Appeals & Response Plans
- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Angola: Drought - 2012-2014
- Angola: Cholera Outbreak - Dec 2011
- Angola: Floods - Dec 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Angola: Floods - Oct 2010
- Angola: Floods - Mar 2010
Maps & Infographics
Following heavy rainfall in Angola a second flood wave could swamp northern Namibia in the next four days, confirmed a hydrologist responsible for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in Namibia.
Leonard Hango said Ondjiva is currently under water and it is expected the flood that hit Ondjiva will spill over into Namibia.
“Efundja is on its way, it has been recorded in Angola, but it is yet to overflow into Namibia,” said the Cuvelai-Etosha basin hydrologist.
Ondjiva is located about 45 km from Oshikango.
Soon after communities in the northern part of the country were warned by the Namibia Hydrological Services to prepare for the seasonal floods from Angola, the floods, locally known as efundja, have arrived. This followed the heavy rainfall in southern Angola.
Although efundja results in devastating flooding that causes damage to road infrastructure, property, the displacement of people from their homes and at times loss of income to businesses, it has also been a blessing in disguise for communities.
Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.
Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.
The management of Osire Secondary School has appealed to the government to introduce a school feeding programme at Osire refugee centre to minimize hunger-induced absenteeism among refugee learners.
Acting principal of the school, Christine Machina, last Friday said the reduction in food rations at the centre have led to high absenteeism among learners.
WINDHOEK - The Angolan Embassy in Namibia says the over 3000 former Angolan refugees who voluntarily repatriated from Namibia have reintegrated and have started engaging in business to help construct the oil-rich country that endured a bitter civil war.
The Angolan conflict only ended in 2002 after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.
WINDHOEK- More than 3000 Angolan refugees in Namibia have been repatriated back to their country, after their classification of refugee status ended.
Namibian Commissioner for Refugees, Nkrumah Mushelenga confirmed the repartriation of all Angolan refugees, after he had earlier issued an ultimatum for all Angolans to leave Osire by March this year.
Their repatriation is a result of the invocation of the cessation clauses entered into force on June 30, 2012 on the basis that Angola has enjoyed many years of peace and stability after bitter civil wars.
ONGWEDIVA – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has been providing meals to needy, vulnerable children in Opuwo since August.
NRCS regional manager for Kunene that caters for Opuwo, Kakarandua Mutambo says two soup kitchens were established to reduce malnutrition cases in the region.
Although the primary beneficiaries are children under the age of five, the programme caters for over 300 people among them adults.
ONGWEDIVA - Namibian health workers are frantically trying to contain the outbreak of cholera in Angola from spreading to the Kunene Region in Namibia.
Three people have so far been admitted and treated for the highly contagious disease in the far north-western Kunene Region.
The victims – all Angola nationals – were individually admitted to Opuwo District Hospital since June 30 this year.
Story by Alvine Kapitako
WINDHOEK - Namibia continues to receive inflows of new African refugees with 15 to 20 new arrivals recorded monthly, says the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga.
Story by Alvine Kapitako
WINDHOEK - The Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga, says inadequate transport is a challenge to the Angolan voluntary repatriation process that started on May 16.
Considering that there are only two weeks left before the deadline for the voluntary repatriation process, Mushelenga said there is a need for more transport to make the “facilitation of the process” easier.
Story by Mathias Haufiku
KAILA - A group of 141 Angolan refugees that resided at the sprawling Osire refugee camp in the Otjozondjupa Region were yesterday handed over to the Angolan government as part of the tripartite voluntary repatriation.
The group consisted mainly of women and children.
by Helvy Shaanika
KUANDO KUBANGO – Masses of Angolan nationals that daily trek to Namibia for health and education services want their government to construct hospitals and schools in Angola to reduce their reliance on Namibian schools and hospitals.
by Magreth Nunuhe
OSIRE - Most Angolan refugees at Osire are adamant that they would not go back home when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) applies the Cessation Clause on that country at the end of this year.
The refugees are urging the Namibian Government to consider other alternatives than send them home.
A spokesman for the refugees, Aderito Kalimbi, said they need help from the Namibian Government so that they are not taken back to Angola.
by Michael Liswaniso
OPUWO - Hundreds of Opuwo residents who reside at Otuzemba, Katutura and Okondaunue locations are yet to become citizens of Namibia having fled Angola during the civil war era, as well as those that migrated from that country more than 60 years ago.
By Petronella Sibeene
WINDHOEK - Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi says he plans to employ seven refugee nurses from Osire Refugee Camp as his ministry strives to beef up its skeleton health personnel at the camp where thousands of refugees from different African countries are housed.
The move is also aimed at employing qualified nurses whose skills are being wasted for the simple reason that they are in a refugee camp.
The seven are a mixture of Angolan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals currently not employed given their refugee status in the …
By Anna Shilongo
OSIRE Times have changed for the better for refugees at Osire. Osire is now a peaceful place, unlike in the past when refugees complained about food rations and their general wellbeing.
The sprawling settlement along a gravel road in the middle of farmlands around the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo area is home to close to 8 000 African refugees.
The camp is built with brick and mud houses with many still under construction.
By Surihe Gaomas
NKURENKURU - The rapidly rising water level of the Kavango River is threatening lives and property, particularly the inhabitants of the floodplains where there is a substantial population.
Due to the rapidly increasing river level, many villagers along the floodplain areas of the Kavango Region were forced to leave their homesteads.