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DRC: 8000 Congolese expelled from Angola in five months

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Expelled from the Brazzaville-Kinshasa to Maluku 19/05/2014.  Radio Okapi / Ph.  John Bompengo
Expelled from the Brazzaville-Kinshasa to Maluku 19/05/2014. Radio Okapi / Ph. John Bompengo

Eight 1128 DRC nationals were expelled from Angola Soyo and Cabinda provinces for the period 1 st  January to 30 May 2015. The Congolese National Police (PNC) of the Moanda said Saturday June 6 a report in this territory located approximately 200 kilometers west of Matadi, Kongo central. Local civil society for its part calls for awareness on the evils of illegal immigration.Among those expelled, there are 4,891 men, 1,846 women and 1,391 children. They come from Soyo and Cabinda, according to the report of the PNC service in the territory of Moanda.

It is based on handwritten reports that these men, women and children were registered upon arrival at the border posts of Yema and Yatch in Kongo Central Province.

Still according to this document, the migration of Angolan police accuse these people evicted illegally staying on their territory.

For its part, civil society denouncing this situation says seek funding to organize awareness campaigns for the population of border villages on the harmful effects of illegal immigration.

In recent years, humanitarian NGOs denounced the expulsions of Congolese from Angola, perpetrated by the Angolan security services sometimes violent.

The record number of deportations was reached in May 2013 when 52 231Congolese were expelled s in three weeks of Angola via the border crossing Kamonia, Kasai-Occidental.

“It’s better at home”

The vice minister in charge of foreign Congolese Antoine Boyamba, said that the Government conducts diplomatic actions with other countries to address the acts of violence that often accompany evictions of his countrymen.

“Whenever there arises that kind of problem, I call and according to diplomatic rules ambassadors who are accredited with us. I did it with that of South Africa and I just do it with that of the Congo – Brazzaville, to inform them of our concerns but also our outrage. This is what we first do diplomatically, “said Antoine Boyamba.

He said that the DRC will not send his army in countries where evictions are happening.

“Please do not expect that we can send the army in those countries. We call their ambassadors in Kinshasa to ask them why this kind of act against our compatriots, “said Antoine Boyamba.

The Deputy Minister of Congolese abroad, also urged the Congolese to stay home, because according to him, life is not always better elsewhere.

“Through the house of Congolese from abroad that we are currently installing, we will start a campaign to explain to our fellow citizens who want to leave the country. Here in one country, the problems you’ll meet and benefits if any. We will try to explain to our fellow women the danger they may encounter by going to some countries of the Middle East where they are turned into sex slave. So it is like home, “said Antoine Boyamba.

-Radio Okapi

 

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