Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (October 2018)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Oct 2018 View Original

As of 31 October 2018, 781,917 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 31 October 2018 alone, some 147,750 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.

UNHCR together with 43 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 17 July 2018 for $547 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

■ A total of 781,917 Congolese refugees and asylumseekers are being hosted in countries in Africa, which have generously maintained an open door policy in granting asylum to old and new asylum seekers.

■ The security conditions in the DRC, especially in the eastern and central provinces, remain volatile with sporadic outbreaks of violence leading to displacement of civilians within the country, and across borders to neighboring countries. This has placed the DRC refugee population among the ten largest in the world.

■ UNHCR received $149.2 million for the DRC situation, representing only 40 per cent of the total requirements for 2018.

■ The interagency Regional Refugee Response Plan for the DRC situation has received $164 million, representing only 30 per cent of the total requirements for 2018.

■ Among the Congolese citizens expelled from Angola to DRC in October, UNHCR identified 2,373 Congolese citizens holding refugee documents from Angola. UNHCR and partners are closely monitoring the protection situation by reporting human rights violations, conducting referrals, and pursuing a cash for protection programme.