Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has underscored government’s commitment to the protection of refugees and provision of education, health and shelter for the betterment of the lives of thousands of refugees housed in the country.

Proceedings to mark the belated World Refugee Day commemorations at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge opened Vice President Mnangagwa, accompanied by senior government officials, visiting the Tongogara school, clinic and the Mozambican section to get a better appreciation of the state of affairs.

Addressing thousands who turned up for the World Refugee Day commemorations, Cde Mnangagwa said the government has shown wholesome commitment to stand and protect refugees as bound by its international obligations.

He also appealed for more resources to ensure the lives of migrants are improved.

He added that the government will continue to provide food, education and health care services and will continue to seek ways of empowering every migrant with life changing skills.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira said Zimbabwe is currently responding to the status of refugees from Mozambique.

The Tongogara refugee camp community received 60 tonnes of mealie meal, rice and 1.5 tonnes of sugar beans, among several other items from the government and its development partners.

The camp is home to 8500 refugees, most of them from DRC, Burundi, Mozambique and Rwanda having the highest numbers, while are few are from Egypt, Mali, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, among others.

This year’s commemorations were held under the theme: ‘We Stand Together With Refugees.’