UNICEF Angola Refugee Crisis Situation Update 24 July 2017 – ReliefWeb

Highlights

  • The latest biometric data indicate that 32,486 refugees from DRC have been registered in Lunda Norte. The majority of this refugee population has found some shelter in the host community, with 8,770 people remaining at the reception centres.

  • At the existing reception centers, UNICEF and partners constructed 110 latrines and 92 shower units to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions benefitting approximately 5,700 people, and have reached 18,293 refugees with hygiene promotion messages.

  • UNICEF continues to provide 9,272 refugees with safe water on a daily basis, distributed 6,000 jerry cans to enable safe water transportation and storage and installed 60 hand washing facilities.

  • A total of 5,481 children have been screened for malnutrition by UNICEF and partners with all malnourished children referred for treatment.

  • UNICEF and partners have registered 106 separated and unaccompanied children, of which 77 were reunited with their families over the past month. The remaining 29 children are in foster care while family tracing and reunification efforts continue for these children.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The Angolan authorities estimate that more than 32,000 people (17,153 children) have fled instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and have arrived as refugees in Angola since early April 2017. Biometric registration data shows that 8,779 people remain in the reception centres while the majority found shelter in the host community. There is constant movement of people between the centres and the host community which indicates that humanitarian services in the centres, including food distribution, is reaching the refugee population which found shelter in the host communities.

Local authorities and partners have identified a new land site at Lóvua municipality which will be used for relocating the refugees and will provide appropriate settlement conditions and services. UNICEF has supported the Government of Angola and UNHCR in the development of the site plan, and to establish water points, sanitation facilities, child-friendly spaces and classroom areas. To date, over 15 Kilometres of road have been opened in the new refugee settlement area, and works have also started to clear the area where the arrival centre will be established. UNICEF has been supplying water in trucks and is supporting construction of the first sanitation facilities at the arrival area of the camp, while preparing the drilling of boreholes for permanent water supply.

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