Matarane Refugee Camp Visit- Nampula September 2015

Migration and Human Trafficking Conference- Pretoria September 2015
November 14, 2016
Catholic Women Organization in the IMBISA region Standing Committee Meeting-Lesotho February 2016
November 14, 2016

Matarane Refugee Camp Visit- Nampula September 2015

Matarane Refugee Camp Visit

IMBISA visited the camp on a fact finding mission with regards to Human Rights issues of refugees and migrants in particular  shelter, health, education, food, documentation, water and sanitation, discrimination, violence and conflict among other issues. The visit process included

  • Meetings with refugee camp authorities including government, nongovernmental organizations, local camp leaders and Catholic Church leadership
  • Interviews with refugees
  • Naturalistic observation and tour of the camp

The visit was in tandem with the regional Migration and Human Trafficking conference objectives which were:

  • To educate and inform dioceses about human rights approach and principles to migration and human trafficking so as to promote their observance
  • To cultivate a culture of respect for human rights
  • To share experiences and come up with ways and strategies of strengthening the Catholic Church’s voice and interventions in migration and human trafficking issues

The refugee camp is home to 12 000 inmates who are mainly from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda though there are a few of those from other countries like Zimbabwe. There are also 12 000 Mozambicans who live around the camp who also live a life similar to those of refugees. From the meeting that IMBISA had with the various department heads it was evident that these departments are necessary but the overall challenge in all the departments is lack of funding as well as lack of skills and experience by those employed in the various departments who reiterated that a lot of capacity building and training should be done to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. Refugees and migrants complained about lack of social amenities like schools, clinics, poor water and sanitation facilities, lack of food and discrimination and abuse by natives as well as long delays in processing of documents for asylum seekers by the government.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *