Lugufu refugee camp overstretched

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has warned that the sharp rise in DRC refugees crossing Lake Tanganyika has stretched the Red Cross refugee camp at Lugufu in western Tanzania beyond its planned capacity. In a news release issued on Thursday, IFRC said the camp was currently housing 50,000 refugees - 5,000 to 10,000 more than were ever anticipated - and expressed concern that more refugees were on the way. “The world has more or less forgotten them, but more and more refugees are coming here,” said Georg Nothelle, head of the IFRC in Tanzania. “There is an urgent need for funding.” He warned that the biggest problem may be water, as the camp lies in a remote area and requires its own secure water supply.