Record entries of DRC refugees to Zambia

drc refFrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – POVERTY-stricken Zambia is battling an influx of refugees fleeing the worsening terror in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Over 500 asylum seekers, the biggest single entry of new arrivals in three years, entered the country this week through Chiengi, Kamponge and other border entry points in the north.
Pierrine Aylara United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative to Zambia, confirmed the surge.
She said more refuges are hosted by local community and the agency and, working with local authorities, UNHCR is conducting a head-count to ascertain exact figures as new arrivals enter through different border points.
UNHCR, the host government and the Zambia Red Cross Society, are battling limited capacity to protect and assist the new arrivals pending durable solutions.
“The limited resources available make it challenging for us to effectively respond to the silent emergency. We call upon our generous donors to assist with additional funds to enable us address the basic humanitarian
needs of new arrivals,” Aylara said.
Zambia has received more than 3 000 asylum-seekers from the DRC cumulatively from January to date. Some 1 000 arrived in August alone.
They are fleeing clashes between the army and armed groups.
Kaputa, Mpulungu, Nsumbu in the north; Kipushi and Kakoma in the northwest and Kasumbalesa on the Copperbelt, have been the entry points.
The Southern African country currently hosts some 58 000 refugees mostly from Angola, Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.
The vast majority reside in Mayukwayuka and Meheba refugee settlements.
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