UNICEF Angola Refugee Crisis Situation Update 07 June 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 07 Jun 2017

Highlights

  • The rate of influx (300-500 refugees per day) has placed pressure on the existing reception centres which are close to full capacity. UNICEF is working with the Government of Angola, UNHCR and partners to resettle refugees from existing reception centres to a recently identified new settlement site in Lovua

  • UNICEF has received US$ 2.4 million out of the multi-agency funding of US$ 10.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

  • In the two existing reception centers, UNICEF and partners have constructed 74 latrines and 57 shower units to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions benefitting an average of 3,560 people, and reached 15,731 refugees with hygiene promotion messages and activities.

  • To date, UNICEF has provided 4,364 refugees with safe water on a daily basis. 6,000 jerry cans have been distributed to enable safe water storage by families and individuals.

  • 2,540 children have been screened for malnutrition by UNICEF and partners.

  • UNICEF and partners have identified and registered 99 separated children and unaccompanied children, of whom 59 were successfully reunited with their families and the remaining 40 are in foster care while

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The Angolan authorities estimate that approximately 29,552 people have fled instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Angola since early April 2017, among them more than 13,000 children. As of 7 June 2017, 24,885 new arrivals have been pre-registered by UNHCR in Cacanda and Mussungue reception centres, and at the military airport which was receiving refugees who were evacuated by military helicopter from border areas. Local authorities and partners have identified a new site for relocating the refugees in Lóvua municipality which is away from the border and will provide appropriate settlement conditions and services. UNICEF is supporting UNHCR and partners to develop the site plan, and to establish water points, sanitation facilities, child-friendly spaces and classroom areas.