The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has donated a Land Cruiser vehicle to the Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs, to be used by the Zambia Police Service to support the refugee operations at Mantapala Settlement in Nchelenge’s Luapula Province of Zambia.
UNHCR Kawambwa Head of Field Office, Hashim Sharief, handed over the donated vehicle in Nchelenge District to the Refugee Officer for Mantapala Settlement, Mr. Terry Chisha, who received the vehicle on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
The UNHCR Head of Field Office, when handing over the vehicle on behalf of UNHCR, said Mantapala Settlement is steadily expanding and the Commissioner for Refugees requires continued support to deal with emerging challenges including security.
Mr. Hashim said that his organization will continue to collaborate with the Commissioner for Refugees to render protection services to refugees and the host community.
Mr. Chisha thanked UNHCR for the donation and reaffirmed the commitment of the Commissioner for Refugees to enhance multilateral partnership with the UN Refugee agency to ensure security and safety for refugees and that of the host community. He said Police mobility was paramount in the delivery of quality service to refugees adding that the donation will greatly support the operations in the settlement.
Mantapala hosts over 14,000 refugees from the DR Congo and are living side by side with about 5,000 Zambian host community.