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Angola: Inter-Agency Operational Update (5 July 2017)

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The Government of Angola is working towards granting formal refugee status to individuals who arrive to Angola from the Kasai region.

Some newly arrived women and children were sheltered in new hangars built at the Cacanda reception centre.

Registered refugees are screened for malnutrition and receive vaccinations, as well as food and relief items, upon their arrival.

KEY FIGURES

  • 31,242 Newly arrived Congolese refugees (Government of Angola)

  • 28,138 Biometrically registered Congolese refugees in Dundo area (5 July 2017)

  • 50,000 Congolese refugees are expected by the end of the year (inter-agency planning figure)

Update On Key Achievements

Operational Context

Violence in the Kasai Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues to force Congolese asylum-seekers to flee to Angola’s Lunda Norte. Clashes, disorder and a shortage of basic items spark sporadic arrivals along the northern border. Some 75% of the more than 28,000 biometrically registered refugees are women and children. Persons with specific needs include many unaccompanied and separated children and single-headed households. Recent arrivals flee violence mainly from the Kasadi-Sadi area, while over 80% of the refugee population registered in Lunda Norte comes from Kasai-Longatshimo in the Kamako area.

Many of those who have fled report harassment, killings and generalized violence. All are in urgent need of protection, medical and psychosocial assistance, shelter, food and basic relief items. Refugees are currently sheltered in two reception centres, which are currently operating at their maximum capacity. The conditions do not allow for adequate protection and assistance. The development of a site in Lóvua, allocated by the Government of Angola to host the refugees, is ongoing in coordination with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Reintegration (MINARS) and key humanitarian and development partners. MINARS, on behalf of the inter-ministerial committee set up by the Government of Angola, is coordinating the response to the unfolding crisis with support from UNHCR. UN Agencies and international and national NGOs also actively support the refugee response in Angola.