News

September 20, 2019

Namibia mobilises funds for repatriated refugees

Namibia mobilises funds for repatriated refugees

Women and children fleeing from Boko Haram attacks sit at Kabalewa Refugees Camp, Diffa in Niger Republic, on March 13, 2015. Governor of northeastern Nigerian Borno State Kashim Shettima recently visited refugee camps where Nigerians fleeing from Boko Haram Islamists attacks are sheltered in Diffa province of Niger Republic. More than 13,000 people have been killed and some 1.5 million made homeless in the Boko Haram conflict since 2009, while recent cross-border attacks from Boko Haram bases in Nigeria on neighbouring countries have increased security fears. AFP PHOTO

Namibia is mobilising financial resources to reintegrate 3,000 of its citizens, who were last week repatriated by neighbouring Botswana, a senior government official said Friday.

File: Refugees

Botswana took the decision to repatriate the Namibians after offering them many chances to voluntarily return home in previous years without any success.

Commissioner of Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Likius Valombola, said the Namibian Government was ready to accommodate their citizens, who returned from a self-imposed exile.

Buhari showers encomium on former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo(Opens in a new browser tab)

“The government has raised funds to accommodate them and they are part of us, although some of them were born in Botswana,’’ he said.

The returning refugees fled Namibia between 1998 and 1999 after attempts by a group of insurgents to secede the Caprivi region in the northeast part of the country, now known as Zambezi region.

The insurgencies caused unrest forcing many to flee to Botswana in search of refuge.

The Namibian government used its military and special forces to squash the revolt.(NAN)

Vanguard