Congolese refugee toll doubles in Angola

Congolese flee strifeFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 20 500 refugees have sought safety in Angola after fleeing the insecurity and violence in the neighbouring
Democratic Republic of Congo.
The figures have doubled in recent weeks as the problems in the Kasai
region escalate with no solution in sight.
A steady stream of refugees continues to cross into Dundo in Lunda Norte Province since April.
The Angolan army is transporting the new arrivals from border points to
the two receptions centres in Cacanda and Moussunge.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, said more than 3 000 have arrived in the last few days.
The recent arrivals included people with severe wounds and burn injuries,who have been transferred to a local hospital to receive urgent medical attention. A local hospital is already assisting some 70 persons with serious wounds and burn injuries.
Refugee reception centres in Angola are already overcrowded and struggling to accommodate daily arrivals.
UNHCR officials said they assisting Angolan authorities to identify a
suitable site for the relocation of refugees from the temporary reception centres.
New arrivals, 70 percent who are women and children, are in dire need of food and relief material.
Among the refugees include an increasing number of unaccompanied and
separated children who require immediate attention.
UNHCR has appealed for US$ 6,5 million (about R87 million) to provide
immediate lifesaving assistance for refugees.
The Kasai region has suffered deadly violence since August 2006 amid
indications President Joseph Kabila would not cede power at the expiry of his term.
The killing of a tribal leader of militants opposed to his stay has
sparked warfare between the radicals and the military.
Over 400 people, have been killed, including those allegedly killed in
cold blood by the uniformed forces.
Mass graves have been found, suggesting the toll might be higher.
– CAJ News

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