Saturday, July 25, 2009

Zambia: Zambia begins registering DR Congolese refugees

Xinhua - The Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs in conjunction with the DR Congo government and the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have embarked on a registration exercise of all DR Congolese refugees residing outside refugee camps and settlements in the country's Northern and Luapula provinces, local newspaper The Post of Zambia reported on Friday.

According to the report, the information was from a public notice at different public places in Mpulungu in Northern provincesigned by Zambian Home affairs Permanent Secretary Ndiyoi Mutiti.

Mutiti stated that the purpose of the registration exercise was to collect and verify information about the refugees and their family members, in order to provide them legal documentation and ensure that they were known to the two governments and the UNHCR.

She said upon registration, all Congolese above 16 years of age living in villages in Mpulungu would be provided with a document confirming that they registered with the government and the UNHCR.
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