Congolese refugees successfully return home from exile: UNHCR

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Congolese refugees disembark from the boat that has brought them back home across the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Diasivi

Over 120,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been successfully returned to their homeland by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, after five years in exile.

Local boats last Wednesday took the final refugees across the Oubangui River from the town of Betou in the Republic of Congo.

The refugees fled the DRC to neighbouring countries when clashes erupted in 2009 between the Munzaya and Enyele communities over traditional fishing rights.

UNHCR's Celine Schmitt spoke to Priscilla Lecomte in detail about the "challenging" repatriation operation.

Duration: 3’02″

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