Refugee influx stretches aid organisations in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe RefugeeFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN groups battling the burden of hunger in Zimbabwe are further constrained by the flooding of refugees from neighbouring Mozambique.
This follows the relocation of some 645 Mozambicans in the Tongogara refugee camp in recent months following clashes between government forces and bandits from the opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo).
They are among 2 500 refugees who camped at the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique after fleeing.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in partnership with UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government would temporarily halt further relocation efforts due to resource constraints.
However assistance would continue to be provided to the refugees already in the camp located east of the county.
Apart from Mozambican nationals, Zimbabwe also caters for refugees from Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Ethiopia.
In the wake of some financial challenges, humanitarian groups face an uphill task providing food relieve to more than 2 million in need of food aid in Zimbabwe.
Contributions from China, Finland and Russia allow WFP to continue providing rations to over 1 million people throughout the peak of the lean season (January to March) but still below the target.
Recently, President Mugabe declared a state of drought disaster following the impact of El Nino-induced erratic rainfall.

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