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04 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt and Uganda are in new talks about the use of the River Nile water after previous negotiations with riparian countries failed to reach a compromise, a top Egyptian government official on a visit here said on Wednesday.

Mona Omar, the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of Egyptian experts were sent to Uganda about a week ago with new proposals for a compromise clause into the proposed Nile Water Basin Cooperative Framework agreement.

She did not however reveal what the …

05 Oct 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Oct 05, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Up to 263 Congolese were repatriated from Tanzania over the weekend by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), bringing the number of the returnees from the eastern neighbor to 63,563, an official of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said.

The 263 Congolese refugees from Lugufu 2 refugee camp in Tanzania were brought back by UNHCR to the port of Mushimbakye in Baraka in the Fizi territory, approximately 30 km from Uvira.

Each of the returnees received food stuffs, kitchen utensils, ploughing implements and a shelter in the …

27 Feb 2007 description
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KAMPALA, Feb 27, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A report by the World Vision revealed that 62 percent of children living in internally displaced persons (IDPs)' camps in northern Uganda were victims of sexual abuse, Daily Monitor reported on Tuesday.

The report, titled "The Future In Our Hands," which focused largely on the lives of displaced children in the Great Lakes Region, administered 304 questionnaires to children below the age of 18 in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

25 Oct 2006 description
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NAIROBI, Oct 25, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The international conference for Africa's Great Lakes region will be held in Nairobi at the end of this year, a senior Kenyan official disclosed here on Wednesday.

The conference, which was twice scheduled to take place in December 2005 and this July, will now be held on December 14-15, Kenya's Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Moses Wetangula told a media briefing in Nairobi.

26 Jul 2006 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Jul 26, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Tanzania was still hosting 530,555 refugees from neighboring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said reports reaching here on Wednesday from the ongoing Tanzanian National Assembly session in Dodoma.

19 Sep 2005 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 19, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is starting from next month to repatriate up to 150, 000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees now residing in Tanzania, according to a press release available here on Monday.

"It is expected that many of them (refugees) will voluntarily return over the coming two years," UNHCR said in its statement.

The agency, UN High Commission for Refugees or UNHCR for short, also stated that the DRC and Tanzania had agreed with UNHCR on how to relocate the returning refugees.

23 Jun 2005 description
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NAIROBI, Jun 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Thousands of refugees have turned up at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Nairobi to register themselves to beat the deadline set by Kenyan authorities.

The UNHCR spokesman Emmanuel Nyabera said between 4,000 to 5, 000 refugees from various parts of the continent living in Kenya turned up for registration on Wednesday, but the UN agency was able to register only 3,000.

He said many refugees turned up in the early hours in an attempt to beat the government's June 30 deadline for registration.

03 Mar 2005 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Mar 3, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Food crisis seems to continue facing over 400,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees residing in Tanzania due to decreased relief.

Local newspaper The Guardian on Thursday quoted Mitchell Courtney, a senior official from the World Food Program, as saying that refugees in western Tanzania have suffered a double food ration cut and some food rations such as corn soya blend for children have been reduced to zero supply.

Food insecurity has been haunting over the refugees since September last year and the situation become even worse at the …

23 Dec 2004 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 23, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday received six million US dollars urgently-required funds to assist refugees now living in western Tanzania.

The money came from a British government donation in the amount of 3 million pounds or 6 billion Tanzanian shillings (6 million US dollars).

"The contribution from the United Kingdom comes at a critical time allowing us to purchase food desperately needed in the region, " said Patrick Buckley, the WFP representative and country director, in his statement.

20 Nov 2004 description
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by Yi Gaochao and Zhang Ran

19 Nov 2004 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 19, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- More than a dozen of heads of state gathered here on Friday to attend the inaugural summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region that is expected to bring peace to the region.

11 Aug 2004 description
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KAMPALA, Aug 11, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan government has started a nationwide awareness campaign for peace in the Great Lakes region, local newspaper The New Vision reported on Wednesday.

16 Jul 2004 description
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NAIROBI, Jul 16, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Parliament members from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Friday called on the international community to help resolve the conflicts in the Great Lakes region.

06 Jan 2004 description
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LUSAKA, Jan 6, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A summit on the peace and development of the Great Lakes Region will be held in November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the United Nations secretary-general's special representative for the Great Lakes Region, Ibrahima Fall, announced here Tuesday.

26 Jul 2002 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Jul 26, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Tanzanian government is formulating a new national policy on refugees aimed at outlining ways of dealing with the impact of asylum seekers in the country, local newspaper "Daily News" reported on Friday.
Home Affairs Minister Muhammed Seif Khatib told the National Assembly in Dodoma on Thursday that the policy was being drawn up by his ministry in liaison with the Prime Minister's Office.

He assured the regions hosting refugees in north-western Tanzania would be fully involved in policy formulation.

06 Jul 2002 description
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DURBAN, South Africa, Jul 6, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has granted more than 1.7 million US dollars in humanitarian assistance to 13 member states in the past six months, according to an OAU report here on Saturday.

24 Apr 2002 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Apr 24, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The third batch of 1,083 refugees from camps in western Tanzania returned to Burundi last week, hence bringing to 2,517 the number of refugees repatriated voluntarily since the exercise started in March, UN sources confirmed on Wednesday.

08 Jan 2002 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Jan 8, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Tuesday asked the international community to reexamine global conventions and laws governing refugees to ensure the burden of providing care to asylum seekers does not solely fall on the host countries.

22 Oct 2001 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 22, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking for new sites in Tanzania to establish camps for the increasing refugees from neighboring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local media reported on Monday.

08 Aug 2001 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Aug 8, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The number of refugees in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries has reached 350,000, with Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo host the lion share of it , according to a U.N. refugee agency.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement released on Wednesday that refugee population in the region increased 7.8 percent from 320,563 to 345,720.