Thursday, September 29, 2011

Republic of Angola: Repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia suspended

Luena/Angop – The repatriation of Angolan refugees from the neighbouring Republic of Zambia is suspended since August this year for technical reasons, Angop learned Thursday in Luena, eastern Moxico province.

The information was released by Moxico provincial director of the Social Welfare Minisytry, Ana Filomena Chipoia.

The official said on the occasion her department is awaiting a notification from Zambia for the restart of the operation.

A total of 691 Angolan refugees returned home from Zambia in July this year.

Ana Filomena Chipoia said another more than 5,000 people wishing to return home from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) have registered.

According to the official, the number of Angolans awaiting to return home from the above mentioned neighbouring countries is well above 5,000 people.

The above mentioned 691 that returned to Angola went to the provinces of Huambo, Bié (centre), Kuando Kubango, Huíla (south), Kwanza Sul (centre), Luanda (north) and Moxico (east).

Ana Chipoia said all logistic arrangements have been made for the reception of the refugees through the transit centres in the districts of Luau (for those returning from the DRC), Bundas and Sacassange (Zambia), near Luena.

Other centres have been set up in Bié and Huambo provinces.

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