United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the organization expects more refugees to start coming into Zambia through the Kipushi border in Mushindamo district due to the unstable situation in Congo.
UNHCR Southern Africa Senior Regional Emergency Coordinator Samuel Chakwera said with the high number of asylum seekers from Congo crossing into Zambia at Kenani Refugee Transit Centre in Nchelenge in Luapula Province and the UNHCR projects, others will cross into the country through Kipushi.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chakwera said this recently when a delegation from UNHCR visited the soon to be designated refugee transit center in Mushindamo district.
He disclosed that the UN Refugee Agency in partnership with Red Cross Society Zambia has already put up toilets and bathing shelters at the soon to be transit center in the district.
The UNHCR Coordinator noted that a borehole will also be drilled before any arrivals are recorded so as to provide potable water to the refugees.
Mr. Chakwera said once refugees arrive in Mushindamo, UNHCR will set up tents and other materials needed for their survival at the camp before they are relocated to Meheba Refugee camp in Kalumbila district.
Meanwhile, Mushindamo District Commissioner (DC) Benson Ngambo said the situation in Congo is worrying and at any point refugees may start entering the country through Mushindamo district.
He said the Zambia Red Cross Society has already purchased 100 blankets and mosquito nets which are being kept at his office.