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USA Commits Itself To Supporting Refugees In Malawi

The United States of America (USA) ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson (in the picture) says protecting and supporting refugees from conflict and oppressed zones is a moral responsibility for all nations.
The ambassador said this when she visited Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa. The US envoy said her government recognizes the plight of thousands of refugees that are in Malawi and applauded both the government and other development parterres that are providing assistance for the refugees in suffering.
Her visit to the Refugee Camp in Dowa follows her government’s contribution of US$500,000 (approximately K182 million) from the US Government to the World Food Program (WFP) to purchase urgently needed food stuffs targeting more than 18,000refugees.
According to Miss Jackson, it is a responsibility that the United States to support partners such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Program and private organizations in the work they do to ease the suffering and providing basic protections to refugees in the country.
She pointed out that refugees have very limited access to arable land and employment making them heavily dependent on food and material assistance provided by WFP, UNHCR and other NGOs., hence the assistance from the USA government.
During the visit, Ambassador Jackson met refugees who have lived in the camp for more than 10 years and others who arrived in the camp recently after fleeing from other countries.
The over 18,000 refugees that are in Malawi are part of the current 45.1 million total number of refugees in world and most of them have escaped from political instability in their countries.
Dzaleka Refugee Camp accommodates refugees predominantly from Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa


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