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28 Oct 2005 description

World's hardest-hit

15 Sep 2005 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Sept 15, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 6,866 Somali refugees have been repatriated to homeland since the beginning of the year after over a decade in exile in neighboring countries, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Thursday.

13 Sep 2005 description

Joint News Release WHO/Rotary International/CDC/UNICEF/42

06 Sep 2005 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 6 September 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is appalled that yet another group of at least 45 Somalis and Ethiopians died last week at sea while crossing the Gulf of Aden in an attempt to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats from Somalia. The people were reportedly aboard four boats carrying up to 400 Africans that had sailed from Bossasso, in north-eastern Somalia.

03 Aug 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:
Update of the Africa Intertropical Convergence Zone Position:

17 Jun 2005 description

With polio continuing to spread in nearby Ethiopia and Yemen, campaign rushes to protect Somali children

17 JUNE 2005 | NAIROBI, KENYA -- On 17 June, Somalia will launch a nationwide polio immunization campaign, to urgently protect the country's children from life-long paralysis caused by the disease.

27 May 2005 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 27 May 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is also moving one step closer to phasing out its operations in eastern Ethiopia, with the last convoy from Aisha camp scheduled to leave tomorrow (Saturday 28 May), for north-western Somalia (the self-declared Republic of Somaliland). With this 213th convoy carrying 325 refugees, UNHCR will have helped more than 240,000 Somali refugees in Ethiopia return home after many years in exile.

16 Mar 2005 description

AISHA REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 16 (UNHCR) - Eleven years into his exile in Ethiopia, Mogadishu native Ali Abdi succumbed to unbearable homesickness and got up his nerve to go on a reconnaissance mission back to the violent Somali capital.

04 Mar 2005 description

AISHA REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 4 (UNHCR) - When Barkad Omer Alale fled the civil war in his homeland, Somalia, "there were bullets flying all around."

During 15 long years of exile, his dream was always to go home. "Now there is peace there," he says of Northwest Somalia.

23 Feb 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ADDIS ABABA, 23 February (IRIN) - Some of the last remaining refugees who fled the civil war in Somalia during the 1990s have begun returning home from Ethiopia, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

The agency said that 451 refugees were taken in a convoy on Monday to the border as they began their return to the self-declared republic of Somaliland.