KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The United Nations refugee agency
on Wednesday said over 4,500 refugees from the
Democratic Republic of Congo had crossed into Uganda
since Dec. 18.
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a
statement issued here said the majority of the refugees
are crossing into Uganda via Lake Albert which is shared
by both countries.
agency said between Dec. 23-26, over 1,860 new refugee
arrivals had been registered bring the total number to
4,584 refugees since Dec. 18.
arrivals are reportedly fleeing inter-communal violence
at Djugu territory in DRC’s Ituri region, including in
the villages of Retso, Joo, Kobu, Kiripa and Torogesi.
Tens of new arrivals who crossed via Lake Albert are
from North Kivu,” the statement said.
children make up 80 percent of new arrivals.
arrivals have told the UNHCR that families are being
separated due to the journey’s high cost, “exit” fees
reportedly imposed by armed groups on the Congolese side
of Lake Albert and forced recruitment of young men.
said some 3,756 refugees have been transferred from Lake
Albert landing sites to Kagoma Reception Centre in
Kyangwali Refugee Settlement.
have been already allocated a plot of land in Marembo C
and provided with shelter materials and non-food items
to help them settle.
has so far been registered. It was a 70-year-old woman
who died upon arrival at the reception center due to
complications of diabetes.