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  • 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...

  • UNHCR seeks succour for Somali refugees
    08 july 2011 19:37:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday called for urgent international assistance for Somali refugees who are trooping into Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Somali refugee influx way beyond emergency level, UNHCR says
    08 july 2011 14:12:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The rate of the influx of Somali refugees into neighbouring countries is three times more than the rate considered emergency level, said Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern on Somali refugees
    05 july 2011 15:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday Full text...

  • Pressure mounts in Kenya camp amid fresh inlux of Somali refugees
    02 july 2011 18:28:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As thousands of Somali refugees continue streaming across the border into Kenya, the mounting pressure on the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex saw violence erupt there this week. Full text...

  • Refugees in Nigeria allege neglect by UNHCR
    20 june 2011 20:43:26
    Oru, Nigeria (PANA) - Refugees at the Oru camp, South West Nigeria, are lashing out at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the country's National Commission For Refugees (NCFR) for abandoning them to their fate with no form of assistance particularly in their hours need. Full text...

  • Niger assures refugees of support
    20 june 2011 17:58:37
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger Minister of Interior, Abdou Labo, Monday welcomed the "determination" and "courage" of refugees in the country, assuring them of the constant support of his countrymen to make their stay more enjoyable.Full text...

  • 80% world refugees live in developing nations - UN report
    20 june 2011 15:33:35
    New York, US (PANA) - A report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Monday that an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s refugees now live in developing countries and urged the richer countries to address the deep imbalance. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for repatriation of 14,000 Mauritanian refugees
    20 june 2011 15:00:27
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Forum of Human Rights Organizations (FONADH) has charged the Mauritanian government to proceed with the repatriation of citizens who have taken refuge in other countries, a statement issued Monday in Nouakchott, on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Refugee Day, said. Full text...

  • Brazil gives food assistance to DRC refugees in Congo
    15 june 2011 12:17:53
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Brazil has donated 200 tonnes of maize for DR Congo refugees in Congo's northern department of Likouala.Full text...

  • UNHCR says continued insecurity mars return of displaced Ivorians
    14 june 2011 15:30:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday that on-going insecurity in some areas in Cote d'Ivoire was preventing about 300,000 displaced civilians from returning to the country, two months after the end of the post-election crisis.Full text...

  • UN refugee agency says 100,000 displaced in Abyei region
    07 june 2011 18:44:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday the number of people displaced as a result of conflict in the disputed Sudanese Abyei region has risen to nearly 100,000. Full text...

  • Anxiety grips Tanzania's new citizens preparing to relocate (News feature)
    31 may 2011 13:08:12
    Ulyankulu, Western Tanzania (PANA) – There are some signs of nervousness as members of the Nkindo pastoral community gather under a mango tree to weigh whether or not to break up and relocate in various directions, finally losing their four decades of closeness.Full text...

  • Tripartite Commission sets date for final repatriation of Barundi refugees in Tanzania
    26 may 2011 14:13:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Welcoming Burundi’s commitment to the pursuit of lasting solutions to its refugee problems, the Tripartite Commission on the Situation of Barundi Refugees in Tanzania has decided to kick-start what is likely to be the last mass repatriation operation on 15 September, 2011, and close their camp at Mtabila in the northwestern Kasulu District by 31 December, 2011. Full text...

  • Time running out on DR Congo refugees in Tanzania (News feature)
    23 may 2011 14:17:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) ) – Prospects of repatriation can make camp-based Congolese refugees in northwestern Tanzania break down "in cold sweat", at least for the time being.Full text...

  • Tanzania reintegrates newly-naturalised former Barundi refugees (News feature)
    21 may 2011 07:57:13
    Kasulu, Western Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania is gradually unveiling ambitious plans for its land use that could spark an agricultural and industrial boom in the western regions, but are likely to have important implications for its newly-naturalized citizens and refugees from neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • 60,000 Angolan refugees to return home in 2011 - Welfare Minister
    20 may 2011 11:55:04
    Kuito, Angola (PANA) - At least 60.000 Angolan refugees willing to return home are expected to be repatriated before the end of the year, according to Welfare and Social Reintegration Minister João Baptista Kussumua. Full text...

  • 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...

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