The Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement in Kaoma district in Western Province is facing serious financial challenges as it has suffered donor fatigue.
Head of Kaoma United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Field Unit, Richard Kakoza, says the refugee resettlement is no longer attracting donor funding as it has now become difficult to convince donors to fund it.
Mr. Kakoza noted in Kaoma today that Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement was set up in 1966 for Angolan refugees that were then running away from the liberation wars in that country.
He explained that since then, the settlement has undergone a lot of transformation and gobbled huge sums of money in the process as donors were still willing to fund the cause in the settlement.
He said in the early 1990s, more refugees arrived mainly from Rwanda, and in 2017, many refugees arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following upheavals in north and south Kivu areas in that country.
Mr. Kakoza revealed that the Angolan and Rwandese refugees have long ceased to be refugees and are still persons of concern (POCs) who still need support.
He explained that the UNHCR Field Office in Kaoma is now planning to lobby for more funds in order to continue supporting and sustaining important activities which can improve the welfare of POCs in Mayukwayukwa.