Publisher: APA, Agence de Presse Africaine
Story date: 11/12/2012
APA Nouakchott (Mauritania) The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has just completed registration level 2 of Malian refugees in the Mbera camp, Mauritania, providing them with registration certificates for better protection and assistance access.
There were over 110,000 Malian refugees registered in the camp of Mbera through registration level 1 since the outbreak of fighting in North Mali in January.
Following the completion of registration level 2, the number of Malian refugees in the camp of Mbera is 54,117.
According to a UNHCR release, Registration level 1 is conducted at the household level at the outset of an emergency, when people are fleeing their country of origin.
It allows UNHCR to quickly obtain the numbers of families entering a country of asylum and determines the level of humanitarian assistance to be provided at the beginning of the emergency.
During registration level 2, detailed data, such as the gender, age, region of origin, is collected and recorded on every individual within a household unit.
UNHCR conducted the registration process jointly with the Mauritanian authorities and with the support of the humanitarian actors operating in the camp.
It provided the Mauritanian authorities and UNHCR with reliable and detailed statistics and has enabled the identification of vulnerable refugees, the release said.
After going through the registration level 2 process, refugees have also received ration cards which allow for access to food rations.
According to UNHCR, the results of this registration facilitate better targeting and delivery of assistance to the refugees.
UNHCR expressed its appreciation and gratitude to the Mauritanian authorities, the Malian refugees in the camp of Mbera and the humanitarian actors operating in the camp for their support which has contributed to the successful completion of registration level 2.
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