DRC refugees overwhelm struggling Zambia

DRC refugees IN ZambiaFrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – ZAMBIA and financially-struggling United Nations agencies are battling a swelling number of refugees fleeing the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo in the north.
More than 1 800 asylum-seekers have entered Zambia over the past week following escalating tension in the Kasai region in the DRC.
According to government authorities, some 1 832 Congolese asylum-seekers during the period crossed the border through Chiengi’s Kamponge and surrounding border entry points in the district.
Since January, a total of 2 646 DRC asylum seekers crossed the border.
This brings the total number of Congolese new arrivals between January and early September to 4 478.
While most of the new arrivals have presented themselves to authorities and UNHCR, others have temporarily settled within the host community, where they have close family links.
They are being moved from the villages to a temporarily holding facility, pending relocation.
Traditional authorities in Chiengi have since requested the government of to move all the new arrivals and put them under its care.
Some 1 080 new arrivals are at a temporary holding centre at Ponda Secondary School on the outskirts of Chiengi.
Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees last Friday started moving the Congolese to Nchelenge transit centre, further inland, for onward relocation to Meheba refugee settlement in northwest Zambia.
The latest arrivals come amid Zambia battling an influx of other victims uprooted by conflict in Burundi, Rwanda Somalia and Uganda.
UNHCR and government are appealing for funds from various partners and donors to address the latest arrivals.
CAJ News

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