Japan donates $3m to refugee Programmes

THE Japanese government has donated US$3 million to refugee programmes in Zambia for the year 2013. And home affairs minister Edgar Lungu has assured the international community of accountability in the disbursement and use of the funds.

Speaking during the donation ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia

Akio Egwa said the Japanese government was greatly concerned by the issues of refugees and thus lends its support to enhance human security and continue to search for more effective ways to assist these particularly vulnerable groups.

He commended the Zambian government for its exemplary hospitality to refugees over the years. And Lungu assured accountability in the disbursement of the funds.

Meanwhile, UNHCR officer-in-charge in Zambia, Yohondamkoul Sakor, described the donation as a clear indication of the Japanese government’s strong interest in the welfare of refugees and Zambia.