Zambia Red Cross Society has continued to receive refugees in need of humanitarian assistance from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the Month of January 2017, the National Society has attended to about 54 asylum seekers in Mpulungu, Kaputa and Nsumbu transitory camps while Kipushi, Kakoma, Chiengi, and Nchelenge transitory camps have recorded none. The majority of the asylum seekers recorded in the month of January are coming from South Kivu and Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The National Society has since repatriated all the 54 asylum seekers received in the transitory camps to the main refugee camp in Meheba.
Since December 2016, the National Society has been providing humanitarian assistance that includes Food aid and Non Food Emergency Response Materials such as blankets, mosquito nets and immediate medical support to the refugees in the transitory camps before they are taken to the main refugee camps.
The National Society remains on high alert in all seven entry points bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo to render humanitarian assistance to in-coming refugees before they are finally taken to designated refugee camps.
The National Society is working with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to effectively render humanitarian support to asylum seekers.