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Government pledges to protect refugees

Story by Tamuka Charakupa

ZIMBABWE is set to participate in the Global Compact for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland next month as part of its international commitment to protecting the rights of refugees.

The Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge has become a shining example of the government’s commitment to protecting the rights of refugees after the construction of 15 three-bedroomed houses and a vending market.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country Representative, Mr Samuel Chawera is also impressed by the country’s policy of inclusivity.

“I have worked in several countries where there are refugees but I can safely point out Zimbabwe as ranking among those who offer the best protection services. The Government of Zimbabwe allocated at least 150 hectares of irrigated land to refugees and is implementing life-changing empowerment projects which are life skills which refugees can utilise even when they leave Zimbabwe,” said Mr Chawera.

Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare Minister, Honourable July Moyo, who toured the camp this Tuesday, reiterated the government’s commitment to protecting the rights of refugees while also urging them to abide by the laws of the country.

“As a government, we are committed towards refugees protection and improvement of their welfare. I have seen several self-sustainable projects being implemented in the camp and this speaks to what our president always preaches about leaving no one and no place behind. Next month we are going to Geneva to highlight our efforts in that regard. Refugees themselves also need to play their part by abiding by the laws of Zimbabwe,” said Moyo.

Tongogara Refugee Camp is home to over 15 968 refugees and asylum seekers.

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