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14 Feb 2018 description

The relocation process of refugees registered in Cacanda reception centre has ended. 10,749 DRC refugees have been relocated and currently reside in Lóvua settlement.

DRC refugees have expressed concern over planned voluntary repatriation by DRC and Angolan authorities citing security reasons.

Another cleaning campaign took place in Lóvua settlement. Monthly cleaning sessions have been planned.

Operational Context

07 Feb 2018 description

Luanda - A memorandum of collaboration in the health domain was signed last Monday, in Lusaka, between the Health Ministries of Angola and Zambia, represented by the incumbent ministers, respectively Sílvia Lutukuta and Chitalu Chilufya.

The memo outlines the exchange of regular information in relation to epidemiological outbreaks at the common border regions, joint sensitisation work to raise health measures awareness and the strengthening of the control over border activities like trade.

02 Feb 2018 description

1,757 individuals, 424 households, were successfully relocated to Lóvua. They received tents and moved to allocated plots. 5,907 persons are currently living in Lóvua.

32 unaccompanied and separated children were relocated to Lóvua settlement. They will be progressively integrated into identified and trained foster-care families.

Eight of the 30 km main access road in Lóvua settlement has been opened and compacted.
Stone pitching / stone masonry will start next week which will enable the completion of new villages.

KEY FIGURES

02 Feb 2018 description

Bilateral discussions between the Angolan and DRC governments on repatriation of Congolese refugees living in Lunda Norte Province was announced on the news.

12,050 refugee children that fall under the standard education age group from primary to tertiary schooling need support to resume education

The Minister of Culture visited Lóvua settlement and promised to establish a mobile library in Dundo and Lóvua districts to promote literacy and culture.

KEY FIGURES

02 Feb 2018 description

Situation overview

Thousands of families fled from the conflict in in Kasai in DR Congo to Lunda Norte province northeast in Angola at the beginning of 2017, and 35,085 people have been registered as refugees. More than one out of four families are female headed households and 75% of the refugees are women and children.

26 Jan 2018 description
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Angola elected a new president, João Lourenço, in September, ending almost four decades of José Eduardo Dos Santos’ repressive rule. Voting was peaceful, but marred by severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, and limited access to information due to government repression and censorship in state media and in private media outlets controlled by ruling party officials.

24 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 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.

19 Jan 2018 description

The African Development Bank is fully engaged in ensuring efficient and sustainable agricultural production projects in its regional member countries. This can drive economic growth and poverty reduction as well as fulfil both domestic and global demand for agricultural products.

15 Jan 2018 description

LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support.

The tent is one of two women-friendly spaces UNFPA has established in the settlement. These spaces offer women and girls a safe place to talk, receive information and participate in recreational activities.

“When I take part in the activities here, I forget my worries and all my memories from Congo for a while,” said 17-year-old Musito.

15 Jan 2018 description

Kananga - The authorities of Angola's north-eastern Lunda Norte Province last Saturday in Kananga, chief town of DRC's Kasai Central Province, received guarantees of political stability that will enable the return home, as from March, of the over 31,000 Congolese refugees who sought shelter in Angola until the year 2017.

03 Jan 2018 description

Uíge - The fight against the cholera outbreak, in the capital of Uíge province, since last December 21, 2017 was reinforced Tuesday, with a team of 25 health technicians from Luanda.

Technicians from the Ministries of Environmental and of the Energy and Water are also part of the team of doctors to fight the epidemics, introduced to the Government of the Province of Uíge by the Secretary of State for Health hospital sector, Valentim Altino de Chantal Matias.

03 Jan 2018 description

Luanda - The current situation of cholera, which plagues the Uíge province and has already claimed six lives in recent days, has forced a multi-sectoral delegation to the province for evaluation, headed by the Health Secretary of State for Hospital area, Valentim Altino de Chantal Matias.

31 Dec 2017 description

Chitembo - At least 100,115 people, among children and adults, were immunized from January to present date against several pathologies in the municipality of Chitembo, 150 kilometers south of the city of Cuito, Bié province.

The information was released Wednesday by the Chitembo municipal administrator, Daniel Mucanda, noting that the actions developed in the health units allowed vaccinating 5,805 pregnant women and women of childbearing age against tetanus, 76,766 against Yellow fever.

29 Dec 2017 description

Malanje - At least 199 citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been repatriated to their country from November 2016 to November this year for illegal stay in northern Malanje province, said Tuesday the director of Migration and Foreigners Service (SME), Laureano Dias dos Santos.

The official who was speaking to ANGOP, said that the repatriations had taken place at the Tembo-Aluma border post in the municipality of Marimba and, compared to the previous period, there was a decrease of 110 cases, due to the strategies of SME to fight the illegal immigration.

26 Dec 2017 description

LOUVA, Angola – Since the outbreak of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region earlier this year, nearly 35,000 refugees have poured into Angola’s Lunda Norte Province.

The population is highly vulnerable. Some 75 per cent of refugees from Kasai are women and children, according to UN reports. Many refugees have reported witnessing mass killings, rape and other human rights abuses during their flight from conflict.