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