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World Refugee Day 2004: Zambia

World Refugee Day 2004: Zambia

20 June 2004


World Refugee Day 2004 was celebrated in Zambia in all the refugee locations in Meheba, Mayukwayukwa, Nangweshi, Kala, Mwange, Ukwimi and Lusaka. For Zambia, this year's theme was the repatriation of refugees to Angola and Rwanda.

In Lusaka, The Minister of Home Affairs launched a two-week media coverage on TV and radio. During this period, UNHCR staff, implementing partners and government officials participated in a one-hour live radio programme dedicated to refugee issues.

On 20 June, World Refugee Day was celebrated in the Show Grounds in Lusaka. A walk for refugees and their children, UNHCR and implementing partner staff was organised. The Minister of Home Affairs was the chief guest and gave a speech on the plight of refugees, particularly in Africa, highlighting the government's approach to the management of refugees.

Refugees from Burundi and Congo kept the audience enthralled with dances, drums and theatre.