Mauritanian refugees considering whether to return home with UNHCR help received positive news at the weekend when the Mauritanian authorities gave birth-certificates to two returnee children, paving the way for them to receive national ID papers. The documents were handed to the young boy and girl during an official ceremony on Nov. 23 in the border town of Rosso. The development came just days after the number of Mauritanians repatriated from Senegal by the UN refugee agency since last January passed the 5,000 mark – government officials said they will all shortly be issued with national identity cards which guarantee full citizens’ rights. (UNHCR)

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