Congolese Refugees accuse UN Agencies of neglect

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 2,585 DR Congo refugees recently repatriated from Sudan and Angola tabled their suffering before a UN official who visited their Sicotra camp east of Kinshasa Friday.
Their spokesman complained to Olara Otunnu, Special representative of the UN Secretary-General that some UN agencies were taking advantage of the refugees' misery, alleging that donations requested on behalf of the displaced people never got to them.
He denounced the lifestyle of officials of some humanitarian agencies, whom he accused of driving in flashy cars and enjoying standards that were in sharp contrast to those of the people they were supposed to help.
"We are tired of welcoming UN officials on publicity tours," the spokesman said, and warned journalists accompanying the UN official to refrain from taking pictures of the camp.
Otunnu told local UN officials that accompanied him on the visit, that the refugees' reaction was legitimate and that their concerns must be addressed.

04 june 2001 14:56:00

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