Congolese refugees on the move in Angola

DRC_refugeesFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 33 000 Congolese refugees are to be
relocated from over-crowded reception centres to newly-established
settlements in northern Angola.
The refugees will be moved 100 km inland from the border with Democratic
Republic of the Congo.
The refugees have fled worsening militancy in the troubled Central African
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed nearly
1 500 refugees have so far been relocated from the Mussunge reception
centre to the new site since last week.
The Angolan government has allocated about 33 km2 of land to set up Lóvua
settlement and improve the living conditions of refugees.
All refugees will receive a plot of land to build shelter and grow food to
supplement their rations.
“The new settlement’s distance from the border will help maintain the
humanitarian and civilian character of the site,” a UNHCR spokesman said.
Since March, thousands of Congolese have fled violence and ethnic tensions
in the Kasai region of the DRC. They have settled in northern Angola.
Refugees have been receiving humanitarian assistance at Cacanda and
Mussunge temporary reception centres.
As the security situation in Kasai remains volatile, authorities and
humanitarian partners expressed readiness to protect and assist to 50 000
Congolese refugees by the end of 2017.
In June, humanitarian agencies launched an appeal for US$65,5 million
(R872 million) for Angola to provide life-saving protection and assistance
to the refugees.
Only 30 percent of the required funds have been received.
Additional funding is urgently needed to develop infrastructure and
services in the new refugee settlement.
– CAJ News

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