UN worried about increased numbers of refugees in Angola

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Published on 19 May 2017, 14:00
The UN says more than 20-thousand refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrived in Angola in the past six weeks alone. Most have fled the violence in the DRC's Kasai region. Many are severely wounded and have been transferred to a hospital for urgent medical attention. The UN refugee agency says the Angolan army is transporting the new arrivals from the border to reception centres in Cacanda and Moussunge. The facilities are already overcrowded and struggling to accommodate the thousands of refugees arriving every day. Around 70 percent of the new arrivals are women and children. The UNHCR is appealing for 6-and a-half million dollars to provide immediate assistance including food and medical supplies.

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