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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.

09 Nov 2018 description
report IRIN

Sumayya Ismail

8 November 2018

The Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to recover from two years of intense conflict. The influx last month of more than 300,000 people from Angola, most of them long-standing migrant workers, has made a fragile humanitarian situation worse.

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08 Nov 2018 description

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Sri Lanka and Yemen. CrisisWatch also notes improved situations in China/Japan and Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan).

06 Nov 2018 description

LUNDA NORTE PROVINCE, Angola – The March 2017 outbreak of violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced some 1.4 million people and forced over 35,000 others to flee to Lunda Norte Province, Angola. Roughly 75 per cent of refugees from Kasai in Angola are women and children.

06 Nov 2018 description

On 1 November, the United Nations Refugees Agency (UNHCR) strengthened its relationship with the local community in Lovua settlement by donating medicines and medical supplies at a ceremony in front of the Lovua health centre. Lovua hosts the Lovua settlement, where close to 15,000 Congolese refugees live.

06 Nov 2018 description
  • At least 347,100 Congolese have returned from Angola since 1 October 2018, according to the 'Direction Générale de Migration' (DGM) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Caritas, which is monitoring the return on the ground, estimates an even higher number of returnees (half a million people). Angolan authorities had set an ultimatum to all persons with an irregular migrant status to leave the country within 15 days, classifying the operation as targeting illegal immigration and illegal exploitation of informal mines.

01 Nov 2018 description

An estimated 360,000 Congolese have crossed the border from Angola and back into DR Congo during October. Most of them are arriving to Kasai, where the influx aggravates an already dire humanitarian crisis and risks fuelling new conflicts, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). "The expulsion of Congolese from Angola over the course of the last month is truly shocking and risk further destabilizing the situation in Kasai," said Ulrika Blom, NRC DR Congo Country Director.

31 Oct 2018 description

537.853 réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile en RDC, dont 52% de femmes.

99,3% des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 74% des réfugiéssont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

27,011 rapatriements volontaires, dans la sécurité et la dignité, des réfugiés en RDC les trois dernières années.

Travail avec les partenaires

31 Oct 2018 description

537,853 refugees and asylum seekers in DRC, among them 52% are women.

99.3% of refugees in DRC live in rural areas, and 74% live outside refugee camps or settlements.

27,011 refugees voluntary repatriated, in safety and dignity, from DRC last three years with UNHCR support.

Working with Partners

31 Oct 2018 description

50,000 people are currently trapped near the border town of Kamako (Kasaï province, Democratic Republic of the Congo) with no resources, after being expelled from Angola.

Many have had to abandon everything they own and have no means of continuing the journey to their home regions. Some have a few possessions with them, carrying their mattresses on their heads or their furniture on the baggage rack of a bicycle. But most have had to sell whatever possessions they had managed to save in order to pay for food or transport.

31 Oct 2018 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam lance un message d’alerte aujourd’hui face à une crise humanitaire émergeant dans la région du Kasaï, au Sud de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Plus de 257.000 Congolais y ont été forcés de quitter l'Angola suite à une violente répression contre les migrants - y compris des réfugiés. La région du Kasaï, qui est l'une des plus pauvres de la RDC, est déjà affectée par un taux élevé de malnutrition, une épidémie de choléra et des conflits latents.

31 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Kinshasa, le 30 Octobre 2018 – Près de 80.000 enfants récemment retournés de l’Angola vers la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont besoin d’assistance humanitaire immédiate, déclare aujourd’hui l’UNICEF. Plus de 300.000 citoyens de la RDC seraient retournés d’Angola depuis le 1er octobre, faisant craindre aux partenaires humanitaires l’émergence d’une nouvelle crise dans un pays qui fait déjà face à de multiples conflits.

31 Oct 2018 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam warned today of an emerging humanitarian crisis in the Southern Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where over 257,000 Congolese people have sought safety having been forced to leave Angola in a violent clampdown on refugees and migrants. The area, one of the poorest in DRC, is already struggling with malnutrition, cholera and the threat of a resurgence in conflict.

30 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, October 30, 2018 – At least 80,000 children recently returned from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are now in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said today. More than 300,000 Congolese citizens have returned from Angola since 1 October, raising concerns among humanitarian partners of another crisis for a country already dealing with multiple conflicts and an Ebola outbreak.

30 Oct 2018 description

On 20 October, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) distributed 250 dignity kits to refugees in Lovua Settlement in Angola, where there are currently more than 14,000 Congolese refugees.
Dignity kits, commonly known as "Lodi" in Lovua, contain hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sanitary pads and underclothes and are for women and girls of reproductive age. The duration of the kits depends on the user and family of the user. To aid UNFPA with the distribution, there is a team of 23 refugee UNFPA mobilisers such as Mama Marie-Claire.

27 Oct 2018 description

GENEVE (26 octobre 2018) - La Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Michelle Bachelet, a prévenu vendredi que les expulsions collectives de ressortissants congolais de l'Angola avaient déjà entraîné de graves violations des droits de l’homme par les forces de sécurité des deux côtés de la frontière, laissant au moins 330 000 personnes rapatriées dans une situation extrêmement précaire.

26 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (26 October 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday warned that the mass deportation of Congolese nationals from Angola has already resulted in serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border, and left at least 330,000 returnees in an extremely precarious situation.

25 Oct 2018 description

Luanda - At least EUR 65 million have been made available by the European Union for the implementation of a resilience programme against drought in the southern provinces of Huila, Namibe and Cunene, informed last Wednesday, in Luanda, the EU ambassador to Angola, Tomas Ulicny.

25 Oct 2018 description

Malanje - At least 306 people have made homeless as result of devastating floods in the municipalities of Calandula and Luquembo, northern Malanje province, on 15 - 22 October, fire-fighters have said.

The floods destroyed 36 homes, a primary school and two churches, according to a weekly report.

On the other hand, the Firefighters have extinguished two small fires, caused by the short-circuit and gas leakage.