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Diarrhoea kills 26 Congolese in Ugandan refugee camp

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Twenty-six Congolese refugees at a fast-growing camp in western Uganda died from acute diarrhoea in just three days, the UN said Thursday. Tens of thousands of people have fled an upsurge of fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, many …

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Myanmar still not safe for Rohingya to return: UN refugee chief

United Nations, United States | AFP | Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between …

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Myanmar minister orders Rohingya to leave no man’s land

Dhaka, Bangladesh | AFP | A Myanmar government minister has told Rohingya refugees living in a makeshift camp on the Bangladesh border they should take up a government offer to return, warning they will face “consequences” if they stay where they are. A video circulated on social media apparently shows …

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UK’s Johnson meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Naypyidaw, Myanmar | AFP | Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s capital on Sunday to press for action on the Rohingya crisis, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Muslim minority. Johnson spoke with the embattled …

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Uganda investigates refugee fraud allegations

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Uganda is investigating allegations of widespread fraud in its refugee aid programme, a government official said Monday, as the UN also raised concerns over human trafficking in Ugandan camps. “The office of the prime minister has received reports alleging that there could have been acts …

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UN urges Uganda to probe refugee trafficking, corruption

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Uganda must investigate allegations of “human trafficking” and corruption in refugee camps, the UN’s top official in the country told AFP on Monday. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, said she had written to the government last month over allegations ranging from “corruption to …

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Rohingya repatriation won’t begin Tuesday as planned: Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh | AFP | The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar due to begin Tuesday will be delayed, a Bangladesh official said, citing the huge task of preparing transit centres and approving lists of returnees. Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad did …

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Rohingya refugees to start returning from January: officials

Dhaka, Bangladesh | AFP | Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from January, despite rights groups warning that their safety is still not assured should they return. The foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar met in Dhaka to finalise the agreement signed on …

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