A major relocation exercise of about 10,000 asylum seekers from neigbouring Mozambique, currently residing at Kapise Settlement Camp in Mwanza is scheduled to start Thursday. The Mozambicans will be moved to Luwani Refugee Camp in Neno District.
The exercise follows another relocation, to the same camp, of more than 800 Mozambican asylum-seekers from communities in Chikwawa District, about a week ago, who had illegally integrated with locals in the district.
In a statement, released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wednesday, the organisation thanked the Malawi government and its people for opening their doors to the asylum seekers in need of international protection.
“Malawi has demonstrated that it has a big and warm heart, by accepting Mozambican asylum seekers at a time that it is faced with tough economic times occasioned by a severe drought and floods in some parts of the country,” reads part of the statement.
Malawi already hosts some 25,000 refugees mostly from the Great Lakes region at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, some 35km from Lilongwe.
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