Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Photo: WFP/Primo Luanda
Photo: WFP/Primo Luanda

Dzaleka had been a political prison before it was transformed into a refugee camp in response to a massive influx of refugees from Africa's Great Lakes region in 1994. Primary countries of origin represented in the camp include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Prior to becoming a refugee camp, the Dzaleka facility had served as a political prison for around 6, 000 inmates.

UNHCR has registered 86,181 refugees and asylum-seekers. More than half of the refugee population fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the remaining population originating from Burundi, Rwanda, and others from the East and Horn of African countries. Most of the refugees in Malawi live in the heavily congested Dzaleka Refugee Camp which has 15,997 households located near the capital Lilongwe and was set up in 1994 to accommodate just between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

Over the years, Dzaleka Refugee Camp has evolved from a temporary settlement into a more permanent community, with refugees establishing businesses, schools, and other essential services. Despite the challenges and hardships faced by refugees in the camp, many have found ways to thrive and make a positive impact within their community.

At, we are committed to sharing the stories and experiences of refugees in Dzaleka Refugee Camp and celebrating their valuable contributions to the world. We provide a platform for refugees to self-represent in international media and events and offer opportunities for refugee journalists to publish their work. Our mission is to promote understanding and empathy among people of all backgrounds and to empower refugees to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential.

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