DR Congo and Zambia in refugee deal

An agreement is signed on the repatriation of Congolese refugees from Zambia.

    There is a large Congolese refugee
    population in Zambia

    Vedasto Mwesiga, a UNHCR representative in Zambia, said: "The majority of Congolese indicated that they wanted to repatriate between 2006 and 2007."

     

    "More funds needed"

     

    Mwesiga said the UNHCR would contribute $800,000 but said additional funds were required for transport and food.

     

    A two-day joint Zambia and DR Congo government meeting, which is also being attended by UNHCR, is under way to assess the logistics of the operation.

     

    Zambia shares a long border with eastern DR Congo. Thousands of refugees, including combatants, cross into Zambia mainly from the Congolese towns of Pweto and Moba.

     

    Tensions resurfaced over the weekend in eastern DRC with forces of a rebel general seizing a part of the volatile town of Sake. Thousands of civilians were forced to take flight.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.