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09 Dec 2018 description


  • Below average rains in October hindered planting operations of 2019 crop

  • Cereal production in 2018 estimated at above average level

  • Food prices higher, pressured by weaker national currency

  • Food security situation expected to have worsened slightly

Planting of 2019 cereal crops underway

26 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

36,280 biometrically registered refugees.

22,981 have active status and are entitled to food assistance.

15,815 relocated to the Lóvua settlement.

75% of the refugees are women and children.


• Additional resources continue to be required to fund food security and nutrition activities, including the planned voucher programme and the procurement of specialized nutritious foods.

15 Nov 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Serious Abuses Alleged in Diamond Mining Crackdown

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should immediately suspend the deportation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state security forces. Over 400,000 people were forcibly returned or fled Angola during October 2018 following an operation targeting illegal diamond mining in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.

12 Nov 2018 description

October food distribution was completed in both the Lóvua settlement and Dundo with 22,688 refugees receiving food assistance.

The relocation plan for some 8,500 refugees living in the urban communities to the Lóvua settlement was finalised. A total number of 24 convoys will relocate refugees within 10-weeks.

UNHCR has received information from the DRC’s National Refugee Commission (CNR) about 122 individuals who appear to have been refouled to DRC in October due to Operação Transparência.

12 Nov 2018 description

68,436 Refugees in Angola

36,182 Refugees registered in Lunda Norte

15,236 Refugees residing in Lovua settlement

5,427 Total Households in Lunda Norte

680 Single Parents in Lunda Norte

30,000 Asylum-seekers in Angola

22,860 Active population in Lunda Norte

7,624 Refugees residing in Dundo town

1,510 Households headed by women in Lunda Norte

198 Unaccompanied and separated children in Lunda Norte

08 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• 39,352 children under the age of 5 have been screened for malnutrition and 3,450 were admitted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment in July in UNICEF-supported outpatient and inpatient treatment centers in drought affected areas and Lunda Norte.

• 1,000 mobilizers were trained on cholera prevention in Luanda’s cholera affected communities, reaching over 23,000 people per day through door-to-door visits.

03 Oct 2018 description


The outbreak of violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in March 2017 triggered the internal displacement of some 1.4 million persons and the flight of over 35,000 refugees into Lunda Norte Province, Angola.

17 Aug 2018 description


Water is vital for the life of refugees and is used for human consumption, hygiene for clothes washing, showers and for agriculture. Water provision is part of the group of Basic Needs and Essential Services that is implemented by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and is included into the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster of the Comprehensive Refugees Response Framework (CRRF). As such, water is always prioritised at the onset of the emergency phase of any humanitarian response as well as during the search for durable solutions.

23 Jul 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 890 suspected cases of cholera, including 15 deaths, were reported from January to June in Uige, Cabinda and Luanda Provinces.

  • Throughout the year, 1,250 mobilizers were trained on cholera prevention in Uige and Luanda’s cholera affected communities through door-to-door visits, reaching over 185,000 people.

18 Jul 2018 description

There is a shortage of classrooms to accommodate both refugee and host community students. More trained teachers, sanitation facilities, equipment, and materials are urgently needed.

Only 39 per cent of required maize meal and 28 per cent of the usual amount of pulses will be distributed in August due to funding shortage.

Lack of funding is hampering the transition from emergency shelter to a more permanent housing solution in Lóvua settlement.

Operational Context

17 Jun 2018 description

13,606 Refugees in Lóvua

22,650 Refugees receiving assistance in Lunda Norte

3,343 HouseholdsPersons with disabilities

57% Children <18 years old Unaccompanied and Separated Children

49% Women 725 Households headed by women

4,505 Refugees under education age

41 Villages occupied vs 57 planned

31 May 2018 description
  • Water trucking in Lóvua finishes at the end of May. The first of six boreholes to be drilled, finally reached water at 138 metres.

  • Current Communicating with Communities interventions for the DRC refugees aim to build the capacity of leaders on key family competencies, conflict resolution and service management.

  • Due to the expansion of Lóvua, many villages in the settlement are located far from the existing health centre. Another clinic will be built to improve the services delivery.


18 May 2018 description

Registration of newborns resumed in Lóvua. On Wednesdays, a team from the civil registry will be registering newborn refugees in the settlement.

A Joint Assessment Mission by authorities and partners is on-going until the end of May. The findings will allow the redesign of emergency food-security and nutritional response beyond July 2018.

The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay.


11 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • A total of 873 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Uige province, including 13 deaths up from January to 20 April 2018. A total of 493 children under 14 were affected of whom 288 were girls and 205 boys. Additionally, 50 suspected cases of cholera and 2 death were reported in Cabinda province. After an effective initial response, case numbers have reduced to less than 3 cases per week.

19 Apr 2018 description



  • Protection services are provided to refugees living in urban communities and include physical safety, special protection for children against exploitation and abuse, assistance for persons with specific needs, legal protection, psychosocial support, and SGBV prevention and response.

  • Strengthening of targeted services and assistance for persons with specific needs is a priority.


02 Apr 2018 description

Four schools with three classrooms each opened in Lóvua settlement to welcome 3,339 refugee and host community children who are now attending both primary and secondary school.

A working session on “The Role of Communication in Protecting Refugees”, was held at CIAM in Luanda. This session strengthened media’s perception towards asylum and refugee issues. A training on Refugee

Protection in Emergency and Preparedness counted with several provincial authorities. The workshop engaged in necessary steps of protection in emergency settings.

29 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• A total of 751 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Uige including 13 deaths up to 10 March 2018. A total of 447 children under 14 were affected of which 264 were girls and 183 boys. Additionally, 18 suspected cases of cholera and 1 death were reported in Cabinda province.

20 Mar 2018 description

“Movement restricted”: new policy paper on Congolese refugees in Angola

Between March and July 2017, close to 35,000 Congolese refugees fled atrocities in the Kasai region and sought safety in Angola. While the Angolan government has offered many safety from militia and army attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its treatment of those who have fled is troubling.

24 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • UNICEF and partners screened 189,305 children for malnutrition, of whom 24,923 children were identified with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and admitted for treatment.

  • 284,184 people were reached with safe water through water trucking, piped water and water treatment at household level with water treatment pills provided by UNICEF and implementing partners.