UNHCR Representative in Zambia, Laura Lo Castro, has described the role Zambian women have played in hosting refugees over the years as critical to the institution of asylum and the open-door policy Zambia has continued to embrace.
Ms Lo Castro as Zambia joins in commemorating International Women’s Day on Saturday, and as the country celebrates 50 years of independence later this year, UNHCR recognises the enormous role Zambian women have played in hosting refugees for over 50 years now.
She has encouraged the Zambian society to provide more support to the under-privileged, especially the elderly women who are independence veterans.
Ms Lo Castro further expressed gratitude to the people of Zambia in general for their hospitality to refugees over the last 50 years.
Zambia currently hosts 53,111 people of concern mainly from Angola,the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia.