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This weekend will see the beginning of the 2005 voluntary repatriation of Angolan Refugees from Zambia back to Lumbala N'guimbo in southern Moxico Province, Angola.
We expect just over 500 people to arrive by plane from Zambia this Friday and Saturday. Partnering with UNHCR and IOM our team will be providing care for the returnees in their first few days back in Angola. For many it will be their first time in Angola for many years, for some of the children it will be the first time they set foot in their 'own' country.
Eleanor Margolis, Country Director
Since the Organised Repatriation started on 14th August, Lumbala N'guimbo has received nearly 5000 returnees. Now 1200 refugees per week are being transported back to Lumbala N'guimbo and being received by Medair into the Reception Centre. All are being flown back by IOM (International Organisation for Migration) from refugee camps in Zambia where some have lived for the past decade having fled the civil war in Angola which lasted for nearly three decades and finally came to an end in 2002.
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