Tuesday, 19 July 2011

THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT URGES THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES AND THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE INITIATIVES THAT WILL LEAD TO LASTING SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEES AT MEHEBA SETTLEMENT IN NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE

THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAS URGED THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES AND THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE INITIATIVES THAT WILL LEAD TO LASTING SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEES AT MEHEBA SETTLEMENT WHERE MORE THAN 18,000 REFUGEES ARE SETTLED.
SPEAKING WHEN HE  WITNESSED THE  DEPARTURE OF ANGOLAN REFUGEES UNDER THE VOLUNTARILY REPATRIATION EXERCISE , UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO ZAMBIA MARK STORELLA ENCOURAGED ALL ANGOLAN REFUGEES WILLING TO REPATRIATE TO COME FORWARD AND TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY WHILE ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE.
AMBASSADOR STORELLA COMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA FOR ITS HOSPITALITY TO REFUGEES OVER THE YEARS AND EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH THE VARIOUS PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY UNHCR AND OTHER PARTNERS IN THE SETTLEMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF REFUGEES.
THE U.S. AMBASSADOR, WHO IS ON A TOUR OF PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE, VISITED THE MEHEBA REFUGEE SETTLEMENT AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF THE ANGOLAN REFUGEES.
THE AMERICAN ENVOY OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THE OPENING OF A U.S. GOVERNMENT-FUNDED INTERNET CENTRE BENEFITING REFUGEES IN THE SETTLEMENT, ACCOMPANIED BY  SONOKO SUNAYAMA, THE HEAD OF THE UNHCR SOLWEZI OFFICE.
AND UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE TO ZAMBIA JOYCE MENDS-COLE HAS DESCRIBED THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR’S VISIT TO MEHEBA AS A CONTINUING INDICATION OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO  THE WELFARE OF REFUGEES.
MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF THE REFUGEES IN THE SETTLEMENT ARE FROM ANGOLA BUT THE SETTLEMENT HAS REFUGEES FROM BURUNDI, SUDAN, UGANDA, RWANDA, SOMALIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC).
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