UNICEF Angola Refugee Crisis Situation Update 21 June 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 21 Jun 2017

Highlights

  • UNICEF is supporting the Government of Angola and UNHCR to resettle refugees from existing reception centres which are near capacity to an identified new settlement site in Lovua. Relocation has not yet commenced.

  • UNICEF and partners have constructed 108 latrines and 92 shower units to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions benefitting 5,700 people, and reached 16,729 refugees with hygiene promotion messages.

  • To date, UNICEF has provided 9,045 refugees with safe water on a daily basis and distributed 6,000 jerry cans to enable safe transportation and storage.

  • A total of 3,580 children have been screened for malnutrition by UNICEF and partners with the malnourished children referred for treatment.

  • UNICEF and partners have registered 99 separated and unaccompanied children, of which 12 were reunited with their families during the reporting period for a total of 71. The remaining 28 children are in foster care while family tracing and reunification efforts continue.

  • UNICEF has successfully advocated with the Provincial Delegation of Justice for birth registration of refugee children born in Angolans territory. 19 refugee children born in Angola have benefited from birth registration.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The Angolan authorities estimate that approximately 30,000 people have fled instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Angola since early April 2017, among them more than 13,000 children. As of 15 June 2017, 26,645 new arrivals have been pre-registered by UNHCR in Cacanda and Mussungue reception centres, and at the military airport which was receiving refugees who were evacuated by military helicopter from border areas. Local authorities and partners have identified a new site for relocating the refugees in Lóvua municipality which is away from the border and will provide appropriate settlement conditions and services. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Angola and UNHCR to develop the site plan, and to establish water points, sanitation facilities, child-friendly spaces and classroom areas