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590 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Almost 600 refugees on Thursday left Tanzania to return to their home country of Burundi as part of a mass repatriation. In August this year Tanzania and Burundi announced that they have agreed for some 200,000 Burundian refugees to return home. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move of mass repatriation from October. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. The government of Tanzania insists Burundi “is peaceful” but there are fears over forced return of these refugees. In 2015 hundreds…

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At least 40 feared dead in shipwreck off Libya

The U.N. refugee agency has said that at least 40 people are feared dead or missing after a boat disaster off the coast of Libya. The boat was carrying migrants headed for Europe. About 60 people are reported to have been rescued. Libyan coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said on Tuesday that the bodies of five migrants had been recovered. 65 other migrants were rescued about 9 miles off the coast of the city of Khoms. Reuters quotes Qassem as saying that three of those found dead were from Morocco, one…

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Malawi: Refugees Soon To Have A New Home In Katuli, Karonga

The United Nations Refugee Agency in Malawi, UNHCR has said preparations for the moving of Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa to Katuli in Karonga District is at an advanced stage. UNHCR Country representative Mornique Ekoko said in an interview on the sidelines of a donation of medical drugs and equipment worth over K33 Million at the camp’s health Centre on 4th November 2016.

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News from Libya getting worse by the day as 16 migrants found dead on countries beach

More bad news coming out of Libya state that bodies of 16 migrants yet to be identified, have been found on a beach near the western Libyan town of Zwara, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Sunday. The migrants had been attempting to reach Europe, Khames el-Boussefi, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, told International Media outlets. “We have not been able to verify their nationalities, but they are presumed drowned after their boat sank,” he said, adding that none of the migrants had identity documents.

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The duty of the protector, the chagrin of the perpetrator

By: Mutuyimana Manzi Rwanda pretends that it would like its refugees to return. But many of these citizens are scared of the Kigali regime, which is known to target refugees for assassination or abduction. Meanwhile, Rwanda continues to create new refugees as the tyrannical state cracks down on critics and Hutus back home Since 2009, Rwandan rulers have pressured for the ‘premature’ and ‘ungrounded’ application of the cessation clause on the refugee status of Rwandan refugees. The lack of justifiable grounds to invoke the cessation clause brought about a reduction…

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“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.”

AMAHORO PEOPLE’S CONGRESS*RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS*FDU-INKINGI H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda. November 7, 2013. Your Excellency, Re: Treatment of Rwandan Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Uganda We, the undersigned, have been compelled by recent events to write to Your Excellency on behalf of the organizations we serve to express our grave concerns for the security of some of the tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees who have either sought asylum in Uganda or are in transit in Uganda awaiting opportunity to seek refuge in other countries. The…

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“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny”

By: Jennifer Fierberg  “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”  On October 25, 2013, former Rwandan Presidential bodyguard and RDF soldier, Lt. Joel Mutabazi, was abducted from a UNHCR safe house in Uganda where he was in hiding from the Rwandan government. He was under the protection of the UNHCR. The main task of the UNHCR is to protect vulnerable citizens from the governments that are trying…

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Forcibly displaced in South Kivu face a struggle to survive

14 March 2012 Some of the people forced to flee Shabunda wait for assistance in a neighbouring territory in South Kivu province. Survival is a challenge. BUNYAKIRI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 14 (2012) – Claudine* and her husband Pierre* fled their village in eastern Congo in early January and found shelter with thousands of others in Bunyakiri commune. But now the couple, like other internally displaced people (IDP) in South Kivu province’s Kalehe territory, face a new challenge – the struggle to survive. Fighting in the past four…

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Fahamu, “Opposing Cessation of Protection for Rwandan Refugees”

By Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In their most recent move to stop the Cessation of Protection of Rwandan Refugees, Fahamu stated the following in their petition to their supporter; “On December 31, 2011, the UN High Commissioner for the Refugees and several states hosting Rwandan refugees are considering invoking the ‘cessation clause’ of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This is a very unusual and dangerous move that could cause revocation of the refugee status of tens of thousands of people who fled ethnic and political persecution in…

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The Rwandan Government: When the tree falls, birds are in misery

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In the small country of Rwanda buried deep in the heart of Africa continues to make loud noises despite their assumed desire to keep things quiet and inconspicuous.  Within this small country lies a government that oppresses its own people through intimidation, lack of open political space and fear to speak honestly and openly about the government in personal circles as well as in the press. In the larger city of Kigali, the Capitol of Rwanda, there is much development and financial progress since the 1994…

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