Heaps of of Congolese nationals hang fled into Uganda following heavy gunfire alternate between authorities forces and M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo.
About a of the refugees chanced on at Bunagana border put up in Kisoro District in western Uganda said they’d walked about 40km from their afraid homes as authorities forces tried to flush out the rebels.
The heavy combating witnessed within the areas of Chanzu, Kiisiza, Ruyoni and Mbuzi within the north Kivu province within the Democratic Republic of Congo is asserted to hang began at 10pm and lasted till 3am.
“I hang in no device seen such an infinite selection of Congolese refugees coming into Uganda in my lifestyles. In the past conflicts we would perceive dozens coming into into our nation searching for refugee but this time spherical, or now not it’s too considerable,” Mr Amosiyasi Mutwale, a local trader at Bunagana town council told this reporter.
Mr Mutwale said that some of the fleeing Congolese regarded exhausted, a signal that they might perchance hang walked long distances before coming into Uganda. About a of the refugees had been seen carrying deepest property on their heads whereas others had their domestic animals similar to goats and cows.
The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Mugisha on Monday said that about 4,000 Congolese refugees had entered Uganda by 11Am and that his space of business had already deployed police, UPDF and intelligence officials at Bunagana border put up.
“We’re appealing to the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a form of world humanitarian organizations for make stronger to support these refugees. Plans are beneath manner to improve the protection in Kisoro District to make certain our global boundary remains calm,” Mr Mr Mugisha said.
The Kisoro district LCV Chairman, Mr Abel Bizimana said they had been planning to switch the refugees to Nyakabande refugee reception heart for factual screening before they might perchance very nicely be relocated to the gazzetted refugee camps in Uganda.
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“The selection of Congolese refugees currently at the Bunagana border put up is honest too considerable. Even though we hang now not counted them, I estimate the fresh number to be about 10,000 or extra,” Mr Bizimana said.
The UPDF second division spokesman, Captain Geoffrey Sunday said that the Ugandan military is on standby to take the rebels in case they are attempting and depraved into the nation.
“There isn’t this kind of thing as a cause why the Ugandans in Kisoro District might perchance merely aloof score scared due to the armed riot within the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UPDF is nicely prepared and on standby to handle them in case they are attempting and depraved the worldwide boundary,” Capt Sunday said.
Right here is now not the foremost time Congolese refugees are fleeing into Uganda searching for refuge.
Already, there are bigger than 470,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda who since April 2012 were displaced by fierce combating within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In April 2012, bigger than 3, 00 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo camped at Nyakabande Refugee transit Camp in Kisoro District before they had been relocated.