Angola: Inter-Agency Operational Update (15 August 2017)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Aug 2017 View Original
  • 1,495 Congolese refugees have been successfully relocated from Mussungue reception centre to Lóvua settlement.

  • Upon arrival in Lóvua, all refugees received medical support, relief items and a one-day food ration.

  • Malaria continues to be the main cause of morbidity with a total of 285 cases recorded during the reporting week.

Key figures

  • 75% Of Congolese refugees in Angola are women and children

  • 33,132 Biometrically registered Congolese refugees in Dundo area (14 August 2017)

  • 50,000 Inter-agency planning figure for Congolese refugees from the Kasai region in northern Angola by the end of the year

Operational Context

Violence and ethnic tensions, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has forced over 33,000 Congolese to seek safety in Angola’s Lunda Norte Province. Some 75 per cent of the registered refugees are women and children.

While the conflict continues and refugees report incidents of indiscriminate violence, sexual and human rights abuses, and a shortage of basic items, the number of newly arrived refugees has decreased significantly since early July. According to recently arrived refugees, who reached Angola through entry points in the bush, access to border areas through the main roads is limited. As the security situation remains fluid in the Kasai region, humanitarian organizations are preparing to provide protection and assistance up to 50,000 Congolese refugees who may seek asylum in Angola by the end of 2017.

Relocation of Congolese refugees in Lunda Norte to Lóvua settlement, 94km west of Dundo, is ongoing. A total of 1,495 refugees, from Mussungue reception centre, were successfully relocated to Lóvua over six days between 8 and 13 August. Upon arrival in Lóvua, all refugees received medical support, a package of relief items and a one-day food ration, consisting of meat and sardines, donated by the Government of Angola (GoA). There are currently no refugees in Mussungue reception centre.

This relocation was carefully planned as an inter-agency exercise in consultation with all partners on the ground and shared with the Government and local authorities. Several messaging initiatives were conducted with the refugee and host community populations to address cultural/ethnic protection concerns in the relocation plan.

Once finalized, Lóvua site will consist of nine zones with nine villages each, and each village will have 72 plots making it possible to host up to 360 refugees. The overall capacity of the site will be 30,000 refugees with the possibility of expansion. Some 200 refugees from Mussungue and Cacanda reception centres as well as 50 workers from among the host community were hired to assist with the manual clearing of the site.