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20 Dec 2005 description

LUANDA, December 20 (UNHCR) - The return of a group of Angolan refugees from Botswana on Monday 19 December marked the end of UNHCR's three-year programme of organised convoys to Angola, under a voluntary repatriation scheme that has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees return home.

21 Nov 2005 description

Menongue, 11/21 - A total of 2,369 Angolans previously living in the Republics of Namibia, Zambia and Botswana have returned to the southeastern Kuando-Kubango province, from 07 April to 18 October 2006.

11 Oct 2005 description
report IRIN

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27 Sep 2005 description

Huambo, 09/27 - A total of 6,076 Angolan refugees, among men, women and children, who lived in the republics of Zambia and Botswana for years, were repatriated into Huambo province between May 22 and September this year, Angop learned.

27 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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15 Jul 2005 description

HUAMBO, Angola, July 15 (UNHCR) - For years, Dominga Arture sat in this desolate corner of Botswana and watched her friends leave for their homeland in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"I remember the longing I felt when the South Africans left in the early '90s. My only consolation was the words my parents instilled in me, that one day, it would be my turn too," she said. "Now the time has come. I am very excited.

13 Jul 2005 description

Luanda, 07/13 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expects to assist yet this year about 70,675 Angolans to return to their country.

The UN refugees agency's press officer, Maria Benevides, affirmed that the majority of these people is located in refugees camps in neighbouring Zambia, Republic of Congo and DR Congo, existing a few of them in South Africa and Namibia.

The source informed that in the ambit of the organised repatriation process at least 62 refugees coming from Botswana arrived on Monday in the country, while another group comprising 52 people, …

12 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 July (IRIN) - Some 500 Angolan refugees living in Botswana are expected to return home this week as a new phase of a voluntary repatriation exercise gets underway.

Sixty-two Angolans were repatriated in December last year under a tripartite agreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the governments of Botswana and Angola, but that leg of the exercise was temporarily suspended after heavy rains in Angola.

About 120 refugees will be airlifted from the northern city of …

28 Jun 2005 description
report IRIN

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MAUN, 28 June (IRIN) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has moved a step closer to forming a rapid response brigade for deployment in peacekeeping operations and hotspots on the continent and elsewhere.

At the end of the multinational Exercise Thokgamo (Setswana for serenity) in Maun on Thursday the regional bloc's executive secretary, Dr Prega Ramsamy, said SADC had demonstrated its commitment to play a positive role in the establishment and maintenance of a peaceful, stable and secure …

10 Jun 2005 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 181 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 2/2005) contains preliminary information and data with regards to the Food Insecurity situation in Southern Africa region.

09 Jun 2005 description

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today heralded the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. Yesterday's announcement at the White House brings the United States' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom's support to some US$300 million.

31 Mar 2005 description


The end of March signals the end of the marketing year in most of Southern Africa. It also marks the end of the hunger season, and is characterized by the appearance of green maize and other seasonal food crops that become available at the household level as well as on rural markets. Although overall food security is improving as many households begin to access new seasonal crops, the situation is expected to remain worrisome in some parts of the countries that have been adversely affected by the poor crop growing conditions this season.

17 Mar 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Outlook Updates:

April-June 2005 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region:

The outlook for Apr-Jun 2005 Gulf of Guinea rainfall at one month lead shows a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall over most sectors in the Gulf of Guinea region from Sierra Leone eastward into western Nigeria. There is also a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over northeastern Nigeria.

Northern Horn of Africa:

15 Mar 2005 description

Map produced in collaboration with OCHA, SAHIMS, IRIN, UNAIDS and partners.

10 Mar 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño

Synopsis: A transition from weak warm-episode (El Niño) conditions to ENSO-neutral conditions is expected to continue during the next three months.

Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies decreased in all of the Niño regions during February 2005. However, positive sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies greater than +1°C (~1.8°F) persisted in portions of the central and western equatorial Pacific.

23 Feb 2005 description

DUKWI CAMP, Botswana, Feb 23 (UNHCR) -- Sometimes, when refugee David F. visits neighbours in Dukwi camp to discuss the HIV and AIDS problem, they chase him away, unwilling to talk about sex-related issues.

Cultural taboos and myths about sex are among the many obstacles facing health workers in this camp of 3,000 refugees in Botswana, a country with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.

08 Feb 2005 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI

Paul Harvey

20 Jan 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook Forecasts: February -- April

Southern Africa:

13 Jan 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño:

Synopsis: Weak warm-episode (El Niño) conditions are expected to continue for the next three months.