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U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2001 - Malawi

Publisher United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Publication Date 20 June 2001
Cite as United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2001 - Malawi , 20 June 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b31e16610.html [accessed 7 December 2016]
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Malawi hosted approximately 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers at the end of 2000. A large percentage of the refugees were from Congo-Kinshasa.

The number of refugees in Malawi nearly tripled during the year as an average of 150 refugees per month arrived from war-torn Congo-Kinshasa. Most of the refugees lived at a designated camp, Dzaleka, where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided rice, cooking oil, health services, and a primary school. About 40 refugee students attended local secondary schools. UNHCR attempted to ease the environmental impact of the refugee camp by distributing paraffin in place of wood for cooking.

UNHCR reported that funding shortfalls during the year produced staffing shortages that disrupted humanitarian services to the refugees.

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