The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Zambia has relocated over 60 congolese refugees from Nchelenge in Luapula Province to Maheba in Western Province, according to a press release distributed to the media.
UNHCR Zambia Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Yohondamkoul Sakor said a convoy comprising 67 refugees departed from Nchelenge today relocating Congolese refugees to Meheba Refugee Settlement which is located about 1,400 kilometres away from the Congo.
“The relocation of newly arrived Congolese refugees is a joint venture by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).”
“Today’s relocation is the third since December 2012, when 222 Congolese refugees were transferred to Meheba from Luapula Province. In 2012, a total of 2, 502 were registered in Zambia as new arrivals fleeing from the DRC for various reasons,” he said.
Zambia currently hosts 15,000 Congolese refugees in the two settlements, urban areas and self-settled.