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03 Dec 2002 description

GENEVA -- Donor governments on Tuesday pledged another $280 million towards UNHCR's worldwide programs for 2003, bringing the total promised contributions to date to a record $317 million. This amounts to nearly one- third of the refugee agency's 2003 total projected needs of more than $1 billion.

02 Dec 2002 description

LUANDA, Angola, December 2 (UNHCR) - Twice in the past 10 years alone, aid agencies have attempted to return Angolan refugees to their war-torn country. Both times they failed as efforts to end the war collapsed, bringing new devastation and misery to a country that has known little more than civil war since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

28 Nov 2002 description

LUANDA, Angola, November 28 (UNHCR) -- Angola and the UN refugee agency today signed separate agreements with Namibia and Zambia under a programme for the voluntary return of 450,000 Angolan refugees in southern Africa.

15 Nov 2002 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

12 Nov 2002 description

LUSAKA, Zambia (UNHCR) - Twelve-year-old Angolan refugee Jeraldo Nundu-Jil can't stop singing the praises of Italy. In May, she travelled there as part of a 30-member children's choir from Nangweshi camp in Western Zambia to perform in the "Pavarotti and Friends for Angola" concert.

19 Sep 2002 description

GENEVA, September 19 (UNHCR) - Lamenting the lack of adequate post-primary schooling for refugees, UN refugee agency chief Ruud Lubbers has called for more efforts to bridge the gap between emergency and development aid to ensure education for more than 1.5 million refugees of secondary school age.

09 Jul 2002 description

DURBAN, South Africa -- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers today called for the inclusion of refugees, returnees and host countries in Africa's new economic recovery plan, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

05 Jul 2002 description

LUANDA, Angola, July 5 (UNHCR) - More than 20,000 Angolan refugees in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have returned home spontaneously since March. UNHCR estimates that up to 80,000 from the region could head home by year end, and is gathering close to $2 million to meet their immediate needs.

23 May 2002 description

NANGWESHI CAMP, Zambia (UNHCR) - They are the forgotten people, tucked away on one bank of the magnificent Zambesi River, separated from the rest of Zambia on the other side of the river.

23 May 2002 description

ROME, May 23 (UNHCR) - World-renowned Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti is dedicating this year's "Pavarotti and Friends" concert to support the UN refugee agency's programmes for Angolan refugees in Zambia. This is the third year out of the last four that Pavarotti has made refugees the central focus of the celebrated annual event.

22 May 2002 description

GENEVA -- UNHCR is expanding sports programmes for children living in refugee camps around the world to a total of 16 countries by the end of this year. New projects will be funded by three of UNHCR's main sports donors and will focus mainly on Asia and Africa.

07 May 2002 description

LUSAKA, Zambia, May 7 (UNHCR) -- An ambitious project is underway in Zambia to integrate refugees into their host community while helping the local region to develop, said UNHCR in a report issued recently.

21 Mar 2002 description

Geneva -- The income from this year's annual charity concert by the renowned Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, will benefit Angolan refugee children in Zambia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said today.

28 Jan 2002 description

LUSAKA, Zambia, Jan. 28 (UNHCR) - Some nine thousand Angolan refugees waiting to be relocated remain stranded in transit facilities outside the Nangweshi refugee camp in Zambia's Western Province, and more are on the way.