UNHCR airlifts emergency relief items for DRC refugees in Angola

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UNHCR staff at Mussungue reception centre, north-west Angola, distribute food supplies to Congolese refugees who fled violence in Kasai region. © UNHCR/Adronico Marcos Lucamba

A plane loaded with relief items landed in Angola on Sunday to assist more than 11,000 people who have fled recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

That information comes from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which is supporting the arrivals from the Kasai region.

The aircraft, which landed from Dubai, carried items such as plastic sheets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and kitchen sets.

Dianne Penn reports.

The conflict in the previously peaceful Kasai region has displaced more than one million people around the DRC, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The fighting began around the middle of last year and refugees, including some 4,000 children, have been arriving in Angola, many with visible signs of violence.

Humanitarian assistance to the most recent arrivals will be distributed in Dundo, a northeastern town on the border with the DRC.

A UNHCR emergency team is present there and in the capital, Luanda, to support the refugees and also to coordinate the relief response with the Government, local authorities and partners on the ground.

The UN agency said the Angolan government also plans to allocate a new site some 90 kilometres from the border which had been used to house displaced people during the country's civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 2002.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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