UNHCR orders Malawi to grant asylum to Mozambican refugees

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The United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has ordered Malawi government to grant asylum to Mozambican refugees.

The agency made the call in a statement released on Thursday following pressure from Malawi and Mozambique for the refugees to return to their home country.

Over 5,800 refugees have settled in Kapise village, Mwanza district, some 100 kilometres south of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe after fleeing violence and tension caused by clashes between Mozambican government forces and elements of the opposition.

According to UNHCR, the number of refugees coming to Malawi is increasing and more than 6,000 have arrived in the country since mid-December. The new arrivals have settled at Kapise camp while others are scattered throughout the neighbouring district of Chikwawa.

UN staff brief new arrivals

UN staff brief new arrivals

The agency says it has expressed concern directly to Malawi government that the right to seek asylum and the principle of voluntary repatriation, as enshrined in the 1951 UN and 1969 Organization of African Union (OAU) conventions on refugees should not be compromised.

Malawi has also been reminded of its international obligations toward refugees and asylum seekers and the principles of voluntary return.

“UNHCR calls upon all parties to respect the humanitarian nature of the influx of Mozambicans into Malawi,” the refugee agency said in its press release.

According to UNHCR, government has decided that the new arrivals should remain in Kapise in the hope that fighting will cease soon and they can return to Mozambique. Malawi has also allocated additional land to accommodate new arrivals.

But Kapise village, which initially had 150 families, is now crowded and UNHCR is working on plans to decongest the settlement, with more land required to accommodate the growing number of new arrivals.

“We have appealed to the government to identify a new site further away from the border and with adequate land to enable the decongestion of Kapise,” the UNHCR statement said.

UNHCR and its partners are helping the Malawi government to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to the Mozambicans. After boosting its registration capacity, UNHCR has registered all of the new arrivals in Kapise, with the figure currently standing at 6,013, mostly women and children.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food rations sufficient for two months to all of the families in Kapise. WFP have also given the families plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins and hygiene items.

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  1. this NGOs now iz just like political that’s y we will continues being poor in Malawi we r telling u that don’t take us as abnormal people or taking us as rubbish don’t think that we r happy with what u r doing stupid

  2. this NGOs now iz just like political that’s y we will continues being poor in Malawi we r telling u that don’t take us as abnormal people or taking us as rubbish don’t think that we r happy with what u r doing stupid

  3. This NGO is rubbish ,what do u take Malawi for? bcoz Malawi is poor thus y u r telling us what to do in our own land like we foreigners ,just leave us alone fuck u,when malawi is complaining u keep quite now u telling what to do about foreigners ,this is just rubbish

  4. This NGO is rubbish ,what do u take Malawi for? bcoz Malawi is poor thus y u r telling us what to do in our own land like we foreigners ,just leave us alone fuck u,when malawi is complaining u keep quite now u telling what to do about foreigners ,this is just rubbish

  5. This NGO is rubbish ,what do u take Malawi for? bcoz Malawi is poor thus y u r telling us what to do in our own land like we foreigners ,just leave us alone fuck u,when malawi is complaining u keep quite now u telling what to do about foreigners ,this is just rubbish

  6. Wapolisi wa mozambique wanakhaza chomene wakutchaya natundodo twawo mbula na chifukwa yayi so ,why are u more concerned than those moza partyleaders zambia is better than these portuguese.UNCHR yipenge ma orders mozambique kuti yileke nkhondo or else pawe ma sanctions, MALAWI is not a puppet

  7. yes the main thing is to chase all refugees to their country becouse thy take them selves like clever people thats final isue

  8. Hunger is not war please Malawi lets help them even though we don’t have enough to support but surely we are peaceful people in a peace country,and we are struggling to find food or money but with no war,us they are,emagine to run away from war with no food,please tisawasale tikhale nawo muno kuti mtendele awone kumbali ya zankhondozi but kuchakudya hope they know kuti we also struggling,langizo kwa amalawi don’t take advantage to marry them otherwise azakuthawani nkhondo ikazatha kwawo

  9. Hunger is not war please Malawi lets help them even though we don’t have enough to support but surely we are peaceful people in a peace country,and we are struggling to find food or money but with no war,us they are,emagine to run away from war with no food,please tisawasale tikhale nawo muno kuti mtendele awone kumbali ya zankhondozi but kuchakudya hope they know kuti we also struggling,langizo kwa amalawi don’t take advantage to marry them otherwise azakuthawani nkhondo ikazatha kwawo

  10. Hunger is not war please Malawi lets help them even though we don’t have enough to support but surely we are peaceful people in a peace country,and we are struggling to find food or money but with no war,us they are,emagine to run away from war with no food,please tisawasale tikhale nawo muno kuti mtendele awone kumbali ya zankhondozi but kuchakudya hope they know kuti we also struggling,langizo kwa amalawi don’t take advantage to marry them otherwise azakuthawani nkhondo ikazatha kwawo

  11. Hunger is not war please Malawi lets help them even though we don’t have enough to support but surely we are peaceful people in a peace country,and we are struggling to find food or money but with no war,us they are,emagine to run away from war with no food,please tisawasale tikhale nawo muno kuti mtendele awone kumbali ya zankhondozi but kuchakudya hope they know kuti we also struggling,langizo kwa amalawi don’t take advantage to marry them otherwise azakuthawani nkhondo ikazatha kwawo

  12. Not again! Anthu a nkhanza ngati amenewa tikapita ngakhsle kungodutsa kokha m’dziko mwawo timapangidwa nkhanza ngati kuti sitinawasungeko. Pliz akayese kupempha Ku South Africa ife tatopa nawo anthu okonda kusanduka afisi komanso ali ndi mankhwala amalanda mabanja eni dziko. Anthu okhwima…ndakana!

  13. Futi zinalowa kale zambiri mdziko lathu muno…. anthu akungophana. Ofufuza anapeza kut zambiri zinachokera/zikuchokera ku Mozambique, ndiye kuwalora azizakhala kuno ndikuona ngat uchigawenga ndiumbana upita patsogolo. Ambiri azilowa ndi bodza kut akuvutika kwawoko chonsecho akubweretsa futi… Amodzi mwa akuba oopsa ku South Africa ndiochokera ku Mozambique konko… mmene amatizunzira tikamadutsa kwao, mmmmm, ai ai ai… umunthu ngochepa. chifundo chimaphetsa musaiwale inu akumipando… Mudzamvaso Gebuza akut tikusunga Adani adziko lake ndekuti mwayiso wa Shire Zambesi Water way udzathera pompo. Akumipando Onanipo bwino pamenepa. ine ndikuti. Asiyeni asove konko.

  14. Futi zinalowa kale zambiri mdziko lathu muno…. anthu akungophana. Ofufuza anapeza kut zambiri zinachokera/zikuchokera ku Mozambique, ndiye kuwalora azizakhala kuno ndikuona ngat uchigawenga ndiumbana upita patsogolo. Ambiri azilowa ndi bodza kut akuvutika kwawoko chonsecho akubweretsa futi… Amodzi mwa akuba oopsa ku South Africa ndiochokera ku Mozambique konko… mmene amatizunzira tikamadutsa kwao, mmmmm, ai ai ai… umunthu ngochepa. chifundo chimaphetsa musaiwale inu akumipando… Mudzamvaso Gebuza akut tikusunga Adani adziko lake ndekuti mwayiso wa Shire Zambesi Water way udzathera pompo. Akumipando Onanipo bwino pamenepa. ine ndikuti. Asiyeni asove konko.

  15. These Mozambiquans they treat us badly when crossing their country even they force us to pay mmmmm any way sho them dat we are Gods fearing country

  16. That’s a complete bullshit, send those idiots back to their country. They always give us shit when we pass through their country to RSA. With a very big NO don’t give them asylums. Do u want to turn Malawi home of these Criminals? Pliz don’t do that, UNHCR have nothing to do with this. Decision is ours.

  17. Do you know how much will Malawi benefit from this? Some of you may happen to find jobs at un camps. For your information Un pay for everything.#azanu amangirapo nyumba pa project imeneyi……

  18. So Malawi recieves orders and complies with its tail curled berween legs like a dog! Me i like recalling events. Who mocked JB for saying “azungu akuti……”? So gays imf regugees etc are not “azungu akuti”?

  19. So Malawi recieves orders and complies with its tail curled berween legs like a dog! Me i like recalling events. Who mocked JB for saying “azungu akuti……”? So gays imf regugees etc are not “azungu akuti”?

  20. Unless if you tell me that you saw one or two in the group of people from Mozambiquebowie who have come to seek for refuge working as a policeman at the border, but they are just as poor civilians as they are. We have to take the situation as ours. We are neighboring we sometimes share blood. Next time it be us who knows?

  21. Unless if you tell me that you saw one or two in the group of people from Mozambiquebowie who have come to seek for refuge working as a policeman at the border, but they are just as poor civilians as they are. We have to take the situation as ours. We are neighboring we sometimes share blood. Next time it be us who knows?

  22. A Mozambique ndi anthu ankhanza. U can c the way they r treating each other. War all the time zoti anthu ambirimbiri adafa ndi nkhondo sizikuwakhudza. Kwachuluka umbuli, nkhanza ndi kusapemphera. We should receive them on humanitarian point of view as we r all Africans. We need 2 save life that would carelessliy b lost. Komabe anthu awa ngosathandizika.

  23. A Mozambique ndi anthu ankhanza. U can c the way they r treating each other. War all the time zoti anthu ambirimbiri adafa ndi nkhondo sizikuwakhudza. Kwachuluka umbuli, nkhanza ndi kusapemphera. We should receive them on humanitarian point of view as we r all Africans. We need 2 save life that would carelessliy b lost. Komabe anthu awa ngosathandizika.

  24. Its true moz police nkhanza too much but remember its their police not ordinary citizens, let them akhale nawo no matter what we r neighbors and we need each other.

  25. Its true moz police nkhanza too much but remember its their police not ordinary citizens, let them akhale nawo no matter what we r neighbors and we need each other.

  26. Anatigwira 7:30pm akut nthaw yatha kwada kutikolopesa toilet usiku zikolopa za manja kumat Malawi ndinu aRenamo tagona kupolice ife pasport kuwaonetsa akt nader inu bandito lowan mushikwadar musell zandiwawa coma athandizidwe Malawi dziko lopusa

  27. Anatigwira 7:30pm akut nthaw yatha kwada kutikolopesa toilet usiku zikolopa za manja kumat Malawi ndinu aRenamo tagona kupolice ife pasport kuwaonetsa akt nader inu bandito lowan mushikwadar musell zandiwawa coma athandizidwe Malawi dziko lopusa

  28. Let them stay for thier safety.They escaped to malawi knowing that, malawi is a peaceful country and malawians are peaceful people,Provide them with asylums and accomodation.

  29. Let them stay for thier safety.They escaped to malawi knowing that, malawi is a peaceful country and malawians are peaceful people,Provide them with asylums and accomodation.

  30. Opusa anayimba ng,oma ochenjera nkumavina.nthawi zonse anthu amati amalwi ndiatulo ayi situlo koma ndimmene tinaleredwa mwaumunthu,sopano lero akamati order malwi to giv dem asylum thus rubish idea send dem back and face dea braveness.

  31. Opusa anayimba ng,oma ochenjera nkumavina.nthawi zonse anthu amati amalwi ndiatulo ayi situlo koma ndimmene tinaleredwa mwaumunthu,sopano lero akamati order malwi to giv dem asylum thus rubish idea send dem back and face dea braveness.

  32. if u have ever travelled through Mozambique u can tell what kind of police they have…that today akufuna refuge nziko lathu mmmmmh zodabwisa.

  33. if u have ever travelled through Mozambique u can tell what kind of police they have…that today akufuna refuge nziko lathu mmmmmh zodabwisa.

  34. Did you say “UNHCR orders”??,,
    Who are they to give Malawi orders???
    Go to hell with your orders!!!!
    If it were Zambians I could even provide my farms,plots en everything just to accommodate them,,Mocambicans are too rude

  35. Did you say “UNHCR orders”??,,
    Who are they to give Malawi orders???
    Go to hell with your orders!!!!
    If it were Zambians I could even provide my farms,plots en everything just to accommodate them,,Mocambicans are too rude

  36. Yes let’s pray for our government to do so komano nawonso (Mozambicans) asiye kutichitira nkhanza maka tikamadutsa mdziko mwawo to RSA. Amatichita nkhanza anthu amenewa ngati si ma neibours awo. Timadutsa mwa ufulu mu Zimbabwe chonsecho si ma nebours athu.

  37. Yes let’s pray for our government to do so komano nawonso (Mozambicans) asiye kutichitira nkhanza maka tikamadutsa mdziko mwawo to RSA. Amatichita nkhanza anthu amenewa ngati si ma neibours awo. Timadutsa mwa ufulu mu Zimbabwe chonsecho si ma nebours athu.

  38. Anthu yawa amayiwala mwachangu! Chilkondi alibe wawo ndimwano basi mukamadutsa boader yawo upita dziko lina eish guys anthu awa libeso chifundo alekeni avutike Ndipo azipita adzolowera nkhanza basi!

  39. Anthu yawa amayiwala mwachangu! Chilkondi alibe wawo ndimwano basi mukamadutsa boader yawo upita dziko lina eish guys anthu awa libeso chifundo alekeni avutike Ndipo azipita adzolowera nkhanza basi!

  40. These mozambicans hav got no manners, thats wy they wil b fighting til jesus comes. These pple were born cruel unlike our neighbours Zambia and Tanzania. Even if u pass in their country, u could even feel that u r in a wrong place. W r tired of these neighbours, they dont even understand English, so hw gonna we interact with them. I suggest that they must go to Angola to their fellow Poturgal colony.

  41. These mozambicans hav got no manners, thats wy they wil b fighting til jesus comes. These pple were born cruel unlike our neighbours Zambia and Tanzania. Even if u pass in their country, u could even feel that u r in a wrong place. W r tired of these neighbours, they dont even understand English, so hw gonna we interact with them. I suggest that they must go to Angola to their fellow Poturgal colony.

  42. Oder International donors as well to come in and assist in unstable economy.Otherwise,we can’t manage to accommodate them within these limited resources.

  43. Oder International donors as well to come in and assist in unstable economy.Otherwise,we can’t manage to accommodate them within these limited resources.

  44. My warm heart of Africa, my peaceful country in the World, lets acommadate our African brothers and sister’s from our neighbouring countries, i.e Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Yes we are poor but God will provide. Again, despite mistreatment we encounter when passing thru their country (mainly when passing mozambique) , it is not for us to revenge. Lets show them that we are a caring pipo. And in addition to that, we Malawians are very safe and free in other African countries. They need our help so lets help them. Hope our government will do the best to help by giving them assylum papers.

  45. My warm heart of Africa, my peaceful country in the World, lets acommadate our African brothers and sister’s from our neighbouring countries, i.e Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Yes we are poor but God will provide. Again, despite mistreatment we encounter when passing thru their country (mainly when passing mozambique) , it is not for us to revenge. Lets show them that we are a caring pipo. And in addition to that, we Malawians are very safe and free in other African countries. They need our help so lets help them. Hope our government will do the best to help by giving them assylum papers.

  46. Amazunza akakhala kwao. kumati amalawi ndife opusa nde opusa uja wakoma lero? Apite tz, tisonkha transport chabwino. Ndalama tinathera ku doko la nsanje limene anatikaniza kugwiritsa ntchito Mpaka lero.

  47. Amazunza akakhala kwao. kumati amalawi ndife opusa nde opusa uja wakoma lero? Apite tz, tisonkha transport chabwino. Ndalama tinathera ku doko la nsanje limene anatikaniza kugwiritsa ntchito Mpaka lero.

  48. They must return to Mozambique we ar tired of them. for how long shall we keep them.from the 70s up to the 90s.2015 to […..]Even their country iz not granting us the freedom to use the shire zambezi waterway.Tisawanyengere abwerere basi tatopa!

  49. They must return to Mozambique we ar tired of them. for how long shall we keep them.from the 70s up to the 90s.2015 to […..]Even their country iz not granting us the freedom to use the shire zambezi waterway.Tisawanyengere abwerere basi tatopa!

  50. Order? Plz rebuff this Order & send these Mozambiquans bak 2 their country, they r so rude when u travel 2 their Country. They can’t give us access to use their Zambezi River 4 our Shire-Zambezi water way project to become operational, yet their Train passes thru Malawi 2 transport their Coal. Plz kick them out!

  51. Order? Plz rebuff this Order & send these Mozambiquans bak 2 their country, they r so rude when u travel 2 their Country. They can’t give us access to use their Zambezi River 4 our Shire-Zambezi water way project to become operational, yet their Train passes thru Malawi 2 transport their Coal. Plz kick them out!

  52. Apite kwao amenewo,ife kuno nafe zinthu zafika pothina moti tufunanso kothawira and amachita matama kwao amenewo,kudzuza anthu maka apolisi awo.

  53. Apite kwao amenewo,ife kuno nafe zinthu zafika pothina moti tufunanso kothawira and amachita matama kwao amenewo,kudzuza anthu maka apolisi awo.