was inhuman.Full text...

  • 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...

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