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21 Oct 2009 description

Henry Wasswa, dpa

Kampala_(dpa) _ Most African meetings are dominated by issues related to calamities - wars, famines and natural disasters that plague the crisis-prone continent.

Now Africa's technocrats and politicians are at it again, converging in the Ugandan capital Kampala to tackle one of the continent's most pressing problems: refugees and internally displaced people.

The Special African Union summit on refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) began Monday and the delegates are mulling how to handle the estimated 17 million people who have fled their homes …

13 Nov 2008 description

Nairobi/Goma_(dpa) _ Troops from Angola and Zimbabwe are supporting the Congolese army in its battle against rebel forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports said Wednesday.

04 Nov 2008 description

Lusaka, Zambia_(dpa) _ The decision by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to phase out food aid to refugees in two camps in Zambia will leave about 3,000 people vulnerable to hunger, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

UNHCR Representative to Zambia James Lynch said the WFP had informed his office that it would stop providing food to all but the most vulnerable refugees at Zambia's Meheba and Mayukwayukwa camps in 2009.

The two camps in Zambia's North-Western and Western provinces are hosting a combined population of 26,300 …

08 Feb 2007 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ Cholera is stalking the victims of heavy flooding in Southern Africa, which has claimed nearly 150 lives since the beginning of the year, reports said Thursday.

15 Jun 2006 description

Lusaka_(dpa) _ Thousands of Angolan refugees would be left to walk back home if funding needed to repatriate them is not raised by July, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Zambia warned on Thursday.

UNHCR acting head Vedasto Mwesiga said the refugee agency would be left with no alternative but to issue forms to refugees to allow their passage back to Angola.

Mwesiga cited crippling financial constraints which had left the agency without transport to ferry the refugees back to Angola.

The refugees, who fled Angola's civil war, would also receive food …

18 May 2006 description

Lusaka_(dpa) _ Zambian authorities Thursday warned Angolan refugees resisting repatriation that they would be subjected to immigration laws and deported once the repatriation exercise ends in December 2006.

Home affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mumba sounding the warning on Thursday in Lusaka said refugees refusing to take advantage of the extended voluntary repatriation exercise scheduled to resume in June would find life in Zambia very difficult.

"There will be repercussions for those who won't take the opportunity to be repatriated. Life will be difficult for them.

19 Apr 2006 description

Bonn, Germany_(dpa) _ A German aid organization has set up "Accao Agraria Alema" to help Angola's farmers establish themselves

Whether there is a lack of seed or tools, whether farmers' queries on agricultural methods need answering or an irrigation plant needs to be repaired, the German food aid organization DWHH is there to help Angola's people.

The central aim of the DWHH's aid in the country where civil war still rages is to help the local people to provide for themselves.

05 Jan 2006 description

Lusaka (dpa) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said that due to a poor response to international appeals it had not received any funding to care for refugees in Zambia in 2006.
WFP spokesman Jo Woods said the lack of funds could lead to starvation among the tens of thousands of Congolese and Angolan refugees living in the impoverished southern African country.

10 Aug 2004 description

Johannesburg (dpa) - An acute shortage of funds was seriously hampering efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Angolan refugees, some of whom fled their homes decades ago, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement Tuesday.

The agency said it had received only 45 million dollars from international donors that amounted to about 18 per cent of the 253 million dollars it had appealed for to feed returning refugees and displaced people until the end of 2005.

11 Jun 2003 description

Lusaka (dpa) - The repatriation of 500 Angolan refugees living in Zambia on Thursday has been postponed following the discovery of anti-tank land mines on the roads leading to areas earmarked for their resettlement, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

02 Apr 2003 description

Abuja (dpa) - More than 1.5 million Angolan refugees who fled the country during its colonial and civil wars have returned home, the Angolan ambassador to Nigeria, Avaristo Kimba, said Wednesday.

He estimated the total number that fled at 4 million. During Angola's 14-year liberation war against Portuguese colonialists and 27 years of civil war, millions fled the country into today's Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Namibia, while million others were displaced within the war-torn country.

15 Aug 2001 description

Luanda/Johannesburg (dpa) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week began aid flights to more than 40,000 people trapped in refugee camps on a strip of disputed land along the country's northern border.

The estimated 40,600 - mostly Angolan refugees - fled the nearby province of Uige amid attacks by rebels from the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). The latest attack took place at Quibocolo at the weekend.

''We flew 121 tons of food as an emergency supply to Maquela.

14 Aug 2001 description

by Ralf E. Krueger, dpa

Cuito, Angola (dpa) - "Stop! Mines! Don't go any further!'' Astrid Eisenlohr can stop the visitors just in time as they stand in the doorway of the bullet hole-riddled ruins of a house.

The 40-year-old German nurse from Marburg is the project leader here for the international aid organisation CARE. For the last four years she has lived in Cuito, in the centre of the southwest African country Angola.

04 Jan 2001 description

New York (dpa) - After being accepted into the U.N. Security Council, Norway and Ireland have the difficult tasks of being the future leaders of the committees monitoring U.N. sanctions in Iraq and Angola, respectively.

The two countries were on Monday officially admitted to the council, each for a two-year term. But after the usual bilateral discussions that accompany the beginning of each month, the council on Thursday convened for the first time for joint discussions at U.N.

26 Dec 2000 description

Tokyo (dpa) - The Japanese government Tuesday pledged 1.36 million dollars in emergency grants to support Eritreans who have suffered as a result of their country's two-year conflict with Ethiopia over a border dispute.

The government also decided to provide 550,000 dollars in emergency grants to help Angolan refugees from the civil war in the strife-torn country, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

The money to Eritreans will be provided via the office of the U.N.

21 Dec 2000 description

New York (dpa) - Some governments and organizations around the world continue to violate sanctions the U.N. Security Council imposed on Angola's UNITA rebels, particularly in the diamond trade, Canada said Thursday in a final report detailing efforts to implement the sanctions.

Canada is chairman of a panel monitoring the application of sanctions in Angola where rebels of the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) have been waging a war to oust the Luanda government.

21 Sep 2000 description

Johannesburg (dpa) - African diamond producers on Thursday endorsed the introduction of an international certification scheme as a practical and reliable means of halting the trade in illegal and conflict gems onto the global market.

14 Dec 1999 description

Lusaka (dpa) - The number of Angolan refugees entering Zambia since October has reached 11,000 following the arrival of another 4,000 on Monday, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

Confirming the latest arrivals of refugees in western Zambia's Kalabo district, government spokesman Paul Mukoma said thousands more refugees were expected in the next few days as the fighting between Angolan govenrment forces and UNITA rebels in the Moxico province rages on.

24 Aug 1999 description

New York (dpa) - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday blamed the rebel group in Angola for the humanitarian tragedy threatening millions of people while U.N. agencies have been denied access and security to care for them.

One day after being informed by those agencies of the potential of a humanitarian tragedy in Angola, the 15-nation council issued a statement to warn that more than 2 million Angolans have been displaced by the war in addition to an unknown number of people that are not accessible.

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