Zambia - Relocation of Angolan Refugees: Update 28 Mar 2000

From IOM Press Briefing Notes 28 Mar 2000
In the past few days, IOM staff on the ground have reported an estimated daily arrival of 40 to 60 new Angolan refugees in Sinjembela. These new arrivals could be attributed to reports of intermittent clashes between Angolan Government forces and UNITA on the Angolan side of the Cuando Cubango River. IOM will continue providing transport away from the border areas to those already there and to any new refugees arriving in Sinjembela.

Since the 1st of March, when IOM began transporting the refugees, until 25 March, 5,088 people had been moved from the border area of Sinjembela to a new camp located inland at Nangweshi. Before the 1st of March UNHCR had already transported some 2,100 people. The total number of Angolan refugees who have been transported away form the border now stands at 7,188. There are some 3,000 refugees waiting to be transported. The fact that the rains have subsided in the past few days has allowed IOM to increase the number of refugees being transported per day. But the breakdown of the ferry which crosses the Zambezi river is depleting the IOM stock of diesel fuel to continue the relocation. On Monday, 27 March the remaining stock in Nangweshi was around 500 litres. MSF is vaccinating all refugees against measles. MSF is reporting malaria and dysentery on the border area.

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