July 11, 2013

DRC Clashes Force Hundreds To Flee Into Uganda

More than 500 Congolese refugees have entered Uganda through Bundibugyo District.

An M23 rebel displaying his arsenal
An M23 rebel displaying his arsenal

The refugees entered the district this morning following last night’s fierce fighting between Congolese soldiers and rebels. They are currently being received at the Busunga border post by the army, police and Bundibugyo district authorities.

In a telephone interview, the UPDF 2nd Division spokesman Lt Ninsiima Rwemijuma says so far more than 500 refugees have been screened at the border post, but expects the number to increase.

Rwemijuma says that most of the refugees were living in Kabango town near the DRC-Uganda border which was captured by the rebels last night. Rwemijuma says that he is yet to confirm which rebel group captured the town.

According to Rwemijuma, majority of the refugees are women and children.

The Resident District Commissioner Bundibugyo, Pius Mujuzi told the media on phone that refugees have been taken to Bubandi Primary School, in Bubandi Sub County, where they are seeking refuge. Mujuzi says that the district has nothing to give the refugees in terms of food and medical care.

Mujuzi says that are waiting for assistance from the Bundibugyo district Red Cross team. He also says that the disaster department in the office of the Prime Minister has been informed of the conditions of the refugees.

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