Scarce funds terrorise Congolese refugees in Angola

drc refFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola,LUANDA, (CAJ News) – CASH-strapped humanitarian agencies are desperately appealing for funds to provide life-saving assistance to the growing number of refugees arriving in Angola from Democratic Republic of the Congo.In recent weeks, some 30 000 refugees have crossed the border to Angola,fleeing violent attacks in the Kasai region.The number of refugees could reach 50 000 according to the government and United Nations estimates, with 300-500 arriving daily.
“Traumatized refugees need urgent support to ensure provision of life-saving assistance and protection,” said Valentin Tapsoba, UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Director for the Africa.
“Angola is providing a warm welcome, but reception centres – accommodating refugees, are full beyond their capacity and basic services cannot be maintained without immediate donor support.”UNHCR and partners are seeking US$65 million (833 million) to help the growing number of refugees. Current humanitarian activities are supported with $10 million by the UN’s Central Emergency Fund.
“Life-saving assistance won’t be possible without more funding,” warned Tapsoba.
Angola has historically received refugees from the DRC. Prior to the recent influx, Angola was hosting some 13 400 from the neighbouring country.Refugees have reported serious human rights violations, including physical mutilation, killing, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention in inhumane conditions.
The killing of a tribal chief, Kamuina Nsapu, by government forces last August, as well as President Joseph Kabila’s continued stay in power at the lapse of his constitutional second term have triggered severe clashes.Over 400 civilians have been killed and 1,3 million displaced in central Africa’s biggest country of 82 million people.
– CAJ News

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