Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
First of thousands of refugees return to Equateur

Previous article | Next

NAIROBI, 29 Apr 2005 (IRIN) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) repatriated on Thursday the first 109 of 57,000 refugees from the Republic of Congo (ROC) to their homes in Equateur Province, northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The UNHCR has assured us that they will support us throughout our reinsertion [into our communities]," one returnee told the UN-supported Radio Okapi.

The refugees have been living for more than five years in temporary settlements along the Obangui River in ROC, which borders Equateur.

Some 8,000 of them have already registered for the return trip, which "includes crossing dense rain forest, numerous waterways and extremely rough roads," Jennifer Pagonis, the UNHCR spokeswoman, said on Tuesday in Geneva.

By the end of 2006, UNHCR hopes that 24,000 of the refugees in ROC would have returned home.


Related articles


  1. DR Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola (December 11, 2014)
  2. Ebola Epidemic Resurfaces in DR Congo's Equateur Province (August 25, 2014)
  3. The M23 Rebels Want to Overthrow Kabila? Nonsense (November 28, 2012)
  4. Tshisekedi Says He Won, Can He Prove It? (December 17, 2011)
  5. Kabila Leads Partial Election Results (December 3, 2011)
  6. Candidates to Make Last Stand in Kinshasa before Monday's Election (November 26, 2011)
  7. 19,497 Candidates to Run for 500 Seats in Parliament (September 26, 2011)
  8. At least 50 Dead after Two Boats Collide on Ruki River (July 29, 2011)
  9. Kabila, Sassou meet in Kinshasa over security (April 16, 2011)
  10. DR Congo Recalls Ambassador to Brazzaville (March 26, 2011)
  11. Four African nations crack down on LRA (October 16, 2010)
  12. Government Launches Investigation into Latest Boat Accidents (September 6, 2010)
  13. Key excerpts from UN report on Rwandan army genocide in DR Congo (August 27, 2010)
  14. Equateur Province Governor Bans Exports of Unprocessed Timber (July 7, 2010)
  15. Leader of Enyele Rebels Arrested in Equateur (May 5, 2010)
  16. DR Congo army regains control of Mbandaka (April 4, 2010)
  17. Enyele rebels enter major city in Equateur province (April 4, 2010)
  18. UN agency assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo (January 26, 2010)
  19. Blue helmets protect thousands daily, says top UN envoy (December 28, 2009)
  20. DR Congo armed forces enter troubled Dongo area (December 15, 2009)
  21. Congo army reports 1,200 FDLR rebels killed since February (December 10, 2009)
  22. Ban Ki-moon deplores attack on UN helicopter in DR Congo (November 27, 2009)
  23. DR Congo says 14,419 refugees repatriated from Zambia in 2009 (November 4, 2009)
  24. Real prospect of ending fighting in eastern DR Congo, says top UN envoy (October 16, 2009)
  25. Congolese "brutally deported" from Angola (October 6, 2009)
  26. Congo Ready to Settle Displaced People, Says Government Spokesman (September 10, 2009)
  27. UN: LRA Attacks in Eastern Congo Displace Thousands (August 28, 2009)
  28. At least 35,000 Congolese civilians displaced by fighting in South Kivu province (July 24, 2009)
  29. Jean-Pierre Bemba Allowed to Attend Mass for His Father in Brussels (July 7, 2009)
  30. Senator Jeannot Bemba Saolona Dies at 67 (July 3, 2009)


Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio
Available on App Store
Get it on Google Play



Contact Us | About Us | Édition en Français | French Edition

© 2018 CongoPlanet.com. All rights reserved.