Repatriation starts for DRC refugees

2012-05-10 14:10
Kinshasa - The UN has started repatriating about 81 000 refugees to the Democratic Republic of Congo from neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville, the world body announced on Thursday.

The repatriation process "began on 05 May with a first test convoy of 79 refugees who left Betou" in northern Congo "for the destination of Bongo" in DRC's north-western Equateur province, the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said in a statement.

The two governments and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will ramp up the repatriation drive in the coming days, the statement added.

The initiative "aims to repatriate about 81 000 refugees by the end of 2013, including 49 000 this year," Ocha said.

The refugees fled Equateur province after insurgents of the Enyele tribe in October 2009 began to attack members of another ethnic group in a bid for control of ponds rich in fish, before confronting DRC's army several times until April 2010.

The return programme is being protected by Congo-Brazzaville's security forces backed up by troops of the UN mission in DRC (Monusco).

Initially planned to begin in April 2011, the repatriation process was delayed for logistical and security reasons.

Read more on:    un  |  ocha  |  drc  |  congo  |  central africa  |  refugees
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.