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Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 6 March

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MALAWI: Refugee numbers increase
Malawi is experiencing an increasing number of refugees from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNHCR officials told IRIN on Monday.

The official said 1,705 refugees are now accommodated at Dzaleka refugee camp in the central district of Dowa, about 50 km east of the capital, Lilongwe.

The official added that eight of the refugees were Eritreans. "Some of the refugees are involved in income-generating activities while their applications for asylum are being considered," the UNHCR official said.

ANGOLA: Portuguese demand apology

The Portuguese Socialist Party has demanded an apology from the Angolan government following accusations by its social communications minister against the former president and his son.

According to 'Radio Ecclesia', Hendrik Vaal Neto accused Mario Soares and his son Joao of being the biggest beneficiaries of Jonas Savimbi's illegal trafficking of ivory and diamonds. His remarks were made after Mario Soares earlier condemned what he called "shocking insensitivity" of the Angolan government and the rebel movement UNITA to the people's suffering. he also said Angola could not be considered a state of law.

President Eduardo Jose dos Santos' spokesman reportedly said the Angolan government would not apologise to Portugal.

MOZAMBIQUE: Ghana donates to flood relief

Ghana of Friday reportedly flew 300 bags of rice, 300 bags of maize, 30 bales of used clothing and 1,000 blankets to help Mozambican flood victims.

Quoting Ghana's foreign minister, PANA said the donation is "an expression of solidarity from the people and government of Ghana to their brothers and sisters in Mozambique in their moments of pain and sorrow".

The items, said the reports, were flown to Mozambique aboard a cargo aircraft accompanied by a five-member delegation led by a member of Ghana's parliament.

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