UNHCR clarify repatriation programme for Zimbabweans in SA

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
19 November 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has denied running a repatriation programme that promised Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa R7000, computers and other equipment to start up businesses once back home. Last month it was reported the refugees signed up for the programme on the back of these promises but once back home nothing was delivered.

Speaking to Newsreel on Wednesday Tina Ghelli the UNHCR representative for Southern Africa said they ran a repatriation programme for refugees living at the Central Methodist church in Johaneesburg some time in July this year. She said this programme was at the request of the refugees who wanted to go back home but did not have the resources to do so. Since the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were already running repatriation programmes in the region the UNHCR asked them to help repatriate the most vulnerable refugees.

‘IOM assisted UNHCR by arranging pre-travel medical checks and transport, and providing escorts to facilitate returnees as required to [continue reading]



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