Uganda: Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (June 2019)

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This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

As of 30 June 2019, 861,077 Congolese refugees are being hosted in several African countries. From 1 January to 30 June 2019 alone, some 49,660 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.

UNHCR together with 57 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 30 June 2019 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

  • Since 6 June, a flare-up of generalized violence between the Lendu and Hema communities has led to massive new displacements in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thus, in June, 8,650 Congolese refugees fled to Uganda, nearly doubling the number of daily crossings as compared to May 2019. Together with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and humanitarian agencies, UNHCR is scaling up the transit and reception facilities to receive and accommodate new arrivals.

  • In Angola, data collected following a return intention survey in Lóvua settlement mentioned that 85 per cent of the 7,740 adult Congolese refugees who were interviewed expressed willingness to return to DRC.

  • As of 30 June, UNHCR relocated 1,156 Congolese asylum seekers to Bouemba site in the Plateaux Department, in the Republic of the Congo following violence which broke out in December 2018 in Yumbi, DRC.