Malawi records mass arrival of Congolese refugees

Congolese refugeesFrom MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe, Malawi
LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – IMPOVERISHED Malawi is experiencing an influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of the escalating political and humanitarian situation in the Central African country.
It is estimated that 10 000 Congolese may seek refuge in Malawi by the end of the year.
The mass arrivals of refugees reflect the depth of the strife in the DRC considering Malawi is not a neighbouring country. It is further south with Zambia in between.
In the wake of the influx by the Congolese, the government of Malawi and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) are leading an inter-agency mission to assess the state of the reception facilities in Karonga and Chitipa districts in the north.
The areas are also suffering severe hunger because of the worst drought in decades.
Meanwhile, Neno district in the southern region is still hosting about 3 000 refugees from Mozambique. These have fled the banditry perpetrated by militants of the opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo).
DRC is facing a much bigger crisis.
Clashes between militia and government forces have left more than 2 600 people dead since a year after the army killed a tribal leader. Militants are also opposed to President Joseph Kabila’s continued stay in power despite the lapse of his mandate late last year.
More than 5 000 civilians have fled to Angola in the west.
The army and police are accused of severe reprisals after militia killed a number of military men.
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