Angola, Angola – Nearly 35,000 refugees have been flown into the province of Urgende, Angola, since the outbreak of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started earlier this year. The population is very fragile. According to the UN report, about 75% of refugees from the start of the race are women and children. Many refugees reported mass killings, rapes and other human rights violations during their escape from the conflict. Este, 25, recounts her frenzy of leaving. “That was the day the war arrived in our village, and when they were killing, she said I could not take anything but my child. Yuzo Kitamoto, deputy representative of Angola’s Japan Agency for International Cooperation, demonstrated a solar lighting unit in a medical tent run by Médicosdel Mundo. © UNFPA / Tiril Skarstein Humanitarian organizations are trying to relocate many refugees from the Cacanda reception center to the new settlement in Lóvua. The new location gives refugees some privacy and agrarian space but is not connected to the grid, so refugees are put in the dark at sunset – a matter of their safety and security. Este’s family recently moved into reconciliation. “We live in the jungle, I have no lights and no lights, which scares me,” she said. For example, at night we have no light to go to the toilet. ” Darkness poses risks In all parts of the world, women and girls are threatened or beaten at night when they leave home or manage their own menstrual hygiene. In times of crisis, these risks increase as social safety nets, law enforcement and other protection mechanisms collapse. Darkness can bring other risks as well. For example, women who give birth at night may not be able to go to a clinic or receive proper treatment without a reliable light source. UNFPA is also distributing a solar torch, some of which contains sanitary napkins, underwear, soap, toothbrushes and other hygiene products. © UNFPA / Tiril Skarstein Florbela Fernandes, the UNFPA representative in Angola, said: “It is an important instrument to help safeguard the security and rights of women and young people. Portable sunlight UNFPA is working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to provide 50 LED solar Light-powered facilities to community centers, medical facilities and other public places in Rwandan refugee camps. The unit, donated by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Panasonic Corporation, consists of a solar panel, three LED solar  lights and a rechargeable battery, which can also be used for cell phone charging. Yuzo Kitamoto, deputy representative of Angola’s Japan International Cooperation Agency, said after visiting Rwanda last December: “We hope these solar-powered lamps can be installed in public facilities so as to be able to extend their service hours and provide lighting in the darkness. Women and girls arriving in Rwanda are also receiving solar torches as part of the UNHCR standard of humanitarian response. About 2,000 dignity suits – including hygiene products such as soap, underwear and sanitary napkins – are being distributed. Gracia and Rose, 15, are dignified in Rove. © UNFPA / Tiril Skarstein UNFPA also cooperated with the UNHCR to provide solar street lights to the border. UNFPA has partnered with Médicosdel Mundo to create a women-friendly space where women and girls can rest, socialize and learn where to receive reproductive health services and to help survivors of gender-based violence. As for Este, she is determined to move forward. She said: “I want to live a better life with my family in Angola.” I’m too scared to go back now. “