Wounded Congolese minors arrive parent-less in Angola

Children at a refugee site housing Congolese refugees in AngolaFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN organisations are frantically battling to reunite with families some 200 unaccompanied children that have fled to Angola in the wake of the rising conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The minors, some who have injuries from bullets and other crude weapons, are among more than 9 000 children forced into Angola by the violence in the Kasai province of DRC.
More than 25 000 Congolese have fled to the Southern African country in recent weeks.
The United Nations Children’s Fund said of major concern was the children that were unaccompanied and must be reunited with their families.
They are housed as two temporary reception centres in Dundo, northern Angola.
“Reuniting these children with their families is a priority,” said s Unicef spokesperson, Abubacar Sultan.
The UN agency has trained social welfare workers to register children who arrive in the camps unaccompanied or separated from their families.
It is their belief by registering children, there is also a greater chance that they can be reunited with their families.
Unicef and partners have identified temporary placement of the unaccompanied children while efforts are made to trace their biological families.
“Unicef remains committed to ensuring that the rights of children are realized and protected under all circumstances,” said Sultan.
The months-long violence between the army and militants in the Kasai has left over 400 civilians dead. The army has also been accused of killing civilians.
Congolese affected by the insurgency have fled to Angola on foot.
Overcrowded structures housing the refugees are seen as havens for waterborne diseases.
Immunisation is planned to reduce the risk of outbreaks.
CAJ News

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