Mozambique applauds Malawi for hosting of refugees

2016-04-26 11:59
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GALLERY: Mozambican refugees face humanitarian crisis in Malawi

Rising tensions and violence in Mozambique has caused hundreds of people to flee to Malawi, mounting concerns over a continued humanitarian crisis due to overcrowded camps.

Lilongwe - The Mozambican government has applauded Malawi over its willingness to host refugees fleeing violence in their home country, Malawi24 has reported.

While making his address during a tripartite meeting at the Kamuzu Palace, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that Malawi had played a big role in helping Mozambican citizens.

Nyusi revealed that his country was trying to convince its citizens to return home, despite reports of rampant violence across the state.

A recent report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) indicated that approximately 10 000 Mozambican asylum seekers were currently residing in Malawi.

According to Karin De Gruilj, UNHCR spoeksperson, the influx had been caused by continued conflict between Frelimo government forces and the Mozambican opposition, Renamo.

She said many homes had been destroyed, while scores of civilians had been killed as a result of the conflict, causing the remaining citizens to flee.

The UNHCR had reportedly been transferring Mozambican refugees from the Nsanje District to the Luwani Camp in Mwanza due to overcrowding and lack of resources.

Read more on:    filipe nyusi  |  mozambique  |  malawi  |  southern africa  |  refugees

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