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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.

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.

04 May 2001 description

Africa
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

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

Despite a peace accord agreed to on paper last year, the war in Congo Kinshasa raged on in the first half of 2000 with dire consequences for the civilian population.

13 Jun 2000 description

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 13, 2000

Contact: Melissa Wyers

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.

30 Sep 1998 description

Renewed warfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) in August forced some 4,000 Congolese to flee the country and prompted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to brace for large potential outflows of additional refugees to neighboring countries if the war in Congo intensifies.

26 Nov 1996 description

WHY ESTIMATES VARY WIDELY
How many refugees remain in eastern Zaire? The confusion over the number of Rwandan refugees still in eastern Zaire has been one of several factors undermining assistance plans.

25 Nov 1996 description

Continued calls for the deployment of U.S. and other international troops in eastern Zaire have inadvertently hindered rather than helped efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of uprooted persons in the area, according to an assessment on the ground by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).