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NCHELENGE, Thursday 15 February 2018 – A team from the European Union (EU) met with Congolese refugees and familiarized themselves with the situation at Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement in Zambia’s Nchelenge District, Luapula Province.
The team was composed of H.E, Alessandro Mariani, Ambassador of the EU to Zambia, H.E. Filippo Scammacca, Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Sylvain Berger, Ambassador of France and Mr. Mark Richardson, Head of the DFID Office.
NCHELENGE, Tuesday, 06-02-2018. The Vatican Ambassador to Zambia has called upon the International Community to assist thousands of Refugees currently settled at Kenani Refugee Settlement in Nchelenge district. He has further praised the UNHCR in Zambia for rendering support, generosity and humanity towards refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, and partners, have today started the relocation of Congolese refugees from the congested Kenani Transit Centre in Nchelenge District, in northern Zambia, to a newly opened permanent site, Mantapala Refugee Settlement, 40 kilometres from the Transit Centre within the same district.
On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was from 28 September through 20 October. From 21 October through 4 November 2017 there were less than five cases reported each week. However, from 5 November 2017 an increase in the number of cases was observed with a total of 136 cases reported in the week beginning 26 November.
Zambia’s Kenani transit centre now hosts more than 10,000 refugees. The number of refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and being hosted at the Kenani transit centre in the north of Zambia has now passed the 10,000 mark since August this year.
Kenani is the Zambia’s largest refugee transit facility currently hosting 10,065 registered Congolese arrivals.
Government, together with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today assured the host community in Nchelenge’s Mantapala area that no one will be displaced when Congolese refugees are relocated to the area.
The message was conveyed during the start of sensitization of the host community in Nchelenge’s Mantapala area today, ahead of the relocation of Congolese refugees which will start soon.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 01 décembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
Le nombre de réfugiés ayant fui les violences des milices dans le sud-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) vers la Zambie a passé le cap des 12 000 - avec plus de 8 400 arrivants ces trois derniers mois.
The number of refugees fleeing militia violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and arriving in Zambia has crossed the 12,000 mark – with more than 8,400 arrivals in the last three months.
Some 80 per cent of the refugees are women and children, driven out by the extreme brutality of rampaging militias, with reports of civilians being killed, women being raped, private property looted and houses torched. Most of the refugees are coming from the Haut-Katanga and Tanganyika Provinces of the (DRC).
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
The President of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu visited Kenani Transit Centre in the northern Zambia to assess the situation of over 6,000 refugees fleeing the violence and insecurity from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since end of August.
As the number of refugees in Zambia’s Kenani transit centre exceeds 5,000 individuals, unaccompanied and separated children make up an alarming 60 percent
NCHIENGE, Zambia - “Why did they kill my parents?”
This refrain which resonates in 35 years old Jean Mbuyi’ s mind leaves him wrung out with helplessness and despair.
“How do I explain to a 12 year old that her parents became the casualties of a senseless, uncaring and evil conflict that has killed thousands of innocent people and forced thousands more from their country?” asks Mbuyi.
Over 3,360 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fled into Zambia between 30 August and 3 October 2017. The refugees have been fleeing inter-ethnic conflicts as well as clashes between government forces and armed militias in HautKatanga province. Several of them have reported extreme brutality committed by all parties against civilians.
According to the National Society’s assessments carried out in the past weeks, a heavy increase in the influx of refugees has been recorded, straining the capacity of the reception and transition centres (TC). The recent increase has triggered an immediate scale-up of the National Society’s activities in order to support and to increase the capacity of the existing transit centres as well as to allow for support outside the centres. The assessment has indicated that the trend is likely to continue, and that the National Society’s interventions may need to be further scaled up.
Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced to flee homes in eastern DRC since the start of an insurrection nearly a year ago
LUSAKA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers.
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Friday, 22 September 2017 13:09 GMT
LUSAKA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month, the presidency said on Friday.
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LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: The number of Congolese asylum-seekers that have fled to Zambia from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past one week has now gone over 1,800.
According to Government authorities, over 1,832 Congolese asylum-seekers crossed the border between Wednesday 30 August and 6 September 2017 through Chiengi’s Kamponge and surrounding border entry points in the District, situated north of Zambia.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Over 500 Congolese asylum-seekers have fled into Zambia within a day, the biggest single entry of new arrivals in three years.
The 500 Congolese asylum-seekers were received on Wednesday 30 August 2017 through Chiengi, Kamponge and other border entry points in the north. The new arrivals are in addition to a sporadic and continuous stream that has characterised refugee inflows from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Zambia over the past three years.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Newly-appointed UNHCR Representative to Zambia, Ms. Pierrine Aylara, has assumed official duties after presenting her letters of credence in Lusaka to Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Chalwe Lombe, on Friday 4th August, 2017.
Ms. Aylara, a Benin-Swiss national, prior to her appointment to Zambia served in various field locations and at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
She has also held several stints at senior level within UNHCR in Mozambique and Angola as Representative.
Refugees and former refugees have enormous potential to contribute to Zambia’s economy
UNHCR Releases report on the economic impact of refugees hosted in Zambia
Zambia Red Cross Society volunteers have been supporting asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - since they arrived in late December 2016, until they began to be repatriated, in early January 2017.
In December 2016, there were reports of political tension in the second-largest country in Africa. And, as a result, some Congolese started fleeing to neighbouring Zambia.