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On Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers, his predecessor Sadako Ogata, and Mr. Tetsuro Yano, the Japanese government's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs addressed a crowd of over 350 delegates at the opening of the International Symposium on Refugees in Africa. Among the crowd were Japanese and African government officials, as well as representatives from regional bodies and civil society.
As an implementing partner of UNHCR, Peace Winds Japan has undertaken a reintegration and repatriation program which aids the return of refugees to villages in Sierra Leone and Liberia.