Refugees and asylum seekers living at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa have expressed worry over deteriorating living conditions at the camp.
Malawi yesterday joined the international community in commemorating this year’s World Refugee Day to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who were forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
The commemoration, which was presided over by Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati, took place at Dzaleka. A similar event took place at Luwani Refugee Camp in Neno District.
Speaking at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, the refugees’ representative Muhammad Ali expressed concern over poor living standards at the camp.
“Irregular food provisions cause problems in most families. We ask you to consider this concern as it is a great basic needs,” he said.
In her remarks, Kaliati challenged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to resolve the highlighted challenges to ensure refugees are not denied their right to decent living
UNHCR country representative Monique Ekoko said her organisation is already working towards resolving the challenges.