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7,000 CAR Refugees In DR Congo To Be Repatriated By End of 2020

The United Nations Organisation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) envisages the repatriation of 7000 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have been living in the Democratic Republic of Congo by end of the year 2020.

The refugees are hosted in the South Ubangi province in the West of DR Congo and have been living in the Mole refugee camp in Libenge territory since they escaped from the Central African Republic following violence between armed groups and the national army on the one hand and fighting between various militia groups on the other hand.

“Voluntary repatriation, whenever the conditions permit, remains the most appropriate solution for the numerous persons who were constrained to escape from their homes,” indicates a UNHCR communiqué published in Kinshasa on Monday.

The communique said the “High Commissioner for Refugees envisages helping about 4,000 (of the refugees) between now and the end of 2020, which will bring to 7,000 the total number repatriated since July 2019”. 

The repatriation, which started about a year ago, was suspended in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The operation resumed on Tuesday, November 10, during which  474 Central Africans were repatriated to their country via a convoy of 20 vehicles which left Mole camp for Bangui through the River Ubangi.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees figures, more than 600,000 Central African Republic nationals who fled from the fighting in their country are living in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other neighbouring countries.

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