Surge in Congolese fleeing conflict to Angola

DRC refugeesFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – MORE refugees are arriving in Angola after fleeing conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said some 12 300 Congolese have skipped the border to the Southern African country.
Over 40 percent of the latest refugee arrivals are children.
The refugees are settling in Lunda Norte province in Angola.
Nearly 400 new arrivals, originating from Mosunga, Poto Poto, Sengue and villages in Kamonia territory in the DRC, were recently relocated from border areas to Cacanda reception centre.
Refugees described fleeing from violence and hiding in the forest for several days to avoid militia attacks before they were able to cross the border to Angola.
“They also reported that more people are making their way to Angola,” UNHCR said.
New arrivals are currently being accommodated in reception centres, which are overcrowded.
Some refugees are forced to stay outside in the open and are constructing some makeshift structures to protect themselves from the rain.
Recently, UNHCR airlifted 100 tonnes of core relief items to assist the new arrivals, who are currently accommodated in overcrowded reception centres in the Dundo area.
The Government of Angola is providing emergency food rations.
Violence pitting militants and the army has claimed over 400 lives as militants in the Kasai region.

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