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31 Aug 2019 description
report Voice of America

By Victoria Macchi August 31, 2019 03:39 AM

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — It took Julia and her two daughters five years to get from Kassai, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to a cot on the floor of a migrant shelter in Laredo, Texas, on a Sunday night in August 2019.

First, it was four years in Angola. She saved money, she says, by working as a hairdresser.

21 Dec 2018 description

Sumayya Ismail | Africa Editor

As elections to replace President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo were postponed on Thursday, after a delay already of more than two years, a host of humanitarian crises – from Ebola to protracted conflicts – continued to await his successor.

09 Nov 2018 description

Sumayya Ismail

8 November 2018

The Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to recover from two years of intense conflict. The influx last month of more than 300,000 people from Angola, most of them long-standing migrant workers, has made a fragile humanitarian situation worse.

Read more on IRIN

04 Jul 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Andrew Edward Tchie, Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London Centre for Conflict …

01 May 2018 description
report Internews Network

As World Press Freedom Day takes place in Ghana May 3, Internews Regional Director for Africa addresses the challenges to media freedom facing the continent

It’s difficult to talk about freedom of the media in Africa today, without talking about the worrying events happening in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. Restrictions of and challenges to the media in these countries illustrate current declines in media freedom at the regional level, and reveal a level of hostility toward the media and contraction of civic space openly encouraged by leaders.

02 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - The war in Angola, the earthquake in Haiti, Venezuela’s political crisis and shortages and the political repression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the main driving factors behind the recent waves of immigration to Brazil.

The largest and most populous Latin American country is no longer the major recipient of immigrants that it was until the mid-twentieth century, which gave it its well-known ethnic and cultural diversity, with large European, Arab and Asian inflows.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

31 Jul 2017 description

Militia attacks and army reprisals have uprooted 1.4 million people in a previously stable region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The conflict has helped double the number of displaced people in the country in the year to June. The Catholic Church reports killings of over 3,000, amidst UN reports of mass graves and widespread abuse of civilians.

Refugees have fled to Angola, agricultural land lies idle and humanitarian agencies are ringing the alarm bell at the prospect of food shortages and continuing violence.

10 May 2017 description

Refugees to be moved from overcrowded villages to a refugee camp in Lovua, about 1,000 km (600 miles) east of the capital Luanda

LUANDA, May 10 (Reuters) - Thousands of people have fled fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo over the past month and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola, a provincial governor said, an exodus that is straining resources in villages along the border.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

24 Jun 2014 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK- More than 3000 Angolan refugees in Namibia have been repatriated back to their country, after their classification of refugee status ended.

Namibian Commissioner for Refugees, Nkrumah Mushelenga confirmed the repartriation of all Angolan refugees, after he had earlier issued an ultimatum for all Angolans to leave Osire by March this year.

Their repatriation is a result of the invocation of the cessation clauses entered into force on June 30, 2012 on the basis that Angola has enjoyed many years of peace and stability after bitter civil wars.

10 Sep 2013 description

JOHANNESBURG, 10 September 2013 (IRIN) - Many Angolan refugees living in South Africa have been left undocumented after a deadline for the cessation of their refugee status elapsed before they were able to secure immigration permits or exemption decisions.

21 Jan 2013 description

KINSHASA, 22 January 2013 (IRIN) - Some 40,000 former Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are living in limbo, unwilling to go home but lacking legal status in DRC.

14 Dec 2012 description
report Voice of America

"What we’ve seen in the past few years is the securitization of immigration in South Africa,” said Roni Amit, a senior researcher at the Center for African Migration and Society at Johannesburg’s Wits University.

“There’s just this increased sense that we need to protect our borders and stop people from coming in. There’s this perception that there’s a flood of African migrants coming into the country and that we need to restrict that and keep them out and that they are a drain on the economy.”

17 Sep 2012 description
report Voice of America

Emilie Iob

MALANGE, Angola – Ten years after the end of the civil war in Angola, the country still remains, despite its best efforts, one of the most unexploded mine-affected countries in the world. The African nation was due to finish the demining by 2013, but the Angolan government is requesting a five-year extension to complete the task.

19 Jun 2012 description
report New Era

Story by Alvine Kapitako

WINDHOEK - The Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga, says inadequate transport is a challenge to the Angolan voluntary repatriation process that started on May 16.

Considering that there are only two weeks left before the deadline for the voluntary repatriation process, Mushelenga said there is a need for more transport to make the “facilitation of the process” easier.

11 Jun 2012 description
report New Era

Story by Mathias Haufiku

KAILA - A group of 141 Angolan refugees that resided at the sprawling Osire refugee camp in the Otjozondjupa Region were yesterday handed over to the Angolan government as part of the tripartite voluntary repatriation.

The group consisted mainly of women and children.

05 Apr 2012 description
report The Guardian

Human Rights Watch says use of unnecessary force against peaceful protesters must end

Read the full article in the Guardian.

24 Jan 2012 description
report Voice of America

Amra Alirejsovic

Remnants of war, including unexploded ordnance and landmines, are still found in many countries around the world - even decades after conflicts have ended. Those dangers often devastate the lives of local inhabitants, who might not be aware they live in the middle of a minefield.

An international organization that helps clear and destroy weapons left behind in war zones recently screened a documentary called Surviving the Peace, which shows how remnants of a conflict affect people’s lives, even after their country has emerged from war.

30 Dec 2011 description

JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - More than five years after the Front for the Liberation of Cabinda (FLEC) filed a complaint with an African Union (AU) human rights body against the Angolan government for alleged human rights abuses, the AU says it is willing to hear the "merits" of appointing a special rapporteur to investigate the claims.