The overall objective of the DREF operation is to ensure that the immediate Shelter, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Health needs of 1,400 households are met through the provision of essential emergency relief assistance Since December 2016, there have been sporadic reports of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), resulting in casualties and bringing over 60,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring countries
including Angola, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. As of 31st of July 2017, Zambia had hosted a total of 25,063
Congolese asylum seekers in major refugee’s sites (Meheba, Mayukwayukwa and Makeni). Of this number,
new arrivals in Zambia accounted for over 3,000 people over a period of six months in seven border cross
points (BCP). Most of the Congolese population is in the Meheba camp (North Western province). From
August and the first week of September, there has been a sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers
crossing into Zambia through Chienge, Kaputa, Nsumbu and Mpulungu.
Refugee settlements on the border of DRC and Zambia
The DREF Operation will last for three months and will support continued needs assessment as well as the
provision of Shelter and WASH related non-food items to the most vulnerable populations affected (1,400
households, 200 households per TC).