Malaria outbreak wrecks Angola refugee centres

angola refugee malariaFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – AN outbreak of malaria is hampering efforts to relocate thousands of Congolese refugees to new sites that have been established in Angola.
Angolan authorities intend to relocate over 33 000 refugees that have fled the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo to sore conducive sites inland from the border areas.
As of Monday , some 1 495 refugees have been successfully relocated from Mussungue reception centre to Lóvua settlement.
However, an outbreak of malaria, which has affected some 285 refugees with no fatalities confirmed, has overshadowed the transfer.
“Malaria continues to be the main cause of morbidity,” a spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.
The outbreak of the disease is the latest setback to refugees that are victims of the violence and ethnic tensions in the Kasai region of the DRC.
According to recently arrived refugees, who reached Angola through illegal entry points in the bush, access to border areas through the main roads is limited.
As the security situation remains fluid in the Kasai region, humanitarian organisations are preparing to provide protection and assistance up to 50 000 Congolese refugees who may seek asylum in Angola by the end of 2017.
DRC’s Kasai region is experiencing unprecedented violence after the killing of a local tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu, by state security forces last year.
His supporters and the military are engaged in deadly confrontations.
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