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350 Congolese Nationals Flee Fresh Fighting in Eastern DRC

The clashes between the lendu and Bagegere tribes erupted at the beginning of last week in the areas of Joo, Muvaramu, Mkpi, Thuruges, Tara and Roo in Bunia district. By Tuesday, 350 refugees had arrived and registered at Sebigoro reception centre.

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Fresh tribal clashes have erupted in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in Ituri province forcing Hundreds of Congolese nationals to enter Kikuube and Hoima districts respectively.   

The clashes between the lendu and Bagegere tribes erupted at the beginning of last week in the areas of Joo, Muvaramu, Mkpi, Thuruges, Tara and Roo in Bunia district.    

By Tuesday, 350 refugees had arrived and registered at Sebigoro reception centre. 

Peter Kyasimire, the Nkondo parish LC2 Chairperson says that local council leaders are liaising with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR officials to screen and register the refugees.

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Samuel Kisembo the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC says that they have beefed up security on the shores of Lake Albert to prevent wrong elements from taking advantage of the tribal clashes to cross into Uganda.  

Kisembo says that women, children and the elderly are currently being screened and registered at the Sebigoro refugees’ reception Center in Kabwoya sub-county Kikuube district before they are taken to Kyangwali refugee settlement area.  

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Since December 2018, there has been huge influx of Congolese nationals that crossed the country through Lake Albert. It is estimated that more than 18,000 Congolese refugees crossed o Uganda since December 2018.  

The 2019 Refugee Response Plan for Uganda is asking for $1.03 billion for humanitarian aid, but only $147 million for humanitarian programmes has been funded to date. 

Previous funding shortages in Uganda have led to the closure of life-saving programmes.



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