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Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR Operational Update, 1 - 31 March 2019

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To help enable the sustainable reintegration of IDP returnees, 501 new shelters were handed over to IDP returnees in Djugu Territory, Ituri Province. Three rehabilitated health centers were also handed over.

1,001 South Sudanese refugees were biometrically registered and transferred to Biringi settlement where they have access to protection and assistance. Since February, 2,488 South Sudanese refugees were transferred to Biringi.

In an initiative of the UNHCR-led Shelter Working Group, 82 staff working for 24 humanitarian organisations were trained on implementing shelter/housing cashbased interventions.

  • 27,685 refugees at Lusenda camp and Mulongwe settlement in Fizi Territory, South Kivu Province received biomass briquettes during the reporting period. Biomass briquettes are produced by refugees and locals, and provide an alternative and environmentally-friendly solution for cooking.

  • In an ongoing effort to prevent Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and in response to recent SGBV cases in Lusenda and Mulongwe, South Kivu Province, UNHCR’s partner ActionAid and local SGBV Committees organized awareness sessions targeting 774 participants (650 in Mulongwe settlement and 124 in Lusenda camp).

  • Non-Food Items including laundry soap were distributed to 33,983 refugees and 4,270 buckets were distributed in Lusenda, Mulongwe and at the different reception centers and 550 kitchen sets at Lusenda camp.

  • In South Kivu Province, 872 children who are enrolled in four different secondary schools (527 Burundian refugees and 345 Congolese) and their teachers participated in awareness-raising sessions organized by UNHCR-supported SGBV committees and UNHCR’s partner ActionAid on topics such as GBV in school, gender equality and early marriage which often leads to school drop-outs.

  • In a continuous effort to support access to education for refugee and Congolese children, UNHCR’s partner ActionAid distributed 7,251 uniforms to primary school children (5,471 to refugees and 712 to Congolese pupils) and secondary school children (831 to refugees and 237 to Congolese pupils) in schools near Lusenda and Mulongwe.

  • UNHCR and the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) biometrically registered 250 Burundian refugees at Kavimvira transit center prior to their transfer to Mulongwe settlement. 22 individuals still remained at the transit center, waiting for the outcome of their Refugee Status Determination (RSD) process, while another 16 have reportedly returned to Burundi spontaneously.

  • In order to improve self-reliance among refugees and to support peaceful coexistence, 3,000 beneficiaries have been able to cultivate their own crops and vegetables (730 refugees and 270 Congolese at Mulongwe settlement and 1,470 refugees and 630 Congolese at Lusenda camp). At Lusenda, 74 hectares of land with crops has been plowed by refugees with the support of partner ADRA.

  • UNHCR and partner ADES provided 70 households with latrine and shower construction kits at Mulongwe settlement. 208 kits have been distributed since January 2019.

  • As malaria remains a leading cause of mortality among refugees, UNHCR’s partner AIDES distributed 360 mosquito nets to urban Burundian and Rwandan refugees in Bukavu, and 60 mosquito nets to urban Burundian refugees in Uvira.