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Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (September 2019)

Situation Report
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As of 30 September 2019, 881,279 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 30 September 2019 alone, some 77,782 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.

UNHCR together with 57 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 30 June 2019 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

• Since 18 August, thousands of Congolese refugees spontaneously left Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola to make their way back home in the DRC. 14,615 refugees have returned spontaneously to the DRC. Several facilities have been constructed at Lovua settlement and at Tchikolondo transit center to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees.

• 1,048 shelters roofed in camps in Rwanda were with corrugated iron sheets to offer better living conditions and more protection from external elements.

• In Uganda, a total of 2,191 cases were received through the inter-agency Feedback,
Referral and Resolution Mechanism (FRRM) which allow refugees to report urgent protection and assistance-related problems.

Cases were followed-up on or referred to appropriate service providers.