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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).

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

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

More than 420,000 Burundians were refugees at the end of 2000: about 400,000 in Tanzania, an estimated 20,000 in Congo-Kinshasa, some 1,000 in Rwanda, and about 2,000 in a half-dozen other countries.

An estimated 600,000 or more Burundians were internally displaced.

At least 150,000 people in Burundi were newly forced to flee during 2000.

Burundi hosted about 6,000 refugees at year's end, including some 5,000 from Congo-Kinshasa and 1,000 from Rwanda.

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

The Central African Republic hosted nearly 55,000 refugees at the end of 2000, including about 35,000 from Sudan, an estimated 15,000 from Congo-Kinshasa, about 3,000 from Chad, and nearly 1,000 from various other African countries.

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.

04 May 2001 description

Kenya - Shelter

Shelters for refugees collapsed in rains and were not immediately rebuilt because of budget constraints. Homeless refugees were forced to sleep in school buildings, causing disruptions to education programs for refugee children.

Djibouti - Food

Funding constraints forced a two-month suspension of programs for malnourished refugee children at two feeding centers. Malnutrition rates increased among some of the country's 20,000 refugees.

Congo-Kinshasa - Protection

27 May 1999 description

Witnesses and members of Congress debated whether U.S. leadership on refugee protection and assistance has declined dramatically in recent years or is as robust as ever at a March 9 hearing before the House Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights.

09 Feb 1999 description

Two "world wars" devastated Europe in the first half of the 20th Century. As this century draws to a close, a new "world war" threatens to engulf Africa.