Many of the deportees travelled to the DRC town of Boma, in Bas-Congo province.
“For the moment, most of the deportees are being accommodated by other families and are spread out in the town,” said Flores, adding that reliable statistics of their numbers were not available.
According to the UN-run Radio Okapi, close to 25 000 other Congolese had fled mistreatment in Angola since the start of the year. The Congolese Minister for Social Affairs said an official mission has been set up to investigate.
Congolese citizens who had been living in the Angolan town of Soyo and in the Cabinda enclave were among those deported. Some 5000 reportedly crossed the border last weekend.
“Things are bad,” one of the deportees told Radio Okapi.
“As I talk to you now, my foot is injured. All the Congolese who live there want to leave,” he said, adding that ordinary Angolans, as well as security forces, had joined in the attacks, “breaking into our homes, making off with our goods and beating us”.
In reaction, DRC government spokesperson Lambert Mende said the Congolese immigration service had in the past week begun to deport Angolans from DRC.
“We cannot accept that the Congolese are deported without dignity even if they are living there illegally. They are thoroughly searched, sometimes even [strip-searched]. Some people have had their stomach pumped,” said Mende. Many Congolese work in diamond mines in Angola.