Congolese Refugees relocated

Some of the Congolese refugees being relocated. Picture by Kelvin Shimoh.

Some of the Congolese refugees being relocated. Picture by Kelvin Shimoh.

A convoy comprising 67 refugees has just departed Nchelenge District in Zambia’s Luapula Province relocating Congolese refugees to Meheba Refugee Settlement in North Western Province, some 1, 400 kilometres away.

UNHCR Zambia Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Yohondamkoul Sakor has confirmed the development. The convoy will overnight in Ndola today and will reach Meheba Tomorrow.

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. Zambia currently hosts 15, 000 Congolese refugees in the two settlements,   urban areas and self-settled.