Angola Inter-Agency Refugee Appeal (January-December 2018)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Mar 2018 View Original

STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

Period: January – December 2018
Current Population: 35,081 registered; 25,622 assisted, 20 January 2018
Population Planning Figures: 50 000
Target Beneficiaries: 50 000
Financial Requirements: USD 63,881,332.98
Number of Partners: 22

PARTNERS IN THE RESPONSE

Angolan Red Cross I CARITAS I CICAJ I FAO I IOM I JRS I LWF I MAG I MdM I NCA I PIN I UNAIDS I UNDP I UNDSS I UNFPA I UNESCO I UNHCR I UNICEF I UNRCO I WFP I WHO I WVI I

BACKGROUND

The outbreak of violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in March 2017 triggered the internal displacement of some 1.4 million persons and the flight of over 35,000 refugees into Lunda Norte Province, Angola. Continuing unrest and instability in DRC led the Emergency Relief Coordinator to declare an IASC System-Wide L3 Emergency Response for DRC focusing on the Kasai region, Tanganyika and South Kivu provinces in 20 October for an initial period of six months.

Despite the Government of Angola’s (GoA) open door policy to welcome Congolese nationals fleeing as a result of the conflict since July 2017, new arrivals have significantly decreased although the operation continues to register additional arrivals under family reunification.

As the situation remains volatile in the Kasai region with high numbers of internally displaced, humanitarian agencies in Angola maintain the 2017 response planning figure of 50,000 refugees by end of December 2018. The interagency humanitarian response for the Congolese refugees covers the areas of protection, emergency shelter, livelihoods, food security and nutrition, non-food items, water, sanitation, hygiene, health, including mental health, and education until the end of 2018.

The relocation of refugees from Mussungue and Cacanda temporary reception centres to the new settlement in Lóvua started in August 2017 and was completed by end of February 2018. By 25 February, 13,563 Congolese refugees had been relocated.

From the beginning of the emergency, the RCM has been applied with UNHCR leading and an Inter-Agency response being put in place However, in late 2017, a shortage of funding has compelled some humanitarian organisations to reduce or re-orient their activities, leaving gaps that require immediate response, in particular, in sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene.