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06 Jun 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By Arnaldo Vieira

Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.

Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.

According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The ministry sets up special health facility zones in communities near Lake Tanganyika.
- A team of experts has been dispatched to the six regions bordering DR Congo to help in surveillance and control.
- The deadly virus outbreak has so far killed 27 people in DRC.

By BEATRICE MATERU

Tanzania has intensified its surveillance at all points of entry following the Ebola outbreak that has so far killed 27 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

20 May 2018 description
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By MICHAEL CHAWE

Seven Congolese refugees in Zambia died following a boat accident as they sought to escape from a transit centre north of the country, police said.

Zambia police issued a statement saying: "Seven Democratic Republic of Congo nationals have drowned on Lake Mweru in Chiengi District of Luapula Province after their boat capsized due to heavy winds."

18 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOSEPH ODUHA

South Sudan has restricted the movements of people and goods along its borders with the DR Congo over the Ebola spread fears.

Health minister Riek Gai Kok announced on Thursday that the risk of the Ebola spread to South Sudan was high due to the proximity between the two countries.

“While cases of Ebola Virus Disease have not yet been detected in South Sudan, the risk is high because of movement of people from DR Congo into South Sudan,” he said.

An isolation facility

10 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By ELIZABETH MERAB

Kenya is on a high alert following an Ebola outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the ministry will be conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and Busia and Malaba along Kenya's border with Uganda.

“In these places, we have installed thermal guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures,” said Ms Kariuki.

03 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

By Evelyn Lirri

02 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • The security forces wanted to arrest some of their leaders accused of fuelling the on-going unrest.

  • The camp is yet to have new leadership after MIDIMAR on Monday disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for the camp.

  • Tension simmered in late April when police intensified security at the camp and its environs.

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

The Rwanda police have arrested 23 DR Congolese refugees following clashes with the security forces at Kiziba camp on Tuesday.

01 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The move comes amid last week’s reports of rising tensions that saw the government deploy security organs to the Kiziba camp
- The food protest in February had over 10 refugees shot dead and several others injured in a clash with the police
- More than 22 suspected ringleaders were currently facing justice

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

Rwanda has disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for Kiziba camp over accusations of fuelling unrest.

29 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.
  • The are reported to belong to a Catholic sect that resist any form of biometric listing and modern medicine.
  • The refugees are accused of endangering the lives of others in the camps as well as those of the officials.

By EDMUND KAGIRE

Rwanda police have arrested 33 Burundian refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.

04 Feb 2018 description
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In Summary

  • This is not the first time the Congolese government is confronting the Mai Mai rebels.

By MOSES HAVYARIMANA

Burundi has in the past week received more than 8,000 refugees fleeing the fighting between Mai Mai rebels and government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Burundian government officials said that refugees continue to arrive from DRC’s South Kivu to the southwestern port of Rumonge on Lake Tanganyika.

23 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.

The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.

31 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Parties cited the need for more time to promote voluntary repatriation, while a section of asylum countries grappled with logistical challenges to examine individual cases of refugees seeking exemption or integration.
- Deadline for cessation elapses on January 1, 2018.

18 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA

Rwanda's government has adopted a policy that enables refugees to work for a living as donor funding to support those in refugee camps reduces.

According to officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), the policy seeks to, among other goals, address a 10 per cent reduction in resources for feeding camp-based refugees. The officials said the policy would also help ease pressure on Rwanda as a host country.

03 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Political uncertainty has risen after the postponement of elections.

  • President Kabila had already exceeded the constitutional two-term limit, but a court ruled that he could stay in office until a new election.

  • Since August 2016, violence in the Kasai region has claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people and displaced around 1.4 million.

By KILASA MTAMBALIKE

05 Nov 2017 description
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In Summary
- Rwandan refugees have up to December 31 to either secure legal residency in host countries, return home or risk losing protection after the cessation date.
- This has seen the country receive over 11,000 returnees in the first eight months of this year compared with 5,580 in 2016.
- Invocation of the cessation clause means that the UNHCR will no longer be responsible for supporting Rwandan refugees.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

27 Jun 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).

  • The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.

15 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By DANIEL S. NTWARI

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 19:40

IN SUMMARY

  • With six official camps, Rwanda is home to Congolese and Burundian refugees totalling over 147,000, currently under the UNHCR-Rwanda programme.

  • UNHCR Rwanda programme now says that the Burundians will have to wait a little longer to have their concerns resolved.

  • UNHCR recently signed agreements with 11 international local partners for $10.8 million for the first phase of the 2016 refugee response in Rwanda.