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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR Operational Update, 1 – 30 June 2018

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan

In June, UNHCR biometrically registered 1,372 Burundian refugees, and 313 newly-arrived South Sudanese refugees.

The relocation and biometric registration of some 12,000 refugees residing in highly insecure border areas of Dungu Territory (Haut-Uélé Province) was a pressing priority but remained on hold due to the lack of funding and questions relating to the area of their relocation.

97% of the internally displaced people in the two sites of Bunia town (Ituri Province) wished to return to their areas of origin. In total, 6,918 individuals were counted across the two sites in June, which is 59% less than planning figures.

Update on Achievements

Burundian refugees

â–  1,372 refugees, including arrivals from the last few months, were biometrically registered during the reporting period. These individuals will be relocated to Mulongwe site in July and August.

â–  In an effort to support a more sustainable use of household energy at Mulongwe refugee site, 50 people from the refugee and host communities were trained to produce biomass briquettes, while 124 were trained to make fuel-efficient stoves. 18 tons of biomass briquettes were provided to the Kavimvira and Sange transit centers for refugees.

â–  In Lusenda camp and at Mulongwe site, UNHCR implementing partner ADRA launched youth training activities, with 270 refugees and 80 members of the host community selected to learn sewing, soap-making, hairdressing, and pastry.
ADRA also prepared 8 hectares of land for small-scale agricultural purposes such as vegetable gardening. This approach supports refugees on their path to self-reliance, while fostering peaceful coexistence with host communities.

â–  In Lusenda camp, UNHCR partner War Child provided cash assistance to 100 people with specific needs, and organized vocational trainings for young beneficiaries to learn tailoring.

â–  Cholera surveillance measures were enhanced in transit centers and at assembly points, as well as in Lusenda camp and at Mulongwe site. In Lusenda, awarenessraising sessions were held on hygiene.

â–  6 water ramps were being installed at Mulongwe site to supply recently-built shelters. 2 manual water pumps were installed at Kavimvira and Sange transit centers. 204 kits for the construction of latrines and showers were distributed to refugees at Mulongwe site, for them to directly build their own facilities.

â–  In Lusenda camp and at Mulongwe site, 3,725 medical consultations were carried out in June, including 556 vaccinations, 202 medical referrals to health structures, and 1,025 admissions to a nutrition support programme (including 137 children between 6 and 59 months of age, and 888 women).

â–  A distribution of non-food items was organized in Lusenda camp; 2,453 blankets and 2,453 sleeping mats went to 4,489 refugees. 1,618 people living at three transit centers received soap. 451 women also received hygienic kits.

â–  UNHCR conducted 2 prevention sessions on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Lusenda camp and at Mongemonge transit center. 293 people attended the sessions: 107 women, 68 men, 59 girls and 59 boys. UNHCR also trained 25 transitional foster families on child protection.

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