Angola: Inter-Agency Operational Update (15 June 2017)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Jun 2017 View Original

A steady flow of Congolese refugees fleeing intercommunal tensions and violence in the Kasai region, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues into northern Angola.

Efforts are ongoing to meet adequate protection and assistance standards for over 26,600 refugees, with hundreds of new arrivals every day.

Preparations of the site allocated by the Government of Angola to host refugees in Lóvua, Lunda Norte, are progressing simultaneously.

KEY FIGURES

30,000
Newly arrived Congolese refugees, with some 300-500 new arrivals per day (Government of Angola)

26,645
Pre-registered Congolese refugees in Dundo area (15 June 2017) of which 14,595 have been individually registered

50,000
Are expected by the end of the year (inter-agency planning figure)

Update On Achievements

Operational Context

As the security conditions in the Kasai Province deteriorate, hundreds of Congolese asylum-seekers, mostly children and women, continue to flee to northern Angola every day. Continued clashes, a shortage of basic items including food, as well as disorder and hunger, will likely continue to spark refugee influx with dire protection and life-saving needs. Refugees, including many unaccompanied and separated children as well as single-headed households, arrive mainly from Lupemba, Kandjaji, Chitatu and Mudjiadjia, with a few families from Kananga (Kasai region).

Protection assessments confirm brutal violence, with women and children arriving with severe wounds and reporting harassment, rape and killings. Survivors of indiscriminate violence are in urgent need of medical and psychosocial treatment, protection, shelter, food and basic items to live in safety and dignity. At present, safe and dignified return to the DRC is not possible.

Refugees are currently sheltered in two reception centres, which are already overcrowded. Recently, authorities approved the extensions of both reception centres to accommodate more tents, and provide additional communal latrines and showers.

Preparations of the site allocated by the Government of Angola to host refugees in Lóvua,
Lunda Norte, are progressing in coordination with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Reintegration (MINARS) and key humanitarian and development partners to allow for the relocation of affected population and enabling adequate protection and quality assistance to refugees.

MINARS, on behalf of the inter-ministerial committee set up by the Government of Angola, is coordinating the response to the unfolding crisis with the support from UNHCR. UN Agencies, partners, international and national NGOs are also actively supporting the ongoing refugee response in Angola.