(Brazzaville): Thousands of new refugees
Ongoing civil strife in the Republic of Congo (capital: Brazzaville)
has forced thousands to flee to the Democratic
The fighting, between forces loyal to President Pascal Lissouba and
former military ruler, Gen. Denis Sassou-Nguesso's militia, started on
June 5 and has
Intense fighting towards the end of August has led to an
According to briefing notes issued by the UNHCR on August 29, 11,300 people have already registered as refugees and are crammed at a newly opened camp at Kinkale, 30 km outside Kinshasa.
The crisis has also hit some Rwandan refugees. About 2,000 of these
are living in appalling condition at Bilolo camp
The UNHCR press release says that Rwandan refugees have become the target
of harassment in Pointe Noire, a government-controlled city which
has been swollen with thousands of displaced people from Brazzaville. Of
the 200 Rwandan refugees at a camp, some 120 men were expelled to Angola.
Republic conflict sparks new refugee exodus
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Kong: 400 'boat people' abandoned
Vietnam is refusing to assume responsibility for 400 'boat people' still living in camps in Hong Kong.
Vietnam, Hong Kong and the United Nations agreed in
Vietnam has taken back some 68,000 boat people. The government is now
insisting that these 400 should have been sent home before Britain handed
its former colony back to China in July.
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Deadline for Albanian refugees extended
The Italian Interior Minister Giorgio Napolitano has told Parliament that his government will allow Albanian refugees to stay beyond August 31 deadline for their repatriation following a plea from Albanian premier Fatos Nano.
The Albanian authorities say they would be unable to cope if all 10,000 refugees presently in Italy go back now.
About 16,000 refugees arrived in Italy early this year following
a chaotic exodus from their poor country which went into virtual anarchy
after the collapse of pyramid investment schemes.
extends deadline for Albanian refugees
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'Stray' refugees to be rounded up
The Tanzanian government is to start rounding up Burundian and Zairian refugees living outside refugee camps.
The authorities have blamed these refugees for increased crime in western Tanzania and intend the roundup to ba a first step towards repatriation.
The number of stray refugees is not known but some 300,000 Hutu refugees from Burundi and 74,000 refugees from Zaire already live in camps.
Tanzania has recently signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and the U.N.H.C.R. to start repatriating Congolese refugees, who fled late last year at the beginning of the civil war there.
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