Over 15,000 DR Congolese refugees have fled their country following violent conflicts between Government soldiers and rebel groups. The refugees are currently hosted at the newly opened Kenani transit centre and the Mantapala refugee settlement in Nchelenge district, North of Zambia. The refugees are facing unique protection risks as a result of insecure shelter provisions, broken community structures, insufficient food, water and sanitation. Children and women are most vulnerable, with an increased risk of suffering from malnutrition and water-borne diseases.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is leading the timely provision of international protection and life-saving assistance to DR Congolese refugees in Nchelenge, with remarkable support from UN Volunteers.
Fortunatus Kambaragwe and Dr. Jonathan Calbayan are both international UN Volunteers based in Nchelenge, Northern Zambia, working as Associate Programme Officer and Public Health Coordinator respectively.
Kambaragwe is responsible for assessing the situation of refugees, developing and monitoring protection and assistance projects implemented through the UN and NGO partners. He also ensures that the projects implemented comply with UNHCR Protection policies.
Kambaragwe inspects Core Relief Items in the Warehouse for distribution to refugees at Kenani transit centre in Nchelenge. Photo by UNHCR/Bruce Mulenga