Care Malawi has stepped up efforts in ensuring that desperate Mozambicans seeking asylum in Nsanje District are moved to a better camp and properly supported with food and other basic provisions.
The number of fleeing Mozambicans is growing everyday and on Friday, Care Malawi became the first humanitarian organisation to fully respond to their basic needs.
Care Malawi distributed assorted relief items to more than 95 families and individual Mozambicans who were being accommodated at Dinde Primary School near Nsanje District headquarters.
Care Malawi country director Michael Rewald, speaking after distributing the items, said they were talking to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to move the people to a central camp in Mwanza.
He said: “Our expectation is that these people should have the basic provisions to live decent lives for the coming months they will be here. If they stay longer we will look at providing long-term support, if we find resources, but we are talking to UNHCR to see if they can be moved to a central camp in Mwanza.”
Nsanje acting district commissioner (DC) Redgson Mkolombwe said the council was under pressure to contain the Mozambicans since registering the first arrivals on March 24 2016.
The assorted items distributed by Care Malawi included maize flour, beans, cooking oil, blankets, Likuni Phala, mosquito nets, pots, spoons, buckets, cups, mats, under wears, pads for women and tablets of soap worth over K3.5 million.
Yesterday, Nsanje District Council transferred all the Mozambicans from the school to a new camp, Mota Engil site, to pave the way to pupils as schools open today.