Mozambican refugee families start return from Malawi

World Refugee Day

The voluntary repatriation of more than 1,600 Mozambican refugee families in Malawi, who fled there due to tropical storm Ana in January, started Friday, authorities said.

All logistical conditions have been created for the return of the refugees and the process will take no more than a week, Cesar Tembe, a divisional director at the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction, told reporters in Morrumbala, a Mozambican district near the border with southern Malawi.

“We already have four buses and two trucks in Malawi, four vessels that are still in Mozambique and will cross the border to implement the repatriation process,” he said.

Those repatriated will be resettled in safe areas in central Mozambique, and receive foodstuff and support to restart their lives, Tembe said.

“They will also receive agricultural kits, seeds, and material for building their shelters,” he said.

Ana, the first named storm of the 2021-2022 cyclone season of the southwest Indian Ocean, made landfall in Mozambique in late January, killing dozens of people and damaging infrastructure in Mozambique and neighboring countries. Enditem

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