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A new approach that lets refugees live alongside the local community in Mantapala Settlement is boosting livelihoods for all.
By Josie Le Blond in Mantapala Settlement, Zambia | 21 September 2018
Mela Mwansa stoops to water her garden plants, soaking their roots in the red, sandy soil. Around her, green shoots reach up towards the dappled light under the trees. These plants mean a lot to Mela, a life-long farmer.
The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Beni, North Kivu province poses a risk of the disease spreading beyond the borders of the country to its neighboring countries including Zambia.
Mr. Andrew Banda, Director Department of Resettlement Mr Abdon Mawere, Commissioner for Refugees Ambassadors, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps Senior government officials The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Janet Rogan Colleagues from the United Nations in Zambia Members of the media Invited Ladies and gentlemen
Thank you for joining us at the national stakeholders consultations for UNHCR’s Multi-year, Multi-partner Protection and Solutions Strategy.
• Zambia is a landlocked, lower-middle income country with a population of roughly 16 million people and a relatively peaceful history. Ongoing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to an influx of refugees, prompting the Government of Zambia to request increased support from the international community.
• As of 28 June 2018, a total of 15,425 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were registered at Kenani transit centre in the Luapula Province of Zambia.
• UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government of Zambia to provide life-saving services for all the refugees in Kenani transit centre and in the Mantapala permanent settlement area.
• More than half of the refugees have been relocated to Mantapala permanent settlement area.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
- 225 Congolese refugees arrived in Zambia during the month of June, bringing the total number of new arrivals from the DRC, since 1 January 2018 to 30 June so far in 2018 to 4,095 individuals.
- By the end of June, 444 children were accessing the UNICEF-funded Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) at Mantapala Refugee Settlement on a daily basis.
- A cumulative total of 10,337 persons, have been relocated from Kenani Transit Centre to Mantapala Refugee Settlement, bringing to an end the relocation programme.
The Guest of Honour, Minister of Home Affairs, honourable Stephen Kampyongo MP,
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,
The Commissioner for Refugees,
Senior Government officials,
Members of the Diplomatic community,
The UN Country Team and UNHCR Implementing Partners,
The Refugee Community
Representatives of the host community
Members of the media,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
525 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 4.86 m six months (January-June 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total
138,761 people assisted in May 2018
While creating new infrastructure in Mantapala Refugee Settlement is urgent, there is also a need to improve conditions and basic services in Meheba Refugee Settlement to prepare it to host more refugees in an event of a new influx from the DRC through the Copperbelt and North-western Provinces.
13,900 refugees received food rations in both Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
1,640 children are accessing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
A cumulative total of 9,808 persons have received medical assistance since January 2018 in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
2018 PLANNED RESPONSE - ZAMBIA
76,000 PROJECTED REFUGEES
US$ 74M REQUIREMENTS
16 PARTNERS INVOLVED
Background and Achievements
The Minister of Home Affairs, Honorable Stephen Kampyongo (MP)
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ms. Pamela Kabamba
The Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Abdon Mawere
Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Senior Government Officials
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Janet Rogan and colleagues from the United Nations
Invited Ladies and gentlemen