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13 Aug 2009 description

Call it soccer or football, the sport is a universal language for refugees and nationals in Kampala, where players of different nationalities, ethnicities, and tribes unite for a common goal: victory. The only thing that makes one different from the next person is skill, which levels the playing field for the students at Amani Football Academy in Kampala.

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.

17 Dec 2002 description

New USCR Report Documents Forced Repatriation of Congolese Refugees from Rwanda

25 Sep 2002 description

Washington, D.C., September 25, 2002 -- During the past three weeks, the Rwandan authorities have forced nearly 10,000 ethnic Tutsi Congolese refugees to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a letter to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) called on Rwanda to end the forced returns. USCR also urged Rwanda to permit entry to Congolese who may need to seek safety again in Rwanda.

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.

02 Oct 2001 description


More than a half-million people fled their homes because of violence during the first nine months of 2001 in Central Africa and the Horn of Africa, according to analysis by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).

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

Approximately 55,000 Rwandans were refugees and asylum seekers at the end of 2000: nearly 30,000 in Tanzania, some 15,000 in Uganda, about 5,000 in Congo-Brazzaville, up to 3,000 in Kenya, about 1,000 each in Burundi and Congo-Kinshasa, and 2,000 new Rwandan asylum seekers in Europe.

19 Jun 2001 description

Tanzania hosted approximately 540,000 refugees at the end of 2000: about 400,000 from Burundi, more than 110,000 from Congo-Kinshasa, nearly 30,000 from Rwanda, and about 3,000 from Somalia.

19 Jun 2001 description

Uganda hosted approximately 230,000 refugees at the end of 2000: some 200,000 from Sudan, nearly 15,000 from Rwanda, about 10,000 from Congo-Kinshasa, 1,000 from Somalia, and several thousand from various other countries.
An estimated 20,000 Ugandans were refugees, including approximately 10,000 in Congo-Kinshasa, some 5,000 in Sudan, and about 5,000 in Kenya.

Approximately 500,000 Ugandans were internally displaced, although some estimates ranged much higher. An estimated 120,000 or more Ugandans became newly uprooted during the year because of violence.

19 Jun 2001 description

Approximately 465,000 Sudanese were refugees or asylum seekers at the end of 2000: some 200,000 in Uganda, about 70,000 in Ethiopia, an estimated 70,000 in Congo-Kinshasa, at least 55,000 in Kenya, 35,000 in Central African Republic, about 20,000 in Chad, some 12,000 in Egypt, and nearly 2,000 new Sudanese asylum applicants in Europe.