400 Rwanda genocide families still at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi


He said the development was normal because whatever development is happening in the refugees’ respective countries is closely monitored and that each individual or family is assessed before resettlement in their particular countries.

“Refugees are assessed accordingly and if there is evidence that there are still problems in their countries they remain in the camp,” said Nyasulu.

The camp Administrator said there were a total of 20,000 refugees and asylum seekers currently in the camp from 5 African countries namely, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Congo and Ethiopia.

Nyasulu further disclosed that the UNHCR sends 800 refugees back to their respective countries or elsewhere every year for resettlement.

Speaking at the same function, the Project coordinator for Plan Malawi, Tiwonge Kamfose commended government, UNHCR and all cooperation partners’ contribution towards refugees’ welfare at the camp.

She said refugees are now conversant in various issues of human rights, child protection and sexual gender based violence.

“After some sensitization by Plan people are now comfortable to report any human rights violation to the Police which they did not do before, they are also sensitized about the Malawian culture,” said Kamfose.

Plan Malawi’s main focus is on 3 thematic areas including; child protection, human right and sexual gender based violence at the camp.

There are currently 6 cooperating partners including; Plan Malawi, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Program (WFP) and Participatory Rural Development Organisation (PRDO) and Home Affairs at the camp.

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