Uganda battles surge of refugees from region

DRC_refugeesFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 9 500 refugees have arrived in Uganda from unstable neighbouring countries over the past month.

The refugees are from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

A majority are from the DRC, where tensions are escalating ahead of elections set for December.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), refugees from South Sudan continue to report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside the country. The world’s newest country after attaining independence in 2011
is gripped by civil war.

Those from DRC report interethnic clashes. Clashes have escalated since President Joseph Kabila refused to vacate office in 2016.

Burundians arriving in Uganda indicate several reasons for leaving their country including insecurity and family reunification. Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza forced a third term.

UNHCR officials have meanwhile visited the refugee settlements hosting Congolese to assess and provide technical support on Ebola response preparedness.

This follows the continuous outbreak of the deadly virus in DRC.
-CAJ News

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