Zambia received 642 new arrivals during the month of February. 412 came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 194 from Burundi, and 36 from other states. 308 refugees and host farmers in Mantapala Settlement were supported with livestock and crop inputs, thus facilitating their engagement in this year’s rain-fed farming season and diversification into small livestock rearing.
Resettlement Registration Forms (RRFs) of 62 cases (comprising 239 individuals) were completed for review and possible submission to the Finnish quota.
■ Zambia received a total of 642 new arrivals in February 2020. Some 412 came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 194 from Burundi and 36 of other nationalities. Continuation of reception of new arrivals (mainly from the DRC and Burundi) could be attributed to latent registration. In January 2020, Zambia registered 716 new arrivals.
■ At the beginning of the month of February, the security situation in both Meheba and Mayukwayukwa was precarious owing to incidents of gassing that affected the whole of Zambia, including the two settlements. Persons of concern were affected by the gassing which led to riots and mobs attacking alleged suspects. With support from security forces, the security situation was normalized during this period. Local security systems were reviewed and enhanced by security expertise on mission from UNDSS in Lusaka and the Regional Office in Pretoria.
■ The International Organization for Migration (IOM), working with UNHCR, conducted a Multidisciplinary Management of Sexual and Gender Based Violence workshop in Solwezi and Kaoma from 3-7 February 2019. The learning points included community and police/legal response to SGBV, medical and psychosocial care and support for survivors of SGBV, and data collection tools and design of one-stop center case flow chart sessions.
■ During the month of February, a multi-functional team composed of UNHCR Protection staff in coordination with the Office of the Commissioner for Refugees (COR), and partners (CARE International and Caritas Czech Republic), commenced a Rapid Protection Risk Assessment which targets persons of concern in Lusaka. The purpose of the assessment was to better evaluate the drivers and existing protection risks in order to derive joint actions to improve the protection environment for refugees in Lusaka. Focus group discussions were held to collect data at Makeni transit centre and Kanyama outreach centre. A total of 40 (20F:20M) refugees and asylum seekers were included.
The exercise will continue in the month of March with key informant interviews before results of the assessment can be documented and an SGBV strategy developed.
■ On 3 February 2020, two physiotherapists from St. Paul Mission hospital in Nchelenge District commenced three months free physiotherapy treatment to support 186 persons with various disabilities in Mantapala Settlement.
■ The ISBINDI programme, through its community child and youth care workers, counselled a total of 68 (29 boys and 39 girls) school age children to enrol into school in Mantapala Settlement. A total of 127 children who required exercise books were referred to UNICEF for assistance.
■ In Meheba Refugee Settlement, during the reporting period, UNHCR convened a Multi-Functional Team for the purpose of approving guardians for unaccompanied children to collect Cash-Based-Interventions on behalf of the children. In total, five children from five households had guardianship approved through the MFT. The appointed guardians will be collecting CBI for the children until the unaccompanied children are eligible to collect cash on their own at the age of 16 years old. In Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement, guardians were appointed by Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) for elderly Angolans who are unable to handle their CBI transactions.