At least 300 Mozambican refugees in Malawi refuse to move camps

2016-07-12 13:23
Refugee camp. (Albert Gonzalez Farran, AP, Unamid)

Refugee camp. (Albert Gonzalez Farran, AP, Unamid)

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Lilongwe - More than 300 Mozambican refugees in Malawi have refused to be relocated from Kayisi to another refugee camp in Mwaza district, Nyasa Times reports. 

The development had left local government and United Nations officials helpless as they tried to convince the refugees to move to the new location. 

The officials said the Luwani refuge camp had better facilities, including a clinic and a school. 

"This is a puzzle to us because where they are there are no facilities, because it is not a refugee camp, but a village," UN Commissioner for Refugees Monique Koko was quoted as saying. 

Mozambican refugees have been increasingly fleeing to Malawi following an escalation in violence between the Frelimo government and Renamo rebels.

According to a previous News24 report, political analysts based in Malawi had suggested the formation of a unity government as the easiest strategy to end the conflict in Mozambique.

The analysts believed that by appointing Renamo rebel leader Alfonso Dhlakama as a second vice president in a unity government "the conflict will immediately end".

Read more on:    un  |  unicef  |  alfonso dhlakama  |  mozambique  |  malawi  |  southeast africa  |  refugees

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