In mid-2016, a complex emergency unfolded in the Kasai Central Province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to intercommunal tensions and clashes between rival militia groups, the Congolese armed forces, and self-defences groups. This situation raised protection concerns and human rights violations were increasingly reported, increasing the risk of large-scale conflict. To date, more than 1 million civilians have been internally displaced within the DRC, and more than 30,000 refugees crossed the border to Angola looking for safety and protection.
In April 2017, the government of Angola (GoA) decided to maintain an open border policy to host DRC refugees. The GoA requested special care assistance from United Nation (UN) Agencies in Angola and others partners in addressing the needs for DRC refugees in the Lunda Norte province. Subsequently, the Government of Angola established two temporary reception Center at Cacanda and Mussgunge. These two centers have reached their maximum hosting capacity, obliging a high number of refugees to be accommodated in host communities. To this end, the Government of Angola (GoA) in coordination with UNHCR has selected a new site, Lovwa Camp, to accommodate refugees as well as provide them access to land for farming activities.
In response to the developing situation in the Kasai region of the DRC and the subsequent cross-border displacement of Congolese in to the the Lunda Norte province of Angola IOM will provide safe and dignified transportation from the borders to transit centers and relocation assistance targeting Congolose refugees currently hosted in the temporary reception centres in Cacanda and Mussgunge. Beneficiaries hosted in the reception centres in Cacanda and Mussgunge will by this intervention be relocated to the Lovwa Camp. Upon arrival at the Lovwa Camp IOM will assist UNHCR and the Ministry of Socials affairs (MINARS) with the provision of reception services. IOM transportation services are provided on the basis of voluntarily from its beneficiaries, all beneficiaries before transportation undergo medical examination in order to assess that the respective individuals is fit to travel. Priority will be given to individuals with specific needs and vulnerabilities, including but not limited to female-headed households, child-headed households, individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, and the elderly.
IOM is an active member of the Protection sector, and leading agency for the provision of transport assistance to Congolese refugees. The main partner is UNHCR and MINARS but IOM will also coordinate with MSF, UNICEF, WHO and other local partner organizations where necessary.
Note: the project below is in line with the Angola Inter-Agency Refugee Appeal (April – December 2017).
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 50,000 refugees
Contact Information: Mr. Alberto Walianga Muxa – Head of Office, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +244 226430870/880
IOM Offices: Country Office: Luanda; Presence: Dundo-Lunda Norte
National Staff: 4
- IOM with the support of CERF funding is providing safe transportation assistance to refugees from border to Cancanda reception center. 3348 refugees have been transported as of August 2017.
- In March 2017 before the reception of refugees, IOM provided training on humanitarian border management to authorities at official borders in Luanda Norte Province. 40 participants from border posts, customer and immigration police, Civil Protection and the local administration were trained.
Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications
Provision of Transport Assistance and Relocation of Congolese Refugees from Temporary Receptions Centers to the Refugee Camp in LovwaAmount Requested: USD 1,869,438 Amount Received: USD 100,000Objective:Provide transportation from the borders to transit centers and relocation assistance to refugees from the temporary center of Cacanda and Mussungue.Beneficiaries:50,000 Angolan refugees