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UNHCR needs US$15 million to help Mozambicans in Malawi
2:21 CAT | 11 Mar 2016
Voa / A view of the Kapise camp, in Malawi
The High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR) says it urgently needs fifteen million dollars for humanitarian aid for the ten thousand Mozambicans who sought refuge in Malawi from military hostilities in Moatize district, Tete province, Radio Mozambique reports.
That UN agency expressed concern about the worsening conditions at Kapise in the Malawian district of Mwanza just across the Mozambique border. While praising Malawi for hosting the Mozambicans, the UNHCR expresses concern at overcrowding and the deterioration of living conditions at the site.
The UNHCR says it needs US$15 million to ensure an adequate humanitarian response, and has appealed to the Malawi government to provide more land to reduce overcrowding.
“We need funds to implement programs for the growing number of newcomers from Mozambique, who are putting pressure on the available resources,” said UNHCR representative Monique Ekoko.
Some Mozambicans will supposedly be relocated in the coming days to the Luwani centre in Neno district, which housed thousands of Mozambicans during the civil war, but this scenario can be interpreted as an attempt by the UNHCR to keep the Mozambicans in Malawi indefinitely, reads the Radio Mozambique report.
The Mozambican government said on Tuesday at the end of its weekly cabinet meeting that it would provide humanitarian assistance to its citizens in Kapise and create conditions for their return.
German and Brazilian ambassadors to Malawi, Peter Woeste and Gustavo Nogueira, visited Kapise a few days ago to learn about the Mozambicans living conditions, and came away expressing concern about overcrowding and poor living conditions.
“We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our donors, because it is through this support that we can assist the Mozambicans,” Ekoko said.