Rejected Refugees

Thousands of Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being forced out of the country and back across the border.

The mass expulsion of the refugees has forced them to set up impromptu camps in northern Angola. There are over 30,000 people living in overcrowded conditions, with a lack of shelter, food and access to clean water. There is an urgent need for aid and assistance.

The refugees were suddenly forced to leave the DRC despite having documentation to prove their refugee status, and were pushed out without any opportunity to collect their belongings.

It comes in retaliation for the eviction of 160,000 Congolese by the Angolan government this year. Those expelled have reported brutal treatment during the process of return.

The DRC and Angola have come to an agreement to end the cross-border expulsions, but the Congolese government expect that there will be further large-scale returns, with an estimated 100,000 Angolan refugees still remaining in the DRC.

At the request of the Angolan government, UNHCR is now intervening to provide assistance to the Angolans suffering in difficult camp conditions in northern Angola.

Published in: on October 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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