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Democratic Republic of the Congo - Emergency update on the Burundian refugee situation in South Kivu (November 2017)

Situation Report
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  • The new site of Mulongwe (Fizi territory) was opened on 29th November, and a first convoy of 218 refugees regrouped into 56 households were transferred from Monge Monge Transit Centre (Baraka) to Mulongwe. They were welcomed by the local community and local authorities. The new site will shelter recent arrivals and refugees from the overcrowded Lusenda camp.

  • UNHCR’s new Field Office in Baraka opened on 29th November. The office will supervise UNHCR activities in Uvira and Fizi territories, including the two refugee sites of Lusenda and Mulongwe.

  • On 27th November, a team from the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) went on mission to Kamanyola for biometric registration of some 2,000 Burundians living at a makeshift site close to MONUSCO base. However, members of the group rejected biometric registration and individual interviews that are necessary to determine refugee status.

Update on Achievements

Operational Context

  • Tensions of a political character continued to impact South Kivu province, with several calls for demonstrations and to shutdowns of towns (Ville Morte) during the month of November.
  • In Fizi territory, the coastal area by Lake Tanganyika from the Ubwari peninsula towards Tanganyika province (Kalemie) remains under the control of the armed group coalition CNPSC (Coalition Nationale du Peuple pour la Souveraineté du Congo). These groups are active in the territories of Fizi and Kabambare. On 24th and 27th November 2017, the FARDC launched a counter-attack to push back CNPSC armed groups who were approaching Baraka (16 km north of Mulongwe site) and Sebele (8 km south of Mulongwe site) towns.
  • Ambushes and sporadic attacks continue to affect local populations in the territories of Fizi and Uvira. Extortions on main roads have been repeatedly reported.