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17 May 2007 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

UGANDA: GOVERNMENT AND REBELS SIGN PHASE TWO OF THE PEACE DEAL

On 2 May, the government of Uganda and the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) signed an accord to extend the ceasefire and agreed phase two of a peace agreement. The previous ceasefire ended earlier this year on 28 February, creating instability and raising anxieties among the population in northern Uganda.

"News of the extension of the ceasefire brought relief to most, including the NGOs assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs).

31 Jan 2007 description

In an annual meeting held between JRS country directors and Regional Director, Sr Joanne Whitaker RSM, it was acknowledged that all countries in the region are experiencing a decline in the number of refugees and asylum seekers, with an exception of South Africa.

The meeting, held just outside the South African city of Pretoria between 16 and 18 January, offered the country directors and Sr Whitaker the opportunity to identify common regional trends, review annual activities and present their plans for the future.

Falling numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in the region were …

17 Jan 2007 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

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KENYA: SOMALI REFUGEES SEEK ASSISTANCE IN NAIROBI

Increased numbers of refugees have begun arriving in Kenya since fighting flared up between the Somalia Islamic Courts Union (SICC) and the Transitional Federal Government of Somali. In September alone an average of 300 refugees crossed the border daily.

This has brought the number of Somali refugees in Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya to more than 160,000 while the number continues to rise with the renewed …

17 Nov 2006 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

Venezuela: displaced families still without state protection

Sixty-two families, forced to flee their villages in mid-October after receiving threats from a left-wing Colombian guerrilla group operating in the area, remain unprotected by the Venezuelan state.

The Colombian and Venezuelan families were living in Santa Ines and Caño Gaitan villages on the western border with Colombia between El Nula and Guasdualito in Alto Apure State.

28 Oct 2006 description

Angolan refugees resident in neighbouring Zambia who fail to return home by the end of 2006 may lose their refugee status.

According to the Angolan embassy in Zambia, approximately 39,000 Angolans have already been returned home. An embassy official told a local newspaper that those who want to remain in Zambia will have to change their status into residents, paying fees to local migration authorities.

"In an odd way, this is good news for Angola and Angolans. Refugee status was never intended to be a lifetime affair.

28 Sep 2006 description

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28 Jul 2006 description

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18 Apr 2006 description

1. TANZANIA: BURUNDIANS RETURN HOME TO PROMISES OF FOOD

15 Mar 2006 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office.

14 Feb 2006 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

16 Jan 2006 description

According to IRIN, the UN news agency, Congolese and Angolan refugees in Zambia will face a bleak new year with the threat of a 50 percent cut in food rations in 2006 unless urgent funding is secured.

16 Jan 2006 description

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15 Dec 2005 description

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01 Sep 2005 description

More than two thirds of the world's refugees are hosted in low income developing countries. Richer industrialized countries have a responsibility to share in these refugees' protection, particularly that most basic protection of adequate food provision.

15 Apr 2005 description

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VENEZUELA: TENSION ON THE COLOMBIAN BORDER

March was a tense month on the Venezuelan Alto-Pure border, in particular in El Nula where the presence of armed groups intensified. On 10 March, in response to the insecurity, local civil society groups, including JRS Venezuela, organised a protest condemning the presence of armed Colombian groups, extortion and kidnapping.

The protest was widely covered by the national media.

30 Nov 2004 description

By Mr Mulenga Nkula, Advocacy and Policy Officer, JRS Zambia

November 2004

Zambia, a landlocked country surrounded by eight other southern African countries of which some are refugee-producing, hosts two major refugee groups - from Angola, and refugees from the Great Lakes Region (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi). The total number of refugees as of August 2004 was estimated at 207,925 out of which UNHCR assisted 128,252.

30 Nov 2004 description

By Mr Mulenga Nkula, Advocacy and Policy Officer, JRS Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country surrounded by eight other southern African countries of which some are refugee-producing, hosts two major refugee groups - from Angola, and refugees from the Great Lakes Region (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi). The total number of refugees as of August 2004 was estimated at 207,925 out of which UNHCR assisted 128,252.

30 Nov 2004 description

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BURUNDI: SUCCESS OF ELECTIONS CONTINGENT ON DISARMAMENT AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE

Despite numerous delays dating back since Burundi's largest rebel group the FDD entered into a peace agreement with the government in November 2003, the process of demobilization and reintegration of both former rebel groups and the national army is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

08 Oct 2004 description

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO/ BURUNDI: TURBULENT RETURN FOR BANYAMULENGE REFUGEES

On 26 September, a group of 366 Congolese refugees in Burundi crossed into Uvira, in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

23 Sep 2004 description

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TANZANIA: RETURNING HOME, ARE WE PREPARED?

As Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania in large numbers, it is vital for them to be adequately informed about the dangers awaiting them at home.