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31 Dec 2003 description
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ABIDJAN, 31 December (IRIN) - West Africa could point to the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone and the end of a 14-year civil war in Liberia as positive regional developments in 2003.

23 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA, Dec 23 (UNHCR) - As large numbers of Sudanese refugees continue arriving in eastern Chad, the UN refugee agency today announced plans to move an initial group of 10,000 from the volatile border to a safer site further inland.

17 Dec 2003 description

MSF: Since the beginning of December, at least 26 000 refugees have arrived in eastern Chad having fled the escalating conflict in the Darfur region of northern Sudan, according to MSF teams working at the border.

16 Dec 2003 description
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BANGUI, le 16 décembre (IRIN) - Le Haut commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) rapatriera des réfugiés de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) basés en République centrafricaine en utilisant le fleuve frontière, Oubangui, a annoncé lundi un représentant du HCR. Ce fleuve était fermé à la navigation pour le transport de personnes depuis septembre.

16 Dec 2003 description
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BANGUI, 16 December (IRIN) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will repatriate refugees from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) using the Oubangui river which, besides serving as the border between the two countries, has been closed to human traffic since September, a senior UNHCR official said on Monday.

12 Dec 2003 description

These Briefing Notes are issued by Media Relations & Public Information, UNHCR, Geneva.

12 Dec 2003 description

by Robbie Thomson in southern Chad
Robert Kaimiessim has never wanted anything other than to be a teacher. In his hometown of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, he teaches third grade at primary school.

But Robert is no longer in Bangui. Following the coup d’etat in March 2003, he was forced to flee, and, along with 40,000 of his compatriots, ended up in neighbouring Chad.

11 Dec 2003 description

Continuing fighting in western Sudan has prompted concern that more people will flee into neighbouring Chad, to join the estimated 65,000 who have already crossed the border. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an appeal for 2.3 million Swiss francs (US$ 1.8 million) to support the Red Cross of Chad (CRT), which is playing a key role in bringing them assistance.

10 Dec 2003 description

Khartoum (dpa) - The presidents of Sudan and Chad agreed Wednesday to organize a conference of all border tribes that would seek to end violence in Sudan's Darfur region, the state-owned Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said.

Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir and Chadian President Idris Deby called for the conference after a two-hour meeting Wednesday evening in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Under the agreement, the two countries would coordinate their efforts to draft a security charter and resolve the outstanding issues between the tribes of the region, Deby told SUNA after a …

09 Dec 2003 description

Briefer: Kris Janowski - Media Relations
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.


Despite the insecurity prevailing in parts of Iraq, repatriation convoys from Iran have begun. In the last three weeks, UNHCR has assisted some 280 people to return from Iran in two convoys.

08 Dec 2003 description

Rome - In the first privately funded and operated airlift in the history of the United Nations World Food Programme, TPG/TNT Airways this weekend transported urgently needed WFP humanitarian supplies destined for Eastern Chad where thousands of Sudanese refugees are sheltering.

08 Dec 2003 description

ADRE, Chad, Dec 8 (UNHCR) - Nearly 10,000 more Sudanese refugees have fled to eastern Chad to escape an escalation of conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, bringing total numbers to more than 75,000. Meanwhile, safety concerns have led the UN refugee agency to start developing a site further inland in Chad to relocate the refugees who have been living in sites along the volatile border.

05 Dec 2003 description


Grâce à l'installation précoce des pluies et la bonne répartition cette année, les prévisions céréalières de la campagne en cours montrent un excédent de 17,5% par rapport à celle de l'année dernière et 18% par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années.

Même dans les zones structurellement déficitaires (Logone Occidentale, Kanem, Nord Batha et Nord ouest de Ouadi Fira), la situation alimentaire est moins préoccupante ; cela grâce aux marchés qui sont bien approvisionnés, aux prix des céréales accessibles aux ménages pauvres et moyens et grâce au bon fonctionnement …

05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was seeking over $1 billion to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year to care for more than 20.5 million refugees and other people worldwide. This includes $955 million for its annual budget and over $57 million for supplementary programs for the Liberian crisis and Sudanese refugees.

02 Dec 2003 description

The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
The situation

02 Dec 2003 description

Brussels, 2 December 2003 - The European Commission has adopted a series of humanitarian aid decisions worth a total of €13 million for current crises in Africa. Assistance is being provided for victims of conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo (€5 million), Liberia (€4 million), eastern Chad (€2 million), and Sudan (€2 million).

30 Nov 2003 description

L’abondance des récoltes céréalières au Sahel menace les prix aux producteurs d’effondrement