Central African refugee situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo - June 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Jun 2017 View Original


■ Asylum seekers from Central African Republic continued to arrive in Bas-Uele and Nord Ubangi provinces. This new influx started mid-May and was triggered by violence, tensions and fear about imminent attacks in border areas, namely in the city of Bangassou, Bema and Mobayi.

■ Estimates from local authorities, General Direction of Migration (DGM) and National Commission for Refugees (CNR) suggest that over 60,000 asylum seekers crossed the border into DRC since May. UNHCR and CNR will further verify.

■ Identification of asylum-seekers was ongoing in Nord Ubangi province carried out by National Commission for Refugees (CNR). As of 30th June, 18,448 asylum seekers were identified and interviewed in the territories of Yakoma and Mobayi – Mbongo. In Bas-Uele, CNR and local authorities identified 38,767 asylum seekers (as of 30th June), most of them around the locality of Ndu (Bondo territory).

■ Relief items (plastic sheeting, blankets, mats, kitchen sets, buckets and mosquito nets) for 20,000 new arrivals were on their way from Kampala (Uganda) to Bondo territory. The road conditions are extremely bad, requiring special vehicles for part of the way.

■ In Ango territory (Bas-Uele province), an influx was reported by local authorities and security forces, apparently coming from Zemio (CAR) where a Congolese refugee camp is installed. Due to security concerns, it was impossible to reach these persons and verify the information.


Central African Refugees registered in DRC (as of 30 June 2017)

Of them living in five camps (as of 30 June 2017)

New arrivals identified by local authorities, General Direction of Migration (DGM) and National Commission for Refugees (CNR) starting from mid- May 2017. Figure to be verified.

Operational Context

Congolese army (FARDC) reinforced security in South Ubangi province along Ubangi River in Libenge territory, following alleged movements at the border of elements of the political-military movement Front du people Congolais pour le Changement et la Democratie (FPCCD).