A family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo sit by their makeshift hut at the Kenani refugee transit camp in Nchelenge, northern Zambia on October 30, 2017 during a visit by Zambian President Edward Lungu. AFP PHOTO | OBERT SIMWANZA
DR Congo's huge eastern region has long been wracked by violence, but fighting between government soldiers and militia groups, as well as inter-ethnic clashes, has increased significantly in 2017.
The UN refugee agency warned that the unrest was causing a growing influx of people seeking safety in neighbouring Zambia.
Zambia currently hosts a total of 33,000 refugees from DR Congo, according to UN numbers.