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4000 Flee Homes After Bundibugyo Attacks

More than 4,000 people have fled their homes following attacks in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts over the weekend in which at least 75 people were killed. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought refuge at Bubukwanga transit centre.
IDPs at the transit centre in Bundibugyo

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More than 4,000 people have fled their homes following attacks in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts over the weekend in which at least 75 people were killed. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought refuge at Bubukwanga transit centre.

 

The transit centre was set up last year after more than 20,000 Congolese refugees fled fighting in the town of Kamango, 15 kilometers from the Uganda-DRC border.

 

The IDPs, who include women and children, started fleeing their homes on Monday night for fear of being attacked. They are from the areas of Buhundu, Bumadu and Kicho.

 

Faith Bukirwa, a resident of Buhundu village, says that she decided to leave her home for fear of being attacked. She says that unknown men threatened to attack their home to avenge the death of their colleagues who were killed by the army and police on Saturday.

 

Bukirwa says that they ran to Buhundu Pentecostal church, but there wasn’t security, so they decided to seek refuge at Bubukwanga. At the camp, there is no water after it was disconnected several months ago. The place also lacks adequate toilets and some of the IDPs sleep on the floor.

 

Michael Nsubuga, the Western regional manager Uganda Red Cross Society, says that they expect the number of IDPs to increase. He says they have requested the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide food and beddings to the IDPs.

 

However, Jolly Tibamanya, the Bundibugyo LC5 Chairperson, says that they plan to close the camp and the IDPs return to their homes, since security has been beefed up in the district.

 

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