China makes $2 million donation to refugee camp in Zimbabwe
CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe -- A batch of relief items was handed over to Zimbabwe's Tongogara Camp in Chipinge, Manicaland Province, on Tuesday, as part of a $2 million denotation from China.
The funding was used to buy foodstuff for new arrivals and being given to the refugees in the form of cash.
The World Food Program (WFP), in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other aid organizations, is managing the distribution of the food items and cash transfers.
The WFP now gives $13 per month per person to more than 12,000 refugees in the camp.
According to the UNHCR, Zimbabwe received 1,382 asylum seekers at the Tongogara Refugee Camp in the first 10 months of this year.
The camp's refugee population has been rising rapidly, from 5,000 in 2015 to the current 20,410, due to escalating conflicts in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Receiving the donation, camp administrator Johann Mhlanga thanked the Chinese government for the assistance.
He said the Chinese assistance will help to empower and transform the lives of the refugees.
"Through funding from the People's Republic of China and contributions from other donors, the cash-based intervention has greatly transformed the lives of refugees and the host communities," Mhlanga said.
He said the cash given to the refugees had created downstream benefits with some recipients starting micro enterprises.
Economic and commercial counsellor of Chinese Embassy Chen Ning reiterated China's commitment to continued assistance to the refugee camp to improve the lives of the inhabitants.
"We are fully aware that long-term stability, security, development and invigoration for Africa is not only the longing of the African people; it is also the responsibility of the international community. China stands ready to work with international partners including WFP, UNHCR to support African states including Zimbabwe in economic development and social security.
"The Chinese government has worked with UNHCR and WFP on the relief program of Tongogara Refugee Camp in the form of donating both in-kind and in-cash items," Chen said.
He thanked Zimbabwe's central and local governments supporting and facilitating the implementation of the program.
"Together we have made the camp a second home for the refugees," Chen said, adding that China is ready to bring Chinese medical experts and agricultural experts in Harare to the camp to offer services to the refugees.