Angola: Inter-Agency Operational Update (22 August 2017)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 22 Aug 2017 View Original

The total population in Lóvua settlement stands at 1,495 Congolese refugees who were successfully relocated from Mussungue reception centre.

A total of 23,615 refugees (5,635 households) received monthly food baskets.

1,541 primary health consultations were provided during the past week, representing an increase of 9 per cent.

KEY FIGURES

75%
Of Congolese refugees in Angola are women and children

32,980
Biometrically registered Congolese refugees in Dundo area (21 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 some 33,000 Congolese to seek safety in Angola’s Lunda Norte Province. Some 75 per cent of the registered refugees are women and children.

The conflict continues and refugees report incidents of indiscriminate violence, sexual and human rights abuses, and a shortage of basic items. However, the number of newly arrived refugees has decreased significantly since early July. As the security situation remains fluid in the Kasai region, humanitarian organizations are preparing to provide protection and assistance for up to 50,000 Congolese refugees who may seek asylum in Angola by the end of 2017.

The first phase of the relocation of Congolese refugees in Lunda Norte to Lóvua settlement, 94 km west of Dundo, was completed. A total of 1,495 refugees, from Mussungue reception centre, were relocated to Lóvua between 8 and 13 August. The second phase of the relocation will start as soon as the plot clearing process is completed and the necessary facilities, such as latrines and showers are ready to accommodate these refugees.

The arrival centre of Lóvua settlement is completed and comprises of eight hangars for overnight shelter which together have a capacity of accommodating 432 individuals per day. The site has now eight villages completed out of the planned nine. Once finalized, Lóvua settlement will consist of nine zones, each with nine villages; 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