The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that Italy has contributed 250 thousand Euros towards refugee programs in Zambia.
This is in response to a call for international support made by President Edgar Lungu to the international community, to support Zambia in providing assistance to refugees.
In a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today Permanent Secretary (PS) Chileshe Mulenga said government needs every support they can get to care for the refugees, as the refugee population continues to rise
Dr. Mulenga said the support is timely, as it comes at a critical time when the country is running low on essential supplies and relocating the refugees from the Kenani transit centre to the newly established Mantapala refugee settlement in Nchelenge district.
He explained that as at 30th January 2018, the refugee population had risen to fourteen thousand five hundred and twenty nine (14529) and is expected to increase to twenty thousand (20,000) by April, 2018.
Dr. Mulenga said the donation is being disbursed through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
He said the donation will also go towards providing the basic needs of the refugees, especially food, clean water and sanitation, tents, blankets and mosquito nets.
Dr. Mulenga said the contribution will also support strengthening border patrols in Luapula and Northern provinces and assisting the victims of sexual and gender based violence.
He has also appealed to other donors and the international community at large, to emulate the gesture of the government of Italy.