UN donates US$1 million for welfare of refugees in Namibia

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has given Namibia a US$1 million grant to help fund the welfare of more than 6,000 refugees from Angola, Rwanda and DR Congo who are still to be repatriated to their home countries.
In a statement, OCHA said that Namibia's refugee programme is heavily under-funded adding that beneficiaries are in urgent need of help.
The boost from OCHA comes hardly a week after the World Food Programme (WFP) country director for Namibia John Prout appealed for more than US$630,000 to help feed the refugees at Osire camp.
The money allocated to Namibia to cater for refugees is part of a US$85 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) meant for life-saving programmes in 15 countries.
Some of the beneficiary countries in Africa include Angola, Burundi, Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Somalia among others.
"The allocations to Namibia are to be used for chronically under- funded refugee programmes where beneficiaries need urgent assistance in the areas of health and nutrition, water and sanitation and protection," OCHA said.

09 february 2007 17:18:00




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