Nearly 30,000 Angolans recently expelled from the Congo (DRC), who are now seeking refuge in overcrowded camps in northern Angola, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, the UNHCR said. According to an inter-agency assessment over the weekend, in which the UNHCR took part, the Angolans are sheltering in three congested reception centers in Cuimba and Mama Rosa, near Angola's border with the DRC. Shelter, food, medicine and sanitation facilitation are among the most pressing needs, according to UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic. "The supply of clean water is insufficient," he said. "Some of the expelled drink from the nearby contaminated rivers." Diarrhea and vomiting have been reported among those living in camps, where many are sleeping in the open air. (UN News Service)

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