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01 Oct 2003 description

Just 1% of $87 billion for Iraq/Afghanistan could help meet West Africa's most pressing needs

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.

07 Oct 2002 description

Cote d'Ivoire: USCR analysis of recent developments
The current instability in Cote d'Ivoire threatens to trigger massive population upheaval if fighting between rebels and government forces continues to spread. The political turmoil has already unleashed an anti-immigrant backlash that could affect millions of foreigners in Cote d'Ivoire, including 70,000 refugees, and that likely will linger after the current military standoff ends.

06 Sep 2002 description

=A0Washington, D.C., September 6, 2002 -The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) welcomes last week's decision by the U.S. government to provide $6.6 million in emergency funding for refugee crises in West Africa.=A0 USCR had publicly urged U.S. officials in August to disburse the emergency monies as rapidly as possible to shore up relief programs for 70,000 new Liberian refugees and for thousands of refugees struggling to return home to neighboring Sierra Leone.=A0

09 Aug 2002 description

The Bush Administration should move urgently to disburse special funds to address the refugee emergency in West Africa, where some 70,000 new refugees from Liberia have flooded into neighboring countries this year fleeing intensified civil war. The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) recently completed a month-long site visit to assess humanitarian conditions in West Africa.

26 Jul 2002 description


New USCR report calls for urgent repatriation program: Fighting and Human Rights Abuses in Liberia Threaten Sierra Leonean Refugees
Washington, D.C., July 26, 2002 - An estimated 30,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia are in danger of becoming casualties of Liberia’s widening civil war if the UN refugee agency does not launch an emergency program to repatriate them rapidly, the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) said today.

19 Jul 2002 description

Of those who suffered at the hands of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and other armed groups during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war, Sierra Leonean women faced particular brutality. A February 2002 report by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women found that 72 percent of the Sierra Leonean women surveyed had experienced human rights abuses, and more than 50 percent had been victims of sexual violence.

28 Jun 2002 description

(FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE) - The arrival of some 8,000 new refugees from Liberia into eastern Sierra Leone in recent days has put a potentially dangerous strain on war-damaged Sierra Leonean villages along the border and threatens to sidetrack efforts to reintegrate tens of thousands of repatriated Sierra Leonean refugees into their home communities, according to an on-the-scene assessment this week by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR), the public information program of Immigration and Refugee Services of America.

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

28 Feb 2002 description

Refugee children and internally displaced youth in West Africa suffer widespread sexual abuse at the hands of local aid workers, peacekeeping soldiers, refugee leaders, and sometimes their own families, according to an investigation published this week by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children Federation/United Kingdom.

14 Jan 2002 description

Humanitarian aid workers and government officials in Sierra Leone braced for a possible large-scale return home of tens of thousands of refugees in the first half of 2002 after the UN announced on January 7 that its program to disarm the country's combatants is officially completed.

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

Guinea-Bissau hosted about 6,000 refugees and asylum seekers at the end of 2000, including approximately 5,000 from Senegal, and 1,000 from Sierra Leone and Liberia.

19 Jun 2001 description

More than 190,000 Liberians were refugees at the end of 2000: some 90,000 in Guinea, about 90,000 in Côte d'Ivoire, nearly 10,000 in Ghana, about 3,000 in Sierra Leone, and nearly 3,000 in Nigeria. Approximately 40,000 Liberian refugees repatriated during the year.

19 Jun 2001 description

Nearly 400,000 Sierra Leoneans were refugees and asylum seekers at the close of 2000: an estimated 300,000 in Guinea, about 70,000 in Liberia, nearly 10,000 in Gambia, about 4,000 in Nigeria, some 2,000 in Ghana, 2,000 in Côte d'Ivoire, 1,000 in Mali, and more than 7,000 new asylum seekers in Europe.

19 Jun 2001 description

Guinea hosted about 390,000 refugees at the close of 2000, including an estimated 300,000 from Sierra Leone, and some 90,000 from Liberia.