Eastern DR Congo refugees flee to Rwanda and Uganda

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By Robert Mugabe & Josephine Lukoya

Hundreds of refugees carrying their belongs, most of them women and children are seen flocking to Gisenyi boarder (Rwanda) and Bunagana, (Uganda) fleeing the escalating violence in South and North, Great Lakes Voice reports

Rwanda government officials say that more than 1000 Congolese nationals fleeing to Rwanda escaping violence, following resumption of clashes between DR Congo army and militia groups and today’s number were still unconfirmed but they believe “the expected to increase”

General Marcel Gatsinzi, the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) said yesterday, that the number has in one day increased from about 300 on Sunday to over 1050.

At Bunagana border, resident say, they have seen almost 2000 Congolese crossing over to Uganda.

Refugees who are coming are in need of human and material to immediately assist them,” Anouck Bronee, the External Relations Officer at the UNHCR said in the interview.

“We are carrying out the assessment in partnership with government and other UN agencies like WFP, WHO and UNICEF.”Bronee said after the assessment the next step is to decide on how and when the refugees will be taken to camps.

“I cannot confirm at this stage when they will be transferred but hopefully in a month or couple of days. They will not stay at the transit centre for too long; they need to be transferred to one of the refugee camps,” she pointed out.

Nkamira Transit Centre has the capacity to accommodate 5000 people.

Reports indicate that Congolese citizens are fleeing possible reprisal attacks by Gen. Bosco Ntaganda’s men who are fighting the government forces. two towns in Sake have been captured.



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