Mavima to tour Tongogara Refugee Camp

Professor Paul Mavima

Ellen Mlambo

Chipinge Times Editor

CHIPINGE- The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima will tour projects at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge on Thursday.

The purpose of the tour is to appreciate the status of refugee protection.

Camp Administrator Johanne Mhlanga confirmed the visit in an interview with Chipinge Times/Mirror.

The Minister will be accompanied by the Commissioner of Refugees Totamirepi Tirivavi and UNHCR Country representative in Zimbabwe, Abdoulaye Barry.

Tongogara which is the only refugee camp in the country has 14 542 refugees; 75% of those are from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 11% from Mozambique, 6% from Burundi and 4% from Rwanda.

The remainder is from Somali, Eritria, Ethiopian, Mali, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Central Africa Republic and some of the refugees have been around for more than 20 years.

Human, wildlife conflict has been a major problem for people living in the camp with stray elephants from Save Conservancy causing havoc.

The camp is funded and supported by the Government in partnership with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The African Development Bank (ADB) also funds the projects.

The projects are agro-based, water reticulation, health and education.

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