After six to seven years of exile in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hundreds of Central Africans have returned to home, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday.

Most of the Central African refugees had to flee their country to seek refuge in DRC over violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UNHCR said in a statement.

The UNHCR helped hundreds of refugees to voluntarily return home “launching the first-ever voluntary repatriation program from DRC for around 172,000 people forcibly displaced from CAR since 2013,” the statement read.

“Some 400 refugees and their belongings left in

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