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15 Aug 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 30 June 2018, 781,697 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries.

From 1 January to 30 June 2018 alone, some 112,401 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda,
Burundi and Zambia.

25 Jul 2018 description
  • 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.
12 Jul 2018 description

OVERVIEW

  • Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2017, USAID/OFDA continued to respond to urgent needs resulting from disasters and support DRR programs that improve emergency preparedness and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

21 Jun 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 31 May, over 772,000 Congolese refugees are being hosted in countries in Africa.

From 1 January to 31 May alone, some 104,351 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.

07 Jun 2018 description

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.

Operational Context

23 May 2018 description

2018 PLANNED RESPONSE - ZAMBIA

76,000 PROJECTED REFUGEES
US$ 74M REQUIREMENTS
16 PARTNERS INVOLVED

Background and Achievements

23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

02 May 2018 description

In South Sudan, IOM, Partners Vaccination Campaigns Reach over 144,000 People in March

During March IOM and partners vaccinated over 144,000 people. In Malakal and Wau nearly 60,400 people received oral cholera vaccine, whilst in Aweil East, 83,700 children were reached with measles vaccination.

Children are extremely vulnerable to outbreaks of measles and other contagious diseases, particularly in areas such as Aweil East where health conditions are further compromised by severe food insecurity and poor living conditions.

27 Apr 2018 description
  • 3,053 Congolese refugees (1,078 households) have been relocated to Mantapala Refugee Settlement from Kenani Transit Centre since January 2018.

  • The Inter-Agency Regional Refugee Response Plan (Regional RRP) requirements for Zambia are USD 74.2 million to respond adequately to the needs of Congolese refugees and the host communities.

  • Eight boreholes have been drilled so far to provide water in Mantapala Refugee Settlement. This is expected to improve the water supply situation in the settlement which already has five boreholes.

13 Apr 2018 description

The humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has drastically worsened over the last year. More than 13.1 million people urgently require humanitarian assistance throughout the country and violence has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, including some 750,000 who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

10 Apr 2018 description
report CARE

(Kinshasa, 10 April 2018) – CARE International is calling on donors to significantly increase their commitment to the humanitarian crisis in the DRC ahead of this week’s pledging conference taking place in Geneva.

Labelled a “silent humanitarian tsunami”, as the humanitarian situation in the DRC deteriorates dramatically, this week’s meeting will seek to raise $1.68 billion, nearly four times the amount secured in 2017.

04 Apr 2018 description

Burundi

Up to 15,000 people were affected by torrential rains and strong winds that caused flooding and landslides across the country in March.

Around 1,000 people were displaced and 80 casualties were reported, mostly in Cankuzo and Bujumbura Mairie provinces. Extensive shelter and crop damage was reported across the country. The main needs of the newly displaced and affected populations include shelter and NFIs, food, and WASH.

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DRC

30 Mar 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Early this year, Zambia experienced continuous heavy rains which resulted to floods, causing significant damages and losses.

On Wednesday, 21st February 2018 districts of Petauke and Chama were reported to be flooded. These floods washed away a bridge connecting Lundazi and Chama districts causing heavy traffic delay and the floods also caused destruction of houses , leading to displacement of community members.

27 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

There’s a buzz of excitement as hundreds of Congolese refugees look for seats on the minibuses that will take them further inside Zambia. As the 246 refugees take their places, conversations with friends and family continue through open bus windows – the Congolese hold hands and chat, while staff from UNHCR count numbers.

19 Mar 2018 description

By Bruce Mulenga

Over 15,000 DR Congolese refugees have fled their country following violent conflicts between Government soldiers and rebel groups. The refugees are currently hosted at newly opened Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement in Nchelenge district, North of Zambia. The refugees are facing unique protection risks as a result of insecure shelter provisions, broken community structures, insufficient food, water and sanitation. Children and women are most vulnerable, with an increased risk of suffering from malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

10 Mar 2018 description

By Bruce Mulenga

Nchelenge UNHCR field office in Northern Zambia is newly opened to manage DR Congolese refugee influx, currently hosted at Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement. With 21 staff, UNHCR ensures that 15,000 refugees are provided with timely international protection and life- saving assistance.

Pamela Michelo is a community-based protection associate and one of the three female staff in Nchelenge office.

10 Mar 2018 description

By Bruce Mulenga

UNHCR in conjunction with Zambian Government and other UN agencies have completed a sixth relocation operation to transfer up to over 15,000 DRC refugees currently living at Kenani transit centre to Mantapala refugee settlement situated further inside Nchelenge district. A total of 1,693 refugees have moved from Kenani, five kilometres North of Nchelenge to Mantapala settlement 35 km inland since the operation began in January 2018.