The policy gathers global attention, but how is the situation on the ground?
“I’m old now. I’ve been living in a refugee settlement for decades as a refugee. Suddenly, I was told ‘you are no longer a refugee and there’s no support available’, but how can I live without any aid?”
In April 2017, AAR Japan was in the Meheba Local Integration Area visiting residents and hearing about their living conditions. Meheba Local Integration Area is a target region of the local integration policy by the Zambian government, which is aimed at helping the “former refugees” and local Zambians that cohabit there. The former refugees are people who escaped from Angola, where there was a long civil war from 1975 to 2002, or the Rwandan Genocide, to Zambia, and have lived in the country for several decades.
|Tomomi AWAMURA from AAR japan (showing her back) observing the Local Integration Area provided for the “former refugees”. They will have to cultivate the land of endless grass by their own hands. (Zambia Meheba, April 13th, 2017)|