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14 Jan 2004 description


Findings and Recommendations
By Joel Frushone, Africa Policy Analyst

Refugees repatriating to Angola are returning to a skeleton of a country.  Nearly 30 years of brutal civil war reduced most of Angola's homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship, markets, roads, bridges, and commercial and government buildings to rubble.  The war also rendered useless hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile agricultural land and countless miles of fish-abundant rivers with millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance, nearly all of which remain in place today.  

29 May 2003 description

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003 "Since the start of the war on terror, many countries-among them the United States-have become more wary of foreigners, including refugees," said Lavinia Limón, executive director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR), which today published its authoritative annual report, the World Refugee Survey 2003.

04 Nov 2002 description

In the wake of Angola's long civil war, the ability of millions of uprooted Angolans to return safely to their homes in the near future will depend in part on whether the government properly demobilizes tens of thousands of ex-combatants to produce long-term stability in the country.

06 Jun 2002 description

Refugees Produced
African refugees at start of 2002: 3 million

Refugee decrease in past year: 200,000

10 leading refugee-producing countries or territories in Africa:

1) Angola 445,000

2) Sudan 440,000

3) Burundi 375,000

4) Congo-Kinshasa 355,000

5) Eritrea 305,000

6) Somalia 300,000

7) Liberia 215,000

8) Sierra Leone 185,000

9) Western Sahara 110,000

10) Rwanda 60,000

06 Jun 2002 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. =AD Nineteen of mainland Africa's 48 countries suffered war, armed insurgencies, or violent civil unrest last year, pushing at least 1.8 million Africans from their homes during 2001, according to a new report by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).

09 May 2002 description

Presented at the hearing on Fiscal Year 2003 Appropriations before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Foreign Operations

29 Nov 2001 description

The international community is responding with laudably generous financial contributions to assist refugees from Afghanistan, but refugee relief programs in most other regions of the world are begging for adequate financial support in the final weeks of 2001, particularly in Africa.

11 Jul 2001 description

Statistical Update / World Refugee Survey 2001
Refugees Produced

African refugees at start of 2001: 3.3 million

Refugee increase in past year: 200,000

Refugee increase in past 2 years: 400,000

10 leading refugee-producing countries or territories in Africa:

1) Sudan: 460,000

2) Burundi: 420,000

3) Angola: 400,000

4) Sierra Leone: 400,000

5) Somalia: 370,000

6) Congo Kinshasa: 350,000

7) Eritrea: 350,000

8) Liberia: 200,000

9) Western Sahara: 110,000

10) Rwanda: 55,000

19 Jun 2001 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Cuts in funding to international aid agencies are threatening the health and safety of millions of refugees around the world, creating new perils for populations already vulnerable to disease, malnutrition, and violence, according to a report released today by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).

19 Jun 2001 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sudan became the largest producer of refugees on the African continent last year, with some 460,000 Sudanese forced to flee to neighboring countries, while the overall number of refugees in Africa continued to grow, according to a new report by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).

19 Jun 2001 description

Congo-Kinshasa (also known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire) was the source for more than 2.1 million uprooted people at the end of 2000, including some 350,000 refugees and asylum seekers, and an estimated 1.8 million internally displaced persons. Approximately 1 million Congolese newly fled their homes during the year.

19 Jun 2001 description

Congo-Brazzaville hosted some 125,000 refugees at the end of 2000, including an estimated 100,000 from Congo-Kinshasa, some 20,000 from Angola, more than 5,000 from Rwanda, and approximately 1,000 urban refugees from various African countries.

19 Jun 2001 description

At the end of 2000, an estimated 400,000 Angolans were refugees in neighboring countries, including up to 190,000 in Zambia, 170,000 in Congo-Kinshasa, about 20,000 in Congo-Brazzaville, approximately 20,000 in Namibia, and some 5,000 asylum seekers in Europe.

18 Sep 2000 description

The foreign operations appropriations bill for FY 2001 is currently being acted on by the Senate and will soon go to a conference committee. Within this bill is funding for the Migration and Refugee Affairs (MRA) account. From the MRA account the U.S. makes contributions to UNHCR, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and others who protect and assist refugees around the world.

06 Sep 2000 description

At least 1.5 million people in Africa fled their homes during the first eight months of this year because of war, violence, or political repression, the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) announced today.

28 Aug 2000 description

Angola's government continued to pursue complete military victory over rebel forces during the first half of the year, while growing numbers of local nongovernmental leaders pressed for a negotiated settlement to the latest round of conflict in the country's on-again off-again civil war.

13 Jun 2000 description

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 13, 2000

Contact: Melissa Wyers

06 Jun 1999 description

E.L. Bedford, Policy Analyst