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Government available to repatriate Angolan refugees

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Luena - The minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, reiterated the Angolan government's availability to repatriate the 60,000 Angolan refugees based in neighbouring countries, whose process is set to resume next February.

The minister expressed the government's desire Friday in eastern Moxico province during a 24-hour visit to the region.

According to him, the first phase that started in the second half of 2011 benefited 4,000 Angolan citizens from DR Congo, 1, 500; Zambia, 2, 400; Botswana 29 and Namibia six..

The refugees were transported to their areas of origin: Moxico province with 1, 200 people, 900 for central Huambo, 200 were moved to central Bié, 1, 300 for northern Zaire, 300 to south-eastern Kuando Kubango, 100 for Benguela, while Luanda with 23 and six transported to the southern Cunene.