Nsanje district council relocates refugees
Nsanje District Council has relocated 95 Mozambican asylum seekers, who have been staying at Dinde Primary School for two week, to a Mota Engil Camp, about 1.5 Kilometres from Nsanje Boma.
The decision, according to the district council’s Director of Administration Regison Nkolombwe aims at creating room for the pupils who are opening a new term Monday.
“Plans are there to move the refugees to the new place although there are concerns on issues of water and toilets but we engaged other stakeholders who gave an assurance that water will be reconnected at the camp which was initially accommodating flood survivors, toilets will also be provided so that by Monday [today] the school is free,” Nkolombwe said.
According to a joint assessment mission report on asylum seekers from Mozambique conducted on April 1, 2016 by stakeholders has been recording the influx of Mozambicans from neighbouring districts and provinces of that country.
The report indicates that the first group of the asylum seekers arrived in the district on March 24 2016. “Among the group are 16 families, 17 under 5 children, 38 children of ages between 6 to 17, 26 adults of ages between 18 to 49 and 6 elderly people of ages between 50 to 70.
The report has also identified a number of issues affecting the mozambicans like lack of food, shelter and non food items, water, education for the children, poor health services delivery as there is no mobile clinic at the site mozambicans are living.
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