Congolese surge to Angola declared an emergency

drc-displacementFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – AID agencies are advocating for an official emergency declaration as the number of civilians fleeing armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and settling in Angola surges.
Some 400 refugees are arriving each day fleeing the clashes between the army and Kamuena Nsapu militia faction in the neighbouring country.
At least 25 000 civilians, including 9 000 unaccompanied children have fled the  crisis and sought refuge in Angola, mostly in the Lunda Norte Province.
Humanitarian groups reported the situation at the refugee camps was as the access to basic services was severely limited.
The situation is further compounded by the fact that the camps are over-crowded causing a lack of shelter, food and poor sanitation.
Furthermore, protection issues are frequent as there are cases of unaccompanied minors and violation of human rights, particularly with regards to the risk of repatriation.
The Angolan government has sent a multi-sector team to assess the situation.
Government has to date not declared an emergency, as it is analysing the situation with DRC.
It however hopes voluntary repatriation to DRC would be possible.
In the meantime, Angolan authorities assure that the border with DRC is not closed but that the commercial movements are being closely monitored.
– CAJ News

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